Penn HS defeated top-ranked HS club Royal Irish 22-19 Saturday in a Rugby Indiana Boys Super League match.
Played in heavy wind, the game hinged somewhat on how the wind was used. Royal Irish won the toss and opted to play with the wind in the second half. By that time they were behind 15-5.
In a clash of two top-10 HS teams, Penn HS edged Fishers 28-25 in Rugby Indiana league play over the weekend.
The game was slated to be played at Fishers, but weather made that field unplayable, and so Fishers Rugby requested the game be moved to Penn's fields in Elkhart, Ind. That accommodation made, the game was on and both teams brought the physicality.
The Midwest Boys HS Championships kicks off this weekend and it's a new-look tournament.
Previous years have seen the tournament split into HS Club and Single-School brackets. However, that has not been the best option, especially as Royal Irish has won fairly easily on the club side.
The Indiana Hawks, Indiana Speed, and Celtic Elite met up in a girls Midwest All-Star Challenge this past weekend in what is basically a preview of the upcoming Midwest RCT.
The Indiana Hawks won both of their gams, beating the Speed 27-20 and the Celtic Elite 32-26. The Celtic Elite defeated the Speed to go 1-1, and the Celtic Elite JV Girls went 2-0.
Royal Irish capped off a torrid few weeks with a 19-15 defeat of Penn to win the Indiana state championship.
Penn HS put in a big score Saturday in the Indiana Boys HS Super League, beating Hamilton SE 97-5.
Strength in th scrums allowed Penn to launch their back row attack. That, coupled with being able to steal four scrum put-ins, gave Penn a nice attacking platform.
Head Coach Bart Bottorff said he was pleased to see his team move the ball unselfishly.
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Fishers logged an impressive victory in Indiana league play over the weekend, beating Brownsburg 22-19.
Rugby Indiana team Culver Military Academy is on tour in South America and already the team has played two games and enjoyed some special experiences.
Big changes are afoot in the Midwest leagues, as both Rugby Indiana and Rugby Illinois have made some adjustments.
The changes come about because of Notre Dame de La Salette. The small Catholic school in downstate Illinois has for years been a nationally-ranked program, and has traditionally played in the Rugby Indiana Super League.
Carroll HS of Fort Wayne defeated Penn HS 22-12 in the final of the inaugural Rugby Indiana Boys HS 7s league.
"This is our 1st year of 7s," said Carroll Coach Tom Riethmiller. "It's a good way to recruit, with the help from Olympic exposure, and re-energize our returning players. They get to play different positions at a higher pace."