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Going Clubbin'- Friday, February 20

Your weekly update on 'Bama's club sports.

Alabama Rugby suffered heartbreak at the hands of the Birmingham Bs on Valentines day.
Alabama Rugby suffered heartbreak at the hands of the Birmingham Bs on Valentines day.

[Ed. note: Related to these club segments, next Wednesday or Thursday we'll begin posting a two or three article primer on Alabama rugby, as we've done in the past with hockey, gymnastics, etc. Given the game's speed, brutality, and its forebear status in American football, we think you'll enjoy.]

Alabama's club sports and adapted athletics teams have managed to make big news this week on and off the court. This has been a relatively light week in terms of games played, but there is no shortage of excitement surrounding our club sports.

Frozen Tide Hockey

Alabama announced its intention to move to ACHA Division I from ACHA Division III on Monday, February 16. This is huge news as this move is the final step before a potential move from being a club sport to competing in the NCAA. The move to D-1 also enables Tide players to play for the United States in international hockey.

The Frozen Tide need help as they move up to a higher level of competition. The Tide do not receive money from the athletic department to fund their program. They rely on boosters, player fees and some university support to keep the program alive. The Frozen Tide have set up a crowdfunding page to help them transition to D-1. You can donate here.

Alabama plays next in the ACHA Division III National Championships in Pelham, AL March 10-14.

Adapted Athletics

The Crimson Tide men's wheelchair basketball team had a rough weekend, losing to UT-Arlington 56-37 and to Dallas. The women's team won four games, beating Dallas 53-30, Denver 62-35, Arizona 57-35 and UTA 61-58. Both teams play again at home at the ABC Medical Classic in Foster Auditorium on February 27.

Crimson Tide wheelchair tennis player Shelby Barron won the consolation match of the Indian Wells Tennis Garden Wheelchair Championships 6-2, 6-1. Barron's next tournament will be at the Arizona Open in Tucson on April 13.

Bass Fishing

Alabama took home the win in the first leg of the Fishing League Worldwide Southeastern Trail. Charles Hurst and Ethan Flack edged past Sahadut Mughal and Luke Lackey of UT-Chattanooga by 7 ounces. Hurst and Flack won with a total weight of 25 pounds 3 ounces. John Davis and Payton McGinnis finished in ninth place on Lake Seminole with a total weight of 20 pounds 2 ounces.

Men's Rugby

The men's rugby team suffered a tough 31-17 loss at the hands of the Birmingham Vulcans.  Alabama was only down 11-10 at the half, but would go on to be outscored 20-7 in the second half.

Men's Lacrosse

Alabama won a scrimmage versus Columbus State University 16-3 to open the season. The Tide lost 11-6 to perennial power and conference foe Georgia Tech in their first competitive match of the year. The Crimson Tide play tonight at home against a winless Ole Miss squad.