The Archbishop Shaw Ultimate Frisbee Team participated in the New Orleans regional qualifier for the State Championship at City Park. The format was a round robin tournament with the top three teams qualifying for states. The tournament was co-sponsored by the participating schools and the New Orleans Disc Association (NODA).
Archbishop Shaw was the newest team participating in the tournament. Student players included Keaton Boudreaux (’18), David Cripple (’17), Dawson Damico (’17), Travis Himel (’18), Joseph Jimenez (’20), Caden LeBlanc (’18), Jonathan Mitchel (’19), Peyton Ritchie (’20), Elijah Rosiere (’17), & Nicholas Vidrine (’17). The team put up a valiant effort in every match, but could not come away with a win by the end of the day. Their final two matches were decided by a combined 3 points, and, if won, would have made Shaw the first new team to qualify for the state tournament.
In the end, Br Lenny Carlino, SDB, coach & moderator of the team, identified that the three goals of the team were reached:
First, the team had the experience of the “World of Ultimate”. Players got to interact with players from other participating schools as well as adult players from NODA. Ultimate (or more commonly known as “Ultimate Frisbee”) is governed by the “Spirit of the game”, a simple mantra which summarizes the characteristics of sportsmanship founded in the game’s history & game play. Coaches commented on the honor and character shown by the Archbishop Shaw team, characteristics not often found in a rookie team.
Secondly, the team showed improvement through the day. The team’s match against Vandebilt Catholic was a 4 point differential improvement versus their scrimmage against Vandebilt just two weeks prior. Their afternoon game against Jesuit, decided by just two points, was a clear improvement over the team’s first ever match last May. Again, other coaches and players were impressed by the skill, strategy, and effort of the rookie Shaw team.
Finally, the team and its members became better young men because of the experience. Everyone can sympathize with the difficulty of loss. The team both learned and showed the value of perseverance and keeping one-self centered on their goals. Yes the team did not qualify for States, but they moved closer to they didn’t give up: a lesson for life.