GoffRugby Report brought Deion Mikesell to fans' attention three years ago when he was still in high school.
The special think about Mikesell was that he had played 7s almost exclusively as he had learned his rugby in the Iowa HS league, which is a 7s league.
Four of the top six men's college teams are in action live today.
Lindenwood (#6 ranked by FloRugby) is at Life (#2). It kicks off at 1pm ET and is live here (Signup required, but it's worth it).
The Lindenwood HS tournament returns to St. Charles, Mo. with some of the top high school teams in the middle of the USA, and will be live-streamed by www.FloRugby.com, as well.
Speeding down the sidelines to win 7s games for Lindenwood, Cristian Rodriguez is one of several talented young rugby players for the Lions who helped the St. Charles, Mo. outfit win their 2nd USA Rugby 7s College Championships in the last three years.
We’re down to four in the DIA playoffs as Saint Mary’s, BYU, Arizona, and Life all won.
Of those four games, Life v Lindenwood was easily the closest, although Indiana put up a a fight against BYU.
So there's the little matter of the DIA Quarterfinals Saturday, with eight teams left with a rugby game and a dream.
Baylor hosts Arizona, broadcast live by FloSports.
Lindenwood University defeated Davenport 36-14 Saturday in a game that doubled as the final Mid-South league game and next week's DIA playoff.
Since Lindenwood and Davenport were slated to play in the DIA playoffs anyway, Lindenwood offered Davenport the option of making this game count twice, thus saving Davenport the trip to St. Charles, Mo. next week.
Baylor's defeat of LSU in the Red River Conference final puts the entire DIA playoff picture into some muddiness as we await the latest rankings.
(This article contains some changes from the original based on what teams will be playing in the playoffs ... basically we shouldn't have had Arkansas State in there, sorry -AG)
Life University finished off their Mid-South season with a 6-0 record after defeating Davenport 45-11 Saturday.
Lindenwood University defeated Davenport 32-10 in the only Mid-South game of the weekend Saturday night.
It's not too early to look at the DIA playoff scenarios, and in fact we're almost at a point where the playoff teams could be mostly confirmed.
Here's the rundown:
Rugby East. Penn State won the Rugby East and will go to the Varsity Cup instead. The rest of the teams in Rugby East are playing 7s or the Varsity Cup, so we won't see a Rugby East team in the playoffs at all.
The Mid-South may well be all LIfe's now as the Running Eagles are 3-0, and Arkansas State and Lindenwood tied on Sunday.
Lindenwood just came from winning the Men's College 7s at the Las Vegas Invitational, and while Head Coach Josh Macy rested some players and left them home to prepare for Sunday's 15s game, he also brought his 7s players back quickly to help out.