Friday, June 08, 2007
By Zach Spolar with Eric Levine, Allderdice High School (City of Pittsburgh Schools)
While most Allderdice students pick up their baseball bats or bring out their lax sticks, a select group of gifted athletes play a very different sport during the spring season: ultimate frisbee. Led by junior captain Sam Press and senior co-captain Paul Steidtl, the Allderdice Ultimate Frisbee team had another excellent season.
With a 4-2 regular season record, the Dragons gained a spot in the playoffs. The Dragons then defeated rival Shadyside Academy 15-13 in a thrilling match, which saw them through to the next round of the playoffs. Despite losing 15-7 to powerhouse Hampton, the team qualified for the State playoffs, where the Dragons would compete head to head with some of the most talented ultimate players in Pennsylvania.
Against stiff and seemingly insurmountable opposition, the Dragons still managed to go 1-4 in States, with an impressive victory versus Moon. Allderdice also came away with more than a victory on the field, as it won the State spirit award, which is given to the team with the best sportsmanship and outlook on the great game.
Well-coached by Brent Bellinger, captain of the Pitt Ultimate team, Dice players are optimistic about next year’s team. The team is only losing 5 seniors, and with the return of superstars Seth Weidman and Sam Press, next year’s team has aspirations to reclaim the state title, which it won two years ago, when Press was a freshman.
“This year was a recovery year,” said Press, “and we have a good line-up returning, so next year I expect to do better.” This year was definitely not unsuccessful, as according to Press, the team ranked 15th in the state of Pennsylvania.
Reflecting on the season, sophomore Sarah Schreiber said, “Being on the team was fun. As a first year player everybody was nice and helped me understand the game. I look forward to playing next year.”
Key player Elliot Fishman also joked that “We probably would have gone further in states as a math team, but it was still a great experience.”
With the intelligence of the math team, the endurance of the soccer team, and the athleticism of the basketball team, the Allderdice Ultimate Frisbee team had a successful season this year, and its returning players expect to achieve even more next year.