"First of all, I donít like Frisbee, I love it. And second of all, 'Frisbee' is a wham-o disc, 'Ultimate' is a lifestyle," jokes junior Devin Rutan, a co-captain of Blairís Ultimate Frisbee team, "Home Cooked." The Ultimate team, along with crew, paddling, running, ice hockey, are Blairís club sports, meaning that they donít receive school funding, their coaches and referees are not paid for by the school and they donít follow country established schedules for competitions.
Itís the second half, and the boysí JV basketball team (3-7) is just starting to get in rhythm. But only getting energized towards the end of the game is normal for the team, as they have three buzzer beating wins so far this season, and have made a name for themselves as a comeback team when they have won.
Imagine: You are a freshman at the University of Maryland. Senior year of high school, you applied to a range of colleges, scouring state schools and private universities for a competitive, top-ranked swim team. You chose your state school, and, with a sizeable amount of scholarship money under your belt, you suit up for your first practice of the season.
There was a loose ball, and a pileup ensued. The play moved to the other end of the court, and everyone in the stands followed the action, except for Dawn Smith, senior Gabrielle Smithís mother, who was focused on her daughter. Blazer shooting guard Gabrielle didnít get up and follow the play like everyone else. She lay on the gym floor curled up in a ball.
The girl's soccer team ended a successful season with a positive attitude and a strong record of 7-1-1 to boot. As the season progressed, the girls grew closer and were able to work together more successfully.