The growth of ultimate in schools across the province continues with six schools in central Newfoundland and Labrador competing in the School Sports NL (SSNL) Central East Varsity Ultimate Frisbee Tournament.
Host team J.M. Olds Collegiate of Twillingate was undefeated in the tournament to earn the regional banner on May 25.
They defeated Lewisporte Collegiate 25-14 in the final.
Riverwood Academy from Gander Bay, Pearson Academy from Wesleyville, Lakewood Academy from Glenwood and Glovertown Academy also took part.
The tournament marks fourth regional tournament from SSNL since ultimate became a Foundation Sport with the governing body in September.
Congratulations to all of the participating teams!
Long Range Academy in Cow Head claimed the first school banner in ultimate for the Northern Peninsula recently.
The school hosted the School Sport NL (SSNL) Northern Peninsula Varsity Ultimate Tournament on May 14. Three teams participated: Long Range Academy, Gros Morne Academy from Rocky Harbour, and Jakeman All Grade School from Trout River.
Long Range Academy was undefeated in the tournament. The team topped Gros Morne Academy 24-9 in the final.
Jakeman All Grade won the team sportsmanship banner.
The growth of ultimate across Newfoundland and Labrador continues with Menihek High School in Labrador City hosting the region’s first school tournament on April 5-6.
Four teams from Labrador competed in the Northern Varsity Ultimate Frisbee Tournament, sponsored by School Sports Newfoundland and Labrador (SSNL). In addition to Menihek, J.R. Smallwood Middle School in Wabush also fielded three teams
“Ultimate is new to this region,” says tournament director and Menitek coach, Jeff Pardy. “However, interest in ultimate is high, and we’re excited to see the sport continue to grow. We also hope to have at least Menihek compete at the Ultimate Newfoundland and Labrador high school provincial tournament in St. John’s next year. That’s our goal.”
Menihek defeated J.R. Smallwood (yellow) in the final to take home the regional championship banner.
Ethan Sexton from J.R. Smallwood (yellow) was named Most Valuable Player while Brooke Janes fromMenihek won the Most Spirited Player award.
“Our partnership with School Sport NL is helping the sport of ultimate reach areas of the province, like Labrador West, that we haven’t had the resources to access in the past,” says Nick House, president of Ultimate NL.
“Just one year after being accepted as a Foundation Sport, there’s now ultimate being played where it wasn’t possible before. Those athletes are now showing interest in competing in provincials championships and joining our provincial club teams. The results are exactly what we hoped for!”
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The first ultimate frisbee school tournament in the province was hosted by Mount Pearl Senior High (MPSH) on March 22-23.
Eight teams participated in the tournament, which marked the debut of ultimate as a Foundation Sport with School Sports Newfoundland and Labrador (SSNL). The tournament used the four-on-four version of ultimate that has been adapted for school gymnasiums, which requires each team to field two male-matching and two female-matching players on the court at all times
“This tournament represents the first significant ultimate four-on-four, co-ed tournament at the high school level hosted in our province, and also the first tournament sponsored by SSNL — both huge accomplishments!” said Aaron Power, tournament director.
After two days of round robin play, teams from MPSH, St. Bonaventure’s College, Holy Heart of Mary High School and Baltimore School qualified for the semi-finals. St. Bon’s beat Holy Heart in a tight battle by a score of 13-11. In the other semi-final, MPSH defeated Baltimore 30-11.
MPSH then claimed the first SSNL high school regional ultimate banner by defeating St. Bon’s 19-7. They were undefeated in the tournament
Shae LeDevehat of MPSH was named the tournament’s Most Valuable Player and Diego Kenny from Gonzaga Regional High was the Most Spirited Player
Holy Heart won the Team Sportsmanship banner
“Overall, it was impressive to watch all the teams play throughout the weekend and to see how much ultimate is growing in our region, both in terms of the number of teams participating and the skill level demonstrated,” said Power.
Ultimate NL would like to thank all of the volunteers who helped make this tournament a success. In particular, our thanks go to Power; assistant tournament directors Claire Moore-Gibbons, Natalie O’Donnell and Kathleeen Sullivan; game facilitator and Ultimate Canada president Rob Langridge; and those who manned the welcome, score-keeping and merchandise tables.
Six teams recently took to the court at the third annual Mount Pearl Senior High invitational tournament.
Mount Pearl Senior High, Holy Heart High School, Holy Spirit High School, Gonzaga High School and St. Bonaventure’s College participated in the one-day tournament held Dec. 8.
This year, the tournament format was changed to four-on-four to reflect the version of ultimate recently adopted as a Foundation Sport by School Sports Newfoundland and Labrador (SSNL). This version of ultimate is fast-paced and provides equal playing time for male and female players with a 2:2 ratio.
“Players really seemed to enjoy this change!” said Aaron Power, tournament organizer and coach of the Mount Pearl Senior High squad. “Play was very competitive and quick-paced with all games in the round robin being close and exciting games.”
The gold medal game saw St. Bon’s take on Holy Heart in a competitive and highly-spirited match. St. Bon’s won the game 14-9.