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HIGHLAND SEEDED FIRST IN NATIONAL RUGBY TOURNEY

Defending national champion Highland High School is seeded first in Saturday's United States High School Rugby Championship at Cottonwood High School.

The first match starts at 9 a.m., with finals slated for 5 p.m. Highland will play at 9 a.m. and 11 a.m. and also later, if it wins.The United States of America Rugby Football Union has sponsored a national championship since 1985. In addition to last year, Highland also won in 1986 and was runner-up in 1985 and 1986.

Other teams participating are Druids, St. Louis; Overland, Denver; Whitemarsh, Philadelphia; Burlingame, Burlingame, Calif.; West End, Fairfax, Va.; Xavier, N.Y.; and Liberty, Issaquah, Wash.

Highland enters the tournament with a 10-1 record. The Highland team was established in 1976 with Larry Gelwix serving as coach all 13 years. During that time the Rams have compiled a 153-30-5 record.

There is no admission charge.