For the second year in a row, the Ladue Ultimate Frisbee A-team placed 3rd in the Missouri High School Boys State Championship Tournament on May 3-4, 2019.
After a 7-1 regular-season record, which included handing the defending state champs, DeSmet, their first defeat in 12 years, the highly-ranked A-team entered the tournament with high hopes and rolled through pool play without a loss.
On day two, the A-team defeated Francis Howell Central in the quarterfinals to set up a semifinals rematch with DeSmet. In a tightly contested game that had a finals atmosphere, DeSmet prevailed on the final sudden death point (called universe point in Ultimate). For the seniors on the team, it was an emotional end to a long campaign.
For the first time in school history, the B-team also played in the State Tournament. With more than 20 players from the A-team graduating, the B-team experience at State will be invaluable for next season. Utimate is a mixed-gender sport and open to students from 9th-12th grade.
Congratulations to all the players and coaches!
Photo courtesy of Keith Bernier/Sinister Athletics