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Vernon high school rugby team caps off season with provincial silver

Fulton Maroons went 20-2 throughout the season, losing B.C. final to team from Victoria

The Fulton Maroons senior boys sevens rugby team is the second-best squad in B.C.

The squad was in Abbotsford over the June 1 weekend for the tournament, after an impressive regular season.

Fulton ran through Pool D play on June 1, defeating Glenlyon Norfolk (Victoria) 26-7, Semiahmoo (White Rock) 54-0 and Mount Baker (Cranbrook) 36-7.

After finishing 3-0, and top of the pool, they subsequently dispatched Chatelech (Sechelt) 33-5 in the quarterfinals.

The semifinal was a matchup against Argyle from North Vancouver, where the Maroons easily won, 31-5.

The gold-medal match saw Fulton run into a red-hot Stelly’s Stingers team, where the Victoria squad won 26-0.

“I could not be happier with our performance this season,” said Maroons head coach Mike Scheller. “The boys had a fantastic season and were great to coach. We won a lot of games by a big margin, and it was a testament to the dedication and work ethic of the kids.”

Fulton went 15-1 in the regular season of rugby, their only loss coming in the Okanagan Valley final to Aberdeen Hall, 19-12 on May 23.

Overall in the season, the Maroons finished with a sparkling 20-2 record.

“The team was prepared and ready every game and should be proud of their accomplishments,” said Scheller. “We tackled well, moved the ball with precision on offense and played smart rugby all season.”

Defensively, the Maroons were led by captain Griff Morrier and Gunnar Nyberg.

“Jentezen Peterson had an awesome year as well,” mentioned Scheller. “Playing scrum half he led us in points. He had some dynamic tries. His restart kicks were a huge reason why we were successful all season.”

Andrew Hillas was called the Maroons best player at provincials, according to Scheller. He also mentioned Leon Defauw, Andre Dollevoet, Bogdan Salayvev, Nich Newmanm, Owen Omeasoo, Sam Prediger, Mika Rupert and Tim Brugge as other key members of the team.

Scheller also thanked his assistant coach Kevin Stecyk for his dedication during the season.

“He is a tremendous asset to our entire rugby program.”

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Bowen Assman

About the Author: Bowen Assman

I joined The Morning Star team in January 2023 as a reporter. Before that, I spent 10 months covering sports in Kelowna.
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