As Seinfield would say: “What’s the deal with lacrosse?”
People and articles all over the place will tell you it’s the fastest growing high-school sport in the country. I can definitely attest to its surge in popularity. When I started taking results in 2005, lacrosse calls were about as common as a) Bellevue passing touchdowns, b) sub-30 points game for Isiah Thomas, c) belt-high fastballs missed by Travis Snider.
Back then coaches from other spring sports would sometimes complain about the athletes they’d lose to the lacrosse.
These days we run results for multiple games almost every night.
And it’s not like these kids are just playing for fun, for the sport’s short history in the area, there is some quality on this side of the Evergreen State.
Out of over 1,700 high school boys teams ranked by LaxPower.com, Issaquah (10-0) currently ranks No. 90. Bainbridge (18-1) is No. 151.
Compare the 2008 rankings to last year’s and you’ll see the local teams flying up the charts.
Takkle, which is owned by Sports Illustrated, ranked Curtis midfielder Landon Carr as the 40th top lacrosse prospect in the country and will play for national powerhouse Duke.
Anyways, lacrosse fans and non-fans alike what are your thoughts on the budding sport? How much/little coverage does it deserve?
Loud and proud in the comments!
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