SYRACUSE,NY – There are certain names in the game of lacrosse that catch the ear of recruiters, general managers and coaches anywhere the game of lacrosse is played. One such name is Bomberry and the latest Bomberry to turn heads is Six Nations Arrows Express defender, Tyson Bomberry.
In the IL writer’s assessment following the game, he says, “Bomberry is such a unique athlete; it would be easy to confuse him for a fullback prospect the way he powers his way up the field. High-level stickwork just adds to his game. Took one shot, scooped three groundballs and was active early.”
According to the coach’s report from Old Farm High, “A tri-varsity athlete, Tyson is one of our most prominent Winged Beavers. He is a member of the varsity football, wrestling, and lacrosse programs, and last year, he was recognized with the Jennings Cup, awarded to the top athlete in the junior class. Next year, he will play lacrosse at Syracuse University.
Tyson, who hails from the Six Nations territory in Ontario, Canada, is in his second year at Avon, and though he has clearly found success, his transition was not easy. “Being away from home was hard for me,” explains Tyson. “I was very homesick at the beginning of last year.” However, many moments, such as the New England championship football game last year and a come-from-behind victory over Salisbury, have helped him solidify his place on campus. He also believes in the power of the school to help transform its students into better young men.
“Avon has been very good to me,” he notes. “It has taught me how to be independent and work for things that you want to achieve. Avon has taught me how to be very self-motivated. I have grown as an athlete, becoming a better player, and as a student, as my grades have improved and my teachers helped me in many different ways.
“Everyone here is a family,” he continues.
Tyson, who hopes to one day be an elementary school teacher on the reservation, has found strength away from home by keeping two important role models in mind. “My dad is someone I look up to and want to be like when I get older,” he says. “He pushes me to do my best in everything I do.”
He also credits his lacrosse coach and advisor, Dr. Flanagan, for his guidance. “It has meant so much to me to come to this school,” Tyson states. “I am blessed to have this opportunity, which many kids will never get to experience in their lifetimes. I could not thank Dr. Flanagan enough for giving me the chance to come here to further my education, and become a better athlete in the process. He has taught me many things on and off the lacrosse field, but most of all, how to be a proper gentleman.”