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Around the Nation in HS Rugby

Penn players celebrate their Midwest Championship. Tamara Tidey photo.

A quick look at the HS action around the country.

In Idaho, Rocky Mountain and Eagle will play for the Idaho state championship after both won semifinals this weekend.

Both results were something of a surprise. For Eagle, they came into the semis ranked #4 in the league, while Capital was #1. However, there wasn't that much difference among the top four. had indeed lost to Capital earlier in the season, but only 29-22. They'd finished 4-2. Eagle won Friday's semi 26-19.

In the other semi, #3 Rocky Mountain defeated #2 Mountain View. Both teams had been 5-1 (the same record as Capital), and their previous meeting had been a 30-29 Mountain View victory.

However, this time around, Rocky Mountain won going away, 50-14. Kyle van Tonder led the charge and was named player of the game, while his younger brother, Ethan, was also very strong.

In Northern California, Jesuit, De La Salle, and Bishop O'Dowd were winners. More on Jesuit and DLS here

O'Dowd won the DII final of San Joaquin Memorial. O'Dowd put on a clinical display of running rugby, scoring 10 tries to win 62-17.

Led by senior flyhalf Sam Taylor and wing Michael Schirmer, who together accounted for 37 of the Dragons 62 points, O'Dowd was almost unstoppable.

"Im really proud of our team and staff, this year has been quite a journey, I think we exceeded expectations and really over-achieved. I'm always sad when its over as this time of year is the most fun to coach because the kids really get it," said O'Dowd Head Coach Ray Lehner. "As always I am sad to say good bye to our seniors they are an extraordinary group of young men.  I hope that they will all continue to play rugby through college and after.  Sam (Taylor) was a wonderful captain, a playmaker and  genuine student of the game.  He will not be replaced easily."

Taylor scored the first try and Schirmer the next two before San Joaquin scored thier first. Ephraim Winston added a try, then Greg Gomez, and then Winston again. Taylor added three and Schirmer one more in the second half.


In New York, Xavier looked very impressive in bating a solid Fordham team 78-19. Pelham, meanwhile, had to work for it to beat Play Rugby USA 27-17. Flanker Steve Ramos and scrumhalf Luke Persanis played well, with Ramos leading the defensive effort, and Persanis controlled the tempo and made some key open-field stops. Play Rugby fullback Noah Geltman was an offensive danger.


The KC Jr. Blues won th Missouri State Championships. The Blues beat the St. Louis Mustangs in the opening round, and CBC 24-15 in the semis.

On Sunday, the Blues took on St. Louis University High. The Blues took a big lead, and then SLUH came storming back. The Jr. Blues got on the board quickly as SLUH dropped the opening kickoff and the Jr. Blues took the ball ran through several phases and crashed over to make it 7-0. They kept the pressure and scored another scored again at 10 minutes into the game making it 14-0.  Then at the 20 minute mark we added a third try to make it 21-0. Jr. Blues had two or three other scoring opportunities in the first half but didn't capitalize. So the half ended with us up 21-0.

Jr. Blues knocked on the kickoff starting the second half and it was recovered by SLUH and then they ran through several phases and crashed over to make 21-7. Then the Jr. Blues got on the wrong side of the referee and were penalized multiple times which gave SLUH good field position and they banged over to make it 21-14. The Jr. Blues responded with a long penalty from fullback Eric Angrissano to make it 24-14.  SLUH struck back with about 10 minutes to go to make it 24-19.  A few minutes later SLUH was penalized inside their half and Agrisano stroked a long 40-yard penalty to make it 27-19.  With about 30 seconds left the Jr. Blues had a scrum on their 5 meter line and the ball squirted out the back where the SLUH scrumhalf scooped the ball and ran across to make it 27-26 and that is how the game ended as the ensuing kickoff was knocked on and the game ended. Agrissano was named man of the match for Jr. Blues going 3-3 on conversions and 2-2 on penalties.  This is the Jr. Blues 5th straight Missouri State Championship.

The Woodlands won Texas. See more, including videos here.

Penn and Royal Irish won the Midwest Championships. See more here.

In Maryland, the Maryland Exiles beat Bethesda to win the state. See more here.


Already South Carolina champs, Wando defeated East Cobb 57-5 in MSIRL action. Wando's defense, and their pace on the wing, and their overall athleticism overwhelmed the Trojans.


Myer Park won North Carolina's single-school final

Back Bay and the Irvine Rhinos move on to the SoCal HS Club final.