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2014 Girls High School Player of the Year

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2014 Girls High School Player of the Year

Photo courtesy Youth Olympic Games



Of all of the awards, this one is a true no-brainer. Tess Feury was everywhere in 2014 – from Las Vegas, to Pittsfield (Mass.), to Philly, to China, to Florida – and she only spent half of it as a high schooler.

Feury piqued attention when she was invited to a USA 7s camp the summer prior, and the New Jersey native added to her buzz as she led Atlantis’ first-ever U19 squad at the Las Vegas Invitational. Upon her return to the East Coast, she helped her home team, Morris, to a DII 2nd place finish at high school nationals, a hot bed for college scouts (she later committed to DI champion Penn State).

The following month, she was back playing 7s for the New Jersey Blaze, this time for a High School Rugby Challenge title in Philadelphia. After a humbling pool play loss to Doylestown, the all-star team rallied through the playoffs to set up a rematch inside PPL Park.

The team got behind quickly, 10-0, and Feury had had enough. She willed her team onto the board, scoring the first try for the Blaze, and emotionally led the squad to a thrilling 26-15 victory. It was a very compelling match, one that continued to propel Feury into the spotlight.

That light couldn’t have become any brighter, as Feury captained the USA during rugby’s first inclusion in the Youth Olympic Games. The Americans finished fourth out of six, but Feury showed the world what a talented, good-spirited athlete she is – a perfect emblem for the U.S.

Feury is now a freshman at PSU, and she fit into the team’s culture perfectly. Her first season with the best team in the country couldn’t have gone better, as the wing was named MVP of the DI fall championship. Big things lie ahead for Feury, and we expect to see her on podiums and medals to come.