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May 8, 2013

NT's Helf sisters' chemistry key for Lady Jacks

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Tonawanda News — “The rush kicks in running up the field, dodging the defense, making plays to win,” Lauren Helf said. “I can’t really compare the adrenaline rush to anything else.”

The battles go beyond the green grass field for the Helfs as home does not always provide a sanctuary. Occasionally, if one girl is in the shower, the other sister will run into their room to steal clothes for school that day. Lauren also recalled an experience where her older sister pulled her hair for not closing the door.

However, despite tough sisterly-love, Michelle sees how close the two sisters are and how Lauren looks up to Megan.

“Lauren has always said she never wants to do the same things Megan does and I think she looks up to Megan more than she will let other people know,” Michelle said. “I think she has seen all that Megan has done with her sports and many different activities and she wants to follow along and do the same.”

On the field is where their connection is strongest. Just by being together so often off the field, they have noticed it is easier to know where each other will be on it.

“We can read each other better, which makes it easier to play together and better know what will happen next,” Megan Helf said. “We better know when one of us is going to cut or pick which helps.”

For their mother, it is just a wonderful opportunity to see her daughters thrive together wearing the same uniform. Despite some disagreements on certain days, she knows the strength of their relationship.

“They have their fights but when they need each other, they are there for each other,” Michelle said.

The Helfs hope to lead North Tonawanda to postseason play and earn only their school’s second playoff victory in girls lacrosse history.

Contact sports editor Matt Parrino at 693-1000 ext. 4117 and find Tonawanda News sports on Twitter @tonanewssports.

Contact sports editor Matt Parrino at 693-1000 ext. 4117 and find Tonawanda News sports on Twitter @tonanewssports.

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