Ultimate Frisbee “CATS” take on the students

On Wednesday, May 23, BSM students took on teachers and alumni for a friendly game of ultimate frisbee. In the end, the adults won with 15-9.

Em Paquette

On Wednesday, May 23, BSM students took on teachers and alumni for a friendly game of ultimate frisbee. In the end, the adults won with 15-9.

Sarah Luong, Staff Writer

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Coaches, teachers, and alumni came together on Wednesday, May 23, to take on a co-ed students ultimate frisbee team.  While the game went back and forth, and the students put up a good fight, the adult team came prevailed with a 15-9 victory.

The students came firing out of the gates, out to a strong lead of 4-1. However, as the half continued on, the coaches, teachers, and alumni gradually caught up to take the half at 8-7. In the second half of the match, the adult team dominated. “[The game] went well. It started rocky, the student team came out strong, but overall the … as we call ourselves, the CATs (coaches, alumni, and teachers) made a comeback at the end to win the game,” ultimate frisbee coach and adult team member Mr. John Groess said.

The idea for the adult vs. student game came from the ultimate frisbee coaches.  With the nice weather and the end of the ultimate frisbee season approaching, they wanted to find a unifying event for both boys’ and girls’ teams. “All of the coaches were talking, and we just wanted to do something fun…an end of the season thing. We also wanted to start getting alumni to come back. Also, with ultimate frisbee, we wanted to be one program even though we have single gender teams…we wanted to do something together,” Groess said.

[The game] went well. It started rocky, the student team came out strong, but overall the CATs (coaches, alumni, and teachers) made a comeback at the end to win the game.”

— Mr. John Groess

Girls’ captain Em Paquette said she was surprised by some of the teachers’ skills, but also enjoyed watching some teachers’ blunders. “Some of them were surprisingly really, really good…they also had alumni come in and play, and they were pretty good, but some teachers had some epic fails which was nice,” Paquette said.

For their season, ultimate frisbee has separate boys’ and girls’ teams, but for this match, both teams came together. “It was pretty fun. The game is faster with the boys, so the girls were a little stunned at first to get used to it. But once we got used to it, we got down,” Paquette said.

As for the coaches, alumni and teachers team, Groess highlighted art teacher Mr. Zach Zimny as a standout player, attributing his success to his extra motivation as a coach. “For the faculty team, I think the standout was probably Zimny. He was playing really good defense. He had a lot of his cross country players trying to prove something on him, and he showed them why he was the coach,” Groess said.

While Zimny was a standout for the faculty team, Paquette was impressed by the freshmen represented on the student team. “[The] freshmen were standouts. Freshmen playing with seniors is pretty cool,” Paquette said.

All in all, the game was enjoyable for all that participated, and they hope to make it an annual event. “We are hopefully going to try to do it every single year,” Groess said.

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