Review of 2014 East H.S. Rugby Season

2014 was the 26th year for East H.S. Rugby. With an active roster of 65 players, we fielded an A side, B. side  and an 8th / fresh. / soph. side. 56 students and 38 adults travelled to Kansas City on the 18th annual East Rugby Tour. The A side lost to Kansa City Jr. Blues- ranked #3 in the country and defeated St. Thomas Aquinas- ranked #9 in the country.

In the State playoffs, we defeated Littleton 42-5 in the quarter finals. and in a thrilling semi final match, East beat Aurora 13-12 to advance to the state finals. Colorado Springs beat East 33-6 in the State Championship  finals in Glendale Stadium.

The East B side had a record of 6 wins 4 losses and 2 ties including beating both of the only other B sides in the Wooden Bowl Tournament.

The East 8th / Fresh / soph. side had 8 wins and 5 losses including a win over St. Thomas Aquinas on tour.

We were disappointed to lose in the state finals, but pleased with the tremendous improvement throughout the season. The end of season party and awards dinner was a great success and attended by over 150 players, parents, coaches, siblings and fans.

East had many players participate for the Colorado Select Side vs. select side all stars from many other states in a national tournament in Aurora. Jackson Bock was selected for the all tournament team in the u-18 division and Adam Leonard was selected for the all tournament team in the u-16 division. This is a great honor for these two players as well as the East program.

The East H.S. 7s team took 2nd in a national sevens tournament at Dicks Sporting Goods Park. We went undefeated (4-0) in pool play including a win over Colorado Spring by 52-7.
East lost to the Utah Select Side in the finals in Dicks Stadium.

The East Sevens team also participated in an 11 team league that played 2 matches every Wed. night for seven Wed. nights in a row. The first five Wed. nights determined the seeding and the last two was a tournament. We went into the tournament seeded 2nd. In the Tournament we beat  the Ponderosa Titans in the first round, Littleton in the semi finals and PAC ( Platte Canyon) in the finals to win the Denver Sevens Championship. Congratulations to the players and the coaches for winning the championship. Of the 18 players on the sevens roster- 14 will be back next year for the 2015 15's season and the 2015 summer sevens.


Sunday Touch Sessions
We will start informal touch rugby sessions on Sunday Sept. 7 from noon- 2 p.m. on the East H.S. turf. In the past we have had these sessions on the grass soccer field but the A.D. wanted to rest the grass- so we are on the turf. These sessions will be every Sunday until winter break. Times are usually noon- 2 p.m.but if there is a conflict with the Broncos, the sessions will be 3-5 p.m.. The dates and times will be on the website.    There sessions are not formal practices. They are intended to sharpen your skills and have some fun. If you are new to the program, this is a great opportunity to come out and meet the guys and start to learn rugby.

Pre Season Fitness
For players not participating in a fall sport such as football or soccer, we offer after school fitness sessions two afternoons a week, starting around early November. Specific dates and times will be posted on the website. These sessions have included running, weight training and yoga under the direction of Mark Hoskin , our strength and conditioning coach and his assistants. Mr. Hoskin has carefully tracked participation for the last several years and although these fitness sessions are voluntary, the students who have attended on a regular basis have had a much reduced injury rate and performed better at rugby than those players who did not participate.

Recruitment Meeting
We will have a recruitment meeting in November for all new and returning players. Date and time will be determined.

Alumni/ Current Player Party and Hall of Fame This annual event will be Sat. Dec. 20, 5;30- 8 p.m. Save the date. A great opportunity for new players and parents to meet alumni /

Alumni/ Current Player Touch Rugby
Sunday Dec. 21  2-4 p.m. on the East H.S. turf. A great fun annual event. Everyone welcome.

Registration for all  Players and Parents In early January, right after school starts, an evening meeting at East H.S. for all parents and players.

First Practice
Sat. Jan. 10 on East H.S. turf. If you come fit ready to work and learn, you will enjoy your rugby.

if you have any questions , please contact Bill Baer  head coach   East H.S. Rugby    This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.    303-601-4368


East H.S. Sevens takes 2nd

The East H.S. Sevens team took 2nd place in the Denver Sevens Tournament. 


The team was 4-0 in pool play including a 52-7 win over Colorado Springs to advance to the final in Dicks Sporting Goods Stadium. 

In the final, The Utah Select Side defeated the Angels 40-0. 


Team pictured below, not in picture; Sam Adix and Blake Pullen

East Rugby Advances to State Semi-Finals


East A Side beat Littleton 55-12 in the quarter finals. We will play Aurora in the semifinals on Saturday May 3 at  6.p.m. ( note time) at Mountain Range High School  12500 Huron St. , Denver,CO 80234

The B side finished strong in the Wooden Bowl round robin tournament. The East H.S. B side lost to Swarm A and Highlands Ranch A in the first two matches but finished the day with wins over Ponderosa Titans B and Platte Canyon B. So the B side schedule is completed. However, East H.S. B side players are expected to continue to come to practice and help the A side at training sessions.


Monday April 28
 Practice at City Park  3;45- 6 p.m. If the park is closed due to rain, we will meet in the East H.S. lunchroom. Bring indoor and outdoor gear all this week.

Tuesday April 29
Fitness and film study  6-8;15 p.m. East H.S. room 240  . We will study film of our league game with Aurora.

Wednesday  April 30
Practice at City Park  3;45- 6.m.

Thursday  May 1
Practice at City Park  3;45- 6 p.m.

Friday  May 2
Team Meeting at Coach Baer's house  1027 Steele St. Denver 80206. 6- 7 p.m. Not dinner. Meeting to review goals.

Saturday  May 3
State semi finals  East H.S. vs Aurora   6 p.m. kickoff  at Mountain Range H.S. . Information on specific schedule for players ( when to meet etc. ) will be sent later.

Wednesday May 14 at 5;30 p.m. at Crestmoor Club, 101 South Kearney Street.
Rsvp to Wendy Cohen  by May 10  at       This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

East Advances to State Finals!


On Saturday May 3 East beat Aurora 13-12 in a thrilling state semi final match. East lost to Aurora 38-12 in the regular season and Aurora was ranked in the top 25 of the high school teams in the country.

We will play for the State Championship vs. Colorado Springs on Saturday May 10 at Infinity Park Rugby Stadium in Glendale, 950 South Birch Street. KICK OFF AT 12:40 P.M. .

Monday May 5   3:45-6 p.m. practice at City Park

Tuesday  May 6   6-8:15 p.m.  fitness and film session reviewing Colorado Springs film

Wednesday  May 7  3:45- 6 p.m.  practice at City Park

Thursday May 8   3:45- 6 p.m.  practice at City Park . Last practice of the season.

Friday May 9   6-7 p.m. Team meeting at Coach Baer's house 1027 Steele . NOT DINNER

Saturday May 10   12:40 p.m. kick off Div. I State Championship match  Infinity Park Rugby Stadium at Glendale

Wednesday  May 14   5:30 p.m. End of Season Party and Awards Banquet     Crestmoor Club    101 South Kearney St. Denver.  rsvp to  Wendy Cohen   This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

East Rugby Playoff Schedule


Everyone is invited to the final team dinner on Friday April 25, 6 p.m. at the East H.S. lunchroom . This will prepare us for the playoffs.

The A side will play Sat. April 26, 10 a.m. kick off at field #18 of Dicks Sporting Goods Park  6000 Victory Way, Commerce City , Co. 80022.
Field #18 is in the southeast area of the park. Park in lot D, north of field #18.

We will play one match vs. Littleton. If we win we advance to the semi finals on Sat. May 3  at 2 p.m.  at Mountain Range H.S. 12500 Huron St. Denver , Co. 80234 .vs. the winner of the Aurora/ Chaparral match. If we lose our season is over.

If we advance to the semifinals and win there, we would play for the State Championship on Sat. May 10. 2;40 p.m. kick off at Glendale Stadium. There is no 3rd place game this year.

Saturday April 26
8;00 a.m.  A side roster players meet at East H.S. parking lot.
8;15 a.m.  depart in carpools
8;45 a.m. arrive at Dicks. Set up tent
9;00 a.m.  get taped by Lisa, start warm up
10;00 a.m. kick off
11:25 match done. A side roster players are encouraged to return for 3;30 p.m. B side kick off to support the B side.

NOTE: All players are encouraged to meet at the parking lot . If you must meet us at Dicks you must inform Coach Baer , Coach Hoskin and Jackson Bock ahead of time and be at field #18 at 8;45 a.m. sharp.
The East H.S. B side will play in the Wooden Bowl Tournament on Sat. April 26. The Wooden Bowl is for the two teams in Div. II that did not make the Div. II playoffs plus any B sides that want to enter. There are 5 teams in the Wooden Bowl Tournament. They will play a round robin. So we will have four short ( 22 minute- 11 minute halves) games back to back.

But there is an unlimited roster . So all available fresh. soph. jrs. and srs. not on the A side roster should report ready to play. We cannot promise you will play but please be prepared.
The Wooden Bowl ends on this day- Sat. April 26. If the A side advances, B side players are needed at practice to help prepare for the semi finals. If the A side looses, the season is over.

The team that wins the Wooden  Bowl will be the team that is most fit and manages fatigue.
WE KNOW YOU WANT TO SUPPORT THE A SIDE, BUT IT IS TOO LONG A DAY TO BE THERE AT 10 A.M. AND PLAY 4 MATCHES ALL AFTERNOON. Let's hope you can support the A side at the semi finals.

Saturday  April 26
1;45 p.m.  meet at East H.S. parking lot
2;00 p.m. depart in carpools. ADULT DRIVERS NEEDED.
2;30 p.m. arrive at Dicks , Field #18 (see above) . Tent will be set up.
2;45 p,m,.  get taped by Lisa and warm up.
3;30 p.m. vs. SWARM field #18
4;05 p.m. vs Highlands Ranch  field #18
4;35 p.m. vs. Ponderosa Titans  field #16
5;05 p.m.  vs. Platte Canyon  field #18

NOTE: All players are encouraged to meet at the parking lot. If you must meet us at Dicks you must inform Coach Baer and Coach Hoskin ahead of time and be at the tent near field #18 at 2;30 p.m. sharp.
End OF SEASON Party for players, parents, siblings  and fans will be Wed. May 14. Save the date. Details to follow.

Here we are... we're at it again....
Bill Baer