Rugby Montana crowned its girls HS champions late last month with the Bitterroot Koa Wahines edging the Kalispell Black & Blue 19-10 in the final.
The Koa Wahines hit their peak at the right time, cruising through the playoffs with wins of 33-5 and 48-0 before taking on the very tough Black & Blue, a game that Coach Dana Cather called a slugfest.
Flathead Valley's Black and Blue team defeated the Mud Dogs of Missoula 19-12 this past weekend to win the Montana Youth Rugby Boys HS championships.
The Black and Blue ended the season 8-0-1, and held on in a tough, physical match.
Payton Boyce scored three tries for Black and Blue and was named player of the game.
The Montana State HS season is underway with Black & Blue, Missoula Mud Dogs, Montana Iron Horse, and Helena all having registered wins, but the big victory is of a more important kind.
Helena came out of nowhere to win the Montana Boys HS championships this spring, coming into the state playoffs seeded 6th, but winning it all.
The final was played against Bitteroot, and was played in honor of a Helena player who had committed suicide - the game was played on the late player’s birthday.