Bryan Hudnell | Staff Writer
The Mason Ultimate Frisbee team is headed to state after an undefeated regular season and a city championship.
With 12 seniors graduating, the Comets were left with one returning varsity player and are one of the youngest teams in the city. Despite their youth, Mason Ultimate is going to Versailles, Ohio to compete for the team’s first state title. Coach Elliott Skindzier said the youth of his team is what fueled the team throughout the season.
“They started to work harder and play better,” Skindzier said. “With a team having no seniors on it, they played outstanding, and I am insanely proud of them.”
Despite all of the new faces, the team built a great deal of chemistry throughout the season. Junior Sion Agami said this chemistry played a vital role in the team’s success this season.
“Team chemistry is essential for a successful team and we are starting to gel together as players and as friends,” Agami said. “This season has been so much fun for everyone involved. Everyone on the team loves to play and we are all really excited for this weekend.”
Sophomore Axel Agami, Sion’s brother, has also observed the team growing together.
“We’re starting to form close bonds with each other,” Agami said. “This will help us this weekend and into next year since we aren’t losing any seniors.”
This chemistry was evident when the whole team pitched in to a buy a plane ticket for fellow teammate Carlos Castro. Castro is a foreign exchange student from Venezuela and was supposed to leave before the state tournament. The team surprised Castro with a plane ticket so he would be able to participate. Junior Jack Engle said that Castro is one of the most influential players on the team.
“Carlos is really energetic and fast and he goes 110% every game,” Engle said. “He’s super funny and makes everyone have a good time and he wants to win more than anyone else.”
The team is thrilled to have Castro for the state tournament, as he will play a vital role on the Comet defense.
The Comets will be one of 12 teams to compete for the state title. They will face off against Westerville North Saturday June 4, at 9 AM. Coach Skindzier said his team is up for the task and can contend for a state title.
“I have never seen the determination that this team has in any other team before,” Skindzier said. “The work ethic for this team is exceptional and I sure hope it shows this weekend.”
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