The Hopkins High School girls’ rugby team is making history.
After an undefeated regular season, they have their eyes on a much bigger prize: a national title. And for the first time in the school’s history, the team will make its debut in the National High School Girls Club Rugby Championship in Elkhart, Indiana, on May 19 and 20.
Coached by Hopkins native and Olympian Katie Johnson and her father, Dan, and Thor Bolstad, the team is heading into the tournament after an impressive 2016 season. The Royals were division champions and received an invite to the Midwest High School Club Championship, also held in Elkhart last month. They outscored their opponents 84 to 5 and decisively won three matches to take the title of Midwest Champs. Hopkins’ Sophia Haley was named MVP.
This strong showing earned them a spot at nationals, the first time in Royals history. The team will be traveling back to Indiana this weekend to face off against some of the country’s best rugby players. But Katie Johnson said the girls are “on top of the game” and ready to compete.
The team and Coach Katie Johnson were recently featured on KARE 11 News. Click here to view the video and read the story.