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For Jerome Thompson Sr., the 14-hour drive from upstate New York to Duluth, Ga., will easily be worth it. He and his wife Deloris intend to be there Saturday when the Georgia Swarm host the Buffalo Bandits in a game of sweeping importance in the National Lacrosse League. Both teams have lost only twice all season. The winner will remain in close pursuit of Toronto for t…

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The first step toward Saturday's Haudenosaunee Wooden Stick Lacrosse Festival in Syracuse began six years ago, at the Seneca Nation's Cattaraugus territory. The Senecas brought together lacrosse players from throughout the Six Nations. They used wooden sticks and a leather ball in what the Iroquois describe as a "medicine game," a traditional means of thanksgiving, spiritu…

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(This column, originally published digitally a year ago, has been updated for the Oct. 1, 2017, print edition of The Buffalo News): People travel for miles to buy wooden lacrosse sticks they've ordered from Alf Jacques. They drive Route 11A, through the Onondaga Nation, until they find his little shop beneath a hill. Alf will hand them a stick, polished hickory shini…