SHS rugby crushes Tues. competition
The Summit High School Tigers rugby team stuffed Regis Jesuit High School Tuesday, winning their season opener, 36-0.
Head coach Karl Barth was pleased with the performance, but he’s keeping a reserved, constant monitor on his team’s progress.
“Having not seen (the players) play against other people – you never know when you play yourself,” Barth was unsure how his team would play.
Turned out they did just fine, being a bit rough around the edges in the first half but cleaning up the mistakes in the second half.
Junior Maddie Hunt-Snyder was the star of the night with three tries for 15 points. Sophomore Morgan Courtney followed closely with three conversions for 11 points. Juniors Lilly Weldon and Kayce Chaparas each had a try as well, for 5 points each.
On the defense, senior Hailey Wyatt “was a beast,” Barth said.
“Her hits were unbelievable. She punished people with huge tackles,” he said, adding that though she had few touches offensively, she dominated defensively.
Barth also highlighted senior Diane Mastin’s performance at the flyhalf position – her second game in the slot – and senior Julia Tompson’s skill at the lock position.
Barth has a positive outlook for Saturday’s 1 p.m. game against Chaparral High School, saying, “based on last year, we should be fine. They have a few good players returning. We’ll have to wait and see what they have.”
Ideally, the team will go into the game with continued good health, but the lineup will likely juggle a bit, since an all-state player sat the bench in Tuesday’s game. It just means there’s strong competition for each position, Barth said.
Vanessa Barios (12) – Prop
Ani Casabone (10) – Flanker
Nicole Chandler (12) – Lock
Kayce Chaparas (11) – Flanker
Chelsea Christianson (12) – Center
Kellie Cochran (12) – Flyhalf
Morgan Courtney (10) – Center
Rachael Fitch (10) – Prop
Miqui Fowler (11) – Flanker
Megan Harville (10) – Lock
Kalee Hollingsworth (10) – Wing
Maddie Hunt-Snyder (11) – Fullback
L’amour Johnson (12) – Hooker
Izzy Luna (11) – Flyhalf
McKay Manis (11) – Flyhalf
Diane Mastin (12) – Halfback
Jessie May (12) – Hooker
Katy Peoples (12) – Prop
Elida Ramirez (10) – Hooker
Angie Ramos (10) – Halfback
Vollya Sergeeva (12) – Lock
Bailey Thompson (11) – Center
Julia Tompson (12) – Lock
Nicky Wagner (10) – Hooker
Lilly Weldon (11) – No. 8
Alex Whitt (10) – Lock
Caroline Wilson (10) – Fullback
Hailey Wyatt (12) – Wing
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