Lakewood Rugby's Toughest Opponent: Gas Prices

By Mike Deneen

The Lakewood Girls' Rugby team has rolled through another successful season on the field. They currently have a record of 13-1, having won the State championship on April 22nd in Marion, Ohio. The team has outscored its opponents by a margin of 529 to 54 in its 14 matches.

However, the team is running into an opponent tougher than anything it has ever encountered on the rough-and-tumble rugby field: gas prices. By virtue of its performance, the team has earned a spot in the national championships on June 3rd and 4th. The Championships will be held in Portland, Maine, requiring a lengthy bus trip and overnight hotel stay.

Cost of the trip is expected to be over $7,000, including $5,000 for the bus. Since the team is a club sport and not a varsity sport, the team must raise its own funds for the trip. So far the team has raised about $2,000 but needs to come up with more in order to compete in Maine.

If you would like to make a donation or would like to learn how to help, call Liz Murphy at 216-221-7099. The team will be holding fundraisers in the next couple of weeks. To learn more, visit their website at or check the calendar of upcoming events at the Lakewood Observer website.
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