GIRLS LACROSSE: AVON SENIORS LEAVING LEGACY AFTER STARTING AND GROWING PROGRAM

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    Avon seniors Izzy Eldridge, left, Jules Frombach, center, and Allison Kortowich stand for a photo during practice March 26. KRISTIN BAUER / CHRONICLE

Just about every senior class graduates believing it forever changed the course of the school’s history and created the momentum to propel the sports teams to even greater heights in the future.

The 10 seniors on the Avon girls lacrosse team comprise the rare group for whom those assumptions may actually be true.

Without co-captain Allison Kortowich pushing her parents to help her start a youth team in seventh grade after watching her older brother play, there might not be an Avon team. Without the addition of talented athletes like goalkeeper Izzy Eldridge and co-captain Jules Frombach, the Eagles would have never grown from a team that went 4-10 in 2016 to one that won 14 games a year ago and is hoping to do even better in 2019.

“This has been six years in the making,” said coach Todd Kortowich, Allison’s father. “We have good senior leadership, they have a high lacrosse IQ and we have players who can really play the game at a high level.”

Allison Kortowich has been the cornerstone of the program since its inception, encouraging friends to come out for the team and being a leader on and off the field.

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