2020-2021 Return-to-Play (updated 11/02/2020)

All HS and MS rugby players that are not in a fall or winter sport. Starting Tuesday, November 3rd we will have a new schedule for off-season training.


Tuesdays & Thursdays 7:00p-9:00p in the Medina HS Weight Room

Sundays 5:00p-6:30p at Ken Dukes Stadium (HS Football Stadium)

Strength Training Program

Our weight room sessions will focus on safety and building foundational strength for a multi-directional sport, such as Rugby. We have strength programs adapted for each age group (HS and MS) and can be modified based on experience level (beginner and advanced).

Safety Guidelines

As part of the Return-to-Play program, we must continue to adhere to the same COVID guidelines outlined below.

Athletes can arrive 10 minutes prior to the start and must depart 10 mins after practice ends. Athletes & Coaches must wear a mask to and from training. All athletes must bring their own water (no team water supplied). Carpooling is discouraged. Athletes & Coaches must remain 6ft apart until instructed to do differently. All participants will have their temperature taken upon arrival and must answer symptom questionnaire. This info will be logged. As we move through phases we will be able to change how we train.

Thank you for your understanding as we work through the Return-to-Play protocol. We are following strict guidelines from the Medina City School District, the Medina Athletic Department and the Ohio Board of Health.  We will do our best to keep all our athletes up to date on training so they can get their own work in.   

If you have any questions; please contact your coach or e-mail medinarugby@gmail.com

HS Boys & Girls Open 2020 Season with Wins

The Medina HS Boys & Girls Rugby teams got their 2020 seasons started with victories on Sunday, March 8th at Ken Dukes Stadium. The HS Boys started to day with an 11:00am kick-off against Brunswick. A.J Coltz, Anthony Church and Tristan Perrine all crossed the tryline for the Bees with Kyler Krogh kicking two conversions for a 26-10 win. The HS Girls kicked-off against Amherst at 2:30pm in the final match of the day. Haylee Roach had a huge day scoring 4 tries for the Bees. Rosa Treece dotted down 2 tries of her own with Sarah Burneson and Sarah Schultz chipping in 1 try each. Clare Tschannen was accurate off the kicking tee converting 5 of 8 tries.

In between the two HS varsity matches, the Medina JV boys faced off against Northwest. In a highly competitive match, Northwest proved to be too much with the Bees coming out on the losing end 32-15. A.J Kirlough scored all three tries for Medina in the match.

Medina Rugby 2020 Parents Meeting

Medina Rugby 2020 Season Parent Meeting

There will be an informational parents meeting for our Rookie, Middle School & HS Rugby programs this Wednesday, January 15th from 7:00-8:30pm in the Medina HS Commons. The meeting will provide information on the upcoming season for all of our teams; Rookie, Middle School and High School. This is also a great opportunity to meet the coaches, learn more about Medina Rugby, and have your rugby questions answered.

Medina Rugby Teams to host Free Winter Camps

Medina Rugby will be hosting free Winter Camps for boys and girls in 3rd-12th grades interested in joining the Medina Boys and Girls rugby teams for the 2020 spring season. The Youth Camp (3rd-8th grade students) will be held on Wednesday, January 8th from 5:30pm-7:30pm in the Medina HS Gymnasium. The HS Camp will be held on Thursday, January 9th from 5:15pm-7:00pm in the Medina HS Gymnasium. The camps will be led by Medina Rugby coaches as an introduction to the basic skills and principles of the sport of Rugby. The camps are FREE to attend, and boy and girl athletes of all skill levels and sport backgrounds are welcome. To RSVP for the camp, please e-mail Director of Rugby Brian Scerca at MedinaRugby@gmail.com with participant’s name, grade and contact information or visit the Contact Us section of the website.

Medina Rugby HS Boys & Girls Informational Meeting for 2020 Season

The Medina High School Boys and Girls Rugby teams will be hosting an informational meeting for students in grades 9-12 interested in playing rugby for the upcoming Spring season. The meeting will be held on Wednesday, December 18th in the Distance Learning Lab at Medina High School (777 E. Union St. Medina, OH) from 7:00pm-8:30pm. Anyone interested in playing rugby can e-mail Director of Rugby Brian Scerca at medinarugby@gmail.com or visit the Contact Us section.

Medina Rugby’s 4th annual Day of Caring

On Saturday, November 2nd, the Medina High School and Middle School Boys and Girls Rugby teams spent the day helping area Medina residents during their 4th annual Day of Caring Community Service project. Players, coaches and parents teamed up and completed yard work, leaf clean-up and other small projects for elderly of disabled residents in need of assistance. This year, the rugby teams were able to help a total of 5 families.

Medina Rugby hosts successful Fall Rugby Camp

The Medina Rugby program hosted a successful rugby camp on Sunday, October 6th at Ken Dukes Stadium. Nearly 150 athletes combined attended the Youth Camp (3rd – 8th Grades) and the High School Camp (9th – 12th Grades). All campers received a free t-shirt and learned some of the basic skills of rugby.

Medina Rugby will be hosting a free Winter Rugby Camp for Youth and High School students in January to be held in the HS Gymnasium. Exact date and time TBA.

2019 Fall Youth Rugby Camp
2019 Fall High School Rugby Camp

Medina Rugby 2019 Fall Camp

The 2019 Medina Rugby Fall Camp will be Sunday, October 6th at Ken Dukes Stadium on the campus of Medina High School. The camp is free and open to all boy and girl athletes in grades 3 through 12 that are interested in joining our teams for the upcoming spring season. Campers will get an introduction to the basic skills and principles of rugby and new players of all skill levels are welcome.

Camp Schedule:

4:00pm – 5:30pm (3rd – 8th grade boys and girls)

6:00pm – 7:30pm (9th – 12th grade boys and girls)

To RSVP for the camp please e-mail MedinaRugby@gmail.com with the camper’s name, grade and parents’ contact information or sign-up through the Contact Us section of the website.

High School Boys & Girls Team Meeting 8/26

Medina HS Boys and Girls Rugby teams are having an informational team meeting on Monday, August 26th starting at 7:00pm in the HS Commons. Attendance is mandatory for returning players and new players are welcome to attend.  We will be discussing the off-season lifting program and providing important dates for the HS Open House and the Homecoming Parade.

For more information, email us at MedinaRugby@gmail.com or visit the “Contact Us” section of the website

HS Girls 7s team wins USA Beach Rugby Tournament title, HS Boys 7s finish 4th

The Medina High School Girls Rugby Sevens team added another award to the trophy case as they won the HS Girls Division at the inaugural USA Beach Rugby Tournament at Edgewater Beach in Cleveland on Saturday, July 20th. The Beach Rugby tournament was the first of its kind in Northeast Ohio where the fields were lined in the sand, with 5 players per team playing 5 minute halves. The Bees got off to a good start in the round-robin tournament with a convincing 50-14 win over Amherst and a 50-27 win over Cleveland Chaos. Medina started the afternoon portion of the tournament with a close loss to Amherst by a score of 32-24, putting the Bees in a must-win match against Cleveland Chaos to determine the tournament champion in their final match of the day. In a one of the most exciting matches of the day, Medina outlasted Cleveland Chaos 46-45 to secure first place and the tournament championship.

The HS boys team finished with a 1-3 record at the USA Beach Rugby tournament to finish in 4th place. The team lost matches against St. Charles Prep 24-10, Cleveland Rugby Academy 56-39, St. Ignatius HS 32-12; but were victorious in their final match of the day against Brecksville-Broadview Heights HS by a score of 45-7.

Both teams will compete in the final tournament of the summer, the Canton Hall of Fame 7s tournament on Saturday, July 27th at the Canton Hall of Fame Sports Complex.

Medina HS Girls Sevens team takes 2nd place at Cleveland Rock & Roll Sevens Tournament

The Medina High School Girls Rugby team took home 2nd Place at the annual Cleveland Rock & Roll Sevens Rugby Tournament this past weekend with a 3-1 record. Playing a round-robin style tournament, the Bees started the day with a 24-5 win over Carroll High School “B” from Indiana. Scoring two tries each in the match were Saffie Williams and Haylee Roach with two conversion kicks by Tricia Finding. In their second match, Medina faced Indiana’s defending state champions Carroll High School “A.” The Bees played hard, but took a tough loss in the match by a score of 42-0. After a win via forfeit against Mentor High School, Medina took on a combined team from Parma and Amherst in their final match of the day. The Bees pulled out the victory in a tightly contested match by a score of 20-15. Scoring tries against Parma-Amherst were Emma Lincoln, Tricia Finding, and Haylee Roach with two tries.

The Medina HS Girls Rugby Sevens team with their Runner-Up plaque from 2019 Cleveland Rock & Roll Sevens.

Five Medina Rugby Players named All-Ohio

Five high school athletes from the Medina High School Rugby teams have been selected to the All-Ohio Celtic Elite rugby teams for 2019.

All-Ohio selections from the Medina High School Girls team were: Mary Tschannen (junior, inside center), Haylee Roach (sophomore, No. 8), Clare Tschannen (freshman, fullback) and Rosa Treece (freshman, scrumhalf).

The lone All-Ohio selection from the Medina High School Boys team was Vinny Pfahl (freshman, prop).

The Ohio Celtic Elite teams are competitive clubs made up of select players from the best rugby programs across the state and will compete against other select teams from surrounding states in regional cup tournaments throughout the month of June.

Medina Rugby Celebrates 2019 season at Team Banquet

Medina Rugby held their 2019 banquets on June 5th for the Co-Ed Flag, Middle School Boys & High School Boys teams and June 11th for the Middle School Girls & High School Girls teams. It was an historic night for the High School programs, as Varsity players received official School Letters, an honor 9 years in the making. Team coaches also handed out individual awards for MVP, Rookie of the Year, Back of the Year, Warrior Spirit, and Beast of the Bs.

High School Girls Varsity Letter Winners
High School Girls Team Award Winners
(L-R) Sarah Burneson – Warrior Spirit, Miranda Boyd – Beast of Bs, Maddy Clouse – Back of the Year, Rosa Treece – Rookie of the Year, Haylee Roach – Forward of the Year, Mary Tschannen – MVP (not pictured Olivia Vozar – Warrior Spirit)
High School Boys Varsity Letter Winners
High School Boys Award Winners
(L-R) Logan Marcellus – Warrior Spirit, Vinny Pfahl – Rookie of the Year, Zach Ridler – Back of the Year, Logan Schulz – Forward of the Year, Jake Wolf – Beast of the Bs, Mason Juka – MVP
Middle School Girls Award Winners
(L-R) Piper Jackson – Beast of the Bs, Parker Allen – MVP,
Patricia Finding – Warrior Spirit
Middle School Boys Award Winners
(L-R) Josh Monroe – Warrior Spirit, Noah Young – Beast of the Bs, Austin Stratton – MVP
Co-Ed Flag Award Winners
3-4 Flag: Julian Shubrowsky – MVP, Lillyah Clay – Warrior Spirit
5-6 Flag: Rachel Coleman – MVP, Mia Lazar – Warrior Spirit

Cullen Barelka signs with pro rugby team Old Glory DC

Cullen Barelka, a Medina, Ohio native and 2014 Medina High School graduate, was a standout at the professional rugby team’s combine in Columbus, OH. Barelka started his rugby career playing for Medina High School in Medina, OH where he was a team captain and All-Ohio selection. Barelka then went on to play for Notre Dame College in South Euclid, Ohio where he was a D1AA National Champion, a two-time D1A All Conference First Team Selection in the Rugby East Conference. Barelka also played for the All-Ohio College All-Star team and for the Cleveland Rugby Academy. Old Glory DC will play a five-game exhibition schedule this spring/summer prior to joining Major League Rugby (MLR) as a full member for its 2020 season that begins next February.

JV Boys season ends with loss to St Edward C

Medina JV Rugby lost their opening round playoff match to St. Edward C 27-10 at Ken Dukes Stadium on Sunday afternoon. The Bees got a first half try from Ethan Good, but trailed 10-5 at the half. The Eagle attack wore down the Bees’ defense in the 2nd half, leading to a 27-5 lead late in the game. Medina kept fighting as Ethan Good scored his 2nd try of the match as the game ended to bring the final score to 27-10. Medina JV end the season with a 3-4 record.

HS Girls Lose 1st Round Playoff Match

The Medina HS Girls team lost their first round playoff match vs Hudson HS on Wednesday night by a score of 34-12. The Bees started out strong and kept the match close in the first half, trailing 15-12 at the break. Scoring 1st half tries for Medina were Sarah Burneson and Gab Buchtinec with Bella Sugar adding a conversion. The 2nd half was a different story as the size of the Hudson forwards began to wear on the Bees’ defence. Hudson added an additional 19 points in the 2nd half to win the match. The Medina HS Girls end the 2019 season with a 5-4 record.