On National Stage, MICR All-Stars Shine, Sweep 1st Place
18 student-athletes from MICR hit the road over the weekend with the Tennessee Tri-Stars to compete in the USA Rugby Regional Cup Tournament Series. Our young men traveled to Georgia where they competed at Life University against the likes of Colorado & South Carolina’s state all stars. Our young ladies traveled to Fishers, Indiana where they competed against the best from Ohio, Indiana, and Michigan. When the weekend came to an end, few around the country expected the results that transpired:
Tennessee Boys- 1st Place (6 MICR players)
Tennessee Girls- 1st Place (9 MICR players)
Tennessee Girls JV- 1st Place (3 MICR players)
You read that correctly- Tennessee achieved a clean sweep of 1st place hardware in USA Rugby’s Regional Cup Tournament (RCT) series. USA Rugby describes the annual RCT as the competitive entry point for any high school student hoping to make a run at the pathway to the Olympics, USA Eagles, or pro rugby. With these monumental victories we anticipate those pathways becoming even more accessible for our students and alums.
MICR student-athletes teamed up with their usual opponents across Tennessee to form the Champion Tri Stars squads. From Germantown, to Ravenwood, to Brentwood to Columbia- the best in Tennessee bound together for the 1st place effort. The girls- under the leadership of Dan LaFond, (Columbia) Heidi Whitman, (Germantown) Steph Kunz, (Germantown) & Emma Knapp (MICR) went undefeated in the varsity bracket - turning heads with lopsided scores and explosive offense. The boys - led by Jason Richards, (CBHS/West TN) Mark Williams, (Ravenwood/USA South) & Tee Neely (MICR) suffered only one loss to South Carolina before pushing through to win the whole tournament.
MICR’s mission is not to win rugby games. We strive to expand opportunities for our students and we use rugby as a foundational tool to realize our mission. Thanks to the leaders above - and the determination of our students and families - we are driven to leverage this experience for even more opportunities moving forward. Congratulations to the Tennessee Tri Stars- especially the names below from MICR!