It was an important weekend for the Prairie Fire frisbee teams. With a trip to Nationals at stake, the pressure was high!
The women’s team played rival North Park in their first game of bracket play. Knox lost, by a slim margin, 4-3 in the semifinals. North Park had a number one seed in bracket play.
The Alley Cats did lose to the eventual champions. Since they lost, the Alley Cats played Valparaiso in the third place game. They didn’t lose back-to-back games as they defeated Valparaiso to claim third place.
The men’s team went 2-0 on Saturday by beating North Park 11-5 and Eastern Illinois 13-5.
The men’s team’s first loss came at the hands of Valparaiso by a score of 10-8. The Valparaiso game got pushed until Sunday due to the weather. The weather was surprisingly cold on Saturday afternoon, with a temperature of 35 degrees and heavy rain. The wind was very high, going at a rate of 15 mph. After the loss, Knox wound up beating Wheaton College 10-6 and losing to Olivet Nazarene University 11-6. In the final game of the season, the men’s team beat Butler University to get third place.
The men’s team and women’s team both had very impressive seasons. Despite not having coaches, the teams rallied around one another to be successful. That togetherness is what fueled the team throughout the season.
Though this is the final outing for the seniors, the future of both the men and women’s team is very bright. The program has grown considerably over the years, with over 60 players between the teams this year. With the roster expanding, the loss of the seniors won’t impact the program as much as it would in years prior.
This will complete the season for both the men and women, until the fall when the teams will play co-ed again.