The 2023 High School Club 15s National Tournament is Friday-Saturday, May 19-20 at Warren Wilson College in Swannanoa, N.C. Twelve teams from California to Connecticut have signed on, and two middle school teams are also making the trip to the east coast. Remember that there is a separate championship for the single-school teams: May 20-21 in Cottage Grove, Wis.
There is good representation from the host region. There are four squads from the host state: Charlotte Cardinals, Clayton, Raleigh Cobras and Raleigh Redhawks. This Saturday, May 6 is the North Carolina 15s championship in Gibsonville. All four teams are competing, and the results will inform rankings.
The Wando Wahine and Atlanta Valkyries are relatively local. The former is from South Carolina and competed in the 2022 single-school national championship, finishing 7th (read more). The Atlanta Valkyries is a new entity and grew out of the Lady Rebels of Roswell, Ga.
The rest of the field is from way out of town. Connecticut’s Aspetuck Valley is the farthest north, and has played a diverse schedule in-state and regionally, heading to tournaments and also competing in the EGRL again. Morris (N.J.) is also in year two of the EGRL and like Aspetuck has been playing outside of state borders.
The middle of the country isn’t represented but the West continues to step up. Reigning champion SacPAL Amazons are traveling from California and will competing for the NorCal 15s title on Saturday (TRB will be in attendance). San Mateo Wolverines, a younger team, is also making the trip east and has quickly developed into a strong 15s team.
The Utah squads are back, too. 2022 runner-up Majestics are making another cross-country trip on the back of the Tropical 7s in Florida in April. And former titleholder United continues to support the championship and brings a legacy of high performance to the east coast. The Majestics and SacPAL are also bringing J.V. teams.
Aspetuck Valley – Connecticut
Charlotte Cardinals – North Carolina
Clayton Cobras – North Carolina
Majestics – Utah
Morris – New Jersey
Raleigh Redhawks – North Carolina
Raleigh Cobras – North Carolina
SacPal Amazons – California
United – Utah
Wando Wahine – South Carolina
San Mateo Wolverines – California
Atlanta Valkyries – Georgia