2021 HS State Playoff Information

Attention Medina Rugby Fans! The moment that all our teams start out working towards in the Winter has finally arrived with the State Championship Tournaments starting Saturday, May 29th.

We also would like to wish our Middle School Girls the best of luck in their journey to Cincinnati this Saturday to compete in the Rookie Rugby Ohio State Playoffs.

Our HS players will begin their quest for a State title this weekend with the State Semifinal matches at Fortress Obetz (2015 Recreation Trail, Obetz, OH 43207). The HS Boys will be playing on a grass pitch on the grounds outside of the stadium and the HS Girls’ match will be payed inside the stadium, so there will be a live stream and announcers for the girls’ match.  Below is the match schedule, address and ticket information.

Busses leave the school at 9:00am and will depart Obetz sometime around 6:30-6:45 PM if there are no significant delays (weather, etc..). Matches will be 60 minutes in length to allow for OT if needed. Anticipate being back in Medina around 9:00pm.

Please be sure all players bring plenty of water, all game equipment and healthy food to eat.

Pre-sale tickets are now available online for the 2021 High School Spring State Championship. All high school teams (players and staff) will receive complimentary admission into the event for both weekends. Family and friends can purchase tickets for semi-finals (5/29) and/or finals (6/5). Fees may apply.

General Admission Prices:

  • $10.00 – Adult Ticket
  • $5.00 – Student Pass (Ages 12 and up)
  • $20.00 – Family Pass (Includes two adult tickets and two student passes)
  • Free – Children ages 11 and younger


2021 High School Rugby Registration Now Open

Registration for 2021 Spring Season of High School Rugby (Boys & Girls) is now open. All Medina High School Rugby players must be registered in Final Forms with the District. Physicals are required of all students. Please follow the links below to register in Final Forms and to register with RugbyOhio. There is also a link to a Registration Guide to help navigate through the registration process.

Final Forms Registration – Click Here

RugbyOhio Registration – Click Here

2021 Registration Guide – Click Here

Medina Youth Rugby Registration Now Open for 2021 Season

Registration for the 2021 Spring Season of Medina Youth Rugby is now open. Medina Youth Rugby has been providing programs to area youth for 5+ years, and has been steadily growing in participation since starting in 2016. Medina Youth Rugby has teams available for the following age groups; 3rd/4th Grade Co-Ed Flag, 5th/6th Grade Co-Ed Flag, 5th/6th Grade Boys Tackle, 6th-8th Grade Girls Tackle, and 7th/8th Grade Boys Tackle. Athletes of all skill levels and athletic abilities are welcome. Games are played on Saturdays or Sundays starting April 11th.

To register to play, visit www.rookierugbyohio.com.

For more information, Click Here to contact Medina Youth Rugby.

2021 Practice Schedule (updated 1/11/21)

All HS rugby players that are not in a winter sport. Starting Tuesday, January 12th we will begin to hold practice outside at Ken Dukes Stadium for the 2021 season at Medina High School. The practice schedule is subject to change as we will be sharing the facility with winter sports currently in competition and other spring sports currently practicing. In the case of weather with snow, ice or rain; practice will be moved indoors.

Schedule (January):

Tuesdays & Thursdays from 7:00pm-8:30pm outside at Ken Dukes Stadium (inclement weather location = inside Medina High School).

Practice Sessions

Our practice sessions will be a combination of conditioning and skill work, progressing into advanced aspects of rugby such as; rucking, lineouts, phase play and defensive structure.

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

Hunter Stratton commits to Notre Dame College (OH)

Congratulations to Hunter Stratton (’21) on his commitment to further his academic and rugby career at Notre Dame College (OH). Hunter is a two-year starter at Fullback for the Bees and will be starting his 3rd year of HS rugby. Hunter also excels on the football field as a defensive back on the Medina football team.

Hunter Stratton (’21) signing his letter of intent to play rugby at Notre Dame College (OH)

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’s Sarah Schultz looks stop the Amherst attack.
Medina’s Anthony Church offloads to A.J Coltz with Bobby Krajnak in support vs Brunswick.

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

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.