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For years, girls rugby high school excellence has been associated with Wisconsin’s Divine Savior Holy Angels (DSHA), who won the USA U-19 girls’ title or placed third in all the past fourteen National Championships (i.e.; sevens wins, seven bronze medals).
Their first tournament was in 2004 when the DHSA Dashers from Milwaukee defeated cross state rival Kettle Moraine from Waukesha.
DSHA won 24-5 in what would be the year’s tie breaking game as the schools met twice before with one victory apiece. The two coaches, DHSA’s John Klein, and Moraine’s John Waliszewski were rugby teammates at Marquette University. (NB: Klein has continued to coach DSHA up to 2018 with spectacular results, including 14-consecutive Midwest championships).
The matches were played in Sacramento, California, in May of 2004. The eight national finalists were:
Kettle Moraine (Wisconsin)
Budd Bay (Washington)
Kent Crusaders (Pacific Northwest)
Luther Burbank (California)
In the semis, DHSA beat Kent 13-3 while Kettle Moraine outscored Luther Burbank 22-5. The visitors from California achieved third place with a tight 14-12 win against Kent.
Kettle Moraine dominated the All Championship Team with four placements, while DHSA and Luther Burbank garnered three spots each.