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Hastings teen travels to Las Vegas for rugby meet

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Hastings High School senior Sara Wright has a unique passion - rugby - and it's something she's gaining statewide attention for.

Wright is part of the Minnesota Select high school rugby team, which features the top 21 players from Minnesota.

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The team traveled to Las Vegas in February to compete at an international meet, the Las Vegas Invitational. It wasn't Wright's first trip out of the state to compete in rugby. Last summer she went to Indiana to play, and this summer she'll compete in Pennsylvania.

Why rugby?

"It's an aggressive sport, and most girls don't get to play that kind of sport," she said. "I just like it - I like going out and tackling people. Just everything about it, really. It's such a great team to be on. There's no politics. It's just fun, and its different than the stuff the other girls do."

Wright hopes to attend a college this fall that has a good club program. Winona State and Minnesota State, Mankato are two schools with club programs, and she is considering both.

Rugby is growing quickly across the United States and was recently added to the Olympics.

Hastings even has its own girls team, the Hastings Heat, of which Wright is a member.

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Chad Richardson
Chad Richardson is the publisher and editor at the Hastings Star Gazette. He was the general manager of the Farmington Independent and Rosemount Town Pages from 2000 to 2007. He previously worked at the Star Gazette from 1996 to 2000 as a photographer and reporter. He also worked as a photographer and writer at the Pope County Tribune in Glenwood.
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