Hopkins High School senior and captain of the Hopkins Rugby team, Sophia Haley, has been selected by USA Rugby as a Girls High School All-American (GHSAA).
The GHSAA team is part of the USA Women’s National Team in which aspiring athletes with strong potential compete in a high performance environment. The GHSAA is comprised of 30 players from around the country.
Haley has been playing rugby for the Hopkins varsity team for seven years. The team recently won the state championship for the second year in a row. Haley has also played for the Minnesota team for four years and the Midwest team for two years.
With all her experience, she has had opportunities to make the USA team in the past so she was excited when she found out she had made it.
“It felt like all my work over the years paid off,” she said.
Haley’s Hopkins rugby coach, Dan Johnson, said being an All-American means Haley is one of the top 30 high school players in the nation.
“She is a talented and dedicated player,” he said. “Sophia’s talents are many but her tackling prowess is second to none.”
Haley loves rugby for a variety of reasons, but one of them is the physicality of the sport. “I love that the rules for girls is the exact same as the rules for boys, and it’s great to play a full contact sport,” Haley said.
Haley plans to attend Dartmouth College in the fall where she will play NCAA Division 1 rugby. For the record, Dartmouth women’s rugby is the current Ivy League champions and finished second in the nation last year. As part of GHSAA, she will compete in Saranac Lake Placid, New York, this summer at the U18 7’s competition at the CAN-AM Tournament.