With the High School 15s season now complete, we will now transition to 7s. We plan to take a couple of weeks off (ith practice optional during the next two weeks for the High School kids) and then we will practice 7s on Saturday mornings from 9-11 a.m. at Baileywick Road Park. Stay tuned for the start date for those practices—we likely will start those in June. For the next two weeks, we will support the middle school and U12 teams in their pursuit of the State Championships at the Carolina Cup in Charlotte on Saturday May 14th. Any help will be much appreciated before our 7s season commences.
As you know, the Redhawks were founded 6 years ago and, as such, we are now starting to see our players off to college! That is both very exciting for us as an organization but also quite bittersweet as we have had the pleasure of coaching and watching these kids mature for years and we now will watch them embark on their quest towards adulthood. So with great pride and well wishes, we congratulate our Graduating Seniors:
Jack Sanner, our High School JV number 8 and Captain is off to UNC Chapel Hill.
Jack has had a phenomenal year at number 8. He has demonstrated impeccable leadership skills as the Redhawks’ captain and he has led by example in every game this year.
Jack’s performance was also exceptional off the field. His SAT scores of 2140 and his resume is very impressive - GPA 3.8 un-weighted (4.5 weighted). Jack had several excellent college options available to him due to his strong academic record and, after much thought, he ultimately decided to stay close by at UNC Chapel Hill. Jack plans to continue his rugby development, joining the Tar Heels rugby team. We wish Jack the greatest of success on and off the field and we look forward to watching Jack represent the Redhawks well while wearing Tar Hill Blue next season.
Seth McGann, our High School JV scrumhalf is off to Duke University.
Seth has also been a leader on and off the field. Though Seth has only recently started playing rugby, he was an incredibly quick study. His performances this year earned him an invitation to the High School All-Stars. Unfortunately, Seth was unable to accept that All-Star invitation since he recently accepted a full scholarship from the Military and the scholarship does not allow his participation in sports. Seth, like Jack, is a performer on and off the field–being active both with his church and with his studies. Hopefully, his military commanders will realize his great rugby potential and will allow him to continue his play at Duke. If not, we are ceratin that Seth will be successful in all of his pursuits.
John Paul (JP) Baric, our High School JV fullback and wing, is off to NC State.
JP has slotted in comfortably at fullback and wing this season. He also had the opportunity to play alongside his brother Michael during several games this season. JP had major contributions on defense in try saving tackles and his strong running with ball in hand helped the Redhawks to big wins this season. JP will pursue his education at NC State. A budding entrepreneur, don’t be surprised if we don’t see JP listed in Forbes 100 in the future!
Eshan Patel (Flanker), is off to UNC Charlotte.
Esham came to us via Wake Young Men's Leadership Academy. Esham was persuaded to participate via his Friends Patrick, JP, Seth and AJ. Esham is very athletic and would have had a successful season with our program but he unfortunately tore his ACL early in the season so missed most of the season due to that injury. Esham will be attending UNC Charlotte.
Please join the Redhawks coaches in wishing our graduating seniors the greatest of success and in thanking them for all they have done for the Redhawks! Each of them will remain a Redhawk for life and they are always welcome to stop by our practices to say hello and help out whenever they are in town.