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BC takes second in Vegas Invitational High School Open Division
BC-3s place second in Open Division, BC-1s and BC-2s each go 2-1 in Elite day one, BC U18 Women take third
 
Published Friday, February 8, 2013
by asmith@bcrugby.com

LAS VEGAS - The BC Elite Youth Sevens program wrapped up day two at the Las Vegas Invitational Sevens with a second place finish in the Boys High School Open Division after falling 29-7 in the tournament's Cup Final to Southern California.

The BC-3s advanced to the playoff rounds as the sixth seed, upsetting no.3 Utah's Herriman Mustangs 24-10 in the Cup quarterfinals and California's Fullerton Lions 33-10 in the semifinals. An exhausting two day schedule and injuries caught up to the BC-3s, however, as they were unable to cap off their six game tournament with a win.

"We had a young team and I'm proud of the way they came together and progressed over the two days," said BC-3s coach Barry Ebl of Kelowna. "They played some very tough teams and it's obvious that year's talent pool in all six divisions was better than last year. Our guys did really well to make it that far and they ended up playing some impressive rugby."  

The BC-4s had advanced to the Cup Quarterfinals as the top seed but were defeated by ICEF of Los Angeles 24-12. Their final match of the tournament saw them up against Utah where they were beaten 12-30 in the Cup consolation semifinal.

BC's senior sides, the BC-1s and BC-2s, both posted 2-1 records in pool play on Friday and will advance to the Cup quarterfinals as their respective pool's second seeds. The BC-1s bounced back from an opening 21-19 defeat to Ontario with two solid wins, edging Washington State's Loggers 10-5 and national selects High School All Americans-2 by a 29-10 score line. The BC-2s defeated Saskatchewan-based Dog River Howlers 17-10 in their tournament opener before being upended 50-7 to tournament favourites All Americans-1. The BC-2s finished off the day with a 15-10 win over Utah. Elite play will now move over to Star Nursery Fields located next to Sam Boyd Stadium for the playoff rounds on Saturday morning. The BC-2s scrum down against the Washington State Loggers at 8:20am in the quarterfinals and the BC-1s will face off against the Utah Cannibals at 8:40am.

BC's U18 Women's provincial team who were competing for the first time in a major sevens tournament placed third in the Girls High School division. The BC reps fell 15-10 to invitational side BC Banshees and then went on to down Quebec's Bishop's College 26-0 in the Cup consolation match.

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LAS VEGAS INVITATIONAL DAY TWO RESULTS

Boys High School Open Division
Cup Quarterfinals: BC-3s 24-10 Herriman Mustangs
Cup Semifinals: BC-3s 33-10 Fullerton Lions
Cup Final: BC-3s 7 - 29 Southern California Selects

Cup Quarterinals: BC-4s 12-24 ICEF
Consolation Semifinals: BC-4s 12-30 Utah

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Boys High School Elite Division
BC-1s 19-21 Ontario
BC-1s 29-10 High School All Americans-2
BC-1s 10-5 Washington

BC-2s 17-10 Dog River Howlers
BC-2s 7-50 High School All Americans-1
BC-2s 15-10 Utah Cannibals

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Girls High School Division
Cup Semifinals: BC 5-10 BC Banshees
Cup Consolation: BC 26-0 Bishop's College

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