Grant upset Canby in the final of the Rugby Oregon HS girls championship this past weekend in a thriller.
The game was filled with excitement from start to finish, with Grant sealing the deal in the last minute with a try.
This is the Grant girls’ fifth year as a team, but only their first year competing DI. According to coach Eric Zimmerman, it was the older, more experienced girls who have been playing in the local All-Star program that stepped it up this season, bringing an intensity and knowledge to the game that inspired and educated the younger girls on the team.
The key player this game was standout senior Emily Richardson. She converted every try, even from tough angles, and was clutch in her final game. Teammates and co-captains Courtney Kawamoto and Ana Kalamasoni were also essential to the victory, leading the team throughout the match.
Canby was a tough opponent; they were disciplined, committing very few penalties, but could not hold out Grant at the last.
“I attribute the success of this season to a great group of girls who are always working together and encouraging each other,” said Zimmerman.