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18 Degrees And … Rugby!

Denver East Senior Skee Springman, throwing a Lineout

East Rugby Club’s Grant Grant Pullen, a student at DSST Stapleton, (in red with white headband) advances the ball through the snow and three Legend Rugby Club defenders

The Denver East High Rugby Club started its season with the Denver East Invitational tournament on Saturday Feb. 10, with shortened matches against Northside Rugby Club and Legend High School rugby. East’s A-side overcame 18-degree temperatures and a raging snowstorm to prevail in both games. East’s Rugby Club is a five-time state champion, last winning the state title in 2015, while finishing as State runner-up in 2016 and 2017. Because only a few Colorado high schools have rugby teams, a number of students from other schools play for East’s team. Three of East Rugby’s senior captains – Aiden Rocchio, Patrick Berzins, and Luke Neureiter – are Park Hill residents.

With East High in the background. Photos by Reid Neureiter

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