Sports / The Prairie Fire / October 6, 2010

Club sports roundup: Ultimate Frisbee, women’s rugby

Of Knox’s many club sports teams, few have been as successful in recent history as Ultimate Frisbee. The key to this success has been their commitment to competition and ability to generate interest among underclassmen.

Last weekend, the team traveled to Western Illinois University to participate in a 10 team ultimate tournament. They finished 3-2 for the weekend – but did not place officially, due to a team dropping out of the third-place bracket. The team’s two losses came against the tournament’s first and second-place finishers. Their wins came against Augustana College, Lake Forest College, and host Western Illinois.

The team’s performance was even more impressive considering their makeup.

“It was the first tournament where we brought the freshmen,” senior David Kurian one of the team’s two captains said. “We brought our experienced players to the first tournament.”

“We thought the freshmen played really well,” said senior Tim Lee, the team’s other captain. “It was a really good experience for them.”

The team’s seven freshmen only participated on Saturday, the first day of the two-day tournament. Gusty winds and autumn temperatures were a factor on both days. But as autumn becomes more severe, the team will still stay outside. Knox’s Ultimate Frisbee team will host a mini-tournament on October 16 with some area schools. For Halloween weekend, they will travel to Bradley University for a larger tournament.

If you have any questions regarding Ultimate Frisbee, or are interested in joining, please contact Kurian.

Women’s rugby hopes to join Illinois Rugby Union

A mainstay at Knox since 2008, the women’s rugby team continues practicing – prepping for a move that will legitimize the club sport.

“We are trying to get into shape in the fall,” junior Kettie Norton said. “We hope to join the Illinois Rugby Union in the spring.”

There are currently four women’s clubs in the Illinois Rugby Union: Western Illinois University, University of Illinois, Southern Illinois University, and Illinois State University.

The team practices every Monday, Wednesday and Thursday on the Post Lawn from 4:30 to 5:45 p.m.

Kevin Morris

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