After a 6-2 regular season, the Boys Ladue Ultimate Frisbee team played in the Missouri High School Boys State Championship Tournament on May 5-6 with high hopes following last year’s quarterfinals finish.
The team was 4-0 on the first day, defeating Francis Howell Central, Christian Brothers College High School, Marquette High School, and Chaminade to advance to the semi-finals. Ladue defeated De Smet Jesuit High School (JV) in their first semi-final game but was unable to overcome an extremely fast St. Louis Priory School team. With a second victory over Marquette, Ladue took 3rd place, ending the tournament on a high note and achieving the highest finish in the history of the Ladue Ultimate program!
In a tribute to the character and perseverance of the players on the Ladue Ultimate squad, especially Spirit Captain Josh Thomeczek, the team also received the Spirit Award for the Missouri High School Boys State Championship Tournament. In Ultimate Frisbee, players are taught that the spirit of the game matters above all else. Players call their own fouls and mediate the outcome with the opposing players, so game spirit is extremely important. Ladue won the award due to the team’s fairness, communication, knowledge of the rules, positive attitude, self-control and body control. It is an amazing accomplishment for any team to both place in the tournament and win the Spirit Award!
During the regular season, Ladue Ultimate junior varsity and varsity teams are mixed gender, but during the State Tournament, female Ladue players joined forces with the girls from Marquette High School due to single-gender Missouri HS State Tournament requirements. With minimal practice, the blended team was able to come together and capture 3rd place in the Missouri High School Girls State Championship Tournament!
Congratulations to all the players and coaches!