St. Gregory’s Academy Rugby – Pennsylvania State Champions

The boys after winning state.

Congratulations to the boys of St. Gregory’s Academy on their State Championship victory.  

The Highlanders beat St. Joseph Prep 24 to 18 today in order to clinch the title of State Champions.  Their journey to the final is incredible, especially to think that a school of 60 boys from a variety of backgrounds (none were recruited to play Rugby) could become the state champions!  In order to make it to the finals, SGA had to go up against a really tough team, Burrell, from Pittsburg.  They were supposed to play another team, and St. Joseph’s Prep would have had to play Burrell, but the fates did not allow this.  But as one alumni said, beating Burrell (winning just barely: 34-31) has made the victory all the more sweet.  The boys had an amazing season.  They went undefeated, and scored a staggering 319 points while only letting 15 points get scored against them!  They had a total of 47 trys in only 6 games.  The lads have had quite an extraordinary season and State Championship is a fitting close to this our last year as St. Gregory’s Academy.  I hope to see the Rugby program continue at the new school, Gregory the Great Academy, and hopefully it is under Mr. van Beek, who has done such an excellent job with the program this year and in his entire tenure at the school.

Non nobis Domine, Domine,

Non nobis Domine,

Sed nomini, sed nomini,

Tuo da gloriam.

Our Lady, Queen of Victory, pray for us!

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