For Immediate Release
July 13, 2011
BOY'S HIGH SCHOOL ALL-AMERICAN SEVENS TEAM ANNOUNCED, DEPART FOR CANADA
BOULDER, Colo. – The USA Rugby Boy’s High School All-American Sevens team has officially been announced by Head Coach, David Fee, for the 2011 Victoria International Sevens on Saturday July 16 in Victoria, Canada.
The squad departs for Canada today and will hold a camp for the remainder of the week in preparation for the tournament that will kickoff on Saturday.
The six-team tournament field is composed of four Canadian and two American squads that will play a round-robin style of matches on Saturday July 16 at the University of Victoria’s Wallace Field Complex. The All-Americans are the number one seed in the competition.
This will be the first time the HSAA Sevens team has assembled for a competition since they won the Las Vegas Sevens Invitational Boy’s U19/ High School Division in February 2011. There are a lot of new faces to the HSAA Sevens team as Patrick Barrientes is the sole returner from that championship team in Las Vegas.
The players will have ample opportunities to make an impression for future selection. With the inclusion of rugby sevens in the Olympics, age-grade and All-American sevens teams are a key component for player selection moving towards the 2016 Olympic Games.
Boy’s HSAA Sevens | Victoria Sevens | Victoria, Canada | July 16
USA HSAA 7s v. British Columbia #2 | 9:30 a.m.
USA HSAA 7s v. Prairies | 10:40 a.m.
USA HSAA 7s v. Ontario | 11:50 a.m.
USA HSAA 7s v. Utah | 1:00 p.m.
USA HSAA 7s v. British Columbia #1 | 5 p.m.
USA Boy’s HSAA Sevens
Patrick Barrientes (Sacramento Jesuit H.S.), Michael Black (Colorado Springs), Josh Brake (Glendale Raptor Rugby Academy), Stratton Brown (Lowland Rugby), Cory Graham (West Mecklenburg H.S.), Sean Mahon (Glen Ellyn Ducks RFC), Tony Polataivao Jr. (Rugby Oregon), Nick Salaber (Dixon RFC), Brad Shaw (Columbus RFC), Ed Tandy Jr. (Back Bay Youth Rugby), Chris Turori (Valley Center H.S.), James Viafale (Tempe U19 Rugby Club)
David Fee – Head Coach
Justin Hickey – Asst. Coach / Manager
Anne Micinski – Trainer
Visit the tournament website, http://www.victoria7s.com, for results and tournament information.
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