Wednesday, May 15, 2013
The Bulldogs lost 6-5 to Westminster in the semifinals of the state tournament.
After an outstanding regular season, the Decatur High boys lacrosse team ended the postseason in disappointment. The Bulldogs lost 6-5 on Tuesday night to Westminster in the semifinals of the state tournament. Decatur had beaten Westminster 10-7 during the regular season. Coaches Wesley Hatfield and Don Rigger hoped the Bulldogs could win a state championshipin the A-AAAAA tournament. Decatur finished with an 18-3 record, 16-2 in the regular season. Besides the loss to Westminster, the other two losses came to much larger schools. The team was loaded with seniors, many who learned the game in recreation department leagues that Rigger formed about 10 years ago. Decatur High fielded its first varsity teams in 2007. Fox Five produced a report…
Tuesday, May 14, 2013
The Decatur High Bulldogs face Westminster at 6:30 p.m. Tuesday in Decatur Stadium.
The Decatur High boys lacrosse team faces Westminster on Tuesday night in its quest for a state championship. The game starts at 6:30 p.m. in Decatur Stadium. Tickets are $7. Bulldog cards are not accepted for the playoffs. If Decatur wins the semifinal game Tuesday, the team would play in the championship game Saturday. Decatur earned the home-field advantage because of its top seed. Decatur has already beaten Westminster this year, winning 10-7 in an April 5 game in Decatur. Head coach Wesley Hatfield said the team has been shooting for the state crown all year, according to a recent story in the DeKalb Neighbor Newspaper. He said, “With an enormous senior class we knew this team had a chance to do something special, and so far they have…
Friday, May 10, 2013
The Decatur High Bulldogs face Blessed Trinity at 7 p.m. Friday in the quarterfinals at Decatur High Stadium.
If you want to watch some high school lacrosse, find your way to the Decatur High Stadium. The Decatur High boys face Blessed Trinity at 7 p.m. Friday in the quarterfinals of the state A-AAAAA tournament. They played their first tournament game Tuesday against Kell and won 20-4. Decatur is the top seed in its tournament, meaning the Bulldogs will play all their games at home until they are eliminated or win the tournament. Decatur has a 17-2 record, with their only losses coming at the hands of McCallie (Tenn.) and Lassiter, which is the top seed among the AAAAAA schools. Decatur started varsity lacrosse in 2007. The Bulldogs were 14-6 last year and lost to Pope in the tournament semi-finals. According to the Decatur Bulldog Boosters …
Monday, March 4, 2013
Don Rigger started the lacrosse program in the Decatur Recreation Department before launching the high school team.
Don Rigger, the man who introduced lacrosse to Decatur, was inducted into the Georgia Lacrosse Hall of Fame Jan. 27 during a banquet at the Atlanta Marriott Northwest at the Galleria. Rigger created lacrosse leagues for the Decatur Recreation Department and started the Decatur High varsity team in 2007. He's now the head coach for the Decatur High team. In a May 2012 interview with Decatur/Avondale Estates Patch, Rigger said he played lacrosse as a kid in Maryland and while attending Washington and Lee in Virginia. He found few youth lacrosse teams when he moved to the Atlanta area in the mid-1980s. He started the Decatur recreation lacrosse leagues in the early 2000s, with those young players growing into the players on the high school …
Thursday, February 28, 2013
Teams will play Thursday-Saturday at the Decatur High Stadium.
The fifth annual ITP Lacrosse Touranment will be held Thursday-Saturday at the Decatur High School stadium. Decatur High has fielded a lacross team since 2007. Last year's team reached the semi-finals for its best showing in the state tournament. Tickets are $7 for adults, $5 for students and free for kids 10 and under. Decatur High and Renfroe Middle students receive a discount with student ID cards. The Decatur Bulldog Boosters provided this game schedule. Thursday Friday Saturday Go to the Decatur High lacross team webpage to see the team's season schedule.
Wednesday, May 16, 2012
The Bulldogs' season ends with an 11-6 loss to Pope in the semi-finals.
Several hundred supportive fans turned out Wednesday night to watch Decatur High's biggest lacrosse game ever: a matchup against Pope for a spot in the state championship game. But they left disappointed. Decatur fell behind quickly and never caught up to the Greyhounds. The final score was 11-6. Pope scored in the first seven seconds of the game to set the tone. Decatur's Jonah Florence responded with a goal at the 10:54 mark, but Pope dominated the rest of the half. The Greyhounds played ball control offense and systematically reeled off seven straight goals to make the score 8-1 at intermission. The Bulldogs got off very few shots. The third period opened with a bright spot or Decatur. Sophomore Deangelo Watkins scored at the 10:50 mark…
The two teams will battle for a spot in the state championship game.
The lacrosse teams are an athletic success story at Decatur High, but the 7:30 p.m. Wednesday home game against Pope High represents a new peak of accomplishment. For the first time, Decatur has reached the semi-finals of the state tournament. Said community coach Don Rigger, "This is uncharted territory for the Bulldogs." The game starts at 7:30 p.m. at Bulldog Stadium. Admission is $7 per person. The school has fielded boys and girls teams since 2005 and the boys' team has played in the state tournament yearly since 2007, Riggers said. Many of the boys have played together since recreation league was introduced to Decatur. Some of the top players for Decatur are defenders Davis Byrd, Sam Weitnauer and Branford Frison and offensive …
Don Rigger started the recreation leagues that now feed the Decatur High lacrosse team.
Don Rigger brought lacrosse to Decatur. Need proof? Go to Bulldog Stadium on Wednesday night and watch the Decatur High team battle Pope High in a semi-final game for the state championship. The action starts at 7:30 p.m. Many of the Decatur players learned the sport from Rigger years ago in recreation department leagues. He's still instructing them today as a community coach on the high school team. "I remember thinking when these guys get to high school they're going to have years of lacrosse under their belts," said Rigger, whose real job is with the Environmental Protection Agency. "All that lacrosse IQ is developed by playing together over years." Greg White, director of the Decatur Active Living Department, said Rigger has a passion …
Saturday, May 12, 2012
Bulldogs' lacrosse team has advanced to the state quarterfinals.
The Decatur High lacrosse team has moved into the quarterfinals of the state tournament and faces Chattahoochee High at 4 p.m. Saturday, May 12, at Bulldog Stadium. The game time has changed. It was originally 7:30 p.m. Chattahoochee High has an 8-1 area record and 15-2 season record. Decatur advanced by defeating Starr's Mill earlier in the week.
Wednesday, January 4, 2012
The club will be open to any student attending a school without a lacrosse team. It will be affiliated with Lakeside High.
Wednesday, January 4, 2012
High school students and eighth graders attending schools without lacrosse teams can sign up for a new club affiliated with Lakeside High School. Lakeside High School will field lacrosse club teams at both the varsity and junior varsity level this spring. The Lakeside Lacrosse teams will be open to all Lakeside students as well as area eighth graders and high school students from schools without their own teams. Only Decatur, Grady and Druid Hills high schools offer lacrosse as a high school sport, said club organizer Michael Kreager. Junior varsity will be for players who are new to the sport and varsity will be for players who have prior experience, but all interested players are welcome regardless of skill level or economic situation. …