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National Signing Day: Edmond lacrosse standouts Sam Heaton, Jake Hobbs headed to Lindenwood

by Jacob Unruh Published: November 13, 2013

/articleid/3904327/1/pictures/2266537">Photo - Jake Hobbs, left, and Sam Heaton share cake with students after signing  letters to play lacrosse at Lindenwood. Athletes from Edmond North High School signed national letters of intent with colleges and universities during a ceremony in the school's gymnasium Wednesday morning, Nov. 13, 2013. Various sports include golf, softball, wrestling,  lacrosse and others. Photo by Jim Beckel, The Oklahoman
Jake Hobbs, left, and Sam Heaton share cake with students after signing letters to play lacrosse at Lindenwood. Athletes from Edmond North High School signed national letters of intent with colleges and universities during a ceremony in the school's gymnasium Wednesday morning, Nov. 13, 2013. Various sports include golf, softball, wrestling, lacrosse and others. Photo by Jim Beckel, The Oklahoman

Hobbs, though, didn't join Heaton on the field until the sixth grade. That was only after he was pushed into it by friends. He's since developed into a strong midfielder who specializes in his defensive ability.

Heaton and Hobbs now play for the Oklahoma City Knights, a competitive club team Heaton's father helped found after breaking away from Edmond Lacrosse.

Both organizations are part of a local lacrosse boom, with about 700 athletes competing.

“Back when I started, I was probably like the pioneer group and there was maybe 100 of us at all age levels, and now it's just exploded,” Heaton said.

It's that increase of participants that makes Wednesday's signings even more impressive.

“It's just crazy because how small it was to how much it's grown now,” Hobbs said. “Kind of the main focus of the OKC Knights is just to keep it going and make it expand as much as possible. It's been a lot of fun.”

by Jacob Unruh
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Jacob Unruh is a graduate of Northeastern State University. He was born in Cherokee and raised near Vera where he attended Caney Valley High School.During his tenure at NSU, Unruh wrote for The Northeastern (NSU's student newspaper), the...
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