Help the Highlanders go to the State Championship!

After finishing their regular rugby season with a crushing defeat of West Shore United, the Highlanders met Bishop Shanahan High School this past Sunday. Because they were seeded 2nd as opposed to our 7th, the Highlanders were to play them on their home turf. Despite being the middle of May, it was a cold, windy, and dreary afternoon. The only time we had a reprieve from the rain–providentially–was the 70 minutes the boys were on the field. The players “hit the ground running,” as the saying goes, and maintained a tight match, which saw the scoreboard at half time Shanahan: 13, Gregory the Great: 10. The second half was just as intense, with the score tied with 6 minutes left on the clock. A penalty was awarded to GGA, which sophomore Anthony Audino used to kick for posts. Despite being at a severe angle 45 meters out, Anthony took his chance, and sent the ball sailing through the uprights. This created a 3 point advantage, which the boys of GGA were able to maintain for the remainder of the game, to finish their quarter-final victoriously.

Our advancement to the semi-final match means meeting Cumberland Valley High School on Saturday. Our state championship victory last year was achieved by an incredible defeat of this same school, also on their home field.

As we mentally and physically prepare for our semi-final match against CV–hopefully followed by a state final match the following day–the need to also financially prepare becomes a priority. This e-mail is to beseech your kindness and goodwill for our athletes this weekend, and to hope that your generosity might alleviate the school of some of this burden.

Schedule for the Championship Weekend

Saturday, May 19
12:15 PM (Field 2) Cumberland Valley Boys v. Gregory the Great Boys (D1 Single School Semifinal)
2 PM (Field 2) Malvern Prep Boys v West Allegheny Boys (D1 Single School Boys Final)

Sunday, May 20
4 PM (Field 1) D1 Boys SS Final

Address: Cumberland Valley High School
6746 Carlisle Pike, Mechanicsburg, PA 17050