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Orlin named rugby player of the year

Special to the Daily/Mark FoxSummit High School graduate Kate Orlin, with ball, was named the girls high school player of the year by the Eastern Rockies Rugby Football Union.

FARMER’S KORNER – Summit High School graduate Kate Orlin, who starred for four years on Summit’s U19 girls rugby club team, has been named the 2004 Eastern Rockies Rugby Football Union (ERRFU) high school player of the year.Orlin, who graduated in May and now attends Northeastern University in Boston, received the Shalanda Baker Shield in absentia last month at EERFU’s year-end awards banquet. The award recognizes high school players whose talents are complemented by superior sportsmanship and excellent academic records.

Orlin left Summit as the club’s alltime leading scorer, and finished her career as one of the top 10 scorers in state history, as well. In the classroom, the 2004 SHS grad compiled an impressive 3.8 GPA.”I’ve known the girls that (received the award) before me and the standards it takes to achieve it, so it was just really nice to know that they consider me the same way,” she said.In addition to leading the Tigers, Orlin also played for two years on the U19 girls national team.

“She’s a fabulous player,” said Summit coach Karl Barth, who is also the head coach of the national team. “Probably one of the best at reading the field and making decisions, not only at Summit but on the national team, too.”Orlin, who played flyhalf (quarterback, more or less) for both teams, made a living by squirming through holes with a quickness that more than made up for her slight (5-foot-2) size. And according to Barth, she was always one of the toughest girls on the pitch despite her stature.”You could never get her down,” Barth said. “She’d scrap and fight with the best of them. Even when it looked like she was going to go down against some of the bigger players on the national level, it would never happen.”

Orlin continued her success this fall at Northeastern. She started every match as a freshman, and scored at least one try in each contest.Devon O’Neil can be contacted at (970) 668-3998, ext. 231, or at doneil@summitdaily.com.

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