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 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