North Bay Rugby High School Girls’ Team heads to national tournament in Massachusetts

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Front Row (from left to right): Hailey Thomas, Casey Calder, Brianna Imeidopf, Lila O’Bryant, Morgan Lippert, Janie Ranken, Anna Benko, Carley Tilton, Sarah Thompson, Asimina Georgiades, Margo Sybert Middle Row (from left to right): Coach Breanna Matarazzo, Elisa Rivera, Emily Abrecht, Hope Nesbitt, Hannah Sample, Taylor Carty, Amber Steinhilber, Adriana Davids, Katelyn Comeau, Kirsten McDonough, Stephanie Rivera, Coach Jaymie Schwarting Back Row (from left to right): Coach David Bayne, Breanna Knorr, Samantha Kelly, Kathryn Thompson, Megan Cooper, Rachel Hornung, Emilia Ferrara, Paige Ward, Jessica Holden, Rien Hachmann, Head Coach Scott Hoffman Not pictured: Lexus Brooks, Sloane Dela Cruz, Ciara Harbaugh, Samantha Imeidopf, Shannon Mister, Alex Rose, Kaitlyn Schwarting, Emily Woodruff, Coach Zeno Pizzighella, and Administrator Ellen Hickey Photo Credit: Rusty Creswell
Front Row (from left to right): Hailey Thomas, Casey Calder, Brianna Imeidopf, Lila O’Bryant, Morgan Lippert, Janie Ranken, Anna Benko, Carley Tilton, Sarah Thompson, Asimina Georgiades, Margo Sybert
Middle Row (from left to right): Coach Breanna Matarazzo, Elisa Rivera, Emily Abrecht, Hope Nesbitt, Hannah Sample, Taylor Carty, Amber Steinhilber, Adriana Davids, Katelyn Comeau, Kirsten McDonough, Stephanie Rivera, Coach Jaymie Schwarting
Back Row (from left to right): Coach David Bayne, Breanna Knorr, Samantha Kelly, Kathryn Thompson, Megan Cooper, Rachel Hornung, Emilia Ferrara, Paige Ward, Jessica Holden, Rien Hachmann, Head Coach Scott Hoffman
Not pictured: Lexus Brooks, Sloane Dela Cruz, Ciara Harbaugh, Samantha Imeidopf, Shannon Mister, Alex Rose, Kaitlyn Schwarting, Emily Woodruff, Coach Zeno Pizzighella, and Administrator Ellen Hickey
Photo Credit: Rusty Creswell

The North Bay Rugby High School girls team sent along the following news about its invitation to play in the National High School Rugby Championships in Massachusetts next week. Here are the details:

NORTH BAY RUGBY HIGH SCHOOL GIRLS TO COMPETE IN GIRLS HS NATIONAL INVITATIONAL TOURNAMENT (NIT)

 

Aberdeen, Md., May 10, 2014 – North Bay Rugby High School Girls’ Team has been invited to the National High School Rugby Championships that take place on May 17-18 in Pittsfield, Massachusetts.  They are one of only 16 teams invited to compete for the national title.

“This is a once in a lifetime accomplishment and will go down in our history as a crowning achievement for all of North Bay,” said Ellen Hickey, North Bay Rugby’s Youth and High School Commissioner.

North Bay had an impressive perfect season in league play, going undefeated with only two tries scored against them.  Ranked first going into the Rugby Maryland State Championship Finals, they emerged with the girls’ high school Division I championship after defeating Eleanor Roosevelt High School 67-0.  Coincidentally, North Bay’s Division II team was also ranked first and captured the Division II title by defeating TC Williams High School 75-5. 

The team also participated in two international tournaments this season with a spectacular showing at both, winning 6 of their 7 matches.  These tournaments presented the greatest challenge while facing Canadian teams and fellow NIT invitees.

 

Their pre-game chant, “I Believe That We Will Win,” has been a defining message for the entire team.  The team has truly embodied this motto while working tirelessly toward the most challenging of goals.

“I BELIEVE…. that our destiny is yet to be fulfilled,” said head coach Scott Hoffman.

An Aberdeen Parks and Recreation Program, North Bay Youth Rugby was started in 2000 with U-19 High School Rugby following in 2004.  Throughout the years, students representing every high school in Harford County have participated.  In addition, players from Baltimore and Cecil Counties, as well as homeschooled students, have signed up to learn about and compete in this unique sport.  Each year, 90 high schoolers and 90 youth participate in the rugby program.

For more information on the North Bay Rugby programs, visit, http://www.harfordcountymd.gov/parks_rec/Programs.cfm?Council=1 or contact Ellen Hickey at Ellieirish@verizon.net.

For more information on the National High School Rugby Championships, visit, www.RugbyChampionships.org.