Friday, November 5, 2004

Ultimate hucksters: Ketchum wins UPA National Championships


The national champion KAVU ultimate team poses with its hardware.

In the end it was all worth it.

All the training, time spent away from families, expense and travel paid off for the KAVU Ultimate team.

The Ketchum-based squad (also known as Ketchum and Various Underground) captured the master?s division at the UPA Club National Championships in Sarasota, Florida, October 28-31.

Staged at the Sarasota Polo Club, KAVU came from behind to defeat Old and in the Way of Boulder, Colorado in the championship. Trailing 13-12, the two teams battled to 14-14 when Boulder committed a costly turnover, which Ketchum converted into the final winning point. It was the fourth consecutive year Old had fallen in the championship.

En route to the final, Ketchum knocked off GLUM 15-12, and Old Sag 15-9.

In a field of 12 teams from eight different regions, KAVU rang up a flawless 8-0 record, which is a huge improvement over last year in which they bowed out in the semifinals.

?Exceptional play was put forth by local players, Eric Rogers, Mike Payne, Scott Runkel, Bill Sherrerd and Tom Kennedy,? teammate Trent Stumph remarked.

Also making up the 2004 championship team were: Alex Cross, Joe Dunbrasky, Kib Dacklin, Mike O?Dowd, Walter Van Der Schraaf, Pat Benson, Joel Mallett, Chris Eaton, David Pilliod, Paul Schiess, Tony Crane, Michael Lauber, Andy Petroff, Chase Fetter, Heb Kaup, Toby Johnson and John Milich.




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