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06/05/2013 - 11:09am

By Travis Larner - Rochester Knighthawks’ Owner and General Manager Curt Styres has continued his success on the lacrosse floor after winning the Champion’s Cup in May. Styres coached the Six Nations bantam team to victory at the 31st Laker Classic Tournament in Peterborough, Ontario.

In the summer, Styres turns his attention to the future stars of the sport. His bantam team includes his son Wake:Riat "Bow" Bowhunter. Last August, he coached the Six Nations bantam team to gold at the Ontario Lacrosse Association Final Six “A” Provincials in Guelph, Ontario.

“This is our biggest event every year,” Peterborough Minor Lacrosse Association President Lynn Withers told the Peterborough Examiner. “It’s the opening ‘A’ tournament of the season so anyone competing in ‘A,’ especially at the pee wee, bantam and midget age, who want to get into provincial qualifiers will be here.”

The Six Nations bantam team swept its pool to qualify for the championship game. It outscored its four opponents in Pool A by a combined 44-9, including a 16-0 victory over Whitby and a 10-1 win over the host Peterborough bantam squad. Six Nations defeated Mimico 10-6 to win the tournament, which included 40 teams in five divisions from tyke to midget. The event at the Memorial Centre was held from May 24-26.

“Nothing like seeing a young man smile with stars in his eyes,” Styres said about his youth players winning the Laker Classic.

Curt isn’t the only member of his family who has found a winning formula. It appears that Glenn Styres has taken his older brother’s success on the lacrosse floor and applied it to the race track.

“There’s definitely some magic in the air,” said Glenn about the luck he and his brother are having. “Who cares what the reason is, we just got to ride that wave when it comes. Those wins don’t come free and we got to take them when they are there.”

While the Knighthawks became the first team in a decade to capture back-to-back NLL titles, the “Ohsweken Flyer” has started off 2013 with back-to-back sprint car feature wins. He has overcome brake failure, flat tires and body damage to start a perfect 4-0 in heat and feature races.

Glenn and Curt own of the three-eighth mile long clay oval in Ohsweken, Ontario. The Knighthawks are one of the main sponsors for both Glenn’s sprint car and the speedway. His speed machine features the team’s logo, and the Knighthawks are the title sponsor for the Art Hill Memorial Night at Ohsweken Speedway on Friday, August 9th.

“My next plan is to get a Knighthawks race suit to match their jerseys and I want to do a full-blown Knighthawks car,” said Glenn with a smirk, hoping to capture more of the Knighthawks’ luck on the track.

Glenn helped bring his friend and racing competitor Tony Stewart to The Blue Cross Arena earlier this year. Stewart, watching his first indoor lacrosse game, witnessed the Knighthawks defeat the Stealth 7-6 on February 2nd. Stewart will compete against Glenn in the Northern Summer Nationals at Ohsweken on July 29th and the World of Outlaws STP Sprint Car Series on July 30th.

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