The Rainier Highlanders held off the Eastside Lions to win the Rugby Washington Boys HS final this past weekend.
It was a tight playoff throughout as Rainier beat Liberty only by 19-14 in the semifinals. Eastside, the #1 seed, took down Budd Bay 31-5.
Liberty HS moved to 3-0 in Rugby Washington boys DI action, and in doing so, defeated the defending state champs.
Liberty edged the Rainier Highlanders 22-19 Saturday, after having defeated Eastside 42-12 and Seattle 68-5. Head Coach Jeff Candler said he was expecting the Highlanders game to be a difficult one.
Week two in Rugby Washington and Budd Bay hosts Eastside while Chuckanut and Liberty are on the road.
The Rugby Washington boys HS season kicks off this weekend.
This remains one of the most competitive high school leagues in the country. Two season ago Budd Bay finished 5-5 in the regular season and then ran through the playoffs to win the state title. Last year, the Rainier Highlanders won a year after being in DII.
In an interesting turn of events this summer, the Rugby Washington Boys HS 7s championship was won by a JV team.
In the final tournament of the season, the Rainier Highlanders, the program that also won the Boys 15s title, fielded two teams, a Varsity and a JV squad.