The third time was the charm for the Medina High School Girls rugby team, as they earned their first state championship with an emphatic 62-14 victory over Amherst in Columbus June 2nd.
Having finished state runner-up in 2016 and 2017, the Bees were determined not to let this opportunity slip away. The Bees were dominant on both sides of the ball throughout the match as they built a 31-7 halftime lead thanks to three tries from the backline, and two tries from the forward group. Senior Captain and fly-half, Kennedy Miller added three conversion kicks.
The Bees continued the scoring onslaught in the second half as their fitness and wide-open style of play began to open gaps in the Amherst defense. With additional tries from Aeryal Sherepita and Taylor Washburn – along with two conversion kicks from Miller – the Bees found themselves ahead 50-7 with 10 minutes remaining. After an Amherst try, Medina would tack on another try from junior Cassidy Edwards to bring the score to 55-14.
The Bees end their season with an undefeated 9-0-1 record, bringing home the first-ever state championship trophy for the Medina Rugby Program.
The team will be recognized this fall at the varsity football game on October 26th.