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Forty teams competed over three divisions in the high school competition at the Penn Mutual CRC. The Boys Elite, Boys Open and the Girls division all competed over a three-day span to crown champions In the end, the Maryland Exiles, the Archmere Academy and West End all won these divisions respectively.
The Boys Elite featured a rematch between the Maryland Exiles and the Cannibals. The Cannibals won the meeting in pool play on Friday but the Exiles played their best game of the tournament in the final, winning 10-0.
“We got better with each game. Each game we built up momentum, got to know each other and of course that was our best defense in the final game,” said Exiles coach Paul Sheehy.
The Exiles, who are transition to the DVM United because they have expanded their player pool to the entire DC, Virginia, Maryland region, has won a number of tournaments in recent years including last year’s CRC and the high school open at the LVI. Dmonte Noble and Jacob Estes led the way and could be playing in the main event next year as both are headed to Kutztown.
The Boys Open division featured a barnburner of a final between the Archmere Academy and West Chester. Archmere got off to a quick start with a pair of tries but West Chester stormed back with three of its own in the second half. Archmere, however, pounded one in after time had expired to win the match and take home the title.
“These guys have been doing a really great job. We play a lot of 7s in Delaware and these guys are very used to this style of game. The object obviously is to make sure we are shifting the ball and make sure we are playing patient,” said Archmere coach David Coco.
Archmere swept its pool scoring 123 points and only yielding seven. It won shorthanded this morning in the semifinals and due to the schedule change were able to get several senior players back for the game. It was a hectic day for the school because a number of seniors attending graduation this afternoon. The players raced over from the Delaware school to compete in the final this afternoon. A number of those players are high impact and will be known come CRC time in the next couple of years. One is headed to South Carolina, the Naval Academy and a pair is going to local school St. Joe’s.
West End dominated the Girls Open, only yielding two tries all weekend and tallying a six-try bonanza in the finals. West End added a couple of White Horse players this weekend including high impact player Alex DiMarco. Along with West End captain Elizabeth Warren, the team was tough to beat.
“It has just been an amazing weekend. The girls couldn’t have played any better. The captains over the weekend couldn’t have led the team any better,” West End coach Matt Estes said of Wilson and DiMarco.
The program is still in its infancy but is doing incredibly well. This was West End’s first foray into the CRC but it probably will not be the last.
“We are only in our fourth year. We have a very successful 15s program and we have had some success in 7s as well” Estes added.