Stroughter is one of several Old Blue players doubling up with the Northeast Academy this summer.
In its short existence, Old Blue has experienced a little bit of triumph, a little bit of heartache. In its debut year, Old Blue advanced to 2014 club 7s final, but in its sophomore year, the New York City team’s run ended at the Northeast semifinals. Year three is marked by returners eager to eradicate the sting of 2015, and they’re complemented by a surging roster and ample, internal competition.
When Old Blue coach Gary Heavner rejoined his team, he and the staff were pleased to see that players were already 7s fit. That advantage played out during last weekend’s Monmouth 7s, the first Empire Downstate qualifier, in which Old Blue entered two sides. Both teams advanced to the final for a one-two finish. New York finished third, followed by host Monmouth, Village Lions, and Brooklyn.