Story Of The Decade: The Rise Of High School Lacrosse

Photo courtesy ESPN RISE
Photo courtesy ESPN RISE

Before turning the page to a new decade, ESPN RISE Magazine looks back on the most exciting and influential 10 years in the history of high school sports. A lot has happened over the past 10 years. A sophomore named LeBron James announced his arrival as the next big thing. Hoops stars headed to Europe after — and even before — receiving their diplomas. Some athletes spent their summer vacations winning gold medals. And one kid even sailed around the world.

Our man Brett Hughes just dropped me a line to announce that “The Rise of Lacrossehas been selected by ESPN RISE as one of the top stories of the decade.

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Photo courtesy of Mary Seibert

The reasoning?

Top recruits used to come out of the Northeast for the most part. The East Coast remains a hotbed for lacrosse, but states like Texas, California, Colorado, Florida and Washington have also emerged as lacrosse hotbeds. Now they’re producing big-time players, too.

Slated at #15, the full listing can be found here.

Photo courtesy of Mary Seibert
Photo courtesy of Mary Seibert

Also, check out the Top 10: Ten years of greatness and more to come. …All quality mentions if you ask me. Brett even touched on a few of them last week in his write-up about the NBA.

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Jeff Brunelle
Founder of Lacrosse All Stars. A West Coast native and product of the MCLA, I moved back East after college where I truly fell in love with the game. I've dedicated my career to LaxAllStars since 2010, and I wouldn't have it any other way. I now live in my hometown of Boise, Idaho, with my wife Zoë, two dogs, and a baby girl expected to arrive around Championship Weekend this May. I'm a technologist at heart, I'm not into snow or the month of January, and one time I kind of stole a football from Gary Gait. Life is crazy busy, but it's worth it when you get to immerse yourself in the medicine of lacrosse every day. We are on a mission to Grow The Game® on a global scale by empowering storytelling by players, for players, and bridging the gap between lacrosse and the mainstream.