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 nameLast nameH.S. YearHeightWeight#Rugby ClubState
IanAbbottJunior6'3"1804Herriman High SchoolUT
DevehnAfemataJunior6'1"2106Belmont ShoreCA
DavidAinuuSophomore5'10"2501Prairie Rugby ClubWA
MalonAl-JibooriSenior6'3"2258Union High SchoolOK
KeanuAndradeJunior5'7"1959Danville OaksCA
CharlieBaggett IVJunior5'10"2152BinghamUT
KeaganBarnesJunior5'7"1559Summitt AcademyUT
JeremyBartelsJunior5'11"2202Pulaski RoosWI
BenjaminBeattyJunior6'2"2258Warrenton WolfpackVA
LukeBienstockJunior6'1"18511Greenwich High SchoolCT
ChaseBixbySenior6'6"2074Granite BayCA
SioneBloomfieldSenior5'11"2011Herriman High SchoolUT
DavidBortinsJunior6'1"19812Southern Pines High SchoolNC
RyanBradfieldSenior6'1"20013St Edward High SchoolOH
StevenBranhamSenior5'11"2102Fallbrook Rugby ClubCA
WillBrennanJunior6'18515Seattle vikingsWA
FinlayBruceJunior6'5"2004Seattle VikingsWA
BobbyButchofskySenior6'3"1906Westlake High SchoolTX
DanteCappellanoSenior6'3"18512SLO Youth Rugby - BarbariansCA
SatchelCarnineJunior6'2"2351Penn High SchoolIN
IvanCenturionSenior6'19010San Diego Young AztecsCA
AdamChannelSenior6'3"18410Belmont shoreCA
EvanClarkSenior5'10"1709Santa Monica DolphinsCA
AlfonsoCornu-LabatSenior6'17515East Side LionsWA
ErikCortinasSenior5'7"1609Peninsula Green RFCCA
IanCrillySenior6'2"1907Fallbrook Rugby ClubCA
BrendanCunninghamJunior6'1"1908St. Peter PrepNJ
BrendonCurleJunior5'10"16915Union TitansWA
TaylorDamronJunior5'11"1709Back BayCA
RubenDe HaasSophomore5'10"1629Little Rock Rugby ClubAR
BrettDeGraveJunior6'3"2358Pulaski RoosWi
XavierDoeringFreshman5'11"2032Saints Rugby STAKS
PatrickDonovanSenior5'7"2302Colorado SpringsCO
LukeDonovanJunior5'9"18812Palatine BarbariansIL
SeanDowlingSophomore6'4"2683Fort HuntVA
OwenDuvallJunior6'2403Coastal DragonsCA
ChristianDyerJunior6'2"18515Sacramento JesuitCA
KyleEdingtonJunior5'10"1657Jupiter SharksFL
ElvisEspinalSophomore5'7"14013Cape PiratesFL
JacobEstesJunior5'10"1659West End RFCVA
JaidanFa'anana-SchultzSenior5'11"2007Ipswich Boys GrammerCA
BeauFalcoJunior6'2"2155SCV TigersCA
JeremyFleetSenior6'2"19514San Diego MustangsCA
GeorgeFotuJunior6'6"2554Peninsula Green RFCCA
JoeyFreemanJunior5'11"2157Gonzaga College High SchoolMD
JackFreiheitSenior5'10"17011Greenwich High SchoolCT
BennyGondaJunior6'2132Santa Monica DolphinsCA
AnthonyGoniaSenior5'8"15015Illinois TornadosIL
DrakeGoransonSophomore5'9"16515Penn High SchoolIN
AntonGrigoriouJunior6'2"19010San Clemente GatorsCA
BrianHannonSenior5'10"18110Cathedral/Royal Irish RugbyIN
CormacHeaneySenior6'3"2106Santa Monica Rugby ClubCA
TravisHeerSenior5'11"20014Back BayCA
ZachHeisterkampJunior5'11"1958St. Edward RugbyOH
EvanHolmJunior6'17011Edina Rugby CLubMN
CarterHunchikSenior5'8"2361Plano Rugby ClubTX
TristanIngoldJunior5'11"1859Kent CrusaderWA
JackIscaroSenior6'1"2553Gonzaga College High SchoolMD
AntonioJablonskiSenior5'10"2108St. Thomas AquinasKS
RyanJamesSophomore6'15811Aztec WarriorsCA
LiamJimmonsJunior6'4"2305Back BayCA
DylanJohnstonJunior5'10"17510BrownsburgIN
ParkerKellyJunior6'4"2055Greenwich High SchoolCT
MikaeleKruseJunior6'18510Bullard Rugby ClubCA
CameronKruseJunior5'11"18011Palatine and TornadosIL
AmanakiLavakaJunior5'9"1657Kau ToaUT
AdamLeonardJunior5'10"20012East High RugbyCO
TaylorLitsonJunior5'10"17513Wasatch RugbyUT
KevinLoneySophomore5'6"13515Coastal DragonsCa
IsaiahLutaliSenior5'9"14013Belmont ShoreCA
PatrickMaddenSophomore5'11"18515San Diego Young AztecsCA
Sosefo JMailangi-RayJunior6'3"2259Back BayCA
KyleMakaiwiSenior5'9"17010Danville OaksCA
SimManderJunior6'1"19011St Paul's RugbyUK
GabrielMasseyFreshman5'8"16013Jesuit High School BluejaysLA
AaronMatthewsSenior5'10"18512Back BayCA
EamonnMatthewsSenior5'8"1609Xavier High SchoolNJ
EvanMcTaggartJunior6'2"2306Ducks RugbyIL
MichaelMcTiernanSenior5'10"15812Greenwich High SchoolCT
PatrickMcTiernanSophomore5'10"14514Greenwich High SchoolCT
PatrickMedinaJunior6'2"20010Lake TravisTX
GabeMellorJunior5'9"2202UnitedUT
JackMillerJunior6'1787Brookline High SchoolMA
KorbinMillerJunior6'17011Charlotte TigersGA
NicMirhashemSenior5'11"192.56Rugby Club SitgesSpain
DallasMoaliiteleSenior6'2601Back BayCA
KalisiMoliSenior6'2"2623Herriman High SchoolUT
OlanMoon WhiteSenior6'1"17515Santa Monica Rugby ClubCA
MaxwellNailJunior5'11"2002Fort HuntVA
SohNakayamaJunior5'8"1409Greenwich High SchoolCT
BrianNaultSenior6'2"2318Shelton R.F.CWA
DmontaeNobleJunior5'7"180.913Warrenton WolfpackVA
KevinO'HaraJunior6'1856Cathedral/Royal Irish RugbyIN
IanPearsonSophomore6'1"1764Greenwich High SchoolCT
QuinnPerrySophomore6'21512Santa Monica DolphinsCA
DarianPowerSenior5'11"17510UnitedUT
KelsinPupunuJunior5'10"17010Wasatch RugbyUT
TorranRabySenior6'2"20812San Diego MustangsCA
CoryRatkaSophomore5'9"1759Kenmore Rugby ClubNY
AlexanderRaytonSophomore6'1"1757The WoodlandsTX
Cal ZebRobersonSophomore6'3"16810Colorado SpringsCO
TeagueRobertsJunior6'1757Lake TravisTX
MatthewRogersSenior5'9"1509Granite BayCA
KyleSaalfeldJunior6'1857Kent CrusadersWA
JoshuaSchnellSophomore6'3"1655Katy BarbariansTX
ChaseSchor HaskinSophomore6'1"1956Okapi WanderersFL
PatrickSheehyJunior5'9"16010Gonzaga College High SchoolMD
RyanShoganSophomore5'9"18213San Diego Young AztecsCA
NathanielShortSenior5'10"1709Dixon Rugby Football ClubCA
DillonShotwellJunior5'11"2251Kingwood Rugby ClubTX
CharlieSiarkasJunior6'3"2451MD ExilesMD
CaseySmithSenior6'17514Penn High SchoolIN
AustinTaefuSenior5'7"1759Tempe RugbyAZ
ChristopherTaliuSenior6'2853Back bayCA
JustusTavaiJunior6'2308Los Angeles RugbyCA
BronsonTelesJunior6'2"1957Katy BarbariansTX
NoahThompsonJunior5'9"17011Lake TravisTX
AlbertToaSenior6'2553Kau ToaUT
TomasiTongaJunior6'18015Herriman High SchoolUT
LuisTurbyfieldSenior5'11"18015Baltimore PolyMD
CedricVakalahiJunior5'10"20013Penn High SchoolIN
WilliamVakalahiSophomore5'10"20512Penn High SchoolIN
JoshuaWarnockJunior6'4"2175Peninsula Green RFCCA
NathanWattsJunior6'3"2503Richardson Rugby ClubTX
BenWebberSenior5'11"17812UnitedUT
John (Jack)WeigoldSenior6'1"2107Greenwich High SchoolCT
ChanceWenglewskiSenior6'2"2301URCOK
JackWhiteSophomore6'2"2058Penn High SchoolIN
CaleWilliamsSenior5'6"1369New York Rugby ClubNY
TylerWorthingJunior5'10"2057Kiski Valley TitansPA
NoahWrightFreshman5'6"1209LibertyWA