By Jason Klaiber
Managing Editor for Promotions
Senior Kyle Glauber had always lived in New York until his life found a calling in California. As his sophomore year at Jamesville-DeWitt High School winded down, his father was promoted by a company in Southern California because he invented an air compressor and sold it for $600,000. The company bought this product and desired to make it top market, while selling it to other countries and so they took in Glauber’s father as well.
In his new home of Orange County, Glauber admitted he had a bit of trouble adjusting to his unfamiliar surroundings. “It was hard being the new kid at school,” said Glauber; “I felt like an alien compared to them.” He said that he remembers dressing differently than everybody in his new school.
The lifestyle was different as well. “After school every day we would go down to the beach,” said Glauber. He said that he would get tans with his friends on a regular basis (or ‘bronze’ as he described it). He also admitted that the weather in California was “way better.”
He eventually found comfort on the Yorba Linda High School lacrosse team, due to the fact that he’s been playing lacrosse since the second grade. Glauber said that he’s had a passion for lacrosse for “as long as (he) can remember.” “I wasn’t captain because I was brand new to the school and everything,” said Glauber, “but they had me as one of their key players.” He took a position as a left wing attackman, serving the duty of handling the ball and looking for open passes. After only a few months on the team, Glauber led his school to the statewide playoffs, something special for their inexperienced team; “It was the first time the school had gotten that far.” Unfortunately, Glauber and his Yorba Linda team didn’t make it past the first round. Glauber summed up the match between their 15th ranked team and the No. 1 as "just bad." That first-ranked team was Foothill High School, a skillful lacrosse squad that matches up against the best of the best teams in New York and Boston over the course of each year.
Throughout his stay, he noticed that lacrosse was different in California. For the most part, the sport of lacrosse isn’t taken as seriously in the Western regions as opposed to its popularity in the East, including Central New York, where the sport practically originated. “All the players out there were football people or big-time hitters so they didn’t have the type of stick skills that our Eastern players have,” said Glauber; “They would try to run up at you and you would just have to make a little move and you’d be past them. They weren’t experienced.” He noted that lacrosse players in California are generally only capable of hitting, lacking the ability to “throw checks or pokes.”
After a year in California, Glauber has relocated. His father got yet another job promotion which allows him to travel around the world. The Glauber family was then given the opportunity to move anywhere they wanted. For that reason, his family decided to return to the familiar locale of the J-D district. “We moved back to the place we know really well,” he said. His return to J-DHS comes with the experience of having lived in quite a different setting. He described California as “a new way of life with different style” but he also remarked that he was happy to have been able to live there. “It was fun and a great experience,” Glauber said; “I met a lot of people.” He added, “I mean if all my friends (from New York) were out in California, I would love it more.” Glauber mentioned, however, that he still keeps in touch with his friends from California. His former lacrosse team has recently started their season. Lacrosse is a year-round activity on the West Coast because the climate is always appropriate for outdoor sports. “They think they’re gonna win sectionals again and go to playoffs, so it’s good for them,” said Glauber.