Ultimate Frisbee Soars to New Heights at Lahser
By Reilly Manz The game of ultimate Frisbee has been played at the collegiate level ever since the first ever recorded match between Rutgers and Princeton in 1972 after the games creation in ’67; and as for players aspiring to play at the college level, student organized and funded leagues are the only way to hone their skills beyond playing catch in the backyard or during “phys-ed” class.
Now, many high-school students and staff are beginning to form organized teams made up of teams from their respective schools. However the sport is not widely considered as a Varsity sport amongst these schools. As for the Knights, the support of the not yet named Lahser Frisbee team comes from Physical Education teacher Amy Scott. Being one of the now few sports that have its own team spate from Andover, Senior Captain Chris Garcia explains that he “… hopes to find underclassmen that will carry on Lahser’s ultimate legacy:’ Originally being a combined team with Andover, the team just recently split due to irreconcilable differences.
The roster of about 13 players is primar- ily mad e up of senior players, though the roster may undergo slight changes with the coming and going of the winter and spring seasons. Garcia says that one of the biggest challenges the team faces is the ability to find indoor venues for organized competi tion during the winter season; which is not an easy task considering the sports com peting for indoor Garcia went on to explain that most competitive play will occur over the spring season, though field avail ability will still pose as a large obstacle for this up and coming team. With schools like Andover, Detroit Country day, Novi and many other schools now supporting the sport of ultimate at their schools, ulti mate is making a fast appearance onto the stage of high school sports, space during this time of year.