Gov. Ricketts returns for rugby

Former rugger in town for Elite Eight


Photo by Justin Yost

WSC battles Creighton Universeity for possesion during a line out in last weekend’s game.

Courtney Upah, Staff Writer

       The Elite Eight Tournament will be held this weekend in Wayne, and on top of this being WSC’s chance to get a fifth national title, Nebraska’s Governor Pete Ricketts is coming to cheer on the Wayne Rugby Team.

“We are extremely honored to have the governor of Nebraska come and cheer on the Wildcats,” rugby coach Darrin Barner said.

Ricketts, whose family owns the Chicago Cubs, played rugby at the University of Chicago as a backline center.

During the tournament, there will be over 300 frisbees thrown out into the crowd. These can be exchanged at the press box for prizes such as $300 off a diamond ring from the Diamond Center, a free oil change or a

 parking permit for here at WSC.

“This is a very big weekend for us, and with the governor and the 300 Frisbee prize give-a-way, we will have a massive crowd,” Barner said. “We are looking forward to seeing lots of black and gold cheer us on to a very hard fought victory.”

The Lady Cats (14-0) will face off against once-beaten Gustavus Adolphus at 12:45 p.m. Saturday.

Moorehead State and Wisconsin Parkside will also face off Saturday, and the winners of those two games will then compete Sunday at noon for the chance to go to the Final Four in Charlotte, N.C.

The WSC’s men’s rugby team will also play Saturday at 1:45 p.m. against Wisconsin River Falls. The winner of this game will qualify for the Elite Eight weekend held in Indiana.

This past weekend the rugby men beat Creighton University 40-20, advancing to the regional finals against Wisconsin River Falls.

“The WSC rugby club has a long history of success. The campus and community have a great opportunity to see some of the best rugby teams in the nation compete on Nov. 14-15 at the rugby complex right here in Wayne America,” Jeff Carstens, vice president for student services and dean of students, said.

The Wayne Rugby Park is located at 512 East 4th St., three blocks south of McDonalds.