PERU – The Illinois Valley Coal Miners Youth Rugby Team took home the title of 2019 Middle School State Champions, Sunday. The 5th through 6th grade boys took on Fox Valley in a round robin tournament, beating them by a whopping 69 to zero. River Forest bested the Miners in the first half of the final game leading by five points, however Coach Baker says players Rob and Evan Downey and Andy Medina played a key role in the last half of the game, ultimately leading to their victory of 20-5. LaSalle, Peru, Utica and Oglesby fire departments, family and friends awaited their return with a pep rally at Baker Lake in Peru to celebrate their victory. Coach Baker says he’s looking to build on this win and do it all again next year. Baker says it takes more than one person to reach victory and thanks parents and the community for their support.