Edina rugby club makes it 6 in a row

Jason Olson
Sports Editor

Although rugby is not yet an official Minnesota State High School League sport, there is plenty of interest when it comes to the State Tournament.

Fans packed the stands at North St. Paul High School last week to watch Edina play Eagan in the championship game, which Edina won by a score of 22-10.

Jack Fogelberg of the Edina High boys club rugby team dives for pay dirt during the State Tournament at North St. Paul High School as a big crowd watches from the stands. (Photo Courtesy of Guy Warren Photography)
Jack Fogelberg of the Edina High boys club rugby team dives for pay dirt during the State Tournament at North St. Paul High School as a big crowd watches from the stands. (Photo Courtesy of Guy Warren Photography)

This is the sixth year in a row that Edina has won the state championship, and its first championship under head coach Rob Thoresen.

Nick Bloom of Edina shifts into high gear as he advances the ball. (Photo Courtesy of Guy Warren Photography)
Nick Bloom of Edina shifts into high gear as he advances the ball. (Photo Courtesy of Guy Warren Photography)

Many of the boys on the Edina squad are multisport athletes, including football linebackers Nick Bloom and Pericles Angelos. Rugby is a tough sport, played without pads that features scrums, tackles and dashes for trys.
Edina is one of the schools that has embraced the sport and played it at a high level.

Edina’s Parker Halling relies on sheer power in breaking tackles. (Photo Courtesy of Guy Warren Photography)
Edina’s Parker Halling relies on sheer power in breaking tackles. (Photo Courtesy of Guy Warren Photography)

Among the Lake Conference schools, Hopkins and Minnetonka are others that boast strong rugby traditions. Minnetonka is the team Edina defeated in the state semifinals.

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