Scholz and Sorensen Award News
It's that time again, as we start to think who might be the top college rugby players in the country.
That would be the Rudy Scholz Award for men and the MA Sorensen Award for women. The awards are selected by a combination of fan voting, coach voting, and a panel of experts.
Life University center Harley Wheeler, newly-minted D1A champion, has won the Rudy Scholz Award as the top men’s college player of 2018-19.
Dartmouth College center Emily Henrich, already capped by the USA as a freshman, has won the MA Sorensen Award as the top women’s college player of 2018-19.
Henrich, who earned her first USA cap in November against New Zealand, has entered college rugby and not missed a step after being a high school standout for Orchard Park in New York, and with the select touring side Atlantis.
College teams as well as players and fans from around the country have voted to create the list of five finalists for the Rudy Scholz Award.
Given annually to the top men's college player in the country, the Rudy Scholz Award is sponsored by the Washington Athletic Club in Seattle, WA and has been presented each of the last three years.
Votes from college teams and from players and fans from around the country have finalized the five finalist for the MA Sorensen Award.
The 2019 MA Sorensen Award Finalists are (photos in order of player, photo credit below):
Fans and teams can vote to whittle the Rudy Scholz and MA Sorensen award nominees down to the finalists.
Here's how you can make your voice heard:
(Voting wraps up April 19)
If you are a coach or key leader of a college rugby team, vote here:
The nominees for the MA Sorensen Award for the top women's college player in the country have been released.
The award is named after groundbreaking William & Mary and USA prop MaryAnne Sorensen, who was a pioneer in the women's game as a player and a coach, and remains a highly-respected doctor. Sorensen has been present at all three Sorensen Award presentations.
The nominees for the Rudy Scholz Award have been released.
The award is named after former Santa Clara rugby star and two-time Olympic gold medalist Rudy Scholz, and since 2016 has been given annually to the best men's college rugby player in the country.
Fans can submit their nominations for the 2018-19 MA Sorensen Award for the top women's college rugby player in the country.
The award is given out every year by the Washington Athletic Club of Seattle, Wash., and is named after trailblazing prop and Rugby World Cup winner MA Sorense - who has graciously appeared every year to present the award.
The Rudy Scholz Award is given annually by the Washington Athletic Club of Seattle to the best men's college rugby player in the country.
Game jerseys from each of the six current Washington Athletic Club award-winners are now officially on display at the WAC's Hagerty's Bar in Seattle.
The top two college rugby players in the country will be honored Saturday in Seattle.
The Washington Athletic Club began sponsoring the Rudy Scholz Award and the MA Sorensen Award for the top men's and women's college rugby players (respectively) in 2016. That year, Dylan Audsley of Saint Mary's and Hope Rogers of Penn State were honored.