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May 8, 2013

NT's Helf sisters' chemistry key for Lady Jacks

Tonawanda News — Megan and Lauren Helf have had a ball or bat in their hands since they were old enough to walk. However, following a suggestion from a friend, the two found their favorite sport, which happens to be played with a stick.

The Helf sisters are midfielders on the North Tonawanda girl’s lacrosse team. Separated by 20 months, they find themselves competing with each other both on the field at practice and at home, but on game days, the two have the ability to use their relationship to help guide the Lady Jacks (2-7).

Megan is a senior and three-year varsity athlete and Lauren is a sophomore playing her first year of varsity. Neither girl knew much about the sport before entering high school.

Before the start of the spring season of Megan’s freshman year, she had planned on playing softball. It was only after her friend’s suggestion that she considered trading in her softball jersey for a lacrosse kilt.

“I didn’t know anything about (lacrosse),” Megan Helf said. “But I’m glad (Maziarz) convinced me to play because it’s my favorite sport now.”

When Lauren entered high school, Helf returned the favor and told her she should join the team as well.

While their mother, Michelle Helf, enjoys any opportunity to snap a picture of the two standing on the same part of the field, Megan Helf is only concerned with trying to help her younger sister improve, admitting sometimes done through “constructive yelling.”

Lacrosse interested the two for entirely different reasons. Aside from their friend’s recommendation, Megan, who does cross country as well, has always enjoyed running and knew lacrosse had more running than softball. Lauren just enjoys playing contact sports.

They both agree the adrenaline rush is unlike anything else when playing in a lacrosse game.

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