State college lawyer Bernie Cantorna talks about his volunteer coaching and the State High Girl’s Rugby Club’s trip to nationals:
14 girls single school high school rugby teams traveled to Lindenwood University in St. Charles Missouri this past weekend for the Girl’s Single School National Championship. State High finished sixth in the nation, capping off a state championship and an undefeated state league season.
State College faced off against Colorado state champion Summit in the first game. State college scored first and Summit responded. At halftime the game was tied. The lead exchanged one more time in the second half, with Summit defeating state college in a tough well contested game 26 to 14. Summit then went on to beat the number two seed Catholic Memorial from Milwaukee Wisconsin 17 to 0 to advance to the championship game. Summit eventually lost to Saint Joe’s from Ohio to finish 2nd in the country.
State college next faced McKinn County, the Tennessee state champion. State college went ahead early and never looked back defeating the Tennesseans 34 to 10. This win set up a Sunday morning game against Kahuku, the Hawaii State Champs.
Much like the first game against Summit State College scored first , with the score tied at halftime. Kahuku was a team of primarily Polynesians and were much bigger than the State High girls. Towards the end of the second half the physical dominance of Kahuku prevailed, with Kahuku winning 28 to 10.
It was a season of firsts for state high. The team went unbeaten in division one league play posting a 9 and 0 record. This was the same team that only two years ago had not won a single game in Division I play. These same players progressed to a level where they out performed their state rivals, winning their first state championship. Our players were scouted and recruited by varsity programs, and it was a great event for these student athletes. When people ask me why would I volunteer so much of my time to coaching these young women, my answer is simple….. Have you met them? Why wouldn’t I!