Jeff Butler .5 and Thomas Moylan 3.5 were awarded best in class accolades for their performances at the 2018 National Championships in Phoenix Arizona.
The duo led the Stampede to a 3rd place finish in one of the most competitive championships in recent memory. Both of the athletes will now return to their national sides as they will begin preparations for the World Championships in August 2018.
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The Texas Stampede have been seeded 4th at the 2018 National Championships. The team will be attending their 20th Championship berth in their 21 year history.
"We are motivated heading in to nationals this year" said Coach James Gumbert. "We have an excellent team with good focus at the moment, and are expecting everyone to step up and compete for the title".
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The Texas stampe traveled to the University of Arizona Tucson last weekendto compete in the 2018 mountain sectionals.
Six athletes arrived early Friday morning to take in some Tucson sun and get their equipment ready for competition on Saturday. The stampede came out against defending national champs phoenix heat and held them point for point until the fourth quarter. Ultimately, the stampede fell by 51 to 54.
The second game that day would put the stampede against the top-seeded U of A Wildcat collegiate rugby team. Again, the stampede took an early lead but things turned around late in the 2nd quarter. Stampede ended up dropping this game 60 to 49.
“Due to the cost of airfare this week, our full squad wasn’t able to travel so we don’t have the depth on our bench that we usually do “said Symmons.
On Sunday morning the stampede faced the Denver harlequin squad and was able to edge out at one point victory despite our import 3.5 Moylan destroying his front caster halfway through the third quarter. Great job by our equipment team to take advantage of the bench time out to get that fixed as quickly as possible.
“I was very impressed at how well we were able to run with these guys considering we were missing a starter and our head coach. I think it’s a good sign going to nationals and I really think we have a shot at this” said assistant coach/player Gabriel Garcia.
Ultimately, all four teams were to qualify for nationals so the tournament, though not necessary, was a great opportunity to assess the top competition going into nationals next month.