Summit girls rugby kicks off season Saturday
It’s been seven years since the Summit High School girls rugby team has lost a game. This year’s seniors were in fifth grade when the Tiger girls lost to Fort Collins in the 2007 State Championship. The team will look to keep its 54-game winning streak alive when it kicks off the campaign for a seventh straight title at home against Regis Jesuit Saturday at Tiger Stadium.
It’s a high standard to live up to, but it’s one head coach Karl Barth said his girls are ready for.
“We have some exceptionally good players,” Barth said. “I think across the board there’s not really any weak spots.”
He told the Daily last Saturday that his squad is anxious for some real game experience — coming off of the annual “Green vs. White” scrimmage last week.
The team will look to continue its winning tradition after graduating All-American Lily Weldon and varsity team standout Taylor Bohlender.
Fellow All-Americans Rachel Fitch, Morgan Courtney, Becca Rosko and Jody Losch will be looking to take the reins this season, along with a number of underclassmen trying to fill the void left by the departed seniors.
“Like always, you have to have some young kids step up,” Barth said.
Rosko will bring some global experience to the table this season. She recently returned from a trip to China, where she played on the U.S. team in the Junior Olympics. The team finished fourth, losing to China in the third-place match. For her part, Fitch earned first-team All-America honors — one of 15 in the country — at a summer training camp.
With four weeks of preseason practice under their belt, players said they’re anxious to get the season underway.
“We’re right on track,” senior forward Paulina Las said Wednesday. “I feel like we’ll be ready for Saturday.”
Fellow senior Paloma Fotelo said she, too, believes they’re ready for the challenge.
“I think we’re ready to come out hard and get that first win,” she said. “Hopefully, we will live up to that expectation and make this our seventh year.”
The team has an impressive nine state championships since 1999.
Barth said his girls still have some things to work on but added that he believes they’re ready to go for Week 1.
“We can only control our half, but so far the team has been looking pretty close to where we need to be,” he said. Looking ahead to the first game he said, “It will still be a work in progress.”
Saturday’s game kicks off at 4 p.m. at Farmer’s Korner.
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