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Druley: MacKenzie not lax about all-star excitement

Published: Tuesday, July 16, 2013 5:30 a.m. CDT
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St. Charles North senior Cameron MacKenzie (No. 21) was a team captain at Saturday's Major League Lacrosse All-Star game in Charlotte, N.C., after winning a fan contest. "It was a great experience," he said. "I love the city. I didn't care who won or lost. It was just about having fun and being around the players."

Apparently, Cameron MacKenzie’s friends awaited his close-up almost as much as he did.

Saturday night’s telecast of the Major League Lacrosse All-Star game proved as much. Just ask MacKenzie’s various social media feeds.

Watching the game from the sideline as part of a fan contest that made him captain of one of the two teams, MacKenzie, a St. Charles North senior, still is flattered at the influx of feedback from his pals who tuned into ESPN2.

“Basically the whole weekend, everyone was just checking up, especially when the game was going on,” MacKenzie said. “It’s always nice to have the support of my friends and stuff, and just a great group of people backing me up.”

MacKenzie could be spotted on TV numerous times, most prominently when the Team Eclipse players he selected in Friday’s draft scored goals. Team Supernova – captained by Connecticut high-schooler Frank Ranfone – tallied a 24-15 victory, but the result hardly fazed MacKenzie.

From the time he and his parents, Scott and Kim, arrived in Charlotte, N.C., on Friday to their departure Sunday morning, MacKenzie basked in every moment.

One of his favorites actually happened several times. Team Eclipse tabbed MacKenzie to break its huddles, giving MacKenzie another opportunity to be light-hearted by choosing to scream “COME GET SOME!” instead of “ECLIPSE!”

“Just to be funny, because I knew the other team was just going to do ‘SUPERNOVA!’ “ MacKenzie said. “I didn’t want to do something standard. I wanted to make it fun, and get that going off the bat right there.”

MacKenzie, a wide receiver for the North football team in addition to being a lacrosse midfielder, taped the game and got a jump-start on reliving the weekend. He is set to be featured during halftime of an upcoming MLL telecast on CBS Sports Network.

“I think it was a great experience. I don’t think it could have went any better, except maybe winning,” he said. “But it wasn’t about the win or the loss, it was about being on the field with some of the best players in the world.”

The extra Twitter and Instagram followers? Just an occupational hazard.

Rise and nine: Today’s meeting of the St. Charles Women’s Golf League figures to be just as laid back as this past Tuesday’s nine holes.

The city’s women’s tournament might have been contested then, but several players didn’t know until being told as they left the pro shop.

“I wanted to practice and have a reason to go and practice every single week. And also to hang out with other women and golf,” first-year participant Allison Johnsen said. “Because I usually golf with men and [laughs] it’s different.

“I’m very casual. I’m not competitive with regard to golf.”

She’s not alone in that approach. While players talk openly about improving week-to-week and year-to-year, there was nary a groan of self-admonishment during the women’s tourney, which was incorporated into the league schedule for the second successive summer.

This week’s heat wave brings a new challenge, however.

“We’ve been so lucky on Tuesdays,” league member Roberta Wright said. “It’s been nicer, so we’ve been lucky.”

• Kevin Druley is a sportswriter for the Kane County Chronicle. He can be reached at 630-845-5347 or kdruley@shawmedia.com. Follow him on Twitter at @kevindruley.

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