Written by Press Release    Thursday, 21 April 2011 06:00    PDF Print Write e-mail
HSAA Camp Ready
National Teams - Age-Grade Men

BOULDER, Colo. - The USA Rugby Boy’s High School All Americans (HSAAs) are set to assemble in Tempe, Ariz. for their annual spring assembly from April 21 – 24 at Arizona State University.  Over 60 athletes from across the country will attend the camp. 

The assembly begins on Friday where players will undergo fitness testing and training sessions at ASU’s Student Rec Facilities. These sessions will be designed to develop skills, and prepare the HSAAs for matches on Saturday and Sunday against nationally ranked Under 19 teams from Tempe and Red Mountain, respectively.

Dobson ImagesHead Coach Salty Thompson has cast a wide net in search of the most talented players ahead of this summer’s HSAA tour to South Africa. While the tour is in Thompson’s plain sight, he is also keeping one eye to the future of the program.

“We're looking for the best players in high school now but also building for future HSAA representation,” Thompson said.

“In addition to outstanding seniors, we've invited a significant number of underclassmen who have athletic talent and rugby skills.”

With the help of Aircraft Charter Solutions, the official sponsor of the 2011 High School All-Americans, Thompson is able to work with a large amount of athletes in a short time frame.

Thompson’s goals for the assembly as not only to find the best talent, but provide an excellent instructional experience for all players; challenge all players to significantly improve their performance; and create a high performance culture where players, coaches, and staff contribute and enjoy the experience.

Former age-grade players that have gone on to international and professional rugby are proof that age-grade players and camps all contribute to the senior national team.

“We're building depth. The likes of Scott LaValla, Zack Test, Shawn Pittman, Taylor Mokate and Tai Enosa were in age-grade camps for a number of years before they moved into the senior international ranks.”

Looking ahead to the Summer Tour to South Africa, Thompson and his staff will also be scouting players at regional All-Star Tournaments held across the country to get a look at as many athletes as possible before touring squad selections are made in late June.

“I encourage coaches to promote their players and contact me. The earlier we get to hear about good prospects the better. We understand most of our best athletes will go for college football opportunities, but let’s give them a taste of age-grade international rugby on the way,” Thompson said. 

Coaches can recommend players for the Boy’s High School All-Americans by completing this form: http://tinyurl.com/playernomination.

 

BOY’S HIGH SCHOOL ALL-AMERICAN PLAYER POOL

Last Name

First Name

Position

Player's Current Team

State

Allbritton

Bear

13

Alliance RFC

TX

Taylor

Zachary

10

Alliance RFC

TX

Backus

Christian

8

Belmont High School RFC

MA

Theodat

Todd

8

Boston College Prep RFC

MA

McMahon

Derek

9

Brother Rice High School

IL

Kaczmarczyk

Andrzej

1

Brother Rice High School

IL

Hayes

Taylor

14

Calgary Canucks

Alberta

Roberson

Jess

4

Colorado Springs Grizzlies HS Rugby Club

CO

Black

Michael

10

Colorado Springs Grizzlies HS Rugby Club

CO

Mechtly

Matthew

2

Colorado Springs Grizzlies HS Rugby Club

CO

Hamilton

Luc

4

De La Salle High School

CA

Simons

Blake

8

De La Salle High School

CA

Salaber

Nicholas

6

Dixon Rugby Football Club

CA

Sakalia

Alofagia

15

East Palo Alto Razorbacks

CA

Roble

Spencer

4

Edina Rugby

MN

Whyte

Colin

10

Fullerton Lions

CA

Brake

Josh

12

Glendale Raptors U19

CO

Strickler

Colton

10

Glendale Raptors U19

CO

Vredevoogd

Clark

10

Grandville High School

MI

Korvick

Richard

7

Kansas City Jr. Blues

KS

Concannon

Caleb

3

Kansas City Jr. Blues

MO

Warner

Robbie

4

Linn Benton Rugby

OR

Brown

Stratton

14

Lowland Rugby Club

UT

Laei

Tua

15

Lowland Rugby Club

UT

Baylor

Henry

1

Marin Highlanders

CA

Calzaretta

Jeffery

2

Marin Highlanders

CA

Collins

Grant

10

Marin Highlanders

CA

Hardiman

Brendan

7

Marin Highlanders

CA

Whiting

Schuyler

13

Marin Highlanders

CA

Stachowiak

Thomas

2

Mishawaka Marian

IN

Chomiczewski

Josh

14

Montini Catholic HS

IL

Huizinega

Casper

1

Morris Rugby Club

NJ

Aisea

Sione

10

Oregon Rugby

OR

Collins

Christian

4

Peninsula Green

CA

Johnston

Mackenzie

7

Peninsula Green

CA

Qoro

Nemia

13

Peninsula Green

CA

Tameilau

Maka

3

Peninsula Green

CA

Taufahema

Sione

11

Peninsula Green

CA

Moscone

Gavin

2

PITS Rugby

CA

Milne

Jesse

14

PITS Rugby

CA

Miller

Zack

10

Raiders RFC

GA

Silliman

John Michael

4

Raiders RFC

GA

Vaitafa

Seteone (Tony)

13

Red Mtn. Youth

AZ

Lalor

Danny

15

San Francisco Golden Gate Rugby

CA

Sierocinski

Andrew

8

Santa Rosa Rugby

CA

Rossi

Alex

9

Scottsdale U19

AZ

Falcon

Cameron

3

Shaw Eagle rugby

LA

Hall

Henry

3

St. George's School

BC

White

Parker

6

St. Thomas High School

TX

Hutchings

Charley

9

Tampa Barbarians

FL

Taefu

Alex

9

Tempe U19

AZ

Blank

Aaron

7

Tempe U19

AZ

Fifita

Kelepi

3

Tempe U19

AZ

Hartzler

Levi

2

Tempe U19

AZ

Lebeau

Eddie

3

Tempe U19

AZ

Vaifale

James

15

Tempe U19

AZ

Hedley IV

William

9

Union County Mudturtles U19

NJ

Pretorius

Christiaan

10

Warrenton Wolfpack

VA

Reid

Michael

9

Warrenton Wolfpack

VA

Breda

Dionino

2

West Carroll Marauders

MD


Invited but Unavailable

Filikitonga

Lemoto

12

San Mateo Warriors

CA

Naufahu

George

13

San Mateo Warriors

CA

Locker

Riley

9

Chuckanut Bay Rugby

WA

Mcauliffe

Jack

15

Gonzaga College High School

VA

Bloomfield

Tevita

12

Highland Rugby

UT

Bush

Michael

6

Jesuit High School Rugby Football Club

CA

Barrientes

Patrick

12

Jesuit High School Rugby Football Club

CA

Chipman

Matt

14

Jesuit High School Rugby Football Club

CA

Boyer

Nicklas

9

Jesuit High School Rugby Football Club

CA

Gilbert

Parker

10

London Wasps

UK

Wagner

Shawn

3

PENN Rugby

IN

Kaliopasi

Vaitai

4

Penninsula Green Beavers

CA

Corrado

Joseph

6

Xavier High School Rugby Club

NJ