Tuesday, October 2, 2018

Midwest Girls to Tour Ireland

The Midwest Girls High School Thunderbirds will be touring Ireland From August 2nd to 11, 2019. This is the groups first tour to Europe. Head coach Garrett Fisher is still looking to add 6 players to the roster.

Ireland Roster 
Crow, Haley - Catholic Memorial (WI)
Hensel, Anna - North Central (IN)
Knutson, Gwen - Brookfield Bruisers (WI)
Moyer, Delany - Brownsburg (IN)
Pollice, Angelina -  Grandville (MI)
Rahja, Emily – Mentor (OH)
Boing, Aubrey - Brunswick (OH)
Driver, Taylor - North Central (IN)
English, Alle – Watkins (OH)
Hyde, Alexandra - Sparta (MI)
Julich, Sydney - Ankeny (IA)
Klenz, Jenna - Divine Savior (WI) 
Locke, Natalie – Warsaw (IN)
Moser, Libby - North Central (IN)
Ochoa, Adilene -  Grandville (MI)
Peterson, Savannah - Divine Savior (WI)
Readence, Jourdan – Brunswick (OH)
Reed, Megan - Westfield (IN) 
Twitty, Jayla - Walnut Hills (OH)
Ward, Erin - St. Joseph Academy (OH)
Wright, Meg - Catholic Memorial (WI)
Youngblood, Mackenzie - Divine Savior (WI) 
Zielinski, Allexus - St. Joseph Academy (OH)
Cunningham, Aly - Catholic Memorial (WI)
Kayser, Abby - Divine Savior (WI)

Friday, May 4, 2018

Top High School Boys Teams to Play for Midwest Championship

Some of the best high school boys teams in the country will face each other in the Midwest High School Boys Championship at the Moose Rugby Grounds in Elkhart, Indiana this weekend. St. Edward(OH), St. Ignatius(OH), Penn(IN) and Royal Irish(IN) are ranked with the top clubs in the country.
In years past, the tournament has split single school teams and multi-school teams. This year, the two divisions have been merged to create the strongest bracket of eight possible. Which team will emerge as champion is anyone's guess.

There will also be a tier 2 bracket of eight along with a JV division, festival division, and developmental division. All in all, there will be 33 teams playing this weekend in Elkhart.

Monday, April 30, 2018

Catholic Memorial Tops Divine Savior

The Midwest Girls High School Rugby Championship was held this past weekend and a new champion emerged. Divine Savior, who had won every Midwest championship since 2003 was bested by Wisconsin rival Catholic Memorial 25-22. Both teams have pulled away from the rest of the Midwest pack with Catholic Memorial beating Lane Tech 69-10, and Warsaw 66-12. Divine Savior won both their matches over Hudson 60-0, and St. Joseph 71-7. In the final, both sides traded leads with Catholic Memorial pulling ahead to stay with 5 minutes left.

Final School Standings:

  1. Catholic Memorial(WI)
  2. Divine Savior(WI)
  3. St. Joseph(OH)
  4. Warsaw(IN)
  5. Grandville(MI)
  6. Hudson(OH)
  7. Lane Tech(IL)
  8. Penn(IN)

The club division had a close final as well, with two Ohio teams in the finals. Walnut Hills edged Brunswick 22-17. To reach the finals, Brunswick won matches over Pulaski 21-14, and KC United 34-15. Walnut Hills won their matches over Hopkins 40-10, and Brookfield 15-7.

Final Club Standings:

  1. Walnut Hills(OH)
  2. Brunswick(OH)
  3. Pulaski(WI)
  4. Brookfield(WI)
  5. KC United(MO)
  6. Hopkins(MN)

Perrysburg(OH) bested Amherst(OH) 22-15 in the Open Division Championship and Divine Savior won the JV Championship.

Thursday, April 26, 2018

High School Girls Play for Midwest Championship

This weekend teams from seven states will converge on the Moose Rugby Grounds in Elkhart, Indiana for the Midwest High School Girls Championship. The School Division will be a strong field of 8 with Catholic Memorial from Wisconsin earning the top seed. Last year's national champion, Divine Savior, (Also from Wisconsin) will provide stiff competition. Rounding out the school bracket will be Lane Tech (IL), Grandville (MI), Warsaw (IN), St. Joseph Academy (OH), Penn (IN) and Hudson (OH).

In the Club Division, last year's Midwest Champion - Hopkins out of Minnesota will return along with Brookfield (WI), KC United (MO), Pulaski (WI), Walnut Hills (OH) and Brunswick (OH). It is a very even field, and it's anyone's guess as to who will come out on top.

The Open Bracket will be strong again with Oak Creek (WI), Perrysburg (OH) and Amherst (OH) competing for the Open Championship.

Results will be posted on the website www.midwestyouthrugby.com.  

Thursday, February 22, 2018

Midwest Girls U-19 Thunderbirds Shine in Florida

Midwest Girls U-19 Thunderbirds Shine in Florida

The Thunderbirds recent Florida tour produced victories over the Florida U-20 all stars and the Florida High School all stars by scores of 92-0 and 91-0. Clara Lemal-Brown led the way with 8 trys in the two matches. Scoring for the Thunderbirds:

Clara Lemal-Brown 40pts
Regina Baldaldo 31pts
Alle English 30pts
Saher Hamden 15pts
Kpenkai Carter 10pts
Sophia Haley 10pts
Matja Saarenheimo-Vanderhorst 10pts
Maia Breeden 5 pts
Quarille Howard 5pts
Sydney Julich 5pts
Lina Lucas 5pts
Emily Morris 5pts
Areliz Rivera 5pts

Thunderbird Roster
Regina Baldado - St. Joseph Academy, Ohio
Mahina Beates - Brunswick, Ohio
Maia Breeden - Hudson, Ohio 
Kpenkai Carter - Armstrong, Minn. 
Samira Colbert - Hudson, Ohio
Alle English - unattached, Ohio
Izzi Gibbon - Walnut Hills, Ohio
Sophia Haley - Hopkins, Minn. 
Saher Hamdan - Lakewood, Ohio
Quarille Howard - Hopkins, Minn. 
Sydney Julich - Ankeny, Iowa
Clara Lemal-Brown - Hudson, Ohio
Natalie Locke - Warsaw, Ind. 
Bella Lubsey - Bruisers, Wisc. 
Lina Lucas - Avon, Ind. 
Emily Morris - Pulaski, Wisc. 
Raina Perciak - Brunswick, Ohio
Areliz Rivera - Bruisers, Wisc. 
Matja Sarrenheimo-Vanderhorst - Grandville, Mich.
Haley Taylor - Hamilton United, Ind.

Upcoming Camps
Grand Rapids, Michigan – April 14
Denison University, Ohio – July 26-29
Wisconsin – Mid May – Tentative
Ohio, Indiana, and Iowa - Tentative

Monday, January 15, 2018

U-19 Girls Thunderbirds to Tour Florida

Once again the Girls High School Thunderbirds will be heading to Florida. The matches will take place from From Feb. 15th to 18th with the Thunderbirds playing the Florida U-20 All Stars and the Florida High School All Stars.

2018 Florida Tour Roster 
Natalie Locke - Indiana (Warsaw)
Pinky Carter - Minnesota (Armstrong)
Quarilla Howard - Minnesota (Hopkins)
Bella Lubsey - Wisconsin (Brookfield)
Saher Hamden - Ohio (Lakewood)
Regina Baldado - Ohio (St. Joseph Academy)
Lina Lucas - Indiana (Avon)  
Emily Morris - Wisconsin  (Pulaski) 
Matja Sarrenheimo- Vanderhorst - Michigan (Grandville)
Sophia Haley - Minnesota  (Hopkins)
Maia Breeden - Ohio   (Hudson)
Clara Lemel- Brown - Ohio  (Hudson)
Areliz Rivera - Wisconsin (Brookfield)
Samira Colbert - Ohio  (Hudson)
Mahina Beates - Ohio  (Brunswick)
Raina Perciak - Ohio   (Brunswick)
Sydney Julich - Iowa  (Hawkettes) 
Alle English - Ohio  (Unattached)
Izzi Gibbon - Ohio  (Walnut Hills)
Haley Taylor - Indiana  (Hamilton United) 

Garrett Fisher
John English
Autumn Stiles
Kinsey Bryant- Lees
Hannah Roodhouse

Monday, January 8, 2018

We have an exciting 2018 season in store.

April 28 & 29 - Girls High School Midwest Championship - Elkhart, IN
May 5 & 6 - Boys High School Midwest Championship - Elkhart, IN
June 9 - Midwest All Star Challenge (Boys and Girls) - Elkhart, IN

There are still openings available for the Boys and Girls Championships.  If interested in sending a team to either event, you can email:


Girls Thunderbirds
The girls all star program will tour Florida next month. More to follow.