Down to Frisbee
March 27, 2017  //  By:   //  Sports  //  Comments are off

If you mention the phrase Spring Reign to a commoner, they may think of light showers over lush treelines. Or perhaps, a dewed over grass field with newly budding dandelions. But when a frisbee player hears the phrase Spring Reign, they think touchdowns, diving snags, and suffocating defense. This is because at the end of every BHS spring frisbee season a tournament is played. Not just any tournament, but a tournament of champions if you will. Spring Reign is the largest co-ed, youth, frisbee tournament in the world. The event yields teams from Canada, to California, to Mexico. This year, our BHS team looks to take it down. “Last year was not our best year in the Spring Reign tournament,” says senior and team captain Josh Lesko. “The teams worked well together but just couldn’t come out with the wins we were hoping for.” Before Spring Reign though comes the regular season.

Photo by Amalie Millerd and Caitlin Deavy.

This year Bainbridge had so many kids try out, they were able to make an A, B, and C team. Captains of this years Varsity team are Josh Lesko, Curren Hamlet, and Surya Lee. All are veterans of last years first seeded squad, “Last year we played really well in the regular season and were blessed with the number one seeding in the playoffs. Unfortunately, the competition was tough and we lost our first game.” Josh hopes to see the team grow and flower into a state champion team by the end of the season and get last year’s sour ending out of his head. “The way last season ended really sticks with me, and I don’t want to feel that feeling again. I am striving to lead this BHS team to its first state championship in program history.”

Frisbee is a unique sport even in its rules. The games are self reffed, meaning if you feel there was a foul on you, you can call it. “Integrity is key.” Lesko comments. Scoring and winning is also different depending on what the teams agree upon. There can be a 60 minute game, with a half time occurring at 30 minutes, or a 15 point game, with a halftime occurring at point 8. One of the coolest parts of frisbee is that it’s a co-ed sport. So with seven players on the field the teams competing will agree upon a set amount of boys and girls playing at once. Most often there are four boys and three girls at a time, but if teams don’t have enough and they agree, they will play with five boys and two girls. If the teams do not agree on the numbers they will still play but the game will not count.

Photo by Amalie Millerd and Caitlin Deavy.

When playing the sport of Ultimate Frisbee you have to realize that legends like Brodie Smith, Kenneth Dobyns, and Russ Amelang brought more than just skill and winning attitude to the table: they carried with them the spirit of the game, which is heavily emphasized in Ultimate. They even dedicate an entire point to it after the regular matches are done. “After a game we will often play a spirit point, which can be normal but most of the time is some kind of differentiating play to the game,” says senior Emily Cohen. “You can play an all in point where everyone on the team plays. One time we even played a T-rex point where we had to keep our elbows against our bodies when we caught and threw, its a lot of fun.” After every game the teams will rate each other on a scale of 1-5 to reflect how spirited they are. BHS has attained a fantastic spirit record almost always receiving fives. At the Spring Reign tournament teams will exchange gifts or prizes to the player on the opposition who they thought was the most spirited, “Graham Derzon has won that prize every year since 6th grade when he was at Hyla.” Cohen states. Integrity and spirit is the recipe for success in one of BHS’s most loved sports.

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