for Big Sky
the strong team play that won it the regional title in September, the
"Big Sky" Ultimate Frisbee team from Ketchum placed third in
national competition staged Oct. 26-29 at Sarasota, Fla.
Sky" sponsored by Kavu, won seven of its eight games in the 12-team
Men’s Masters class at nationals and captured third place with a 15-8
thumping of host Sarasota.
Sky" poses after its 15-8 third-place victory over host
Sarasota at the Oct. 26-29 national tournament. Front, from left, Mike
Faris, Scott Runkel, Pat Benson, Herb Kaup, Mike O’Doud, Dave Pilliard
and Kraig Kempt. Back, from left, Joel Mallett, John Shenk, Paully
Shiess, Steve Hogan, Jamie Hunter, Bill Sherrard, Kent Shoey, Alex
Cross, Mike Payne, Eric Rogers, Tom Kennedy and Lonnie Lindquist. Courtesy
Kennedy of "Big Sky" said about his team’s consolation game
against Sarasota, "We crushed them." Entering the tournament
Sarasota had been ranked #2 nationally.
gone undefeated in the Sept. 21-22 regional tourney at Davis, Ca., ‘Big
Sky" kept marching across the horizon by winning its six-team pool
with a 5-0 record at the east coast nationals.
their victims were teams from New York and California.
easy for the 19-player "Big Sky" squad, playing in hot
85-degree temperatures and 80% humidity. In fact Lonnie Lindquist went
down with heat exhaustion after pool play and had to spend the night in
a local hospital.
Sky" kept rolling along with a quarterfinal victory over The
Chronic from North Carolina, then lost a hard-fought 15-13 semi-final
match to Colorado Boulder. Then it was the third-place 15-8 laugher
victory over Sarasota.
"The Kid" Runkel looks to pass in the national semi-final
game. Courtesy photo
win anything for placing third? Kennedy laughed, "Just a kick in
the shorts to go home. We got a little tired in the heat. Next year we
plan to take 25 guys."
said the entire "Big Sky" team was appreciative of the
financial support from the community.