Girls High School All-American XV named
BOULDER, Colo. – The first USA Rugby Girls High School All-American XV was selected from the Stars and Stripes Camp at the University of Northern Colorado last month.
After a tightly-contested match in Greeley between the Stars and Stripes teams – made up of 45 high school-age girls from around the country – Girls High School All-American Head Coach Mollie McCarthy worked with AIG Women’s Junior All-Americans Head Coach Danielle Miller to pick the best 15 players on the field. Only players participating in the Stars and Stripes match were considered for selection.
The 2014 Stars and Stripes match finished 17-10 compared to 2013’s 39-29 barnburner. McKenzie Hawkins and Hedvig Karlsson were members of the winning Stripes teams each year, while Ashlee Byrge, Sheila Decker, Ali Decrane, Tess Feury, Mata Hingano, Hannah Lewandowski, and Fina Toetu’u featured in both games.
“The level of play at Stars and Stripes significantly improved from previous years,” McCarthy said. “Each year we will continue to see growth as women’s rugby expands in the U.S.
“Selections were tough but the ladies chosen showed dedication, hard work, skill, passion, and incredible potential. I am excited for the future of the Girls High School All-American program as we continue to develop and build it.”
Eight of the young women selected to the Girls High School All-American XV and honorable mention list will travel to Ontario later this month with Miller’s WJAAs for the Under-20 Can-Am Series against Canada. Feury, Haley Langan, Emily Prentice, and Ramage will also represent the United States in rugby sevens at the Nanjing 2014 Youth Olympic Games Aug. 17-20.
USA Rugby Girls High School All-American XV
1. Maya Learned
2. Rachel Finch
3. Hannah Lewandowski
4. Haley Langan
5. Hedvig Karlsson
6. Emily Prentice
7. Joie Krahling
8. Ilona Maher
9. Fina Toetu'u
10. McKenzie Hawkins
11. Renee Gonzales
12. Kat Ramage
13. Tess Feury
14. Mata Hingano
15. Lilly Durbin