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Shanahan, Berks Lead In Rugby PA HS 7s

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Shanahan, Berks Lead In Rugby PA HS 7s

Bishop Shanahan goes in for the score. Tony Zitta photo.

The Rugby Pennsylvania Fall 7s Series stopped at Susquehanna University in Selinsgrove, Pa. this past weekend and Bishop Shanahan came out on top once again as the boys HS 7s competition drives to the championship at the end of the month.

Susquehanna University is a perennial NSCRO 7s national championship qualifier and has hosted a Rugby PA Fall 7s Series event for the last five years, using it as a recruiting event, and also just some outreach to the high school programs in the state.

A 12-team tournament included Berks County, Bishop Shanahan, Blackthorn, Cumberland Valley (two teams), Doylestown, Hempfield, Kutztown, Malvern Prep, Schuylkill Valley, and Turks Head. IN addition, the Bethesda Roosters out of Maryland also attended.

The quarterfinal matchups included Berks beating Malvern Prep 42-0, Bishop Shanahan beating Blackthorn 38-7, Cumberland Valley beating Turks Head 14-5, and Bethesda beating Doylestown 24-12.

That set up the semis in which the ever-improving Berks County side defeated Bethesda 29-7, and Shanahan beat Cumberland Valley 26-0.

Turks Head took the Plate and Schuylkill Valley took the Bowl.

In the final Bishop Shanahan, which had won the previous tournament, faced Berks County, which had won the tournament before that. In an exciting encounter, Bishop Shanahan pulled away 19-5.

The tournament MVP was Sam Rudisill from Bishop Shanahan, but there were several other standout performances:

All-Tournament Selections:

Meshach Bediako, Bethesda

Chris Cleland, Berks County

Zak Elgogari, Berks County

Colton Goodman, Berks County

Jung In, Bethesda

Seth Kramlich, Berks County

Joe Manning, Bishop Shanahan

Brett Nuelle, Bishop Shanahan

Frank Shiavo, Turks Head

Colin Warner, Turks Head

Honorable Mention:

George Andraos, Turks Head

Jacob Beto, Cumberland Valley

Austin Fonseca, Blackthorn

George Nicolson, Turks Head

Dalton Reinheimer, Doylestown


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