Sands sisters compete on national stage

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Sisters Caitie, left, and Frankie Sands competed at the All American Stars and Stripes Rugby match held in Greeley, Colorado on July 16. The duo from Essex were two of only 43 players from around the country selected to play in the game. | Photo Contributed

Sisters Caitie, left, and Frankie Sands competed at the All American Stars and Stripes Rugby match held in Greeley, Colorado on July 16. The duo from Essex were two of only 43 players from around the country selected to play in the game. | Photo Contributed

After leading the Essex High School girls’ rugby team to a state championship in the spring, sisters Frankie and Caitie Sands took their game to the national level.

The duo was selected to play in the All American Stars and Stripes Rugby match held in Greeley, Colorado on July 16.

Both were selected to the Stripes team and helped lead the squad to a 27-10 win.

After an impressive showing at the New England Challenge Cup in June for the Vermont Thunder team, the Sands sisters were two of 43 players from around the country chosen to take part in the camp.

The Sands sisters, both backs, showed their elusiveness throughout the tournament to lead the team.

“It’s good to see these two reach these major accomplishments after all the hard work they have put in,” said Essex High School and Vermont Thunder assistant coach Liz Royer. “It’s been a good year for both of them and they certainly deserve the recognition.”

Frankie graduated from Essex this past spring and will be attending Norwich University in the fall where she will study biology and will be a member of the rugby team, which has won four National Sevens Rugby Championships.

Caitie will be returning to Essex for her senior year to try to help lead the squad back to the championship next spring.

— Staff reports