Grumpy’s takes early lead in Ultimate
Week Two at Atkinson Park
With a storm brewing in the north, Ketchum
Ultimate players braved the fields to begin another week of spirited play
Thursday at Atkinson Park.
KB’s (1-1) earned its first win 12-8 over
Board Bin (0-2), while Grumpy’s (2-0) remained the only unbeaten team with a
13-5 decision over Wrapcity (1-1).
Here’s a wrap-up:
Playing without two of its stars, Board
Bin rallied behind the return of Jim "Board Bin" Slanetz and quickly scored the
first two goals, taking a 2-0 lead. Buoyed by the solid play of Chris McAvoy and
newcomer, Stephanie Shapiro, KB’s rallied and took a 5-3 lead.
Board Bin’s efforts to get back into the
game were thwarted by the inspiring defense of Scott Snakes.
Looking to pull with in a couple points,
Slanetz spotted 6-4 Steve Hogan and lofted a hospital pass (a floating disc that
draws a crowd and usually results in colliding players and injury) into the end
zone. Snakes, focusing on the disc, sliced through the gathering crowd, elevated
and knocked the disc away—and amazingly no one got hurt.
KB’s quickly marched down the field and
connected with the hard-running Lexi Abel in the end zone to take a 10-6 lead
that stood up down the stretch.
On the other field, Grumpy’s took control
of the game over Wrapcity from the first pull.
Threatening thunderstorms and gusty
crosswinds gave members of both teams the jitters. With key players missing from
Wrapcity’s roster, Grumpy’s surged ahead 6-1 in short order. On top of its
weakened roster, things were just not going WrapCity’s way.
Many unfortunate drops and just-off-target
throws allowed Grumpy’s to take control of the disk much of the time—hard to
believe considering Wrapcity’s much fancier team shirts AND their well-organized
zone defense led by mark Tom "Gorilla Wing Span" Kennedy.
But even with perfectly timed horizontal
defense from Bill "Taco" Sherrerd, a special guest appearance by the one and
only Lisa Chang (who gave birth to the lovely Nina Elizabeth just FOUR WEEKS
AGO), the blazing speed of Kristen Albright, and a one-point cameo by ringer
Chase Fedder, WrapCity could not overcome its early deficit.
Even without WrapCity’s bad juju, it would
have been pretty tough to beat Grumpy’s.
That’s because Jamon "The Fairfield
Connection" Frostenson was virtually unstoppable, catching every bit of swill
that came his way, and hitting every receiver he aimed at as though the wind
were not even blowing—and all this after a long day of working the farm.
Grumpy’s was also very glad to see team
member and Ultimate veteran Joel Mallet, who was out on injured reserve for last
week’s game due to a stubbed toe. All healed up, Joel and his better half
Gretchen were essential elements to the Grumpy’s victory of 13-5.
Coming up: Board Bin goes against Wrapcity
Thursday, July 8 at 7:15 p.m., and KB’s plays Grumpy’s at the same time. Be sure
to get to the fields by 6:45 p.m. to make sure you and your team are ready to
get started. And bring $35 to the game, if you haven’t paid dues.
The league tournament has been scheduled
for Saturday, July 24 at Atkinson Park.