Summit rugby girls make it 7 state titles in a row
The Summit Tigers girls rugby team started strong and didn’t let up on the way to winning its seventh-straight state title Saturday, topping Fort Collins 70-0.
“I was impressed how fast they played that game,” Tigers head coach Karl Barth said of his team’s fast-paced offense early on. “It was awesome. We smacked them before they really got settled.”
In the opening minutes, Summit junior Becca Rosko led the way for the Tigers with a big break to score the game’s first try — one of the team’s 12 scores on the day.
“I just saw the overload on the right side and took it,” Rosko said of the score.
Summit’s Luda Kosmowski followed up on the opening score shortly after with a try of her own to put the Tigers up 12-0 in the first 5 minutes of the game.
“It was definitely one of our best games all year,” senior Morgan Courtney said after the game.
“They’re a machine,” Fort Collins coach Cary Dickens said, describing a Summit team that just completed its seventh consecutive undefeated season in the five-team Colorado 15’s league. The Tigers outscored their opponents 692-22 on the year.
Dickens credited Barth’s coaching and the program he’s been able to develop for the Tigers’ success year after year. The title was Barth’s 11th since starting the program in 1997.
“They’ve got a tremendous community over there,” Dickens added, saying he hopes to continue to expand rugby in the Fort Collins area.
The scoring continued with the Tigers’ punishing offense putting the team up 41-0 going into halftime.
Fort Collins only came close to scoring once in the first half.
The offensive onslaught continued in the second with the Tigers overwhelming Fort Collins with time of possession and field position.
“It feels good to finish strong,” Rosko said of the win, the team’s seventh shutout of the season.
“I wouldn’t trade the last states game for anything,” Courtney said of her final high school game. “I’m going to miss this team so much.”
Courtney and Rosko led the team with three tries apiece. Freshman Cassidy Bargell was the next highest scorer with two tries of her own. The Tigers also had five successful 2-point conversion kicks — junior Ally Pothier provided three and sophomore Natalie Gray had two.
Luda Kosmowski, Paloma Sotelo, Jodi Losch and Marin Pennell each added one try.
After the game Rachel Fitch, Cassidy Bargell, Natalie Gray, Caroline Wilson, Alex Whitt, Meg Rose, Morgan Courtney, Jodi Losch and Angie Ramos each received All-State honors for the season. Courtney also received the league’s Player of the Year award.
“It’s definitely exciting,” Courtney said of the honor. “I was not expecting it.”
Barth, Courtney and Rosko all credited team chemistry for the program’s continued success.
“It’s how they hold each other together and support each other,” Barth said. “They’re unselfish. It’s not about the individual stats; it’s the team.”
“They recruit really well,” Dickens added further crediting Barth’s success. A success that is likely to continue with an expanded middle school program feeding the high school team.
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