BOYS ULTIMATE IMPRESSES AT STATE TOURNAMENT; PLACES SECOND

by fredwardwilhelm

Mason Ultimate Frisbee was thrown into the state tournament and flew into second.

On June 4 – June 5, Mason’s Ultimate Frisbee team competed in Versailles in the state championship tournament. The team’s undefeated season affected the attitude going into the tournament according to coach Elliott Skindzier.

“Going into the tournament the team felt as if they were underseeded due to the performance that they had at qualifiers,” Skindzier said. “Riding a city tournament championship though put them in a position where they felt like they could perform well.”

But the confidence of being city champions didn’t stop the team from working hard in training according to sophomore Axel Agami.

“We practiced two to three times a week all year, and when the state tournament got closer we kept the practices,” Agami said. “We incorporated other outside activities to get players in better condition and more comfortable throwing the disk.”

This practice showed as the comets went undefeated in their pool, beating Gahanna Lincoln 13-6 and Westerville North High School 13-5. They then went on to beat Centerville 14-9, placing them in a high seeding for the quarter finals.

According to Skindzier the team exceeded his expectations in these pool matches.

“I was worried about our game against Gahanna Lincoln High School,” Skindzier said. “Playing them last season, I knew what their potential was however, we were able to beat them easily, and I feel that that was the game that set the tone for the rest of the weekend.”

Along the way foreign exchange student Carlos Castro, who was supposed to leave before the tournament, was a giant help to the team during the tournament according to Agami.

“He really helped build our chemistry by having everyone pitch in for him to come back,” Agami said. ”He was a defensive machine and when he wasn’t making plays he was on the sideline keeping morale high.”

After beating Wyoming 12-9 in the quarterfinals and Milford in a close 10-9 victory, the team made it to the state final against Holy Family Catholic. According to junior Alex Barnett the team’s performance during the tournament helped motivate them for the final match.

“It definitely boosted our confidence and pushed us to keep striving for our best,” Barnett said. “We knew how tough the final game would be considering that they (Holy Family Catholic) win it every year.”

The team went on to lose to Holy Family Catholic in the final 15-2. Barnett reacted to the feeling of the team after the tournament.

“Everyone was extremely excited and overflowed with joy,” Barnett said. “Second place is a huge accomplishment considering we are a newer team with no one graduating.”

Although the team’s season just ended, Skindzier said he is already planning for the next season.

“Considering this is the second consecutive year that we in the state title game, I feel there is not much we can do,” Skindzier said. “Holy Family Catholic have a tremendous program. One thing though that I look to improve on is the deepness of the roster. Creating a deeper roster will be key to winning the title next year.”

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