POCATELLO — Courtney Hull wasn’t entertained by the sports she was playing.
Hull lost interest in karate, softball and volleyball, yearning for something new as a middle-schooler. Midway through eighth grade, Hull found her passion with the Portneuf Valley Lady Beavers rugby squad, embraced the physicality of the sport.
On Tuesday at Century High, Hull signed her National Letter of Intent to continue her rugby career at Colby-Sawyer College.
“She has found something she really enjoys and really wants to excel at,” Courtney’s father, Jason, said. “She set her mind to this and this is what she’s done. She met her goal.”
Hull visited the New Hampshire college in January and said the it “felt like home.” Hull was also impressed with coach Ken Pape, who Hull said was active in recruiting her. Colby-Sawyer played its first season as a varsity sport last season, participating in Division III’s Great Northeast Athletic Conference.
“They have enough playing time for everyone,” Hull said. “They are a great team. They bond together. Everyone was so nice.”
Halfway through eighth grade, Hull began practicing with the Portneuf Valley Lady Beavers before officially joining the squad the summer before her freshman year of high school. The Lady Beavers are a local club team for the three Gate City high schools.
“It was fun,” Hull said. “There was contact and it was physical, and that is what I liked. There are so many aspects. I like running through people and tackling.”
When she joined the squad, Hull began playing as a prop, helping provide a push in the scrum. Hull then moved to hooker and found her maximum position, using her quick feet to play in the front row of the scrum.
At Colby-Sawyer, Hull will be a hooker and kicker.
“I’m really short,” Hull said. “That is a good position for short people. It takes a lot of footwork to get out of a scrum.”