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Mid-America Selects RCT Squads

  • 06 May 2016
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Three states supply athletes to the Mid-America All Stars. /// Photo courtesy Broken Arrow Rugby

 

The Mid-America High School All Stars has named the varsity and junior varsity squads that will compete at the Regional Cup Tournament (RCT) in Denver, June 18-19. In 2015, the program’s inaugural year, the varsity team competed as the Missouri All Stars, although players from Oklahoma populated the roster. This year, the Mid-America representative sides include players from Missouri, Texas and Oklahoma.

 

A bigger player pool was needed, as the all-star program has expanded its representation at the RCT. Last year, there wasn’t consistent interest across the country for both varsity and JV divisions, so in certain locations – like the Rocky Mountain Challenge – the JV division folded and sophomores were given waivers to play up with the varsity teams. Now there is firmer separation: Varsity teams are for seniors and juniors only, and JV teams are for sophomores and freshmen.

 

 USA Rugby will have scouts at the five RCTs looking for players to populate two separate teams – Girls High School All Americans (GHSAA) and GHSAA U16 – for two separate fixtures. Eastern RCTs will be provide talent to the two age-grade squads competing against Quebec in Emmitsburg, Md., and western RCTs will supply players to the British Columbia fixtures in Seattle. With the expansion in teams and playing opportunities, the hope is that more RCTs will field full JV divisions.

 

Guiding the Mid-America effort is program director Anna Kunkel. She coordinates with varsity coach Gayle Adcock of Broken Arrow (Okla.) and JV coach Jay Brewer (Kansas City, Mo.). The trio will use a two-day camp the weekend before the RCT to shape up their respective squads. 

 

The coaches will lean on veterans in the form of Madylyn Becker, who was named to the 2015 all-tournament team; returners McKenzie Borchers, Rachel Burger, Carly Doyle, Deanna Hamersley, Alicia Hicks, Mariah Huffman, Vanessa Mahan, Paige Tauveli; and Ifeoma Agali, who represented the Girls High School All Americans during the team’s trophy-winning campaign at the Vancouver 7s.

 

Mid-America All Stars – Varsity

Ifeoma Agali – Missouri

Isabella “Bella” Alanis – Texas

Madylyn Becker – Missouri

Rachel Burger – Oklahoma

Caila Coates – Missouri

Esmeralda Deleon – Missouri

Carly Doyle – Missouri

Zoe Fox – Oklahoma

Abby Gibson – Oklahoma

Lois Granet – Missouri

Deanna Hamersley – Oklahoma

Ashlynn Hendricks – Oklahoma

Alicia Hicks – Oklahoma

Mariah Huffman – Oklahoma

Alba Laredo – Missouri

Vanessa Mahan – Missouri

Delanna Martin – Texas

Arielle Martin – Oklahoma

Jayden Masterson – Oklahoma

Abby Miller – Oklahoma

Jordyn Ruth – Oklahoma

Kyala Taylor – Oklahoma

Camilyn Tucker – Oklahoma

Evelyn Vilingia – Missouri

Taylor Welch – Texas

Paige Tauveli – Missouri

 

Mid-America All Stars – Junior Varsity

Llasmin Alvarado – Missouri

Gentry Ballard – Oklahoma

McKenzie Borchers – Texas

Whitley Cary – Oklahoma

Tania Daniels – Oklahoma

Kalee Fontenot – Missouri

Diamond Gordon – Missouri

Reagan Hunter – Texas

Jessica Laughlin – Oklahoma

Jasmine McAlister – Missouri

Shandree “Sand” McNatt – Oklahoma

Hunter Medlock – Oklahoma

Hannah Moriarty – Oklahoma

Kiarah Mosley – Missouri

Mimi Pham – Missouri

Mariana Sanchez – Missouri

kamryn seale – Oklahoma

Avriel Sika – Missouri

MaRya Smith – Missouri

Cheyenne Staab – Missouri

Chaselynn Stephens – Oklahoma

Lauren Tali – Missouri

Jasmine Williams – Oklahoma

 

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