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Hawkettes Named for Summer 7s

  • 25 May 2016

Regular-season opponents Hannah Fultz (orange) and Sydney Sears will play together on Iowa’s 7s select side.

In 2012, Rugby Iowa launched a 7s-only fall season for high school girls, and that league sated interest – until last summer. Southeast Polk coach Kelsie McDowell, who also leads Simpson College and is involved with the Midwest Thunderbirds, organized the state’s first all-star 7s team. The Hawkettes entered into its first non-fall fixture and went 2-2 at the Midwest All Star 7s Tournament. That experience opened the players’ eyes and drove the program’s expansion.

McDowell returns to the helm and is assisted by Anthony Frein and Jessyka Clarke, and fortified by strength and conditioning coach Sicely Hogan. The Hawkettes have named two sides – Gold (varsity) and Black (developmental) – that will participate in three 7s tournaments this summer. The squads will warm up on June 25 in Minnesota and then contest the Midwest All Star Tournament at Lakefront 7s in Milwaukee. In August, the Hawkettes will host its own 7s tournament, dubbed Clash in the Corn.

On the Gold team, four players from 2015’s all-star team have returned: Hannah Fultz, Grace Estes, Makenzie Pyles and Juice Osman. Osman is the most recognizable player with two MVP titles to her credit (2015 league MVP and 2014 state championship MVP). Sarah Niswander is also a former MVP, claiming the league title in 2014. Niswander was slated to play last year but makes her debut in summer 2016. State 7s champion Valley has sent four representatives, including the multi-try-scoring Fultz.

All told, eight teams are represented on the two all-star teams:


Camryn Megan Carpenter — East High School

Grace Estes — Davenport

Hannah Fultz — Valley High SchoolSarah Niswander — Southeast Polk High SchoolJuice Osman — Dowling High School

Lindey Pingel — Valley High SchoolMakenzie Pyles — Southeast Polk High SchoolSydney Sears — Southeast Polk High School

Kaycie Tilton — Valley High School

Madison VanSickel — Valley High School

HAWKETTES BLACKMackenzi Annis — Southeast Polk High School

Kylee Blad — Ankeny High School

Gloria Casillas — East High School

Jasmine Mims — Lincoln High SchoolAshley Pappas — Roosevelt High SchoolKailyn Schmidt — Ankeny High School

Annika Della Vedova — Ankeny High School

Miranda Vermeer — Roosevelt High School

Hannah Waskel — Southeast Polk High SchoolBrittany Woods — Dowling High School

Head Coach: Kelsie McDowellAssistant Coach: Anthony Frein Developmental/Assistant Coach: Jessyka Clarke

Strength and Conditioning Coach: Sicely Hogan

Iowa #AllStars

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