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Rugby teams prepare for second seasons
Pioneer Rugby player Ezra Dixon looks to toss the ball outside during the Pioneers rain-soaked practice Monday in preparation for Thursdays match versus the Oakland Patriots.

Warren County got its first taste of rugby last year and the reaction was very impressive to say the least in the school’s first attempt at the physical and aggressive sport. Rugby was completely funded by donations made to teachers, students, and its organizers.
Since last season, former head coach Bryan Kelsey left the McMinnville area to pursue other interests and fulfill his life-long dreams.
The Lady Pioneer rugby team will be led this season by George Smartt. He will be assisted by Paige Lance, Lauren Judkins, and Mason Simpson. The Lady Pioneers feature many returning players from last season.
Twin powerhouse sisters Bec and Lila Loftis made quite a statement on the field last season. Bailey Barrett is a dual threat on offense and defense. Barrett is physical and aggressive on both side of the ball and very quick in the open field.
The Pioneer rugby team is coached by Austin Reynolds and he will be assisted by Zech Clark and Brock Watson, both former team members from last season.
The Pioneer coaches are quick to brag over the much-improved rugby teams. Both teams have worked out and have been very busy over the last few weeks in preparation for the upcoming season.
Thursday night is the first test for the Pioneers. It is a guy’s only match versus the Oakland Patriots. Admission is $3 per person or 2-for-$5 and concessions will be available. March 1 will be another home match featuring both teams at Nunley Stadium.