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Written by RUGBYMag Staff    Monday, 30 April 2012 12:03    PDF Print Write e-mail
West Shore Wins Key Pa HS Battle
School Age - Boys


Mechanicsburg, Pa. -  The West Shore United Boys Rugby Club (RugbyMag #14 High School Club) and the Cumberland Valley Boys Rugby Club (RugbyMag #15 Single School) met at Chapman Field on the Cumberland Valley High School Campus to decide the EPRU Susquehanna District Championship on Friday evening. 

West Shore United outside center Max Williams tries to keep away Cumberland Valley center Brandon Stine while Joel Chapman comes up in support. Chapman and Stine both scored two tries in the game. Photo Nancy Zimmerman.  Both teams entered the match with identical 7-0 records with West Shore United in first place overall by one bonus point. The winner of the of match would clinch the District Championship and secure local bragging rights as the West Shore School District and Cumberland Valley School District border one another in Central Pennsylvania. 

Match conditions at kickoff were ideal with temperatures in the mid 50’s and no precipitation in the forecast. West Shore kicked off and CV was penalized for not releasing, but West Shore was not able to take advantage of CV’s early miscue and were penalized themselves. It quickly became apparent that the referee would play a big part in the match and the team that adapted more efficiently would have the edge.

The referee’s whistle continued to dominate play for much of the opening quarter as West Shore struggled to adapt. CV was camped inside the West Shore 22, but couldn’t find it’s way through the tough West Shore defense.  West Shore eventually caused a knock on, but were called for a barging penalty on the ensuing scrum and CV capitalized by converting a PK for a 3-0 lead. 

West Shore United would answer back quickly as they regained possession after the restart. After several phases of crash balls, United’s dynamic fly half Aaron Skonecki chip kicked over the CV defense and won the race to the ball, touching down for his 22nd try of the season. Wing Leo VanBuskirk converted for a 7-3 West Shore lead.

CV replied when flanker Devon Blewett stripped the ball from a West Shore player and broke several tackles on his 40-meter scamper to the tryline. The conversion failed, but CV regained the lead 8-7 at the midway point of the first half. Blewett continued to be a handful for the West Shore defense after the restart, but suffered a serious wrist injury after another strong run and had to leave the match. 

The seesaw battle continued as West Shore inside center Joel Chapman dotted down a converted try to put West Shore back on top 14-8.  CV had one more chance to score before halftime as West Shore was penalized inside their own 22 at the end of the first half.  The CV kick at goal hit the upright and went into touch and the half ended with West Shore up 14-8.

West Shore  came out firing in the second half.  Scrumhalf Austin Hoover scored the first try by spinning off the weak side of a ruck three meters out from goal for an unconverted try and a 19-8 lead. 

Joel Chapman would score again with VanBuskirk converting to extend the lead to 26-8, and it looked like West Shore was going to run away with the match.  CV had other plans, however, and scored minutes after Chapman’s try.  

CV moved the ball quickly to outside center Brandon Stine who fended off the West Shore defense and won the race to the corner flag for an unconverted try to cut the deficit to 26-13. 

West Shore fullback Collin ‘Jerry’ Bower exploited a gap to get that try back - 33-13. But unfortunately for West Shore, flyhalf Aaron Skonecki appeared to suffer a serious knee injury on the play. Skonecki is West Shore’s captain and all-time leading scorer. His injury seemed to take the wind out of the sails of the West Shore players.  

Cumberland Valley certainly took advantage, scoring through Stine. The conversion failed and West Shore held a 33-18 lead with ten minutes to play in the match.  VanBuskirk moved to flyhalf from wing and his tactical kicking kept Cumberland Valley pinned in their own end. West Shore would take advantage of the field position when CV was penalized for not releasing.  VanBuskirk calmly converted the PK and West Shore held on for the 36-18 victory.  

West Shore’s B side would complete the sweep with a 20-17 defeat of Cumberland Valley’s B side.

The players and coaches of both teams shared in a post-match meal provided by the Cumberland Valley Rugby Boosters.  West Shore United (8-0 league, 13-0 overall) will play Carlisle (5-2 league) next Friday for the top seed from the Susquehanna District for the Pennsylvania State playoffs.  Cumberland Valley (7-1 league) will play State College (6-2 league) for the top seed for Single Schools.

 

West Shore 36: 
Tries:  Chapman 2, Skonecki, Hoover, Bower
Convs: VanBuskirk 4
Pens: VanBuskirk
 

Cumberland Valley 18: 
Tries: Stine 2, Blewett
Pens: Stine
 

 

 

 
Written by Pat Clifton    Monday, 30 April 2012 11:01    PDF Print Write e-mail
Atlantic Coast Doles Out Accolades
Colleges - Men's DI College


University of Maryland fullback Trevor Tanifum and University of North Carolina inside center Amir Khan are the 2012 Atlantic Coast Rugby League Co-Players of the Year as voted on by the conference’s coaches. This is the second consecutive year that players from these two teams shared the honor.

Tanifum, a senior, and Khan, a junior, tied for the conference lead in tries with 9 apiece. Tanifum also took on much of Maryland’s kicking duties after Cima was lost for the year to an injury early in conference play. 

Both players boasted multiple multi-try games and were integral to their teams’ success. Tanifum’s importance to the Terrapins was underscored when he was injured last week in practice and was unavailable for Maryland’s national playoff game against Tennessee.

His absence was clearly noticeable, as the Terps lost to the Volunteers, a team they had beaten earlier in the season with Tanifum on the field. Khan, meanwhile, capped off his stellar season by being selected to play for the USA Rugby South Men’s All-Star side that will play the Bermuda national team next weekend in Atlanta.

Other award winners were Dan Collins from Clemson, who took home Freshman of the Year honors and Patrick Kane from Wake Forest who was voted the conference Coach of the Year.

A product of the famed Gonzaga high school program in Washington, DC, Collins excelled at hooker for the Tigers before a slew of injuries forced the coaching staff to move him to the flyhalf position. The Tigers proceeded to finish the season on a 5 game winning streak with Collins running the team in the number 10 jersey.  Kane, in his eighth year at the helm of Wake Forest, lead the Demon Deacons to a 4-3 record and fourth place conference finish after the team was picked to finish seventh in the coaches’ preseason poll.

Maryland and Clemson, who finished first and second respectively in the conference, led all teams in All-Conference players with eight apiece. Wake Forest was close behind with seven honorees. Maryland’s Matias Cima, last year’s Co-Player of the Year, was named Honorable Mention despite missing the majority of the season with a hamstring injury; a testament to the respect the coaches around the league have for his talent. Cima will be playing for the United States U-20 team this summer.

In keeping with its member schools’ emphasis on academics, the conference again named an All-Academic team, with one player from each school represented.  Wake Forest’s Brandon Turner and North Carolina State’s Brandon Mosiman were repeat All-Academic performers. Turner was the recipient of the prestigious Rhodes Scholarship this year and will attend Oxford in the fall, while Mosiman has maintained a perfect 4.0 GPA at NC State over four years while majoring in mechanical engineering.

A full list of the 2012 Atlantic Coast Rugby League All-Conference Teams and Award Winners is below.

2012 ACRL Co-Players of the Year: Amir Khan, UNC and Trevor Tanifum, Maryland
2012 ACRL Freshman of the Year
: Dan Collins, Clemson
2012 Coach of the Year
: Patrick Kane, Wake Forest

2012 All-ACRL First Team
Prop- Abe Harmon, NCSU
Prop- Tanner Hall, GT
Hooker-Alek Belokepetov, UNC
Lock- Christian Gutowski, Wake Forest
Lock- Spencer Hutchinson, Clemson
Lock- Ron Pelkey, Virginia Tech
Loose Forward- Brendan Shea, Wake Forest
Loose Forward- Keith Sneddon, Maryland
Loose Forward- Mic Minichiello, Virginia Tech
Forward- Bill Whelan, Virginia Tech
Forward- Matt Pace, NCSU
Flyhalf/Hooker- Dan Collins, Clemson
Scrumhalf-Tyler Thompson, Clemson
Scrumhalf- Chris Curtin, UVA
Flyhalf- Rob Kelly, Wake Forest
Inside Center- Amir Khan, UNC
Outside Center- Dan Hudgens, UNC
Wing- Tyler Blaser, Clemson
Wing/Fullback- Trevor Tanifum, Maryland
Fullback- Johnny McMurray, Wake Forest
Back- Evan Burch, UVA
Back- John Davis, Maryland

 

2012 All-ACRL Honorable Mention
Prop- Victor Ochy, Maryland
Prop- Max Simons, Clemson
Hooker- Kevin Hurley, Virginia Tech
Hooker- Nate Young, Georgia Tech
Hooker- Luna Mishoe, Maryland
Lock- James Watson, Wake Forest
Lock- Joseph Murphy, UVA
Loose Forward- Matt Fetty, Clemson
Loose Forward- Dylan Martin, NCSU
Loose Forward- Tommy Evans, Clemson
Scumhalf- Pat Pacious, Maryland
Flyhalf- Matias Cima, Maryland
Flyhalf- Dylan Cunningham, UNC
Inside Center- Nolan Courvall, Clemson
Inside Center- Matt Heitzer, Virginia Tech
Outside Center- Ryan Tacon, Wake Forest
Wing- Brandon Cree, Maryland
Wing- Brandon Turner, Wake Forest
Fullback- Stefan Friend, Clemson

2012 All-Academic Team
Chris DiSanto, Clemson (Management, 3.72 GPA)
Karl Sofinowski, Georgia Tech (Materials Science Engineering, 4.0)
Drew Herpel, Maryland (Electrical Engineering, 3.96)
Brandon Mosiman, North Carolina State (Mechanical Engineering, 4.0)
Alek Belokepetov, UNC (Mathematics and Economics, 3.925)
Brandon McMichael, Virginia Tech (Marketing, 3.7)
Kevin McGrath, Virginia (Finance and Accounting, 3.77)
Brandon Turner, Wake Forest (Biophysics, 3.89)

 
Written by Pat Clifton    Monday, 30 April 2012 07:56    PDF Print Write e-mail
Men's DIII Playoff Update, Bracket
Clubs - Men's DII Clubs


The DIII club playoff field is set, and if the past two years is any indication, the Kansas City Blues and New Orleans have pretty good shots at winning it all. Last season Metropolis, which also fields a DI side, won the title, and in 2010 OMBAC, which fields a DI side, won the championship.

The team that won it the year before? Northern State of Aberdeen, SD. They're back in the Sweet 16, too. So is Syracuse, runners-up to Metropolis last year.

SoCal Final
South Bay Rhinos 41 - 13 Sin City Irish

South Final
New Orleans D3 18 - 5 Gainesville

Midwest Final
Cleveland Rovers 84 - 0 St. Paul Jazz Pigs

Mid-Atlantic Final
Philly-Whitemarsh 37 - 32 Virginia

West Final
Wichita 25 - 17 Northern State
West Consolation
KC Blues D3 25 - 17 St. Louis Hornets


 
Written by Pat Clifton    Monday, 30 April 2012 08:05    PDF Print Write e-mail
Bademosi Expected to Join Browns
Sevens - USA Sevens Men


Former Gonzaga star and Stanford cornerback Johnson Bademosi is reportedly expected to sign an undrafted rookie free-agent contract with the Cleveland Browns, RUGBYMag has learned.

Bademosi was regularly on the field for the Cardinal the past two years, and he significantly bolstered his pro chances by running a sub 4.4 forty at his Pro Day.

Each NFL team is allowed to carry 90 players on its roster before having to trim down to 53 prior to the regular season. They can then add eight to a practice squad.

If Bademosi doesn't stick in the NFL, could he be a potential 7s Eagle?

 
Written by Pat Clifton    Sunday, 29 April 2012 23:13    PDF Print Write e-mail
Big Green Stave off Hungry Seawolves
Colleges - Men's DI College


It didn’t look at first like Dartmouth would dominate Sunday’s quarterfinal against Stony Brook, as the Big Green were on the wrong side of the whistle and trailed 12-0 after the first 10 minutes.

“They’re a good team if they have go-forward ball. They have strong runners,” said Dartmouth coach Alex Magleby of Stony Brook.

“They play with a lot of width, if they can have a clear platform, and certainly we had a lot of penalties in the beginning that helped them out. As we were figuring out the ref, they took advantage of it. I’m pretty impressed with a couple of their runners, and their coach has done a pretty good job teaching them to play with some width.”

Two of those impressive runners are No. 8 Andrew Kozak and wing Eric Otoigiakhi, who dotted down the early tries for the Seawolves.

Dartmouth’s penalty troubles reached a climax when inside center Derek Fish was yellow carded in the 15th minute for the Big Green’s repeated infringements.

With Fish in the bin, Dartmouth nearly got on the board twice, knocking on in-goal and just short of pay dirt another time.

The Big Green finally did score when Clark Judge dotted down in the 25th minute, and again in the 29th minute when lock Nate Brakeley thundered in after catching a long lineout pass. After freshman fullback Madison Hughes’ conversion, the early deficit was erased.

Hughes slotted a penalty a few minutes later and set up the next score by breaking through a tackle on a counterattack and offloading to Ryan Milligan for a try, which Hughes converted, to put Dartmouth up 22-12 at halftime.

The Big Green continued to take the air out of the ball in the second half, owning possession and territory. Otoigiakhi and Michael St. Clair combine for maybe the most lethal wing combination in all of DI-AA, but the Seawolves’ speedsters weren’t able to get any ball in space.

“After we caught our breathe after the first 10 minutes we were bale to squeeze the game at that point,” said Magleby. “It wasn’t pretty rugby in any way, but it was effective…Just have the ball down in their end, and they’ll tire out. Opportunities will come.”

Dartmouth added three tries, a conversion and a penalty goal in the second half to round out the lopsided victory.

Impressive on the day was Hughes, who bagged 12 points with his boot, but also played well with ball in hand.

“He’s a handy player,” said Magleby of Hughes. “Just the first year and he’s done well. Junior All-American. He’s a good player.”

In the final four for the first time since since 1988, the Big Green draw defending champs Davenport in the semifinals May 18 in Sandy, Utah.

 


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