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Thunder edge Spartans 9-8 in Ultimate

A Spartans player jumps for a catch as teammates and opponents look on and position themselves for the ensuing drive. According to www.byui.edu/activities, Ultimate Frisbee will be offered indoors in the Winter semester. WHITNEY MAJORS | Scroll Photography
A Spartans player jumps for a catch as teammates and opponents look on and position themselves for the ensuing drive. According to www.byui.edu/activities, Ultimate Frisbee will be offered indoors in the Winter semester. WHITNEY MAJORS | Scroll Photography

In ultimate frisbee, the Thunder beat the Spartans in the women’s game 9-8, on Oct. 19.

“These two teams are pretty evenly matched,” said Sara Clark, a sophomore studying child development and ultimate frisbee coordinator. “Even with the Thunder having more experience on their side, the Spartans have kept it close.”

The game was tied 8-8 at the start of the second half.

A score by the Thunder put them ahead by one point and gave them the victory.

“This is only our second game together,” said Avery Johnson, a junior studying graphic design and player for the Thunder. “I think we work really well as a team.”

Clark said that despite low numbers of experienced players, the game was exciting, even with new participants learning as they played.

“The new girls find it hard to take their time when they have the disk. Instead, they think they have to throw it right when they get it,” Clark said. “The main areas to work on for the new players are throwing the disk and taking their time.”

The Spartans were behind by one point going into halftime and eventually tied it in the second half. Ultimately, the Thunder broke the tie to win the game.

Brandon Merritt, a junior studying math education and coach of the Thunder, said defense was the key to victory.

“We had 22 knockdowns as a defense,” Merritt said.

He said his team’s attitude also helped.

“They stayed positive despite being cold and despite [the Spartans’] comeback,” Merritt said.

The Titans beat the Thunder 15-3 in the men’s game.

The Titans won the game by scoring 15 points, which, according to technical rules, results in the game being stopped early. The Titans took an early lead, and kept the quick scoring pace through to the finish.

“I felt like I did pretty good. I mean I didn’t get the disk very much, but I was hustling,” said Brandon Nelson, a freshman studying sociology and Titans player. “Our defense was the biggest part, slapping down the disk, and then getting it back really fast.”

Clark said, Angela Zhang, No. 3 for the Spartans, and Avery Johnson, No. 5 for the Thunder, were notable players.

Clark said that Ultimate Frisbee is a great sport because people can play who aren’t the best athletes.

Practice times are Monday and Wednesday 3-6 p.m., and Tuesday and Thursday 3-6 p.m.

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