The Stark County high school rugby team traveled to Akron to take on Coventry last Wednesday. The Maddogs played hard down to the last minute but came up short, losing 26-21. Tyler Menegay (Manchester), Jon McDonald (Lake), and Sam Fenton (Hoover) each scored a try. McDonald converted all 3 kicks. On Friday, they hosted St Ignatius, again competing well and battling to the last whistle. They were just short of a victory, losing 6-5. McDonald had the only try for the Maddogs in that match.
Head Coach Dan Sturtz said “Another set of close matches for this team, we have been in every game this year. I am very confident that we will take this into next year and be one of the top teams in the league. All of our boys should be proud of their performance this year and look forward to a successful season next spring. But we still have one last match to send our seniors out on a high note." Stark County travels to Strongsville this Friday for a 6:00pm kickoff.
In Middle school action on Friday, Dover took the first match against Canton, and tied in their second match in A side action. Dover B's took both B side matches. Both coaches were very pleased with the progress that all the middle school ruggers have made.
Dover coach Scott McCartney said "I'm extremely happy with the progress these young men have shown in such a short time. They have taken to a relatively new sport for our area and have embraced it. I look forward to the future of Rugby in Dover." Canton coach Jason board echoed the sentiment "Our boys are improving every week. Once the weather gives us a break and we can be outside for every practice, they are really going to progress quickly."
Dover and Canton will clash again this Saturday, at Weis Park. They will also host the Columbus Crusaders, a team from the Columbus region. That school is also bringing their high school team for 7's action against the Stark County high school team. Action will kick off at 10:00am.
In Mens club action, the Canton Maddogs traveled to Pa. to take on Greensburg this past Saturday. Canton battled the entire game, but ended up losing 22-15. Winter Andrews and Chris Wright scored try's for the Maddogs. Captain Anthony Wilkens said "We went over light on numbers due to injuries, but we dug deep and competed tough against a quality opponent. We will heal up this week and get ready for the rivalry game against Battlecreek next week."
Canton travels to MI to take on Battlecreek on May 17th.
The Canton Middle school rugby league held their matches this past Friday evening at Dover Park. Dover A side won the first match between A sides, but GlenOak was able to come back and win the second match. In B side action, Dover took both matches. Coach Jason Board said "Each one of all our boys are taking strides every day with their rugby career. I am proud of how all of the boys played tonight, it will be fun to see them compete again on Friday up in Canton." The Middle school league will have matches this coming Friday at Weis Park kicking off at 5:30.
The Stark County High school team traveled Sunday to Akron to take on Revere in divisional play, coming up short in a 29-15 defeat. Scoring try's for the Maddogs were Seth Maylor (Perry) and Jon McDonald (Lake). Head Coach Dan Sturtz said "We played well today but we are capable of playing much better. We have a young, talented team that must keep working together and improve each week. I have no doubt we will be a team to reckon with in the years to come. Although our season record doesn’t show it, we are a much improved team than we were at week 1." Stark County travels to Coventry on Wednesday for a 6:00pm kickoff, then they are back home on Friday to host St. Ignatius at 7:00pm.
In Mens action, the Canton Maddogs were able to get back on the winning track with a 26-24 victory over the Utica MudBoggers. Scoring try's for Canton were Joe Doyle, Aaron Traugh, Matt Baughman, and Brandon Konen. John McMullen converted 3 kicks. Captain Scott Hills said "It was a battle down to the last minute, but we were able to stick to our game plan and pull through. Our newer players stepped up and played well for us and had an impact on todays game. We will use this momentum and push for victories in our last 2 matches." Canton travels to Greensburg Pa this Saturday for a 1:00pm kickoff, then Saturday May 17th to BattleCreek Mi, slated for a 1:00pm kickoff also.
This past weekend the Canton middle school rugby conference kicked off its 2014 season. In the first game, the Dover A side beat the Glenoak A side by a score of 28 to 14. " For being the first game of the year, I was very proud of how the guys played." said Glenoak coach Jason Board. In the second game, The B sides from each club squared off with Dover again coming out on top, 35 to 29. In the third and fourth games both Glenoak teams found their stride and pulled out victories 35 to 26 and 24 to 7 respectively. Coach Scott McCartney said " It will be fun to watch these clubs grow as the season goes on. They both seem very evenly matched." The next game for both clubs will be this Friday evening at Dover City Park at 5:30 pm.
In High School Action, Stark County Maddogs took on Coventry in divisional play. The Maddogs came up short in a very competitive match, losing 17-12. Chase Wirth (GlenOak) and Cole Bellinger (Hoover) scored try's, and Sam Fenton (Hoover) converted one kick. Sam Fenton, team captain, said "We went out there as a band of brothers and fought hard. We controlled the ball well when we had it, but could still use improvement. We play Coventry again, and we will be ready to fight again for another 60 minute match." The Maddog's travel to Revere this Sunday for a 1:00pm kickoff, then up to Coventry on Wednesday for a 6:00pm kickoff.
In Mens Rugby Club action, Canton hosted Youngstown for the Smythe Cup match. Canton fought hard for 80 minutes, but lost 31-24. Scoring try's for the Maddogs were Tim Donnelly, Dwayne Wilson, Kyle Green and Andrew Hopwood. Anthony Wilkens and Jason Board each converted one kick. Team Captain Wilkens said "I'm proud of how strong we started the match, we just couldn't quite close it out. Youngstown always play tough, they just got the better of us this time. It was a great time to celebrate our teammate and friend Chris Smythe, he would have been proud of how both teams played today." Canton will travel to Utica this Saturday for a 1:00pm kickoff.
The Stark County High School Rugby team traveled to Hudson for a game under lights at Lavelli Field. It was a hard fought battle for 60 minutes, but the Maddogs came up on the short end of a 26-7 decision. Scott Jacobsen (Jackson) scored the lone try for Stark County, and Jon McDonald (Lake) converted the kick after.
Head Coach Dan Sturtz said "Hudson is one of the leaders in the league, and we gave them everything we had tonight. I am proud of the way our guys played together against a very tough team. We had some calls that didnt go our way, but our guys kept playing to the last second. We'll lick our wounds today and get ready for our next match."
Their next match is part of a whole day of rugby hosted by the Canton Rugby Foundation on Saturday April 19th at Weis Park. The Canton Middle School league starts it off with its 4 teams beginning at 9:00am in tournament style 7's matches. Then the High School team host Coventry at 12:00 for a DII divisional match. The day rounds out with the competition for the Smythe Cup between the Canton Mens team and the Youngstown Steel Valley Team at 1:00pm.
The Stark County High School rugby team hosted Brunswick this past weekend. It was a hard fought battle, but the Maddogs came up short, losing 22-10. Scoring try's were Sam Fenton (Hoover) and Jon McDonald (Lake), McDonald was unsuccessful on both conversion kicks.
Head Coach Dan Sturtz said "Brunswick were state champs last year, they are a very good team. We played well against them. If we clean up our mistakes, we can beat a team of that caliber. I am proud of the boys today, but now they see that we can compete with the top level teams in our league. They will take the momentum of today into next weeks match."
The High School team will travel to Hudson to play on Sunday April 13th at 1:00pm in a DII league match.
In action later that day, the Canton Mens team hosted Erie in DIII action. The Maddogs lost 74-5. Andrew Hopwood scored a try for Canton, John McMullen was unsuccessful on the conversion kick. The Mens team travels to Pa for a DIII match with Westmoreland on Saturday April 12th at noon.
The Canton Maddogs hosted Pitt City for a DIII match this past Saturday, coming away with a 17-12 victory. Scoring trys for the Maddogs were Jeremy Kimble with 1 and Chris Fili with 2. John McMullen converted one kick.
Pack Captain Scott Hills said "Today was out first action of the year and it was sloppy at times, due to rustiness and also due to the weather. But we came together and played well, and we were able to stand together at the end of the match and secure the win. Thanks to all our fans who braved the cold and rain and supported us for our home opener."
On Sunday, the Stark County High School team hosted Copley in a DII divisional match. The younger Maddogs were able to secure a 10-0 victory over the Crusaders. Scoring trys were Cole Bellinger (Hoover) and Sam Fenton (Hoover). Jon McDonald (Lake) was unsuccessful on both conversion kicks.
Head Coach Dan Sturtz said "This team has come a long way in the past 3 years. We have boys on this team that are 3 year veterans and boys that just started this year. But they have prepared together the last two months for playing in this division. They had success today because they helped each other out, they were not selfish, they supported each other the entire match. I am proud of this whole team."
This coming Saturday, April 5th, is double the action as the Stark County High School team hosts Brunswick at 12:00pm and then Canton Rugby hosts Erie at 1:00pm. Both matches will be held at Weis Park.
Men's Club Updates
Canton Rugby is pleased to announce its 2014 spring schedule. The Maddogs will host Pitt City (DIII league match) on March 29th, Erie (DIII league match) on April 5th, and Youngstown Steel Valley on April 19th. All home matches are slated for 1:00pm kickoff and located at Weis Park. Canton will travel to Westmoreland (DIII league match) on April 12th, to Utica on April 26th, Greensburg on May 3rd, and Battlecreek on May 17th.
The Maddogs are always looking for more members, for more information email us at email@example.com
High School Rugby Updates
The Canton Rugby Foundation is pleased to announce the upcoming schedule for the Stark County High School team. The team is comprised of players from high schools all over the county, including Lake, Hoover, Perry, GlenOak, Jackson and Dover. They will be playing in Ohio Division IIAA Cleveland South Region, which culminates at the end of the season with a state tournament for all Ohio schools in Division II.
The Maddogs will host Copley March 30th at 1:00pm, Brunswick on April 5th at 12:00pm, Coventry on April 19th at 12:00pm, and St Ignatius on May 2nd at 7:00pm. They will travel to play Hudson April 13th at 1:00pm, to Revere on April 27th at 1:00pm, to Coventry April 30th at 6:00pm, and to Strongsville on May 9th for a 5:00pm match. All home games are held at Weis Park.