The Arlington Stallions Rugby Club Varsity side, competing in Division 1 of the Illinois Youth Rugby Association, finished the spring 15-a-side season with a 6-1 record and competed in the 2014 Illinois High School State Championships in Rockford in May.
Twenty-eight teams participated on Championship Day, which crowned state champions at the Varsity, JV and Frosh/Soph levels. The Stallions took fourth place, losing to Mt. Carmel in the third place game.
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The Goff Rugby Report Boys National Rankings for 2014, published in Rugby Magazine, listed the Stallions at #42 due to its strong performance throughout the season and playoffs.
The following weekend, the Stallions Midis (seventh-eighth grades) earned third place in the state by beating the Naperville Crusaders 24-5.
On July 12, the Stallions High School team won the iYRA 7's Rugby State Championship Tournament in Lake Forest, by beating Mt. Carmel 44-0 in the championship game.
Seven Stallions high school players earned selection to the Illinois High School All-State Varsity and JV teams and competed in the annual Cody Cup against Wisconsin, at the Regional All-Star Tournament in Pittsburgh in June and against a visiting high school team from Down, Ireland, on July 6. The club also placed six players on the middle school All-State team, which competed in the Midwest Regional All-Star Tournament in Elkhart, Indiana, last month.
Tony LaPiana (Fremd), Spencer Kreuger (Hersey) and Zach Lingen (Hersey) will join the All-State high school team, the Tornados, on tour this summer through England and Wales.
The Stallions high school club fields Varsity, JV and Frosh/Soph teams with players from across the Northwest suburbs, including schools in District 214, neighboring districts and St. Viator. The Midi and Mini (fifth-sixth grade) teams field players from Arlington Heights and surrounding suburbs.
For more information, visit www.ArlingtonStallionsRugby.com.
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