It was a battle of Dark Phoenix’s last night. The captains of last year’s Summer League champs against their first round pick, Dylan Patton who is now captaining his own team. I was very intrigued to find out the last time this happened.
I bet you can’t guess. I admit, I had no clue myself.
Well, here’s your answer.
In 2013, the University of Maine Black Bears won Co-ed. The 1st round pick for the Black Bears was Rigby. The captains of the Black Bears were Remy Schor and Ben Parrell. Ben didn’t captain in 2014, but Remy did. She co-captained Ranch Saloon in Orange County. Rigby went on to co-captain the Black Boar in 2014. The two teams played each other on Wednesday, August 6, the second to last day of the season. Champion captain vs. her first round pick. AND to make things more interesting, a first round bye was on the line. The winner would gain the final first round bye in Co-ed.
Rigby got the better of Remy that day. Black won 17-15. I didn’t get a recap from the game (this is why recaps are important guys. It’s fun to go back in history and find out what happened.) The one note I got from the game was that an injured Peaches, who was co-captaining Orange with Remy, played almost every point.
This actually set up a rematch in the tournament when they met again in Quarter-finals. This time it was Remy who would gain the upperhand, advancing to Semis. An interesting side note. Do you know who was the 11th round pick for Orange that year? Why, none other than Dylan Patton, who was baggaged with his mom Debi. And of course he was the first rounder for Dark Phoenix which started this whole thing off, and now he’s co-captain of Hestia (also Orange) with Debi.
Full circle, guys. You didn’t think this was all gonna tie back in, did you?
Okay, so how did it go when champions played their first round pick this time around? Here’s one of those captains, Ethan Lacoe of Uranus:
I have a really busy day today so I’m going to write a quick recap.
Hestia started off on a roll with three consecutive breaks. Uranus fought back, but Hestia took half 8 to 5.
Both teams used their powers unsuccessfully in the second half. Hestia maintained their lead and took the game 15 to 9.
Last week’s MVP, Erin, did something a little differently for the wolf T-shirt video this week. She shared an amazing personal story. Since I didn’t ask permission, I’m not going to share the details of her story, but I did want to mention the video because she is donating $250 to a charity that’s important to her and ties into her story and the concept behind the wolf videos. I’ve mentioned Erin in a lot of my recaps because she’s an amazing teammate who always plays hard, comes up with the best cheers, and does thoughtful things like buying a scoreboard to bring to our games. Our whole team has a tremendous amount of respect for her.
For those who don’t know, he’s talking about Erin Dean, who has the chance to play her first Summer League tournament this year. She last played in 2013 with White, but didn’t finish the season.
Hestia remains undefeated and now has a +37 point diff. Dylan asked me what was the record point diff for a 9-game season, so I’ll tell you what I told him. Three previous times in Summer League we’ve had 9-game seasons. 2001, 2003 and 2005. The highest point diff from those years was +38, established by Heather Gray in 2001. So Hestia is about to shatter that record, assuming they win their final two games. They finish against 4-2 Artemis and 1-5 Hera.
BUT… important clarifying note. +38 is not the record for any team playing a 9-game season or fewer. Because in Spring League of 1998, the very first year of the draft, Lint Gray dominated with a 7-0 record and an unbelievable +62. Games were played to 17 that year, so that means Lint Gray had to win by an average score of 17-8 in those 7 games. That’s truly amazing. In order for Hestia to break that record, they’ll have to win both games 15-2.
And here’s a recap from Debi. It’s a PDF file, so you’ll have to click on the link below.
|July 19, 2017||12:00 am||Summer League||2017|
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