Top-ranked boys High School club team Cathedral confirmed their ranking with an impressive run through the Midwest playoffs this past weekend, beating Lincoln Way 31-12, Marauders 52-0 and, in the final, Westerville 40-15.
Coach Scott Peterson said the games were more competitive than one might think.
“I don’t know how they seed it, but Lincoln Way was a very good team,” said Peterson. “We ran out to a 24-0 lead and then kind of fell asleep, and at 24-12 it was kind of closer than we would have liked.”
It was even more too-close-for-comfort against Westerville. The teams battled score for score into halftime. Cathedral led 12-7, then 19-7, then 19-12. A Westerville penalty just after halftime made it 19-15.
“You bet we were nervous,” said Paterson. “We had a yellow card and that made things difficult for us. But once that sin bin was over the guys got things rolling. That was good to see. They didn’t let it get to them. They hung in there and played the way they can.”
Leading the way was inside center Bryce Campbell, who scored two tries and was effective on defense as well. With the halfback combo of Joe Sullivan and Greg Wood clicking, they used the ball they had well.
Getting them the ball was a smart group of forwards led by prop Levi Kinney.
“Levi’s a senior and he played like it,” said Peterson.
The weekend puts Cathedral in excellent position to go into a National HS Club Invitational with confidence. They play Brownsburg in the Indiana quarterfinals this weekend, a warmup for the next week’s big event, and the Royal Irish go in as the top team, according to RUGBYMag.com, and deservedly so.
Samua Manoa was named part of the Aviva Premiership all-Premiership Dream Team Tuesday.
The former SFGG star was the only USA player named in the league’s official ESPN Dream Team:
Mike Brown (Harlequins); Horacio Agulla (Leicester), George Lowe (Harlequins), George Pisi (Northampton), Alesana Tuilagi (Leicester); Toby Flood (Leicester), Haydn Thomas (Exeter); Joe Marler (Harlequins), Schalk Brits (Saracens), Dan Cole (Leicester), Samu Manoa (Northampton), Geoff Parling (Leicester), Chris Robshaw (Harlequins) Capt, James Scaysbrook (Exeter) and Nick Easter (Harlequins)
STANFORD, Calif. - The Emirates Airline USA Rugby Girls’ High School National Championship Invitational will cap off a showcase weekend for Women’s rugby at Stanford University this coming Saturday and Sunday.
The Girls Championship will be held in conjunction with the Division I & II Women’s College Championships on May 12-13. USA Rugby’s Youth and High School Director Kurt Weaver says combining the event with the Colleges clearly defines the player’s pathway.
“With this event, the best get to play with the best, and the Coaches get to recruit. It’s a great showcase of the game and pathway from young ages and beyond.” Adding to the excitement will be a special appearance by USA Eagles Captain Todd Clever. Clever will be on hand Saturday, May 19 from 2-3 p.m. for autographs and pictures.
The action on the pitch features a rematch of last year’s championship match between top-ranked Fallbrook and No. 18 Amazons in the quarterfinals.
It's also notable that some of the top-ranked teams in the country will not be competing, such as No. 5 Mother Lode, No. 2 Summit, and No. 9 Lady Barbarians.
Tickets for the event are $10 for adults and $5 for kids 12 and under. You can get your tickets the day of the event at the stadium. Full bracket, schedule, and event details can be found below and at usarugby.org.
Fans can also catch all the day two action, being webcast LIVE from Stanford on the USA Rugby UStream Channel.
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