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Western NY Names HS All-Stars

  • 18 Jun 2019

2018 All-State Game / Photo courtesy WNY Lightning Facebook

The Northeast Regional Cup Tournament (RCT) occurs on June 28-30 in Springfield, Mass., and serves as a major talent identification venue for USA Rugby age grade scouts and collegiate recruiters. Thus far, only Pennsylvania and now Western New York have are fielding Tier 1 and Tier 2 teams, while additional states are either TBD or entering one side.

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Lightning head coach Clarence Picard and staff evaluated players through in-season scouting, coach recommendations and via two evaluation camps in Buffalo. A team camp on June 23 will prepare the all-stars for the Northeast RCT the following weekend.

Western New York will field both Tier 1 (juniors and seniors) and Tier 2 (freshmen and sophomores) teams – a difficult task, especially considering that this all-star program is for the Buffalo-area league and not the entire state. A couple of players from the Capital Division (Rutland, Vt.; Adirondack, N.Y.) have been added to to the roster. Players from Western New York have also competed with the Allegheny (Pa.) All-Stars, as the Lightning are logistically closer to the Midwest than Northeast competitions.

Western New York has also lined up matches against the Celtic Elite of Cleveland, Ohio, on July 13. These games will also be held in Buffalo and not only provide more elite 15s experiences for the players but also the coaching staff, which includes two student assistants in Kelly DeGrood and Grace Weber, current St. Bonaventure University players.



Abbey Bartenstein – Corning

Maggie Beiter – Hamburg

Abbey Beres – Hamburg

Halla Brill – Corning

Bella Fredriksen – Hamburg

Emily Hathaway – Rutland

Kayla Hoch – Orchard Park

Amanda Iafallo – South Buffalo

Anna Liddle – Orchard Park

Leah Palmesano – Corning

Brooke Paries – Adirondack

Makenna Ramsey – Syracuse

Mikayla Raspberry – City Honors

Kate Ryan – City Honors

Alexis Switzer – South Buffalo

Alyssa Tenny – Corning

Erin Terwilliger – Corning

Madellyne Thomas – Syracuse

Hope Zimmer – South Buffalo


Sarah Buman – Corning

Ava Dimitroff – City Honors

Alexandra Erdolino – City Honors

Emilie Grimm – City Honors

Olivia Guarino – Kenmore

Mckenna Hill – Corning

Piper Holleran – Corning

Nora Kirkley – City Honors

Allie MacDonald – Orchard Park

Shahzoda Nasimjonova – City Honors

Ella Nenoff – Orchard Park

Isabella O’Hara – City Honors

Rachael Phillips – Kenmore

Ashlee Reid – Orchard Park

Kristen Schmitz – Hamburg

Kaori Segars – City Honors

Felicia Toomey – City Honors

Danielle VanDemark – Corning

Angela Westfall – Kenmore

Kendall Wier – South Buffalo


Clarence Picard – Head Coach

Rachel Noone – Assistant Coach, Tier 2

Jennelle Marie Rhodes – Assistant Coach, Tier 1

Kelly DeGrood – Student Assistant

Grace Weber – Student Assistant


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