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Thurber boys win bronze at Rugby provincials, girls lose in consolation

LETHBRIDGE — The Lindsay Thurber Raiders were medalists in the tier 1 provincial high school rugby championships during the weekend, ripping St. Francis Xavier of Edmonton 48-19 in the bronze-medal match.

The Raiders opened with a 15-0 win over Edmonton W.P. Wagner before falling 10-0 to Lethbridge Collegiate Institute. The LCI squad down Henry Wisewood of Calgary 28-12 in the gold-medal game, while Wagner was a 27-0 winner over Okotoks Foothills in the consolation final.

Meanwhile, the Lindsay Thurber girls posted a 1-2 record in the tier 1 provincials, losing 27-0 to W.P. Wagner, dumping Father Mercredi of Fort McMurray 38-5 in the second round and suffering a 37-0 loss to Calgary Western Canada in the consolation final.

Raymond got past F.P. Walshe of Fort McLeod 8-3 to win gold.

Wagner defeated Sherwood Park Bev Facey 32-14 in the bronze-medal match.

In tier 2 girls play, Rimbey scored a 22-0 win over Frank Maddock of Drayton Valley in the consolation final.

Rimbey earlier fell 36-5 to County Central of Vulcan and knocked off Cold Lake 17-10. Host Winston Churchill defeated Springbank 7-5 on kicks to win the gold medal and County Central thumped Beaumont 61-17 to win bronze.

The Rocky Mountain House West Central Rebels picked up the sportsmanship award in the tier 2 boys division. West Central opened with a 12-7 victory over Edson Parkland, then lost 36-0 to Winston Churchill in the second round and 25-10 to Beaumont in the bronze-medal game.

Winston Churchill captured the tier 2 title with a 45-7 rout of Banff.



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