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Lindenwood is set to host a 20-team high school tournament Feb. 28-29 in St. Charles, Mo. With some perennial midwest powerhouses slated to attend, the event should be one of the more highly anticipated high school competitions this spring.
Penn, Brownsburg, the Kansas City Jr. Blues, Brother Rice and St. Thomas Aquinas headline the field. Penn finished third at the High School National Invitational Tournament last spring, and the Jr. Blues finished fifth in the club bracket. Brownsburg, Aquinas and Brother Rice participated in the HSNIT, as well. Altogether, the tournament boasts two reigning state champs, Missouri (Jr. Blues) and Kansas (Aquinas), and the runners-up of two more states, Illinois (Brother Rice) and Indiana (Penn).
"We're extremely excited to have 20 quality sides competing over the course of the weekend and to have a collaboration with coaches for our continued development of rugby in the Midwest," Lindenwood director of rugby and head men's coach JD Stephenson said.
In addition to quality, regional competition, coaches will be treated to a high performance seminar on Saturday night, led by High School All American coach Salty Thompson, who will be on the ground scouting, as well. Lions strength and conditioning coach Simon Overkamp will also speak on the nutrition and fitness requirements of elite athletes.
"The aim of our championship is to give the high school teams in the midwest an opportunity to play other quality sides, while being given the chance to be looked at by the HSAA Head Coach Salty Thompson," said Stephenson. "This gives our players in the Midwest a chance at a pathway to the HSAA program that may not have been afforded to them."
Jefferson City (MO)
Brother Rice (IL)
KC Junior Blues (MO)
St. Thomas Aquinas (KS)
Francis Howell (MO)
St. James (KS)
Christian Brothers (MO)
KC Cougars (KS)
Parkway United (MO)