The Love of the Game

Ultimate Frisbee at STE


“About time” says almost everyone as the game winds down at lunch time. After watching athletic plays and yelling students, most of the students eating lunch are relieved after not getting hit by a disc or being run over by a students playing. However some watch with admiration as they see the plays that happen before them. There is always something interesting, funny, or cool that happens in ultimate frisbee that garners some appreciation.

Those that have played for a few years love the game and don’t seem ready to stop, perhaps at the cost of their classmate’s smirks. Even some of the teachers watch the games at lunch, whether to make sure no one gets seriously injured or to watch the players. Some cheer, some laugh, and some, like Mr. Angland, even play.

As called by the freshmen and themselves, the “senior” players form a strong team called the Vets, short for veterans, and in turn the freshmen form a team called the “freshies”. These teams go head to head almost every lunch period for bragging rights. Although the “Vets” are more seasoned and seem to play a stronger game, they feel the new players catching up and becoming better and better. There are even a few that have come to stand out in the eyes of all the players.

Reese Mcdermott ‘20 has already been nicknamed “MVP” after only a little over a month of playing and is wanted by each team every time she steps on to play. “Whichever team has Reese has a totally unfair advantage…” said Edmund Carroll ‘17, a seasoned frisbee veteran. Andrew Grimley ‘20, has created a reputation within the players for impossible catches. Whether they’ve been blocked, overthrown, or ricocheting off of trees he has a knack catching that disk. And finally there’s Joel Hrncir ‘20, who is “ one of the greatest athletes… like his brother before him”- Rafael Bello ‘18. His brother Matthew Hrncir ‘15 was considered one of the best if not the best player to play here, and it seems to run in the family. Joel has become a serious threat to any team that plays against him and no throw is out of his reach. “I am super excited about having these awesome freshmen. There is some serious talent in that class…” said Edmund Carroll ‘17.

Finally we have the Vets, composed of upperclassmen that have played for at least two years. Abigail Cunningham ‘17, Ian Sullivan ‘17, Edmund Carroll ‘17, Mitchell Harrington ‘18, and Rafael Bello ‘18. Each has their own style, but over time they’ve learned to work together and perform well almost every time. Yet ever since they started playing they have had a question in their minds, along with most other students. Why isn’t there a club or a team for these players?

There are definitely enough players and plenty of frisbees to start an official club and would definitely please the players and add more purpose to their playing other than bragging rights. The movement has started to begin a club and compete at a higher level. In short frisbee all who play agree with Chris Carroll ‘20 in saying, “Ultimate frisbee is awesome.”