Local player heading to Maryland camp

going stateside - Claresholm's Alex Bremner has been invited to the Maryland Lacrosse Showcase in Baltimore in July, and is busy training. He is also doing odd jobs to fundraise to pay for the trip. Photo submitted

By Rob Vogt, Local Press Writer

It is the trip of a lifetime for a local lacrosse player, who has been identified to attend a camp in Baltimore, Maryland in July.

Alex Bremner, who is 14 and attending Willow Creek Composite High School, received an e-mail a few months ago inviting him to the Maryland Lacrosse Showcase.

“I was super shocked,” he said of his reaction when learning about the showcase.

At first he wasn’t sure if he could do it, but he has been training.

“I’m still a bit nervous, but I think I’m ready,” he said.

His selection came as a bit of a surprise.

“They scouted him at one of the many games he played last year,” said Mellissa Bremner, Alex’s mother.

He was part of three teams last year – the Claresholm Rockmen; Crowsnest Pass Ravens; and a Southern Alberta Lacrosse Association team.

Bremner will be playing midget lacrosse when he heads to Baltimore for the showcase on July 27 and 28.

Players will train then be divided into teams where they will play at least five games.

More than 90 college coaches and recruiters will also be present.

“They watch the kids,” Mellissa said. “It’s a great opportunity for him to be (seen) and possibly found.”

Alex is entering his eighth year of lacrosse. Because there is no midget team in Claresholm this year, he is playing in the Crowsnest Pass.

There is a lot he loves about lacrosse.

“Getting out there and getting to compete against better players,” he said. “Getting out and having fun.”

Although not playing in Claresholm, he will be assisting coach Lyle Franz with various age levels in Claresholm.

“He’s one of the biggest supporters of Alex,” Mellissa said of Franz. “He’s amazing.”

Alex is also fundraising for the trip to Baltimore to cover the costs of everything from flying and renting a car to a hotel.

He has been doing odd jobs and has more lined up such as vehicle detailing and babysitting, and is always looking for more. He is a quick learner, hard worker, eager to please, and always willing to help out.

Anyone interested in helping out or hiring Alex can e-mail mellissabremner@gmail.com (no dashes or spaces).