State College High School Women’s Rugby Are State Champions
Congrats to the State College High School Rugby team who capped off an undefeated season with a State Championship. “Every sporting team wants to win a state championship. It is the thing young athletes dream of and something that they will look back on as a high light of their school careers”, said state college lawyer and Head Coach Bernie Cantorna. For many on the team this has been a four year journey.
Every one of the State High players, except one, had never played rugby until their freshman or sophomore years in high school. Half the team is in their first or second year of playing the game. State College played a semi final match against the North Penn Valkries, the 2015 State Champions and walked away the winner 68-5. Tries were scored by Sarah Mosier, Darina Roe, Joannah Skuchek, and Lauren Anderson. Junior Emmy Booz converted an amazing 7 out of 8 conversion kicks. In the final State College prevailed against Downingtown 19 to 7. It was a close match that only opened up in the last 15 minutes of a 70 minute game. Trys were scored by Joannah Skucheck, Sarah Mosier and Gigi Agliardo. Emy Booz converted 2 of 3 conversions to seal a first ever State Championship.
State College lawyer Bernie Cantorna explains why he donates so much of his time coaching the State College High School and Penn State Women’s Rugby teams. “As a lawyer we help a person and a family in crisis. It is rewarding work, but inevitably we take a bad situation and make it better. When coaching I get to help young athletes achieve their goals and become better people when there is no crisis. The sport of rugby is an inclusive one and it allows a space for players to be themselves, have friends and teammates who support them and then grow as athletes and people. We get great results and make life memories that lay a foundation for these athletes, their confidence and their futures. In the women’s game there are many opportunities including college scholarships and representing the U.S.A. in age grade competitions. For an athlete their can be no higher honor than representing your country in your sport. For me it is an honor to coach them and play a role in their development. At the end of the day it is not your job or the money that one makes that defines us. It is the people that we meet and help along the way.”
For more information on the season here is a recap of the State High Girl’s Championship. http://www.therugbybreakdown.com/#!State-Colleges-a-State-Champion/cjds/573931c50cf2e3d0cf25be1b
For more information on State College Lawyer Bernie Cantorna and his coaching endeavors… http://centrecountylaw.com/2014/03/03/bernard-cantorna-recognized-in-state-college-the-magazine/