La Canada Wins Division 2 High School State ChampionshipMay 10th, 2016 | By AndyBandit | Category: Articles, Game Recaps, Youth
By Laura Wheeler
This year the La Canada Ultimate Frisbee Team traveled for their first time to Santa Cruz over Mother’s Day weekend to compete in a tournament held by the US Ultimate Frisbee Association called California State Championship. Ultimate Frisbee teams from all over the state, but mostly from Northern California, compete in this quickly growing team sport. Competing against Bay Area Teams such as 2 Berkeley High School teams, El Cerrito, and Napa New Tech, La Canada found themselves in a tough game against 2nd place team Kirby High School in the pouring rain on Saturday. After many dropped discs, some sloppy throws with wet discs, and a couple minor injuries, La Canada was ready to admit that the competition was above their level. Then in burst of energy Mehran Rahman got a layout block on defense. La Canada scored. Still down 3 points, coach Peter Van Pelt assured the team that they were still in it. Diligently, handlers Daniel Landesman (9), Rudra Menon(12), and Titan Burl(12) continued to battle back throwing to receivers Brain Soto(12), Hudson Harbolt(9), and Alex St. Hippolyte(12). Meanwhile, defensive blocks from Suren Krikorian(12) and Marco Rubottini(12) kept Kirby from scoring more so that the final score was 13-11 La Canada. The next day, Assistant Coach, Laura Wheeler, led the team in various stretching exercises to start another grueling day of competition. The championship game against Napa Valley New Tech High School a number of quick soccer players kept La Canada scrambling for every point. With no time to set up defense, New Tech kept scoring on La Canada’s turn overs. Vowing to stop the turnovers, La Canada battled back second half by laying out to catch all throws, good or not so good, winning 13-9. La Canada remained undefeated this weekend and placed first in Division 2 High School State Championship. Next year the freshman will look to build the team again after many seniors move on.