BHSAAs assemble at Casa Grande Sports Academy for Winter Camp

The USA Rugby Boys High School All-Americans (BHSAAs) 2014 Winter Camp commences this week with 130 players assembling in Casa Grande, Ariz., under the direction of Head Coach Salty Thompson. This year's camp runs December 26-31 and is held at the Casa Grande Sports Academy, with Thompson and the staff eager to commence the 2014-15 cycle with events in Las Vegas, England, France, Belgium, and Argentina on schedule for the year.

This year's camp sees 130 players from 25 states invited to participate, along with Americans in from Australia, Spain, and the United Kingdom. The camp roster includes 24 that represented the BHSAAs, sponsored by Aircraft Charter Solutions, in 2014, along with 39 returners from the 2013 Winter Camp. The vast majority of players invited to this year's camp earned their selection through performances in the June Regional All-Star Tournaments (RAST) throughout the country, the main vehicle for BHSAA player identification.

Eagle Impact Rugby Academy (EIRA) continues to assist in player development and identification as it expands its network, with 30 camp invitees currently enrolled in EIRA in southern California, the Carolinas, Indiana, and Washington. With Thompson and the BHSAA staff focused on developing for 2015 and beyond, the spread of invited players includes 21 current freshmen and sophomores, a signal of the game's growth across the country particularly in states such as California, Indiana, and Washington. Many of these younger players will make up the Junior Varsity segment of the camp, with under-17 athletes being those born in 1998.

The goals of the camp are to determine the best players on show while developing their technical and tactical skills. The rigorous schedule will create a challenging environment where the players can grow, deepen their game understanding, and improve overall skills. For Thompson, this camp helps prepare players for life both on and off the field in a high performance environment. In addition to on-field sessions twice daily, the camp will offer players daily evaluation meetings with their position coaches to discuss how they progress, what has been going well, and improvements. Their education will also involve sessions on strength and conditioning and the mental aspects to performance.

Karen Fong Donoghue of Rugger's Edge will be on hand as well to provide college preparation advice specific for rugby players in the ever-evolving American landscape. In addition, Fong Donoghue's expert advice will be available to parents of invited players.

The Casa Grande Academy, a full-time Major League Soccer academy, features world-class facilities including pro-style locker rooms, 10,000 square feet of indoor strength and skills area, eight outstanding fields, swimming pool, golf course, and hotel. The fantastic Arizona winter climate also makes this an ideal setting for a quality camp, and Thompson is looking forward to getting an up-close look at this year's player pool that will represent the United States.

CAMP INVITE STATISTICS
30 of 130 are in Eagle Impact Rugby Academies
14 Under-16's born in 1999
43 Under-17's born in 1998
62 Under-18's born in 1997
9 Under-19's born in 1996

3 Freshmen
18 Sophomores
61 Juniors
46 Seniors

24 Returning High School All Americans from 2014
39 Returning from 2013 Winter Camp

STATES REPRESENTED (25)

35- California
12- Utah
10- Texas
9- Indiana
9- Washington
8- Connecticut
6- Virginia
5- Maryland
4- Illinois
3- Colorado
3- New York
3- Florida
3- Oklahoma
2- Ohio
2- Georgia
2- Kansas
2- New Jersey
2- Wisconsin
1- Arkansas
1- Arizona
1- Massachusetts
1- Minnesota
1- North Carolina

1- Australia
1- England
1- Spain

First name Last name H.S. Year Height Weight # Rugby Club State
Ian Abbott Junior 6'3" 180 4 Herriman High School UT
Devehn Afemata Junior 6'1" 210 6 Belmont Shore CA
David Ainuu Sophomore 5'10" 250 1 Prairie Rugby Club WA
Malon Al-Jiboori Senior 6'3" 225 8 Union High School OK
Keanu Andrade Junior 5'7" 195 9 Danville Oaks CA
Charlie Baggett IV Junior 5'10" 215 2 Bingham UT
Keagan Barnes Junior 5'7" 155 9 Summitt Academy UT
Jeremy Bartels Junior 5'11" 220 2 Pulaski Roos WI
Benjamin Beatty Junior 6'2" 225 8 Warrenton Wolfpack VA
Luke Bienstock Junior 6'1" 185 11 Greenwich High School CT
Chase Bixby Senior 6'6" 207 4 Granite Bay CA
Sione Bloomfield Senior 5'11" 201 1 Herriman High School UT
David Bortins Junior 6'1" 198 12 Southern Pines High School NC
Ryan Bradfield Senior 6'1" 200 13 St Edward High School OH
Steven Branham Senior 5'11" 210 2 Fallbrook Rugby Club CA
Will Brennan Junior 6' 185 15 Seattle vikings WA
Finlay Bruce Junior 6'5" 200 4 Seattle Vikings WA
Bobby Butchofsky Senior 6'3" 190 6 Westlake High School TX
Dante Cappellano Senior 6'3" 185 12 SLO Youth Rugby - Barbarians CA
Satchel Carnine Junior 6'2" 235 1 Penn High School IN
Ivan Centurion Senior 6' 190 10 San Diego Young Aztecs CA
Adam Channel Senior 6'3" 184 10 Belmont shore CA
Evan Clark Senior 5'10" 170 9 Santa Monica Dolphins CA
Alfonso Cornu-Labat Senior 6' 175 15 East Side Lions WA
Erik Cortinas Senior 5'7" 160 9 Peninsula Green RFC CA
Ian Crilly Senior 6'2" 190 7 Fallbrook Rugby Club CA
Brendan Cunningham Junior 6'1" 190 8 St. Peter Prep NJ
Brendon Curle Junior 5'10" 169 15 Union Titans WA
Taylor Damron Junior 5'11" 170 9 Back Bay CA
Ruben De Haas Sophomore 5'10" 162 9 Little Rock Rugby Club AR
Brett DeGrave Junior 6'3" 235 8 Pulaski Roos Wi
Xavier Doering Freshman 5'11" 203 2 Saints Rugby STA KS
Patrick Donovan Senior 5'7" 230 2 Colorado Springs CO
Luke Donovan Junior 5'9" 188 12 Palatine Barbarians IL
Sean Dowling Sophomore 6'4" 268 3 Fort Hunt VA
Owen Duvall Junior 6' 240 3 Coastal Dragons CA
Christian Dyer Junior 6'2" 185 15 Sacramento Jesuit CA
Kyle Edington Junior 5'10" 165 7 Jupiter Sharks FL
Elvis Espinal Sophomore 5'7" 140 13 Cape Pirates FL
Jacob Estes Junior 5'10" 165 9 West End RFC VA
Jaidan Fa'anana-Schultz Senior 5'11" 200 7 Ipswich Boys Grammer CA
Beau Falco Junior 6'2" 215 5 SCV Tigers CA
Jeremy Fleet Senior 6'2" 195 14 San Diego Mustangs CA
George Fotu Junior 6'6" 255 4 Peninsula Green RFC CA
Joey Freeman Junior 5'11" 215 7 Gonzaga College High School MD
Jack Freiheit Senior 5'10" 170 11 Greenwich High School CT
Benny Gonda Junior 6' 213 2 Santa Monica Dolphins CA
Anthony Gonia Senior 5'8" 150 15 Illinois Tornados IL
Drake Goranson Sophomore 5'9" 165 15 Penn High School IN
Anton Grigoriou Junior 6'2" 190 10 San Clemente Gators CA
Brian Hannon Senior 5'10" 181 10 Cathedral/Royal Irish Rugby IN
Cormac Heaney Senior 6'3" 210 6 Santa Monica Rugby Club CA
Travis Heer Senior 5'11" 200 14 Back Bay CA
Zach Heisterkamp Junior 5'11" 195 8 St. Edward Rugby OH
Evan Holm Junior 6' 170 11 Edina Rugby CLub MN
Carter Hunchik Senior 5'8" 236 1 Plano Rugby Club TX
Tristan Ingold Junior 5'11" 185 9 Kent Crusader WA
Jack Iscaro Senior 6'1" 255 3 Gonzaga College High School MD
Antonio Jablonski Senior 5'10" 210 8 St. Thomas Aquinas KS
Ryan James Sophomore 6' 158 11 Aztec Warriors CA
Liam Jimmons Junior 6'4" 230 5 Back Bay CA
Dylan Johnston Junior 5'10" 175 10 Brownsburg IN
Parker Kelly Junior 6'4" 205 5 Greenwich High School CT
Mikaele Kruse Junior 6' 185 10 Bullard Rugby Club CA
Cameron Kruse Junior 5'11" 180 11 Palatine and Tornados IL
Amanaki Lavaka Junior 5'9" 165 7 Kau Toa UT
Adam Leonard Junior 5'10" 200 12 East High Rugby CO
Taylor Litson Junior 5'10" 175 13 Wasatch Rugby UT
Kevin Loney Sophomore 5'6" 135 15 Coastal Dragons Ca
Isaiah Lutali Senior 5'9" 140 13 Belmont Shore CA
Patrick Madden Sophomore 5'11" 185 15 San Diego Young Aztecs CA
Sosefo J Mailangi-Ray Junior 6'3" 225 9 Back Bay CA
Kyle Makaiwi Senior 5'9" 170 10 Danville Oaks CA
Sim Mander Junior 6'1" 190 11 St Paul's Rugby UK
Gabriel Massey Freshman 5'8" 160 13 Jesuit High School Bluejays LA
Aaron Matthews Senior 5'10" 185 12 Back Bay CA
Eamonn Matthews Senior 5'8" 160 9 Xavier High School NJ
Evan McTaggart Junior 6'2" 230 6 Ducks Rugby IL
Michael McTiernan Senior 5'10" 158 12 Greenwich High School CT
Patrick McTiernan Sophomore 5'10" 145 14 Greenwich High School CT
Patrick Medina Junior 6'2" 200 10 Lake Travis TX
Gabe Mellor Junior 5'9" 220 2 United UT
Jack Miller Junior 6' 178 7 Brookline High School MA
Korbin Miller Junior 6' 170 11 Charlotte Tigers GA
Nic Mirhashem Senior 5'11" 192.5 6 Rugby Club Sitges Spain
Dallas Moaliitele Senior 6' 260 1 Back Bay CA
Kalisi Moli Senior 6'2" 262 3 Herriman High School UT
Olan Moon White Senior 6'1" 175 15 Santa Monica Rugby Club CA
Maxwell Nail Junior 5'11" 200 2 Fort Hunt VA
Soh Nakayama Junior 5'8" 140 9 Greenwich High School CT
Brian Nault Senior 6'2" 231 8 Shelton R.F.C WA
Dmontae Noble Junior 5'7" 180.9 13 Warrenton Wolfpack VA
Kevin O'Hara Junior 6' 185 6 Cathedral/Royal Irish Rugby IN
Ian Pearson Sophomore 6'1" 176 4 Greenwich High School CT
Quinn Perry Sophomore 6' 215 12 Santa Monica Dolphins CA
Darian Power Senior 5'11" 175 10 United UT
Kelsin Pupunu Junior 5'10" 170 10 Wasatch Rugby UT
Torran Raby Senior 6'2" 208 12 San Diego Mustangs CA
Cory Ratka Sophomore 5'9" 175 9 Kenmore Rugby Club NY
Alexander Rayton Sophomore 6'1" 175 7 The Woodlands TX
Cal Zeb Roberson Sophomore 6'3" 168 10 Colorado Springs CO
Teague Roberts Junior 6' 175 7 Lake Travis TX
Matthew Rogers Senior 5'9" 150 9 Granite Bay CA
Kyle Saalfeld Junior 6' 185 7 Kent Crusaders WA
Joshua Schnell Sophomore 6'3" 165 5 Katy Barbarians TX
Chase Schor Haskin Sophomore 6'1" 195 6 Okapi Wanderers FL
Patrick Sheehy Junior 5'9" 160 10 Gonzaga College High School MD
Ryan Shogan Sophomore 5'9" 182 13 San Diego Young Aztecs CA
Nathaniel Short Senior 5'10" 170 9 Dixon Rugby Football Club CA
Dillon Shotwell Junior 5'11" 225 1 Kingwood Rugby Club TX
Charlie Siarkas Junior 6'3" 245 1 MD Exiles MD
Casey Smith Senior 6' 175 14 Penn High School IN
Austin Taefu Senior 5'7" 175 9 Tempe Rugby AZ
Christopher Taliu Senior 6' 285 3 Back bay CA
Justus Tavai Junior 6' 230 8 Los Angeles Rugby CA
Bronson Teles Junior 6'2" 195 7 Katy Barbarians TX
Noah Thompson Junior 5'9" 170 11 Lake Travis TX
Albert Toa Senior 6' 255 3 Kau Toa UT
Tomasi Tonga Junior 6' 180 15 Herriman High School UT
Luis Turbyfield Senior 5'11" 180 15 Baltimore Poly MD
Cedric Vakalahi Junior 5'10" 200 13 Penn High School IN
William Vakalahi Sophomore 5'10" 205 12 Penn High School IN
Joshua Warnock Junior 6'4" 217 5 Peninsula Green RFC CA
Nathan Watts Junior 6'3" 250 3 Richardson Rugby Club TX
Ben Webber Senior 5'11" 178 12 United UT
John (Jack) Weigold Senior 6'1" 210 7 Greenwich High School CT
Chance Wenglewski Senior 6'2" 230 1 URC OK
Jack White Sophomore 6'2" 205 8 Penn High School IN
Cale Williams Senior 5'6" 136 9 New York Rugby Club NY
Tyler Worthing Junior 5'10" 205 7 Kiski Valley Titans PA
Noah Wright Freshman 5'6" 120 9 Liberty WA