The Charles Wright Ultimate teams competed in the 2017 Spring Reign tournament this past weekend, with the Middle School A team going undefeated to capture the championship in their division.
Three CWA teams comprising 60 students (who called themselves the Como te Llamas this year) participated: two from the Middle School and one from the Upper School. The MS A team came in first of 44 teams while outscoring their opponents 75-28, and the MS B team placed sixth. The Upper School A team finished the tournament in third place.
“It was another incredible year,” says coach Christopher Hoppin. “All three teams made it to the championship round, winning eight of nine games on Saturday. The MS B team almost won the team spirit award, and the US team was barely beat in the semifinals versus Franklin High School out of South Seattle, the team that went on to easily win in the finals.”
In addition to the high-placing finishes, seven Tarriers were recognized for their good sportsmanship with spirit awards from the tournament organizers: Sam C. ’21, Riley G. ’17, Bryn L. ’21, Cedar O. ’22, Kendall S. ’21, Michael T. ’18, and Rebecca U. ’21. “Most impressive to me is that our teams received huge cheers during the awards ceremony from all three teams they beat in the championship rounds,” Mr. Hoppin says. “This is a huge testament to their high level of play without sacrificing amazing spirit of the game.”
Mr. Hoppin credits winter practices in less-than-ideal weather for preparing the Tarriers for the windy conditions during Spring Reign. “Our MS A team did not appear to even notice the wind,” he says. “They were able to score almost every single point they played upwind (every other point). In fact, in more than one game they not only scored upwind, but also they did not allow opponents to score downwind.”
Coach Hoppin also wants to “thank our captains, who acted as incredible team leaders throughout the tournament and throughout the year.” Those captains are Mei G. ’18, Michael T. ’18, and Gray D. ’19 (US); Tahsis F. ’21 and Sofie L. ’21 (MS B); and Dani D. ’21 and Colin N. ’21 (MS A).
Congratulations to the Como te Llamas! See Spring Reign photos below: