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WCHS Bulldogs take home Tier 2 boys provincial rugby championship

The Winston Churchill High School Bulldogs are making a habit of winning provincials on the rugby pitch.
Last weekend in Red Deer at the 2024 Rugby 15s Alberta Schools Athletic Association Provincial Championships in Red Deer, WCHS took the Tier 2 title in convincing fashion.
Churchill went 3-0 on the weekend, as the tournament kicked off with a 69-0 victory over West Central. The Bulldogs then cruised past Strathmore by a score of 75-0.
That set up a gold-medal game against West Central, and it was the same story in the final, as the Bulldogs emerged with a 63-0 win.
"The entire Bulldog rugby team played well throughout the course of the provincial tournament, with everyone on the roster getting a chance to play in multiple games," said head coach Jonathan Dick. "Our core group of Grade 12s led the way, providing on-field leadership and hard work. The coaches are very proud of the entire team and the way they played and kept their composure, not only during the provincial tournament but throughout the entire season."
Churchill also won the title in 2023.
The 2024 roster included Simon Klassen, Isaac Morrison, Seth Harding, Zach Light, Cody Mackinley, Lamiek Abraham, Haven Balingit, Nick Theron, Hayden Forsyth, Angus Wyman, Noah Howell, Porter Gook, Brayden Firth, Olivier Koribikomeye, Grayson Indenbosh, Arman Bidarian, Kian Olsen, Porter Forsyth, Shukri Alissa, Jace Granger, Tyler Sweetgrass, Johnny Heggie, Maksym Chernezkyi, Ethan Dudley and Jamison Halcro.
Head coach Jonathan Dick was joined on the coaching staff by assistants Nevin Morrison and Alex Halvorsen.
The WCHS Griffins also competed in Red Deer, and took home the Teir 2 girls consolation title.
After an opening-round loss to Charles Spencer, Churchill defeated Hunting Hills 73-0 and then took out W.R. Myers by a score of 57-7.
Chinook High School earned silver in Tier 1 boys, as the Coyotes started off the tournament with a 27-5 win over Harry Ainlay. Chinook then took out Bowness in the semis by a score of 24-3.
The Coyotes fell in the final by a score of 52-17 against a tough opponent from Holy Trinity Academy.