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Most Valuable Player (best overall player during the event)
Ani Mteto, Iowa Central Community College
Heart & Soul Awards
NSCRO custom match ball is given to a player on each team who was been an inspiration and significant contributor to the club on and off the field. The match ball is signed by his teammates in appreciation of what he has meant to their club. The recipients were:
Trinity College – Tucker Bixby
Point Loma Nazarene University – Jesse Oleson
Iowa Central Community College – Tate Nelson
Bethel College – Nick Chevalier
Most Impressive Tackler Awards
A fit kit from NSCRO partner Impact Protection for a free custom mouthguard was presented to the player who tackled everything in sight. The recipients were:
Trinity College – Alex Mayer
Point Loma Nazarene University – Matt Calcagno
Iowa Central Community College – Ani Mteto
Bethel College – Jariel Brooks
NSCRO “All Championship XV”
NSCRO recognized the 15 "best" players by position. Each player received a custom NSCRO t-shirt courtesy of Rhino Rugby recognizing their selection. See the list below of the selected players.
1 - Prop Chris Richey, Point Loma Nazarene University 2 - Hooker Ben TerrellIowa, Iowa Central Community College 3 - Prop Josh Teegardin, Bethel College 4 - 2nd Row Graham Kelly, Bethel College 5 - 2nd Row Aldo McGrath, Point Loma Nazarene University 6 - Back Row, Matt Calcagno, Point Loma Nazarene University 7 - Back Row Jariel Brooks, Bethel College 8 - Back Row Scott Cordne, Trinity College 9 - Scrumhalf Riley Cannon, Point Loma Nazarene University 10 - Flyhalf Matt BarkerIowa, Iowa Central Community College 11 - Wing Evian Aikers, Iowa Central Community College 12 - Center Ani MtetoIowa, Iowa Central Community College 13 - Center Tucker Morgan,Trinity College 14 - Wing Adam Trejo, Bethel College 15 - Full Ethan Glassock, Bethel College
Trophies were also given to each of the teams, along with medals for each of the players on the top three finishing teams (gold – first place, silver – second place, bronze – third place). All teams were also provided gift certificates, courtesy of Rhino Rugby ($500 – first place, $250 – second place, $150 – third place, $100 – fourth place).
Photos of the Heart & Sould and Most Impressive Tackler are available on our website, www.nscro.org/photogallery.
About National Small College Rugby Organization
Since 2007, the National Small College Rugby Organization (NSCRO) has been at the forefront of fostering and developing small college rugby programs in the United States. NSCRO is comprised of more than 240 men’s and 135 women’s colleges and universities who participate in more than 30 leagues for an opportunity compete on a national level and showcase their abilities to a broader and larger audience.
By focusing on small colleges and universities, we help bring these schools, their teams and players exposure outside of their conference/union while also giving them a chance at a national title and ranking. NSCRO provides a responsive national organization dedicated to small colleges and universities which has helped legitimize rugby in the eyes of school administrators. The increased visibility and recognition from NSCRO has led to better school support, greater on-campus interest in rugby and more alumni involvement.
NSCRO is "The Home of Small College Rugby in America".