Central Rugby sent a message to the rest of the Rugby World today. The message: We will back next year, and you best be ready.
Central thumped Cal Poly-SLO 60-29 in what was mainly a one-sided match featuring many of the Wildcat Ruggers. The Cats who were knocked out of playoff contention 2 weeks ago by UCLA wanted redemption against Poly. The Cats did not let up, scoring tries came easy on Saturday, whereas in the last two D1-A matches it has not been, the Wildcats hope their strong finish can lead them into next season with momentum. Central Rugby might not be in the D1-A playoffs this year, but the future looks bright for the Cats as U-20 selection Tanner Barnes got into the mix scoring three tries. The Wildcats were also helped by Patrick Blair, Paul Smith, Alex Reher, Bijan Ghambari, and Andrew Nelson who all got into try zone or converted kicks for the Wildcats.
With the season ending, next week the Wildcats will be hosting the CWU Rugby Alumni Game on Nicholson Rugby Pitch at 1 p.m. Following the game the annual Banquet and Auction will take place in the SURC Ballroom at 5:30 p.m. Hope to everyone there.
Central Washington Wake Sports earned their berth to Oklahoma City and The ALT Games in the fall, but this weekend will decide who will represent the Wildcats in OKC. Central Wake Sports is attending an open competition in Toledo, WA at Koppert Lake this weekend. This competition will decide the six riders that get the opportunity to compete in Oklahoma.
This weekend is also the final competition tune-up for the Wildcat Riders who will look to put Central Washington University on the map in the Wake Sports World. Central is one 14 pre-qualified schools due to winning the Western Regional in Chehalis, WA last fall.
The other schools that qualified for OKC are:
Arizona State University
Ball State University
California State University – Chico
Central Washington University
Florida Gulf Coast University
Illinois State University
North Carolina State University
University of Florida
University of Louisiana – Monroe
University of Miami
University of Tennessee
University of Wisconsin – Madison
National Recognition is nothing new for Central Rugby, following in Head Coach Tony Pacheco footsteps Tanner Barnes and Aladdin Schirmer were both selected to compete with the U-20 National Rugby Team, which is a first for Central Rugby. The team will compete in U-20 Junior World Rugby Trophy Tournament in Salt Lake City, UT. Barnes of Fresno, California and Schirmer of North Bend, WA are both currently freshmen at CWU have both played significant minutes for Central’s first side. Barnes was also an asset during seven’s competitions in Las Vegas and Texas. “It is exciting to have two of our players representing their country.” said Pacheco.”They have worked hard for this opportunity. They will represent our country and Central Washington University well.” The tournament begins on June 18th with the champion being awarded on the 30th.
After beating up on the Huskies of UW, the Wildcats took it to another in-state rival and showed who the king of rugby is in the state of Washington. Central shelled the Cougars 73-0. The match was on their D1-AA schedule and it really showed why the Wildcats choose to play D1-A as well. The Cougars were no match Central and really throughout the D1-AA schedule their has not been a close game. Next up for the Wildcats is Eastern Washington on on April 14th in Cheney.
If you are an avid watcher of lacrosse, soccer, climbing, ultimate disc, or swimming Central Washington University is the place to be. Central Sport Clubs is hosting 6 home events this weekend all over campus.
Collegiate Swim Meet
Action kicks off at 9 AM Saturday March 31st in the CWU Aquatic Center. Admission is free. Expect to see some of the top collegiate clubs from around the Northwest this weekend as Central plays host to their first home meet of the year.
CWU Ultimate Disc will be hosting their one and only home event of the year and rightly so coined the event the “Rodeo Roundup.” Central will look to compete will teams from around Northwest as they begin their quest to qualify for post-season opportunities.
Coming off a big win against Humboldt State over spring break the Wildcats will look to even their PNCLL North Division record at 1-1. The Wildcats will look to Bowen Hadley and Chris Johnson to provide offensive firepower and Will Houck to be backbone of the Central defense.
The NC3 is coming to town and putting on a “Ropelss Rodeo.” Some of the best collegiate climbers in the Northwest will converge on the CWU Rec Center to boulder their way to the top of the NC3. The NC3 is the Northwest Collegiate Climbing Conference and has members from Idaho, Oregon, and Washington.Action kicks of at 9 AM on Saturday March 31st.
The CWU Men’s Soccer team will try to sweep the Gonzaga Bulldogs in NCCSC action on Sunday April 1st at 1 PM. Central currently leads the conference with a 4-1-0 mark with Gonzaga nipping at their heels at 2-1-1. A win for Gonzaga would keep the number seed in play, a win would for Central would essentially clinch the number 1 seed into the conference tournament. The NCCSC Tournament is on April 28th-29th in Pullman,WA.
Central Washington University has wrapped up finals week and students have begun their long-awaited spring breaks, but CWU Cycling and CWU Lacrosse the grind does not end.Both clubs will forgo their breaks for a weekend and head out of Ellensburg.
CWU Cycling will make the short trip to Bellingham to compete in the North Shore Road Race and Time Trial on Saturday Mar. 17. On Sunday they will finish up with the Delta Criterium. Central is currently in 11th place after one weekend of competition.
Central Lacrosse will begin their annual spring break trip in San Jose, CA. They will take on San Jose State at 1PM on Sunday Mar.18. The Wildcats will then head back home with a stop in Arcata, CA to take on the Lumberjacks of Humboldt State. The game will be played on Monday Mar. 19 at 4PM in the Redwood Bowl. Central will look to earn some much-needed victories after their rocky start(1-4,0-1). The Wildcats are led by Chris Johnson(3.8 PPG) and Bowen Hadley (3 PPG).
Central Wrestling headed to Florida as a relative unknown, but the past three days have opened many eyes and shown that the Pacific Northwest can hold their own. The NCWA National tournament was held this past weekend, and the Wildcats announced their presence loud and clear.
On the women’s side for Central, who only brought two competitors, placed fourth overall as a team,scoring 28.5 points. Christina Ordonez became the first woman in Central Wrestling history to win a National Championship at 159 pounds. Cady Chambers did not disappoint either, becoming a 4-time NCWA All-American by placing third in her weight class. Coach Chris Chambers was thrilled at how the club did and said ” I see a lot of good things happening for the club in the future and I am honored to have gotten to coach all of you the last 2 years. Its been a great ride.”
On the men’s side , they continued where they left on in California where they placed third in the West Regional. Though none of the Central men garnered All-American status, they did place 7th in Division 2. David Kuich advanced the farthest for the Wildcats, coming up one win short of becoming an All-American. Steven Alfi, Kevin Madson, and Kyle Moore all wrestled tough for the Wildcats, but ran into stiff competition in Daytona Beach.
The season is now over the Wildcats, but what a season it was. The CWU men have put the NCWA on alert that they will be a force to reckoned with in the near future. Dont forget about the women’s team either, they did something they won’t be soon forgotten.