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Wednesday, July 28, 2004

Sports

Grumpyís crowned as Ultimate Champs

Board Bin Cinderella story ends in finals


BY MICHAEL AMES
Idaho Mountain Express

The Ketchum Ultimate Frisbee summer league ended its season with a high paced week. Each team played 4 games in 5 days including a championship tournament to finalize this summerís local bragging rights.

In the season ending tournament, Grumpyís was the eventual winner, taking down a veteran Wrapcity squad in the semis and then defeating a hopeful Board Bin team in the finals.

 

Regular Season

The leagueís regular season finished on Thursday with teams braving heavy rain and hail. Wrapcity faced off against a surging Board Bin; both teams battled to a 6-5 score by the time the afternoon squalls had passed east of Atkinsonís park. Board Bin, hot off a win over KBís, outmaneuvered Wrapcity and cruised to a 13-6 lead mainly on the strong play of Wes Southward and the blinding speed of Cleatless Minnesota Joe Stromness. Even with no traction on such a slick day, Stromnessís cuts and fakes kept Wrapcity in bunches and gave his team the momentum going into the weekend tournament.

 

The Tournament

Wrapcity, the leagueís most veteran squad, ambled into the tournament on a losing streak, but confident that experience would win out in the end. Unfortunately, Bill Taco Sherrerd, the eldest and wisest team member, was among the missing from the Cityís depleted ranks. The City looked to the playing history of Kathy Histonian Histon, Captain Dotty Sarchett, Tom Kennedy, Paris Nicholson and Doug Wilson to make up for the missing.

Wrapcity opened with tight play, quick cuts and precise passing, catching Grumps off guard. Would the number one seed fold under the pressure exerted by the Cityís opening volley? Grumps answered these questions quickly and decisively taking an 8-4 lead by halftime on the masterful play of Joel Mallet and Lonnie Dart Lindquist.

In the second half, Wrapcity mounted a comeback behind the spirited efforts of Chase Fetter, Ryan Baxley and Wilson bring them within 3 points and a 13-10 score. Grumpyís was then boosted in particular by Barrett Molter, playing in his first Ultimate competition since he suffered a back injury in last seasonís tournament. Molter snagged a late game toss in the corner over close City defense to give his team the go-ahead score and 14-11 lead. Molterís inspired play earned him an MVP for the opening round and rallied his entire team towards their eventual championship.

In the other semi-final match, KBís was determined to break out of the "guacamole shirt" curse; the team was winless since donning their new green Tís. The team held a pre-game ceremonial avocado sacrifice, ritualistically smearing ripe green fruit on the cursed shirts.

Board Bin would be no easy win, though, as they rode into the weekend with the momentum of two straight wins and the starry-eyed dreams of a true Cinderella story. But at the opening of the match, KBís ecclesiastical highjinks looked to be working as they cruised to a 4-0 lead. Board Bin called a smart time out and came roaring back, hitting halftime with an 8-6 lead.

In the second half, KBís kept it close but solid play from Eric Rogers, Steve Bishop, Trent Stumph and Mike Ausman held off the guac-smeared warriors of KBís and gave the Bin the 13-9 win.

 

The Finals

Grumpyís, the clear favorite, had an 8-3 lead at the half and the crowd urging the Bin on for a better game. In the second half the Bin did what they could against their formidable opponents; Ironwoman Tess OíSullivan played strong as the Binís only woman, not missing a single point the entire tournament. Minnesota Joe Stromness turned on the jets to score a couple deep in the endzone and Wes Southward used his height to snag a couple of high tosses. The score was suddenly a tight 12-10.

At this crucial late-game juncture, Grumpyís was poised to score a second unanswered goal as Lucy Chubb sent a backhand to a streaking Mallet. The Binís Jeremy Powell leaped in with hot defense to swat away her pass, but by an act of sheer providence, the deflection came right back into Chubbís hands. She repeated her pass to Mallet who then set up the point. Board Bin was stunned and let another two go unanswered, giving Grumpyís the 15-12 win.

In the consolation game, KBís defeated Wrapcity 13-9, ending that season-long rivalry on an anti-climactic note.

The Spirit of the Game award was presented to the boys from Duluth: Ryan Baxley, Reid Smith and "Cleatless-in-the-rain" Minnesota Joe Stromness. Their play embodied everything great about the game of ultimate. The league would like to thank sponsors Wrapcity, Board Bin, Grumpyís, KBís and Atkinsonís market for their support.

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