Heun scores twice, Army 7s rugby wins CRC Bowl Championship

June 10, 2016

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Luke Heun

Palmer’s Luke Heun played a pivotal role in helping the Army West Point sevens rugby team capture the USA Sevens CRC Bowl Championship in Chester, Pennsylvania.

The Black Knights beat Maryland 10-0 in the title match that was televised nationally by NBC Sports to cap a perfect 3-0 showing Sunday after going 1-2 in Saturday’s pool play.

“Winning the bowl championship was great because it showed a lot of resilience and character from the guys on the team,” Heun told me. “We started out slow in pool play by losing our first two games, but after the Navy game it seemed like we gained some momentum, which carried us through to the second day.”

Go Army, Beat Navy.

Heun, of Palmer High fame, is junior starter who played significant minutes and scored twice during the tournament.

He scored during a 28-5 win over Clemson during the semifinals.

“Running with the ball can be compared to that of a running back, but it’s different in that you have to keep your head on a swivel to be able to pass at a moment’s notice,” he said. “The cool part about rugby is that anyone can score – no matter your position.”

This is Heun’s second full season with the Army rugby team, which plays a fall and spring season. He is typically one of the team’s top scorers.

“I fell in love with rugby the very first day I began playing,” he said. “It was new and fresh to me and unlike any sport out there.

“It combines all the most appealing aspects of football, soccer, wrestling and more. The physicality of it is probably the best part of the game. Just like football, one hit can turn the tide of a game.”

He’s got one more season of rugby before he graduates. Then Heun plans to pursue a career in infantry or aviation.

“We put in preferences about what branch of the Army we want to go into after graduation,” he said, “but we won’t know for sure until around November of our senior year.”