Rugby Panthers running out of space in trophy case after dominant year


RUGBY, ND (KMOT) – Rugby sporting director Scott Grochow says the Panthers are running out of space in their trophy cases.

Although it may sound like a figure of speech, he literally means it.

Grochow said he plans to spend time this summer with his wife and some school staff organizing the school’s trophy showcases to make room for past years’ awards.

The women’s cross country team set the tone for the school year in the fall, winning their third straight Class B state title.

“Every sport understands the expectations of what it is to be a rugby sports program…I think we have a really good coaching staff trying to teach (student-athletes) what’s going happen on the road and how to apply their work ethic going forward in everything they do,” Grochow said.

After the women’s golf team finished seventh at the state meet in the fall, the women’s volleyball team won the district championship.

Girls’ and boys‘ basketball teams followed with another pair of district championships, spurred on by what Grochow said is one of the loudest student sections in the state.

“We even have athletics competitions here and other kids show up to watch our kids run on athletics when it’s here. It really is a community thing. Our community supports that, so our kids see it and they support it as well,” Grochow said.

Fans of the athletics competitions watched the girls’ and boys’ teams win regional titles

This year, the school completed multi-year renovations to the football stadium, adding team areas, fan amenities and an expanded press box. The next step is to upgrade the facilities at Ely Elementary.

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