Thunderbirds at 2019 Florida Winter Tour / Photo: Christine Cancian
The Midwest High School Thunderbirds is the best run regional all-star program for girls in the U.S., and the program is readying for an international tour to Ireland this August. The team has been selected, itinerary sorted with Irish Rugby Tours, and one last fundraising push will see the Baby Birds overseas.
Head coach Garrett Fisher detailed the decision to travel overseas this summer and named a preliminary roster back in September 2018. Only two players from that original lineup ended up being unable to travel. The 2019 Florida Winter Tour (*) provided more insight into the Midwest talent and 15 players return from that trip, including Libby Moser, Delany Moyer and Angelina Pollice, who served as captains down south.
All told, the 23 players hail from 15 different teams across Indiana, Iowa, Michigan, Ohio and Wisconsin.
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MIDWEST HS THUNDERBIRDS
IRELAND 2019 TOUR
* Played on Florida 2019 tour
Aubrey Boing — Brunswick, OH*
Haley Crow — Catholic Memorial, WI*
Aly Cunningham — Catholic Memorial, WI
Taylor Driver — North Central, IN*
Alle English — Watkins, OH*
Anna Hensel — North Central, IN
Alexandra Hyde — Sparta Rock, MI*
Sydney Julich — Ankeny, IA*
Abby Kayser — Divine Savior, WI
Jenna Klenz — Divine Savior, WI
Gwen Knutson — Brookfield, WI*
Natalie Locke — Warsaw, IN
Libby Moser — North Central, IN*
Delany Moyer — Brownsburg, IN*
Savannah Peterson — Divine Savior, WI
Angelina Pollice — Grandville, MI*
Emily Rahja — Mentor, OH*
Megan Reed — Westfield, IN
Jayla Twitty — Walnut Hills, OH*
Erin Ward — St. Joseph Academy, OH*
Meg Wright — Catholic Memorial, WI*
Makinzie Youngblood — Divine Savior, WI
Allexus Zielinski — St. Joseph Academy, OH*