Sunday, May 20, 2012
Squad finished second in the nation following a tournament in California last weekend.
Sunday, May 20, 2012
Editor's note: This letter was submitted by Lakewood Girls Rugby coach Andre Bruwer following the high school's national second-place finish. I am super proud of our Lakewood girls and our Lakewood parents and community who have helped year long with fundraisers. It took more than just pure guts to achieve a second-in-the-nation finish. It took a community supporting us financially to help us get there, so a big “thank you” to everyone who stepped up and help our girls achieve what for some is only a dream. What TV didn't show is that our girls walked on hot coals to get to the final, they faced up with a seven-time National Champion and undefeated Midwest Champion since 2003 and took them down, 19 points to 0. They left nothing behind; …
Monday, May 14, 2012
Squad loses championship match to defending national champion.
The Lakewood High School girls rugby team is the second best team in the nation. By a score of 54-10, the squad lost the national championship match at Stanford University on Sunday. The girls fell to defending national champion — and girls rugby powerhouse — Fallbrook High School (CA). “The girls have absolutely no reason to hang their heads,” said Lakewood High School principal Bill Wagner, whose daughter, Jessica is one of the team’s leaders. “The Fallbrook team played flawlessly.” Earlier in the week, the Lady Rangers beat Kent High School (WA) and upset Divine Savior High School (WI) to earn a spot in Sunday’s championship game. “Being able to be on the sideline as both the principal and a father of a team member was priceless," …
Tuesday, March 13, 2012
The Lakewood High School girls’ rugby team is used to facing challenges. Now, the girls need some help fundraising.
The Lakewood High School girls’ rugby team is used to facing challenges. Just months after helping to introduce a bill in the Ohio Statehouse that would legitimize their sport, the girls are set to compete in a national rugby tournament. The squad was selected as only one of eight teams across the nation to compete in the 2012 Girls High School National Rugby Tournament at Stanford University in May. But the team needs some financial help getting there. “Right now it is fundraising, fundraising and fundraising,” said coach Andre Bruwer said, adding that it will cost about $3,000 per student to make the trip. Bruwer said his team was the only one in the state — for both boys and girls — that applied for consideration in the tournament. “…
Friday, December 16, 2011
A new law went into effect that allows sports teams and marching bands to be exempt from physical education requirements in schools. Club teams were left out in the cold.
Don’t tell these girls that rugby isn’t a sport that counts. A new law went into effect that allows sports teams and marching bands to be exempt from physical education requirements in schools. But club teams — including the Lakewood High School’s girls rugby team — were left out. So, they contacted their local State Rep. Nickie Antonio, who introduced House Bill 397 that will include club teams if they meet the criteria. "I am so proud of the Lakewood girl's rugby team for the thorough job they have done to make their case to the legislature," Antonio said in a statement.