DSHA 2016 Midwest Champions

They say it's hard to be humble when you're from Wisconsin. If you ask around the state's Girls High School rugby community, a reputation for tough and winning rugby is a well-forged tradition.

This past weekend's 2016 Midwest Girls High School Championships in Elkhart, Indiana added another chapter of success for Wisconsin teams as Divine Savior Holy Angels and Catholic Memorial finished first and second, respectively, in the tournament.

Practically neighbors in the Milwaukee region, DSHA and Catholic Memorial are long-time friendly rivals. After a heated battle, the Midwest title match saw DSHA edge Catholic Memorial by a slim 10-7 margin for the trophy. Entering the tournament, Catholic Memorial earned the No. 1 seed as this past fall's Wisconsin state champion (after ending DSHA's streak of 12-straight titles). After a scoreless first half, DSHA's scrumhalf Genevieve Ruesch helped lead her team to the win and their 13th consecutive Midwest title. Ruesch was named Midwest Most Valuable Player for her efforts.

The Breakdown features interviews with DSHA Coach John Klein and more match information.

The complete Midwest Championship tournament scoring is below:

Midwest High School Championship

  • QF: Catholic Memorial 27-10 Plainfield
  • QF: Warsaw 19-10 Hudson
  • QF: Divine Savior 45-0 Penn
  • QF: St. Joseph 31-0 Brookfield
  • SF: Catholic Memorial 39-0 Warsaw
  • SF: Divine Savior 17-10 St. Joseph
  • 5th Place SF: Hudson 35-5 Plainfield
  • 5th Place SF: Penn 22-5 Brookfield
  • 7th: Brookfield 22-5 Plainfield
  • 5th: Penn 17-15 Hudson
  • 3rd: St Joseph 36-7 Warsaw
  • Final: Divine Savior 10-7 Catholic Memorial

coachs whistleReferee assignments for the eighth week of spring 2016 competition were updated on Tuesday, May 3 by the Wisconsin Rugby Referee Society Match Assigner Brad Casetta ().

Find contact information for your referees here. Please contact your referees by Wednesday night, May 4.


  • Southern Lakes Madison West D2BHSB Alec Prochnaik 5:30
  • Muskego Sheboygan D2BHSB Jake Winkler 5:30
  • PEPP Nation Exiles D2BHSB Chris Kenth 5:30
  • Crusaders Depere NEWB Brad Casetta 5:30
  • Kenosha OS Rugby D2BHSB Chawn White 5:30
  • St Anthony Waukesha D2BHSB Tom Schmitt 5:30
  • Fond du Lac Pulaski Roos NEWB Marcus Dufrane 5:30
  • GB Leprechauns Marinette NEWB Mike Good 5:30


  • Sheboygan Elkhorn D1BHSB Steve Marvin 5:30
  • Marquette Nicolet D1BHSB Brando Golembiewski 5:30
  • Grafton Middleton D1BHSB Chris Kenth 5:30
  • Wisconsin Rapids Little Chute NEWB Matt Bittner 5:30


  • Oshkosh Manhattan Shamrocks D4M James Highfield Oshkosh 1:00
  • Prom Ball 7s CW Chris Kenth Oshkosh
  • Madison Minotaurs Chicago Dragons D4M Terry Godfrey Cottage Grove 1:00
  • Foley 7s HSG Tom Schmitt, John Waliszewski, Ted Sibilski Catholic Memorial 8:00
  • Green Bay Black and Blues D3M Steve Midthun Barny Williams Park 1:00
  • Green Bay Oconomowoc D2M Brad Casetta 3:00
  • Cottage Grove 7s CM Erik Goetz, Isaac Sivyer, Matt Bittner, Alec Prochniak, Greg Faber, Grant Thomas
  • Sheboygan Silverbacks Kalamazoo D3M Dan Channen 1:00


  • HS Girls tryouts


  • OS Rugby Madison West D2BHSB Greg Fabor 5:30
  • Waukesha Southern Lakes D2BHSB Anthony Devito 5:30
  • Kenosha Exiles D2BHSB Chawn White 5:30
  • Sheboygan PEPP Nation D2BHSB Chris Kenth 5:30
  • ST Anthony Muskego D2BHSB JP Kloiber 5:30
  • Depere Crusaders NEWB Mike Good 5:30
  • Marinette Depere NEWB 5:30
  • DC Everest GB Mavericks NEWB Terry Fargen 5:30
  • Fond du Lac Little Chute NEWB Brad Casetta Oshkosh 5:30


  • Elkhorn Patriots D1BHSB Phil Winkler 5:30
  • Grafton Marquette D1BHSB JP Kloiber 5:30
  • Middleton Sheboygan D1BHSB Jake Winkler 5:30
  • Fond du Lac Wisconsin Rapids NEWB Brad Casetta 5:30
  • Appleton Little Chute NEWB Mike Good 5:30

milwaukee rugby crest 438pxWisconsin's lone division one senior men's club - the Milwaukee Barbarians Athletic Club - is looking for a new coach for its rugby sevens program.

Via the Barbarians:

The Milwaukee Barbarians Athletic Club is extending an invitation for qualified rugby coaches to submit resumes (CV) for consideration for a summer position in Milwaukee, WI as Assistant Coach for our 7s program.

The Barbarians field multiple sevens sides at all levels in the USA Rugby Midwest Competitive Region. The Assistant Sevens Coach will be in charge of the developmental sides which compete primarily in local events in Wisconsin.

Learn more here. Application deadline is May 16.

12741868 736170993185081 3253529978363220785 nThe Wisconsin Under-19 boys selects season kicks off this Sunday, May 1 with the program's first tryout in Fond du Lac.

Please share this information with interested players and make sure they register for selects this spring.

Questions or concerns beforehand can be directed to Coach Fran at 920-362-3414 or the Team Coordinator at 920-819-2298.

If you are not receiving updates via email and would like to, please email to be added to the distribution list.

Announced in March, the complete spring U-19 schedule is available below:

  • Sunday, May 1 - tryout in Fond du Lac @ Lake Side Park. Registration 8-9, tryout 9-2
  • Sunday, May 15 - practice in Milwaukee 9-2. 3717 W. Howard Ave., Greenfield, WI 53221
  • Sunday, May 22 - practice in Green Bay 9-2. 2107 Velp Ave., Green Bay, WI 54313
  • Sunday, June 12 - practice / Cody Cup in Illinois. Location TBD
  • Thursday, June 16 - leave for Colorado, Rocky Mountain Challenge Satuday, June 18 - Sunday, June 19. Team will return to Wisconsin on June 20.

For more information, visit http://www.wisconsinrugbyselects.com/ and like Wisconsin Rugby Selects on Facebook.

coachs whistleReferee assignments for the seventh week of spring 2016 competition were updated on Sunday, April 24 by the Wisconsin Rugby Referee Society Match Assigner Brad Casetta ().

Find contact information for your referees here. Please contact your referees by Wednesday night, April 27.


  • Waukesha Madison West D2BHSB Ted Sibilski 5:30
  • OS Rugby St Anthony D2BHSB Jake Winkler 5:30
  • Sheboygan Southern Lakes D2BHSB Steve Midthun 5:30
  • PEPP Nation Muskego D2BHSB Chawn White 5:30
  • DePere Fond du Lac NEWB Brad Casetta 5:30


  • Patriots Sheboygan D2BHSB Tom Schmitt 6:00


  • Elkhorn Marquette D1BHSB Alec Prochnaik 5:30
  • Nicolet Middleton D1BHSB Steve Midthun 5:30
  • Little Chute Wisconsin Rapids NEWB Steve Marvin 5:30


  • Exiles Wauksha D2BHSB Phil Winkler 5:30
  • OS Rugby Southern Lakes D2BHSB Jake Winkler 5:30
  • Muskego Kenosha D2BHSB Greg Faber 5:30
  • St Anthony Sheboygan D2BHSB Ted Sibilski 5:30
  • Crusaders Fond du Lac NEWB Mike Good 5:30
  • Depere GB Leprechauns NEWB Steve Marvin 5:30
  • Depere Pulaski Roos NEWB Steve Marvin 5:30
  • GB Mavericks Marinette NEWB Tim Hughs Depere 5:30


  • Eau Claire 7s CM Anthony Devito, Matt Bittner, James Highfield
  • WWRFC Chicago Sirens D2W Emily Grambsch Cottage Grove
  • Madison Minotaurs VOMITS D4M Erik Goetz Cottage Grove 11:00
  • FDL Iliana D3M Dan Channen 1:00
  • UW-Madison Women UW-Madison Women D2CW Terry Godfrey Scrimmage 1:00
  • Oconomowoc ST Paul D3M Brad Casetta 1:00
  • UW Stevens Point UW-Milwaukee CW John Blakeman 12:00


  • Muskego Vernon, Appleton Jeff Kempen Round robin 10s 10:00


  • Patriots Grafton D1BHSB Chawn White 5:30
  • Marquette Sheboygan D1BHSB Tom Schmitt 5:30
  • Nicolet Elkhorn D1BHSB Trevor Williams 5:30
  • Wisconsin Rapids Appleton NEWB Matt Bittner 5:30