2016 SAPP CON All-Section Results

After another very successful year in the SAPP CON, we look back and recognize the top players from the section. Below are the results from 80+ votes between current coaches and players in the SAPP CON. Not bad at all for our inaugural season.

 

First Team
Anders Olsen (Emory)
Daniel Sperling (Emory)
JP Burns (KSU)
Nathan Haskell (UGA)
Parker Bray (UGA)
Paul Lally (UTC)
Sam Little (UGA)

Second Team
Charles Loudermilk (KSU)
Chris Calhoun (UT)
Devon Rogers (Ga Tech)
Mac McClellan (UT)
Mike Bartell (Emory)
Stephen Burkot (Ga Tech)
Zack Avello (UTC)

 

POTY
Sam Little (UGA)

 

Once again, congrats to these players on their successful seasons. Be on the look out for a WAY Too Early SAPP CON Power Rankings coming soon, as well as some here and there club coverage.

Until then…

 

All-Section/FOTY/POTY Nominations Thread

So it begins!

Today we’ll be starting the nomination process for All-Section, Freshman of the Year, and Player of the Year. STAND UP BAMA SECS NATION!!!

We here at Bama Secs already have an idea of who we’ll be placing on the ballot, but today is your chance to tell us who you think belongs on this year’s ballot. In the comments below we want to hear everyone’s nominations. If possible include all nominations you believe are worthy in both the men’s AND women’s division! The more the better, the cockier the better, the weirder the better, the more Vandy talk the weirder, and don’t forget Myron Hardy!

We’ll be taking nominations through Wednesday so you can expect ballots soon after that. Let’s get to smack talking! Because I’m sure no one in this section can guard anyone at the same time as they shut down everyone… If you need to see some of the nominations from years past, click 20152014, 2013, and the best of all time.

Arm yourself with the most bias of opinions and prepare to enter the black hole that is.. the Bama Secs nominations thread.

 

SAPP CON Women’s Mid Season Power Rankings

Once again thanks to Emory Luna Coach Keith Raynor for this in-depth write up!
New Power Rankings! We’ve got results for most of the teams in the Conference (and the region) so the picture is starting to take shape for Conferences and Regionals. With that in mind, I’ve noted each team’s overall sanctioned record (OVR), in-region record (IR), and out of conference record against Southeast Region teams (OC).


10: Berry College

Until they prove they exist this season, we’ll just leave this here.

9: Georgia Southern (OVR: 2-4, IR: 1-3, OC: 1-3) 

While they finally debuted, and thus exist, which is probably the lede, this team is now called the Southern Sirens, according to USAU, which I think is the third name I’ve heard for them in 3 years. Considering there’s another Sirens in the region, dunno if this will stick, but let’s run with it. On the one hand, a pair of wins looks surprisingly good for our Sirens, but they also took a serious beating from FSU-B. Probably their best showing a 9-7 loss to Tulane! There’s potential here.

8: Georgia State (OVR: 1-5, IR: NA, OC: NA)

This team is still just, when healthy, probably more talented at the top than UTC and Georgia College. But with minimal legs, reps, and depth, they may not have what it takes to some of the Conferences other teams. Early returns are not strong, but it isn’t clear who was their to perform for them in their lone tournament, Joint Summit.

7: Georgia College (OVR: 3-3, IR: 3-3, OC: 2-1)

Solid if unspectacular showing at Hundred Acre Wood shows the resident D3 team has some chops. Dunno how they’ll fare against the top four, but after that…

6: Tennessee (OVR: 3-8, IR: 3-6, OC: 3-5)

They did not put up their best showing at Florida Winter Classic, and Only Ten I See did not bounce them back. After beating Emory in the fall, they got rocked 14-6 at FWC, albeit probably short some firepower. Then, they missed some close ones at Only Ten I See to Winona State and Tennessee-Chattanooga, finishing 5th after being seeded 3rd. Inconsistency seems to be their biggest weakness right now, as they rely on a couple of players to do a lot around the disc.

5: UT-Chattanooga (OVR: 5-8, IR: 3-8, OC: 1-6)

The biggest win for UTC was obviously besting in-state rival, Tennessee, which gives them double game point victories over both Georgia College and Tennessee. You can see how this unfolds in the rankings. UTC’s 3-4 record was actually enough to get them 3rd at Only Ten I See, although their 0-4 out of conference record drops them to 1-6 against the rest of the Southeast. Ouch.

4: Emory (OVR: 3-9, IR: 2-6, OC: 1-4)

Any questions about the SAPP Con pecking order were pretty roundly answered by KSU thumping Emory 14-6 at Moonlight Invite. But Luna actually pieced together some close losses to Auburn and Vandy in other showings, and they looked like they are improving. Right now, though, they just don’t seem to have a lot of killer instinct, a byproduct of their youth.

3: Kennesaw State (OVR: 3-3, IR: 2-2, OC: 1-1)

Things are coming together for Strix, who is getting production from role players and top end alike that they haven’t had before. Their success is begetting confidence that makes them dangerous in games they really want. Depth might still be an issue, but expectations keep going up for KSU because they keep stringing together results.

2: Georgia (OVR: 9-5, IR: 4-0, OC: 3-0)

It feels like a dead horse, but Georgia looked so young at Queen City Tune Up. Marsh and Yang buck that trend with their on-field authority, and when freshman Sally Cummings is on, she shows the potential to take over points. But it is still a work in progress. They still have what it takes to get better, as shown by a 2 point win over Bama on Saturday at Hundrend Acre Wood followed by a 7 point victory on Sunday.

1: Georgia Tech (OVR: 13-13, IR: 11-1, OC: 8-1)

Wreck took on elite competition at QCTU, and got a rude awakening Saturday, going 1-4 and getting decked a few times. But they did nearly topple Virginia in an awesome game and bounced Sunday with some much stronger play after they collected themselves. But they were easily the best team at Moonlight Invite and turned in an awesome Tally Classic where they finished second and traded games with FSU. Undoubtedly, GT has the top disc skills in the conference and that makes them a real pain to match up with.

The Bid Picture

By my count, after this past weekend (thanks UAB and Georgia Southern!), the Southeast Region should have 25 competing teams, making for a 12 bid Southeast Regionals. You can rejoice now.

SAPP Con should be on line for four to six of those bids. South Florida and Mississippi State both had big weekends, but LSU and Tulane did not help out that same conference. Tennessee and UTC may have swapped places or just pulled each other down. Should some teams vanish and we only get 10 team regionals, the question becomes for SAPP Con would we be able to get 3 or snag a 4th? FL is basically a lock for three bids, but SAPP Con and Bamasecs will battle it out for supremacy. It will probably come down to KSU, Emory, and Tennessee/UTC against Bama, Tulane, Mississippi State. Early returns favor Bamasecs; that group for SAPP Con is 6-16 out of conference while Gulf Coast’s record is 12-5. The real SAPP Con disaster would be failing to even protect the third bid. Shudder, don’t think about it too much. Just don’t let up late in the game against a Bamasecs AKA Gulf Coast squad.

SAPP CON Power Ranking (updated)

After some major spring tournaments have come and gone, I believe it’s time for our very own SAPP CON Power Rankings! UPDATED EDITION!!!

This is going to be a quick article. And you’re going to like it that way. So get over it. Here’s my splurge for each team and how they have done so far this spring.

9. GGC

Where are you? What are you?

 

8. Georgia State

As much as we want to make fun of this team for not being good due to the departures of Sam Kim, Spinks, and Kenta, this team is actually better than I was expecting. Now does that mean that they’ll be playing for a sectional title this year? No. But it does mean that they have some young talent that should be developing soon, and as long as they get numbers in recruiting over the next few years they’ll be competing again in no time. Morgan Choi, younger brother of new head coach Sun Choi (former KSU stud) has been great so far this year and has some big potential. Shout out to DK and Felix for being two guys who continually carry this team for the time being.

 

7. Georgia Southern

With Zaki on the sidelines at T-Town, Southern had a solid Sunday but didn’t do as well as they had planned on Saturday. This team has some athletic depth that we didn’t expect to see and has shown to be a real contender in this section so far this year. The only thing that stops me from putting them higher is who do they go to when they need big plays? Some major contributors left after last year and this team is still in search for those key guys. I believe they find them though and compete extremely well later on this season.

 

6. Kennesaw State

JP Burns has shown to be a better all around player than we thought after some solid performances at KSU’s first tourneys this year. The biggest surprise has been how solid his supporting cast has become. After a rough fall, KSU did have a better showing at Mardi Gras finishing 4th overall after going undefeated in pool play on Saturday. They would end up losing in the semi to UTC.

 

5. Tennessee

After having missed out on the redo weekend of T-Town, we have yet to see Agent Orange in action this semester… which gives me all the reason to not doubt how good they will be once they go to their first tourney. Sometimes time off can hurt a team, but I have a feeling this team will be even better this spring than they were in the fall. Other than that I have nothing to write about. So let’s move on.

 

4. Emory

YOUTH. YOUTH. YOUTH. With some of the best freshman talent in the section, Emory has proved that they can play with the big boys (losing to Ga Tech on universe at T-Town) but has also shown that they can play down to their opponents. Inconsistency has hurt this team so far this year. They got huge wins over Brown and Michigan at CCC, but have yet to put a tournament together where they play well every game. This team will be sneaky towards the end of the season and could challenge the top teams if they’re playing well and consistently. Juicy info right there.

 

3. UTC

Trusting your offense enough to NOT play Paul Lally on it is bold, but honestly they’ve done a great job so far this season developing guys who aren’t Paul or Nightmen. This team is deeper than we thought and will be a real threat to the top tier teams in this section, maybe even the region. They didn’t have the T-Town results they wanted, but followed up THE NEXT WEEKEND by cruising to the Mardi Gras final where they lost in a tough game to LSU (a top 3 team in the GC). Look for UTC to pull out some big wins against some very good teams later this season.

 

2. Georgia… TECH!

Tech had a slow start to T-Town but would eventually pound their way to the semis where they lost to the 4-man cup, huck and play D team that is Florida. (side note: UF would go on to win easily vs Auburn in the final). Tech is still trying to raise their game from “hey we almost make nationals a lot” to “our team is awesome”. Ever since the studs of Lance, Clark, and White have gone and passed…well graduated/ran out of eligibility… they’re still alive I believe… anyways… this team has been wanting to become more than just studs with role players. This year’s team is the closest they’ve gotten to that since. It’s been impressive. Can they continue to get better as the season progresses and play their best at regionals??

 

1. Georgia, The University of!

#SEBidParty2016. Yep, these guys killed it at QCTU this past weekend. They broke a whole seed! Georgia was be ranked 5th going in, made the semis and lost to Ultiworld powerhouse UMASS. BUUUUUT the wins they picked up were huge for the region and getting 4 (maybe 5) bids again this year. Sam Little, Parker Bray, and specifically Nathan “Nasty” Haskell were all over the Ultiworld twitter feed this weekend, which means about as much as having the most liked post in a groupme but still!… These dawgs made some noise and are still the team to beat in the SAPP CON.

FOR NOW…

Fall SAPP CON Women’s Power Rankings

Tis the season for end-of-fall power rankings!

After some quality fall competition it’s now time for us to unveil what our women’s writer, Keith Raynor, believes to be the hierarchy of Southern Appalachian women’s ultimate. To the rankings!

 

10. Berry
9. Georgia Southern
8. UTC
7. Georgia College
6. Georgia State

This five is a bit of a mixed back and it is tough to predict much of anything come spring. UTC is the most likely to make a big move to the top of the heap, but right now, GSU is the most talented team on paper. They need some depth and some legs, but their top end is comparable to the teams above them in the power rankings.

 

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5. Emory

Not unlike Georgia, Emory also seems to be still figuring things out. Itchfest was a mixed bag, losing to teams you’d expect and beating teams you’d expect, save a double game point loss to Tennessee. Getting blown out by Tulane again is not a great sign, but Luna is clearly asking a lot of young players to step into big roles. They’ll need to find a new identity, maybe as a scrappy team, something they haven’t had to do in a while, usually relying on skill. There will be a lot of pressure on this team to perform come spring.

 

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4. Tennessee

With the storylines of the top 3 teams, it would be easy to overlook that BOS made a key move up the ladder with their fall. Itchfest victories over both Kennesaw and Emory are proof that this team could find their way to regionals. Tennessee also added a 3rd place showing at Hootenany to their resume. Emily Rosson is a big versatile matchup problem and Sierra Rimmer is dangerous as a handler. Speedy Sarah Myers and Machen Picard attack downfield. May want to buy your Big Orange Screw stock now.

 

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3. Kennesaw State

KSU has been working hard to make a believer out of you. A 9th place showing at CCC was followed up with an identical placement at Itchfest. But the inconsistency Strix displayed in Nashville shows they haven’t quite asserted themselves yet; KSU is going through growing pains. A loss to Tennessee to kick off Sunday of Itchfest was not good, but Kennesaw clearly has a longer term plan to make it to regionals for the first time.

 

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2. Georgia

It’s just the fall, so don’t hit the panic button on Dawgma yet. But it is clear that UGA is going through a transitional period. At CCC, they were taken down by UNC and Virginia Tech and struggled to dispatch Emory. They rebounded Sunday, but there’s clearly work to be done. A double-digit rookie class means it’ll be a process for Dawgma, but the veteran contributions of Michelle Yang and Caroline Marsh should give them some athletes to model themselves after. Don’t be surprised if the Dawgs find their bite this spring.

 

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1. Georgia Tech

A strong fall start for Georgia Tech has put them in the position to potentially generate national buzz. 3rd place at CCC and 2nd at Itchfest reveals some of the potential Wreck has and is why they’ve taken the top spot in the Conference. Megan Yang is clearly a star in the making, while Dana Rose also emerged with her fall performance. The questions for this team are about how they handle being a top team and if they’ll be seeking out more elite tournaments in the spring.

 

 

 

 

 

Southeast Power Rankings

 

So here we are… The trees are dead, practice attendance dwindling, finals approaching, and talks of inconceivably uplifting Christmas break workout plans abounding! This time of year is tough, not only for the ultimate teams themselves but for us as fans of the sport too. WHAT THE HELL DO WE DO FOR TWO MONTHS???

We write unnecessary articles that cause unrivaled debate (sometimes).

After a good 3 month hiatus that has allowed us to observe, note, criticize, make fun of, and admire all of the teams in the Southeast, we arrive at our first ever post-fall/early spring/here’s where people stand SOUTHEAST POWER RANKINGS. Below you’ll find our thoughts as a squad (mostly mine) on where each team stands after their fall performance, AS WELL AS where I believe they’ll actually finish in April. These numbers may be very different. They might be the same. But let’s be real if they were the same we wouldn’t be adding this to the article because that would be boring af.

Where does your team stand? Are they even on here? Check it out.

 

 

16. USF, Kennesaw State, Ole Miss, UAB

Why four teams? Well it will depend on how the bids are allocated. But here are your 16th best Southeast teams so far. USF hasn’t made much noise outside of small Florida tourneys so far, but usually end up gaining a 4th bid for the Florida region quite often and will likely get another one this year. They showed promise at the end of the year last year, and have a ton of young players. Has KSU won a game this fall? I’m serious… because they have gone to some good quality tournaments and played a ton of quality teams. You have to respect them for that. But with how much talent they lost from last season, you can’t be surprised with early season struggles. JP continues to carry the team on his back, which must be pretty sore after the fall. Christmas break KSU goal: buy that dude a massage chair. Ole Miss seems to have a new positive mindset and had a decent fall. They didn’t have any great showings at quality tourneys, but it seems like their program is looking to turn itself around this year. With that being said, it’s going to take a lot of work. Maybe the GC will get that 7th bid? If so, you can expect UAB to be in the hunt for regionals this year as well. This team has more talent than most realize and a couple players in Ethan and Burke that are very underrated players in the Southeast.

Spring finish: 16

 

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15. Mississippi State

State showed promise this fall with a good amount of recruiting, going split squad multiple times and being in tons of close games. Now, they lost a lot of those games… but it says something about a team that should be pretty good once combined. Normally this is where you say depth would be the biggest issue, but honestly their star players need to step up first. Once those top 3-4 guys play consistently, the depth I’m sure will fill its role.

Spring finish: 13

 

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14. Georgia State

GS U KNOW!!! Geez did they have a solid Hootenanny Showdown… It’s obviously the coaching of Sun Choi. (maybe) But in all seriousness, GSU was not expected to bounce back like they did this fall after losing Sam Kim and Trenton Spinks. Credit to them for coming out of the gate hot. I still think other teams will continue to get better and GSU won’t have the luxury of playing split squads at tourneys this spring.

Spring finish: 15

 

 

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13. Alabama

Nat Oaks and friends had a tough CCC, but showed that they can at least compete against some of the best teams in the nation. With a lot of close game loses, Bama didn’t look awful. If there’s one team who does a good job of peaking at the right time, it’s the Alabama ultimate team. This is not the team of years past, but they are extremely young and are playing with low expectations. Look for them to inconsistently make some noise in the spring and play in some tough games at regionals.

Spring finish: 14

 

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12. Tennessee

Tennessee had one of the better falls when it comes to expectations. No one expected this team to be a threat after the loss of a ton of vets, including Paul Lally. But low and behold, Agent Orange reloaded with some young talent and new breakout players. Phil and Mac have continued to carry the offense for this team, and with a new energy Tennessee is looking to continue to make the semis of their section and place top or so at regionals. Fall however did show that there depth wasn’t up to par with some of the best teams in the region. Rocky ain’t on top, but don’t be surprised if they slip into the top 8 come spring (especially since I’m picking them to finish out of it).

Spring finish: 11

 

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11. LSU

The young guns from Baton Rouge played at quality tournaments this fall but never really showed us the full squad we’ll be seeing in the spring. With tons of new recruits and spreading time like crazy between CCC and going split squad at other tourneys, LSU is a mystery. They have the guys to place top 8, but haven’t had it come together quite yet.
Travis, Lutz, Monk, and Tom Echols (returning this spring) will look to gel early in the spring to make up for Tom’s absence in the fall.

Spring finish: 12

 

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10. Vanderbilt

MLC wasn’t the prettiest of results… yet you have to give them credit for going out to Missouri and playing quality teams. You add MLC to a decent showing at Hootenanny Showdown and you get a decent fall from a team who, with a big off season pickup in Josh Feng, will look to show more consistency in the spring. Vandy has some studs in Danny, Martin, Victor and company… yet lacked the d-line depth to punch it in. This team will continue to get better though and assuming they don’t show up to their first round regionals game asleep like last year, should have a better showing late in the year.

Spring finish: 9

 

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9. Emory

Emory had a very average showing through its first two tourney appearances but made some noise with big wins at CCC over Brown and Michigan. This insanely young team has the top players to compete with anyone in the region, and when their depth is playing well maybe even win some quality games… but you can only expect so much from such young talent. There will be hiccups, but no one will want to play this team later in the year. The future is bright. Can they make noise THIS year though?

Spring finish: 8

 

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8. UTC

The boys from Chatt had a pretty impressive fall for a team who lost its two biggest contributors from last season in Blake Waldron and Chris Newsom. UTC didn’t win many games at Fall Easterns… Good news? They lost a lot of close games vs national level opponents while having a few major players sitting out and a lot of younger guys getting reps. This could easily end up being what propels them to being a top 8 contender at regionals, but I can’t see them being able to keep up with the big boys come late spring. With some big potential in years to come, there will be a good amount of growing pains this year for UTC, but will ultimately lead to success in the future.

Spring finish: 10

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7. FSU

The definition of a rebuilding year is upon DUF. We all know the guys who left were important, but when Connor Holcombe is having to handle a ton it’s a damn shame. Connor is maybe the biggest cutting threat in the region, but so far has had to control the disc due to the lack of experienced handlers on DUF. Even during a year where FSU will be focused on development for the future, you can’t count them out. A very solid program in general, FSU will still be flying all over the place on D and could easily shock some regionals favorites with their well-known defensive energy. What wins games? Defense. What loses games? A bad offense. Will the DUF cult be good enough on offense come spring to find their way to nationals once again?

Spring finish: 7

 

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6. Georgia

Not the best fall from a team with such incredibly young talent, but Jojah will Jojah… and you can expect to see this team playing for a nationals spot come April. When you have Sam Little and Nathan Haskell on your team you have a chance. Add the depth of Parker Bray, little Erickson and a few key rookie pickups and you have yourself a nationals level talent pool. Plus you’ve gotta love having maybe the best puller in the region in George Summers. DUDE CAN PULL. Recent reports have told us that Sebi may be out though with an ACL injury. Let’s hope for speedy recovery. You can still expect to see Jojah bounce back and have a very good spring.

Spring finish: 5

 

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5. Auburn

As expected, Auburn had a very solid fall. They might not have finished as high as they wanted at CCC, but were in close games all weekend. They’re still looking for that missing piece to replace Ryan Landry, but from what we can tell are on their way to peaking late spring. With basically the rest of their roster returning this year, you’d expect this team to be a favorite by then.

Spring finish: 4

 

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4. Georgia Tech

Tech didn’t play many fall tournaments, but sure showed some quality play at CCC. Even with the loss of Revolver start Nathan White, Tech’s roster showed up big in the fall. Tech has some great depth, one of the best freshman classes in the Southeast, and a big time handler in Stephen Burkot. Burkot ran the offense and showed maybe the most consistency from any Southeast handler at CCC. This team’s success will rely on the defense being able to convert without Burkot on the field though, and it’s going to be tough in a very deep Southeast.

Spring finish: 6

 

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3. Florida

This fall, Florida continued to show why they have been one of the best programs in the nation year after year. When a down year is losing in the “game-to-go”, you’re doing something right. Another quality CCC performance showed that Florida, even with the loss of Dahl, will be a favorite in the Southeast. With revenge on their mind, I can’t imagine these guys falling short of nationals again this year. Don’t expect them to just LEY down… I’ll see myself out.

Spring finish: 2

 

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2. Tulane

Holy moly what a CCC for Tulane. No one except maybe Tulane saw them beating UCF and looking as good as they did. This team might have the best O-line in the Southeast right now. With a top 5 of Walter, Lamp, Mooney, Chance, and Baba who have been playing together for a couple years now, it will be hard to break this team all year. Tulane has some swag, and you can’t deny that. Some called them “try hards” at CCC… ummm…. yeah that’s what you SHOULD do when you play competitive ultimate. There way ahead of the chemistry curve while everyone tries to catch up. You do not want to see them at regionals. Am I right Georgia?

Spring finish: 3

 

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1. UCF

Deep. Again. UCF has turned itself into a quality program that does an incredible job of recruiting athletes and developing them into ultimate players. They don’t need your high school YCC stars to be good (even though one of their best players played YCC Michael Fairley). They have height, speed, great motion offense, and guys willing to throw their bodies around on D. They showed their depth and dominance at CCC, and even though they didn’t win the tourney they did a great job of getting their bench quality playing time. With Langdon coming back, look for these dogs to be a favorite once again. Plus Roca is our BFOTB. What a guy!

Spring finish: 1

 

SPRING PREDICTIONS
16. USF, KSU, Ole Miss, UAB
15. GSU
14. Alabama
13. Miss St
12. LSU
11. Tennessee
10. UTC
9. Vandy
8. Emory
7. FSU
6. Georgia Tech
5. Georgia
4. Auburn
3. Tulane
2. Florida
1. UCF

I can’t wait to look back at this list in April and see how wrong it was.

Itchfest Preview

 

Written by the man, the myth, the Emory Luna coach… Keith Raynor!

Nashville will play host to one of the final events of the fall in the Southeast, Itchfest. If everyone’s lucky, the teams will dodge the rain and only be faced with damp grounds and maybe 10 mph winds. But with a wide range of competitors – from Regional Champions to brand new squads – it should be an interesting weekend.

 

Seedings & Format

The seedings are definitely weird, mostly at the top where teams have given a bit more to go off of. FSU went to Nationals last year and probably should be #1. Georgia Tech should probably be #2 or #3. Vanderbilt makes sense at #4 and then probably Auburn, KSU, and Tulane in order. Tulane is a big standout as #10 seed because they crushed #7 Emory and gave KSU a good game at CCC. After that, things are probably mostly toss ups; I’d probably give Emory the benefit of the doubt on paper, but it wouldn’t mean much.

The other unusual wrinkle is the format, featuring reseeded crossover games to seed the bracket. After pool play concludes, we get cross 1/2 and 3/4 matchups between A & D and B & C. Those results and potentially point differential will seed teams into the bracket, or send them to the consolation round robin. The bracket is the losers of the 1/2 vs the winners of the 3/4 for the chance to play one of the four teams that get the bye into quarters. The format should give teams mostly unique looks at one another from pool play to top bracket.

 

SAPP Con Outlook

Kennesaw State is a rather curious three seed. It isn’t clear why a team admittedly on the rise is seeded ahead of Georgia Tech, Vandy, and Auburn; GT is coming off a great performance at CCC and Vandy and Auburn made the Hootenany final. But Sam Stovall’s team must be pumped and eager to try and defend the lofty expectations. Auburn will be a very challenging opponent for them, with the athleticism to give KSU’s top players trouble. MSU is no pushover either, but Univesity of Southern Indiana is not likely to pose a big threat.

Down at the 5th seed – probably should be 3rd seed – is Georgia Tech. They made a big splash at CCC and could continue that run. Ole Miss has been driving to improve, but Tech is probably just going to overpower the lower seeded teams in their pool. Vandy should provide a much better litmus test – is Tech going to be in the hunt for a top spot at Regionals? This could hint at that.

Fall hasn’t been kind to Emory, who has struggled to get traction. They are saddled with the toughest pool, having to face superpowered FSU and a Tulane team that rolled them at CCC. It’s only been a couple weeks, but Luna will have to be better at maintaining possession and defending deep to get improved results. Tulane’s attack is aggressive and could give Emory trouble, but they’d love to prove they are one of the competitive teams in this field and this game could do that.

The other three teams are looking for what wins they can get. Tennessee gets the best pool, with matchups against Harding (a D-III team from Arkansas) and Georgia State looking like potential Ws. Expect to Vandy Alums, VuDID, to be pretty good, but you never know who will or won’t show for those sorts of things. Georgia State, if they are playing well and have a decent roster, is good enough to steal some wins in Pool A. UT-Chattanooga is a wild card, but will have a tough time against three well coached teams that aren’t likely to play down in Pool D.

 

Predictions
I think the clear favorites are Florida State, Georgia Tech, and the Vandy alums. I do think the fall version of FSU could get upset by either of those teams in the bracket; Georgia Tech doesn’t hold much back and the Vandy alums won’t have any rookies to throw on the line if they wanted to. But this tournament will start giving us a picture of how the various middle teams in the Southeast rank with one another.

Deez Hucks 2015

Check out this new tourney that East Tennessee State is hosting. Info below.

Deez Hucks 2015
East Tennessee State University (ETSU)
Nov 21 – 22

What you can expect at this tournament:
High quality regulation ultimate fields (grass & turf)
no short fields, potholes, or crabgrass
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Water coolers at every field
Tourney Central Tent
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Themed Trophy for 1st place
$150 in Spin credit (to be used on team uniform orders only) for the winning team in each division. The credit will be good for 3 months from the event.
Tourney party on Saturday night (details provided at the tournament)

Our biggest selling points are our very nice playing surfaces (see attached), and our dedication to a well executed event. Unfortunately, we don’t have the pedigree to fall on that people tend to trust, but we do know what makes a good tournament: quality fields, well communicated tournament information, clear field locations, constantly full water coolers, and a free keg at the tourney party!

 

 

Preseason Women’s POTY Watch (SAPP CON)

Written by Emory Women’s coach, Keith Raynor.

The SAPP Con has a blank slate in the women’s division. Most of its stars graduated last year. All four of its All-Region selections have moved on. But a new crop is ready to become the cream. This season is the season of breakouts.

 

Caroline Marsh

Caroline Marsh (Georgia)
The only player in the SAPP Con to have been selected to an All-Region team, Marsh’s appearance on the Dawgma roster made waves. She’s also the only player in the Conference to have played regularly at Club Nationals. The Alabama transfer is in her 5th year, and as a former runner-up FOTY (back when that was a Regional Award), and she brings a wealth of experience to compliment her fearsome athleticism. However Dawgma uses her, if she’s a presence, she’s a frontrunner.

 

Taylor Hartman

Taylor Hartman (Georgia Tech)
Bringing the table her own dose of athleticism and intelligence, expect Hartman to be the heartbeat of Wreck this year. She has exceptional top end speed, and is aggressive and physical on both sides of the disc despite a slight frame. Her throws have grown and grown, and if she’s hitting this year, she could be the best player in the SAPP Conference.

 

Erin Chun

Erin Chun (Georgia)
As a first year captain, there’s a lot of responsibility on Chun’s strong shoulders. The junior is a former All-Freshmen and has made her name as a shut down defender, with quick feet and intimidating strength. She’s developed greatly as a handler and practicing with Ozone this offseason with have bolstered her disc skills. If she brings higher offensive production, Chun could be the top dog.

 

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Sammy Daugherty (Kennesaw)
Expectations are for Daugherty to a be a huge breakout this year. She’s a spectacular player to watch, especially once she starts rolling downfield. Daugherty can devastate in the air, if she isn’t so wide open that she can just pancake it. Great wheels and a growing field sense, rumor is that she had an excellent showing at Ozone tryouts and is going to be a star.

 

Julia Ting

Julia Ting (Georgia Tech)
As the SAPP Con’s best pure handler, Ting has to make the watchlist. The lefty is deft with the disc, able to launch bombs, drop dimes, and crush breaks. She’s poised but opportunistic. The only question is if she’s healthy. Ting’s body may be her own worst enemy, because her game is for real.

 

Rachel Thurston

Rachel Thurston (Emory)
People in SAPP Con know what to expect from Arty, who has grown from an athletic cutter to a voracious deep thrower who is good in the air and solid in the lanes. The power is there, but it’ll be a battle with turnovers and discipline that Arty will have to win in order to take home the honor. If she can power Emory to unexpected heights, she’ll have to be considered.

 

Mikey provost

Mikey Provost (Georgia State)
As one of the key cogs for GSU, their success is tied in part to how well she can handle the context. Provost is dynamic as a thrower and defender, but is going to be asked to bare a heavy responsibility for Vixen. She’s also consistently struggled to stay healthy, a limiting factor for such a scrappy player.

 

Honorable Mentions
Michelle Yang (Georgia) is the new player who feels like she’s been in the region since the big bang. But she’s got Club Nationals experience and is capable of huge plays.

Ashley Brown (Georgia Tech) has one of SAPP Con’s best around backhands and is capable of huge throws and is also an awesome puller.

Kalli Monroe (Georgia State) has become a veteran leader for Vixen and is capable bailing her teammates out with well timed cuts and break throws.

Talia Gilbert (Emory) has been one of the most consistent cutters in the Conference and has added a wider range of throws to her game.

Gracie White (Georgia) is potentially a break out. She was on fire at Ozone tryots and played well for Outbreak, and can do a bit of everything.

Rachel Mez (Kennesaw) brings some of the best wheels in the region to KSU, but it’ll be interesting to see how much of a presence she is.

Machen Picard (Tennessee) is a huge pickup for BOS, bringing her height, speed, and experience from Alabama, making her a tough matchup all over.

Preseason Player of The Year Watch (Gulf Coast)

Players come and go. Stars are born one year and gone the next (That’s science). Five of last year’s all-conference line are now gone: Ryan Landry, Draco, PDo, Cousins, and D3’s Tom Radcliffe have all moved on from college ultimate. With the departure of some comes the arrival of many. This year, we have a new batch of vets looking to compete for POTY. After looking at who will be returning this year, this honestly might be the most open POTY race in history. If you made me pick RIGHT NOW who I think will win it?… geez… give me a few days….

But while we’re at it….

Here is a list of guys that I believe contains this year’s Myron Hardy POTY!

Noaks

Nate Oaks (Bama) – The most intimidating player in the section physically, Noaks is known for being a monster in the air while also having the quickness and speed of shorter/smaller players. With huge throws, Noaks opens up the field for Bama by being able to put the disc anywhere he wants. He’s going to be called upon to carry Bama at times and will need to make huge plays all season for them to compete for the section title. Look for him to get touches galore this season.

Techols

Tom Echols (LSU) – One of the craziest athletes I’ve witnessed in ultimate. When Tom is healthy, he is an incredible player. But “Is he healthy?” has been a question his whole college career so far. Let’s hope as fans of the sport that he does stay healthy. He is so fun to watch. Tom has one of the more intelligent ultimate minds in the section… but also the speed, quickness, and willingness to give up his body unlike any other. With a solid supporting cast around him, he may not be as much of a focal point as Noaks will be for Bama, but you can expect Echols to be making plays all over the field this season for LSU.

Ebo

Evan Boecking (Auburn) – Maybe the best true handler in the section, Boecking was Auburn’s O-line go-to reset last year and had big throws to open up the field whenever they needed it. He’s one of the hardest players to guard as the dump in the section and has an absolute nasty around backhand. Evan will need to continue to be the solid rock he was last year again for Auburn this year. With plenty of cutter depth, the only thing Auburn may be lacking is elite handler depth… well Evan brings that to the table and more. Look for him to make a name for himself nationally now that his counterpart Ryan Landry isn’t with Auburn anymore.

Evan Walter

Evan Walter (Tulane) – Evan Walter once “tied” for FOTY with Garrett Yetman… and look where they are now. Evan has been Tulane’s most consistent player over the last few years in my opinion and looks to continue that this year. Evan has some of the best throws in the section, but also has the physical attributes to be a major cutter downfield. It’ll be interesting to see how Tulane uses him this year. With his U-19 background, he without a doubt knows the game as well as anyone else in the section, but can he fill the shoes of Cousins and PDo from last year? I think he will, and it’ll be fun to watch him do it.

Blake Galloway

Blake Galloway (Auburn) – Blake made his mark on the nation’s ultimate scene last year with some of the most athletic defensive plays this section has seen. Not only is he one of the section’s best defenders, but he was able to be a very good offensive player for Auburn’s O-line last year when they switched him over part way through the season. With throws that continue to get better each year, straight line speed as fast as anyone in the section, and the ability to make big plays in the air, look for Blake to be one of Auburn’s go-to guys.

Ben Lamport

Ben Lamport (Tulane) – Along with Evan Walter, Tulane has one of the most skilled and fiery players in the section in Ben Lamport. With all-around skills and athletic ability that make him able to cut and/or handle at any time, Lamp has been known to dominate points with his quick movement, nasty inside flick, and huge layouts. Lamp will be even more of a go-to guy for Tulane this year, as they’ll need him to bring some consistency to the team as well. We already know he can make big plays, but it’ll be interesting to see how Lamp handles becoming one of the main stars for his team. I think he’ll absolute dominate this season.

Ethan Downs

Ethan Downs (UAB) – The darkhorse for POTY and maybe the most underrated player in the section, Ethan Downs will be leading a young and revitalized UAB program into what they expect to be their best year to date. Ethan recently gained some quality club experience to go along with his innate ability to play the game. It’s going to be fun to watch UAB this year after their development over the last couple seasons, and with Ethan behind the disc, they’ll be one of the most interesting teams to follow. Not known for being flashy, Ethan continues to play the right way and is one of the section’s best at keeping possession. Can he make an impact on defense as well this year? I wouldn’t be surprised to see him play both sides of the disc this year for Inferno.

Eric Sjostrom

Eric Sjostrom (Auburn) – The opposite of a darkhorse for POTY, Eric Sjostrom (FOTY) goes into his sophomore year looking to make even more of an impact on the field for Auburn. By the end of the season last year, Eric was a solid rock for Auburn with his natural cutting ability and always seemed to be open. Once he started taking care of the disc offensively, there may not have been a better cutter in the section. Eric’s playmaking ability has spoken for itself over the past few years, including his younger years in HS. Being a college vet now, look for Eric to be around the disc in important points all year.

Honorable Mentions

JT Williams (MSU) – Will he still be his old self after traveling this summer? I hope so. I hope he got even better.

Michael Volz (Auburn) – Crafty lefty, and honestly one of the more underrated and consistent players in the section. Newly appointed Captain for Auburn.

Chance Cochran (Tulane) – An absolute workhorse as a cutter. Will he make a bigger impact this year on a thinner Tulane roster?

Josh Feng (Vandy) – Emory transfer who played along side Christian Olsen for a few years. With his experience, he’ll lead this Vandy team all year.

Garris Bugg (Auburn) – Returning captain for Auburn with big time play-making ability. Will we see his relentless effort from his freshman campaign combine with his experience for the game?

David Mondschein (Tulane) – One of the more versatile throwers in the section, along with a signature swim-move layout D. Can Moonie take the next step and be a go-to guy for Tulane?

Tanner Robinson (MSU) – Possibly the best 1v1 defender in the section. Huge bids with creative lefty throwing. If he stays under control while on the field, he’ll be a huge threat to the top 4 teams.

Danny On (Vandy) – Maybe the quickest player in the section, Danny impressed last year and I’m sure will continue to keep getting better this year.

Martin Newman (Auburn) – Great defender with a lefty backhand bomb. Newly appointed captain of Auburn looking to lead the team by his actions now.

Preseason Player of The Year Watch (SAPP CON)

At the end of each year we’ll be naming an all-section line, POTY, and Freshman of The Year. With these awards only being months and months away…why not start talking about them now!? (because we have nothing else to do. we play frisbee)

Last year in the SAPP CON we had a ton of studs from different teams, all worthy of POTY. Elliott (UGA), Nathan White (GaTech), Sun Choi (KSU), Christian Olsen (Emory) and so on. This year the conference has a ton of new faces that we should get know, because they’ll be tearing up the college scene this year and we’re going to let you know about it. Here’s our Preseason POTY Watch!

Sam Little

Sam Little (UGA) – Last year, Sam was one of UGA’s more consistent players with AND without the disc. He did a great job of leading their D-line at times, helping walk them down the field after turns. He often would get matched up with the best offensive player on other teams, showing his versatility between playing great D and controlling the disc on O. This year look for Sam to take over during important points, and for his supporting cast to play a role while Sam goes off. He’s easily one of the front-runners for POTY.

 

Nathan Haskell

Nathan Haskell (UGA) – Only a returning sophomore, the younger Haskell will need to step up again this year in place of losing a few very experienced seniors (including his brother Tyler). If there was one player last year who was the most valuable to his own team, it may have been young Haskell. In big games down the stretch of the series, including the “game-to-go” against Auburn, Haskell made clutch play after clutch play. It should be interesting to see what he can do after a summer away from club. I know for some guys taking time away from the game helps, but he might come back a little rusty. I don’t think he will though. He’s too naturally talented and will be a front-runner for POTY even as a sophomore.

 

Burkot

Stephen Burkot (GaTech) – After an outstanding performance at U-23’s playing for the Australian Mixed team, Burkot might be the exact piece that Tech needs this year to compete. Losing Nathan White will be tough, but with the return of Burkot, Tech could easily be a clear top-2, regional competitor again. Burkot has some of the best throws in the section and the athleticism to go downfield if need-be. Look for Burkot to be the go-to guy for Tech and get a TON of touches this year.

 

Paul Lally

Paul Lally (UTC) – Former Tennessee stud Paul Lally will be (from what we hear) playing with UTC this year and will look to continue to be one of the section’s biggest playmakers. Lally over the last few years was always one of, if not THE go-to guys on Tennessee. Being great in the air AND having big throws, Lally looks to help UTC take the next step and challenge for the section title. The question is, what will his commitment level look like? If Lally is able to plug himself right in without any trouble, look for him to easily be in the conversation for POTY.

 

JP Burns

JP Burns (KSU) – Chain rookie JP Burns will look to fill some big shoes as KSU loses a huge part of its core from last year. Burns gained some great experience this past club season playing with Atlanta’s Chain Lightning. He’ll look to bring his knowledge and experience to his young team this year, as well as be an even bigger factor for KSU himself. One of the most athletic players in the section, look for Burns to be making big plays all year.

 

Anders Olsen

Anders Olsen (Emory) – After a fantastic freshman campaign, this year is going to look a little different for Anders Olsen. With the departure of long time Emory star Christian Olsen (Anders’ brother), Anders will likely be the focal point of an extremely young Emory squad. With the addition of a few YCC freshman, Anders should have a decent enough cast around him for them to compete. Anders, being maybe the fastest player in the section in a straight line, has always had the ability to make huge plays… but can he stay consistent through the year and be the rock that his brother was for years.

 

Mac McClellan

Mac McClellan (Tenn) – Mac McClellan is my darkhorse for POTY. He already showed at Dave Baldwin that he will be able to carry Tennessee at times, shredding opponents’ defenses with break throws and almost always getting open for resets. I would look for McClellan to have a breakout year. Will he win POTY? maybe not, but I wouldn’t be surprised to see him in the conversation.

 

Honorable Mentions

Parker Bray (UGA) – Very important cutter for UGA, and one of the fastest/hardest working players in the section.

Phillip Dougherty (Tenn) – A solid rock for the Tennessee handling core. Great inside flick break.

Devin Rogers (GaTech) – Tall and useful. Devin has sharpened his fundamentals the last few years and will be a threat all over the field.

Tim Barczak (UTC) – Experienced and overlooked, Tim does a great job of moving the disc and being consistent for UTC.

Sam Kim (GSU) – If he ends up playing, Sam is one of the best throwers in the section. Quick and natural, Sam is an extremely tough guard.

Ishaan Dave (Emory) – After a season of club Ishaan is now a huge threat with the disc. Break throws and hucks galore, his most valuable asset may be taking care of the disc. Also super quick.

George Summers (UGA) – There’s something to be said about how important a really good puller is in the game of ultimate. UGA has the section’s best in Summers.

 

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Gulf Coast Power Rankings Presented by Spin Ultimate

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Wait… I mean.. the first Gulf Coast Power Rankings of the year!!!

After having maybe the most successful year to date last year, the Bama Section is starting the year off in prime position to stay the way we love it, mediocre. Is that our hope? Not at all. Will it happen? Probably. With the loss of a lot of big time names (Landry, Cousins, Draco, PDo, etc.) comes a year where anything could happen. The depth of the conference is by far the best it’s been, but is it too young this year to make any noise? Will anyone MAKE NATIONALS??? Will TWO teams make Nationals?????

If THREE teams make Natties I’ll get a mothafuckin Bama Secs tattoo…

Let’s get to those definitive rankings.

 

Who Even Are You?

MTSU

10-12. MTSU, South Alabama, Troy, any other team mentioned in the comments that people try to argue is a team.

We have no clue what to expect from these three programs this year. What numbers will they have? Will they compete against any of the teams above them? Will they even exist? Your answer is as good as mine at this point. If anyone has more info on these potential teams hit us up, we’d love to know if you guys are competing this year! Other than that, if any of these teams do put something together you can assume that they won’t be beating any of the top 7 or so teams… but could maybe pull an upset playing one of the next two on our list…

 

To Make Regionals, or Not To Make Regionals…

USM

9. USM

USM comes into the year returning a good amount of players, but still lacks the consistency of the other solid GC teams. Frodo and #GLEE4POTY have continued to get better as players individually, but haven’t seen much growth in their program as a whole. Numbers were scarce at times last year as the team struggled to find its groove. There were even times when this team imploded. It wasn’t pretty. I’m hoping to see this team have a good recruiting year and finally build USM back up into a program it once was… that weird ass zone team… RIP Chris Partin. Can they compete for a Regionals spot?

 

Ole Miss

8. Ole Miss

Talk about a tease… There have been years where this team looks like it’s in prime position to grow, get better, and compete with the better teams in this section. Then, you realize it’s just Ole Miss. Man, 6-8 years ago this team was sooo good. Now, they’re attempting to revitalize the program. Riddle and Amit have done a decent job of getting numbers back to the program, but can this team take the next step and threaten for a Regionals spot? I think they can. They return a good amount of players, and have already started talking shit on twitter. Gotta love that.

 

The Next Semis Team?

UAB

7. UAB

After a solid GCW, I almost put these guys 5th. Why didn’t I? The fall doesn’t mean a ton until CCC results (at least in the big picture. great for development though) and I have yet to witness a full squad UAB team beat a top team. Last year, led by returner Ethan Downs, this team had a ton of close games with quality opponents, but could never finish them off. Ethan and standout sophomore Jason Russell will look to change that this year. With the recruitment continuing to boom and Coach T-Bird guiding the way, this team is still on the up. Putting them 7th a couple years ago would’ve been bold. Putting them 7th now… I wouldn’t be surprised to see them compete for a semis spot. They’ll have to beat teams in the 4-8 range first, but I believe in Blazer Nation. Blaze On!!!

 

Vandy

6. Vandy

With maybe the biggest offseason pickup in Josh Feng (Emory), Vandy heads into this year looking to get back into the top 4. Feng will be a key handler replacement for long time center handler David Sun. With the loss of DSun and Paul, Vandy loses the core of its offense and some big time players. That being said, they have plenty of experience coming back, including super-quick cutter Danny On. Will Vandy easily plug in Feng? Will they have enough depth to challenge the top teams? This team will be a mystery until we see them full squad.

 

MSU

5. MSU

The team that we think has the best shot at breaking the top 4 trend is MSU. Losing Hickup will hurt, but they return almost everyone else that was a key player last year. JT Williams returns from a summer abroad, Tanner Robinson continues to get better after another club season, and with a handful of young contributors showing signs of improvement, this team will be threatening this year. The questions will be if JT has gotten any better (or worse) after traveling and being away from the game, and how does the depth of this team look this year? Other guys will need to step up as we’ve seen in this section before that it’s extremely tough for 1-3 guys to carry a team without a solid supporting cast.

 

Vulnerable

Bama

4. Bama

Good news: I still think this team has the ability to challenge for the section title. Bad News: almost half of the people in that team picture are gone. It’s going to be a long road for this year’s Bama team if they want to challenge for the trophy again this year, but with the leadership of Coach Bmoore and maybe the section’s best player in Nate Oaks, you can expect Bama to be good again. They will be extremely young, but that may not be a bad thing. They went X, Y, AND Z at GCW. That’s pretty wild for a GC team. Yet, if there’s one team that could slip out of the top 4 it’s going to be this one. Maybe they’ll surprise us again… because who doesn’t believe in THE PROCESS?

 

The Challengers

LSU

3. LSU

This is my wildcard GC champ if I had to pick one. LSU is returning almost everyone and still has one of the biggest playmakers (maybe in the country) in Tom Echols. You throw in Lutz, Gare Bear, Frog, Monk, Travis and crew, and this LSU team is as deep as it’s ever been. LSU always seems to peak towards the end of the spring, but I’ll be keeping an eye on their fall results and how they handle playing time. With so many key vets returning, will they still focus on development of younger players, or focus more on the success of THIS season? I expect a big season from these guys. GEAUX

 

Tulane

2. Tulane

When you lose two players as good as Greg Cousins and Patrick Dougherty, you usually need a rebuilding year. NOT this team. Tulane will miss those two studs, but they still return a plethora of quality returners: Jack Baba, David Mondschein, Chance Cochran, and Austin King to name a few. Throw those guys alongside two of the top players in the section in Evan Walter and Ben Lamport, and you have yourself a team ready to challenge for the section title, and maybe ANOTHER run at Nationals.

 

The Favorite

Auburn

1. Auburn

Depth. Tons of depth. I honestly couldn’t tell you who their “best” player is. They have a plethora of guys for each role and they all filled them extremely well last year. After only losing Ryan Landry and Keith Mize, this team still comes back stacked. Can they continue their upward trend and win the section for the second year in a row? Will they compete/make Nationals again? It’s not going to be an easy road. They may have only lost Ryan and Keith, but there’s something to say about senior leadership on AND OFF the field. Ryan had tools and intangibles that are going to be really hard to replace. Keith had the work ethic of an antelope running for its effing life. Can this young team (still mostly 2nd/3rd year players) recruit well and get another strong freshmen class? Will that class contribute? Will they even need to? Like we said about Bama for 5 straight years… These guys will be #1 until someone proves us wrong.

 

Time to prove us wrong.

 

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New Music Thursday

It’s that time of year again. Every team known to man is purchasing a new terrible, huge ass speaker to bring to the fields… and not only do you play it during warm ups, in between games, and post-game… you guys will proudly pump the shit out of an annoying song that your team worships (Southern Miss), while other teams simply brush it off and make fun of you behind your back. Part of me as a captain/coach agrees that you need to CALM DOWN… but the other half of me says DO YOU and DGAF.

This post we’ll pick out a few new songs that I believe every team should have on those awfully bias playlists (let’s be real there’s always that guy on your team who ends up picking and playing most of the team’s discography).

Let’s break these songs down by when you should be playing them

On the way to the fields

 

Cleating up

 

Warm up

 

Halftime

winning

losing

 

Post game

win

loss

 

De-cleating

Early Season Top 5

We’re currently working on the first Gulf Coast Power Rankings of the year, but while we do that we want to hear from you THE PEOPLE! Who will be the top 5 teams this year? Is anyone going to surprise us and make the jump into the mediocre-ly elite GC teams??? Will the top 4 ever change?

Tell us what you think.

 

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Dave Baldwin Preview

One of the first major warm up tourneys for SAPP CON teams is this weekend. Dave Baldwin in Knoxville will be hosting multiple teams in the section looking to start off the year in the right direction. Many bigger teams are going split squad at this tourney so it will be tough to REALLY get an idea of who the best full squad is, but it will definitely help us understand who’s recruiting well. Depth has been a key to the successful teams in this section in years past. Who will show that depth this weekend?

To the schedule!

Dave Baldwin

POOL A

Your first though has to be, why the heck is a Vandy split squad above a UTC FULL SQUAD?? But I’ll go ahead and assume that the seeding at this tournament as a whole is weird due to the attempt to have a variety of match-ups and whatnot. It’s going to be interesting to see how deep some of these split squads are, but especially Vandy. They’ve lost a solid crew from last year, but still have young talent in players like Danny, Martin, and senior transfer Josh Feng (Emory). If I was a betting man I’d take UTC to take this pool(especially if Paul lally and Keith Mize decide to show up), but you can’t count out an alumni team… ever… Alumni teams seem to always show up and win without trying. This pool is extremely top 3 heavy though. Unless Tennessee Tech or Clemson B have become a whole lot better in the last few seasons, this pool is up for grabs between the top 3.

Prediciton

  1. UTC
  2. Tennessee Alum
  3. Vandy X
  4. Tenn Tech
  5. Clemson B

 

POOL B

Pool B should be fun to watch. Tennessee lost a few of its heavy-hitter players from last year so I’m curious to see them split-squad as well. Will they have the playmakers to win this pool? Also, what kind of numbers will the three split squads have? Emory and Vandy seem to be in good position to have a solid full squad this year, but have yet to prove good depth as programs. Rumor has it that Martin and Feng are on this Vandy split squad, so I’ll take them to win the pool. Also, look out for some of the young guns from Emory. They’ve had some good development over the last year and could surprise some people this weekend. And I wouldn’t be surprised to see Belmont and Johnson give one of these top 3 some good games. Being full squad has its advantages (especially if that means greater numbers)

Prediction

  1. Vandy Y
  2. Emory X
  3. Tennessee X
  4. Belmont
  5. Johnson

 

POOL C

Maybe the deepest and most exciting pool at this tourney, Pool C will be a blood bath. There are NO easy games in this pool, and anyone could win it. ETSU might have the least amount of program consistency and skill, but you never know if they could have a breakout year. Voodoo (not Seattle everyone calm down) has always been a solid club team, but this squad is easily the biggest question mark this weekend. Who the heck will be playing for them? Don’t almost all of their players play on/played for UT? If so, who will be playing for the alum instead of Voodoo? SOMEONE ANSWER ME. Anyways, if Voodoo is short on numbers and contributors, I can’t imagine them winning the pool. With Clemson going A/B, you have to think that their A-team will be a favorite to win it all. This is a tough situation for an A-team though… when playing split squads from other colleges, how do you grade success? It’s almost a lose-lose unless you beat these X/Y teams handily. Emory X and Tennessee X will have nothing to lose in this pool and I imagine will be playing pretty loose. Get ready for some weird results from this pool.

Prediction

  1. Tennessee Y
  2. Clemson A
  3. Emory Y
  4. Voodoo
  5. ETSU

 

COLLEGE SEASON IS HERE!!!

SAPP CON Women’s Preseason Power Rankings

Written by Emory Women’s coach Keith Raynor
Interesting times in the SAPP Con. The national success of the top-heavy Florida Conference coupled with the emerging depth of the Gulf Coast Conference has the SAPP Con fighting to hold on to its spot in the pecking order and precious bids to Regionals. The region expanded to a 12 team Regionals, which likely ensures at least 3 bids, but many teams want a 4th.
There’s tension all along the rankings. Which of the bottom squads will have enough success to move up? Can KSU overtake Emory for the last spot to Regionals? Can GT finally get past Georgia and win the Conference?
Enough questions! Onto wild assumptions about what will go down 7 months from now.
 
Georgia Southern Women
10. Berry
 
Berry appears to be headed to at least one fall tournament. If they do come together through the whole season, they’ll be without disc-dominating Olivia Donnally. Perhaps that fresh slate will give them a boost, but a lack of experience and organization is likely to hinder their performance.
 
Berry College Women
9. Georgia Southern
Not too dissimilar from Berry, Southern has more been focused on retention and consistency numbers than performance. Their propensity for the deep game usually makes them a danger to upset teams slightly better than them.
UTC Women
8. UTC
 
There’s a long history of this squad coming and going, and good players have cleated up for them. They didn’t last to the Series last year, but when they have enough players to play, have enough athletes to be competitive.
 
GCSU Women
7. Georgia College
 
GCSU has enough organization to get above the newer teams in the section, but haven’t had the chance to develop the type of studs they’ve had in past years. While Lynx Rufus seems to be getting deeper, the conference’s premier fun-loving squad will miss Katie Pulliam’s deep shots.
 
UT Women
6. Tennessee
 
What BOS has lacked in consistency, they’ve made up for in excitement. It’ll take a lot to make up for losing Elodie Kruk and Shannon McGee, who made up a lot of their offensive firepower. But they’ve had an athletic team for years with good size to boot, and will likely find someone who can rip forehands to those receivers.
 
GSU Women
5. Georgia State
 
GSU came on late in the season with the additions of Anraya Palmer (Outbreak) and Katie Franchot (ATL Bucket), but it could be tough to adjust back to playing without them and Irene Tsinajinnie. Kallie Monroe and Rhagan Williams will shoulder heavy loads. They’ll need to recruit hard to hold onto their spot, not lacking for talent but desperately needing legs.
 
Kennesaw Women
4. Kennesaw State
Don’t look now, but KSU is clamoring for their first trip to Regionals. Anchored by super speedster Rachel Mez (Outbreak), the athletic high riser Samantha Daugherty (Outbreak), and handler Grace Clough, KSU has been growing in numbers, fundamental base, and commitment season after season. They’ll benefit from freshman Katie Endicott’s experience, too.
While they have a legitimate shot at leapfrogging a rebuilding Emory team, KSU’s best bet for Regionals is still to nail down a 4th bid, slightly easier if the Southeast maintains its size and keeps 12 spots at Regionals. But that means regular season success where the team hasn’t had it before, and at sanctioned events. Keep an eye on Strix.
Emory Women

3. Emory

Its a new era in Luna ultimate, with a core group of longtime contributors moving on. Losing Caroline Pearson, Phebe Kemmer, and Zina Stavitsky among a class of 10 departures would be tough for any team. It is easy to project a step backward for Emory as they close in ranks to focus on development.
There’s some embers still glowing in the ashes, though. Rachel Thurston (Outbreak) is a known weapon, and the roster contains five players named to the All-Freshmen team over the past few seasons. Coupled with a few experienced rookies – Anna Glass (Paideia) and Camille Santiago (HB Woodlawn) – Emory’s new young team has potential, but a long road ahead.

Georgia Tech Women

2. Georgia Tech
Wreck has been coming on for a number of years, having built a pretty consistent program trying to fight its way into the Southeast’s upper crust. Cate Woodhurst (Ozone), Donnya Ajdari, and some others have departed, but Taylor Hartman (Outbreak), Ashley Brown (Outbreak), and (unfortunately oft-injured) Julia Ting make for a formidable top end. They’ve got some strong rookies & acquisitions and players on the up like Bridget Nabb and Megan Yang (Outbreak).
Despite a surprising 3rd place finish at CCC’s last year, GT is a very real threat to finally knock off Georgia. Their a stout defensive team, and if Ting stays healthy to give them another thrower, are capable of competing with the best teams in the Southeast.
UGA Women
1. Georgia
 
Another year with a lot of turnover for Georgia will have people wondering if they can continue the streak of SAPP Con titles. No Leathers, Siedor, Merrill, Jennings, Pixler, Farrell…it is a lot to take in. Erin Chun (Ozone practice player) might not be Hannah Leathers, but she’s still probably the best defender in the Conference and arguably the entire Southeast. Gracie White (Outbreak) has the tools to grow into a productive offensive threat.
The X factor? Caroline Marsh (ATL Bucket, Alabama) is doing her 5th year at Georgia. She hasn’t yet committed to playing, at last report, but would be a huge pickup for a team in need of a play-maker.
We’ve heard this song before, however. Georgia has more than proven they are a program. Newcomers Sally Cummings (CATLanta) and Madison Smith (CATLanta) will get the chance to make an impact right away. Until proven otherwise, UGA has to remain the favorite for a 6th straight conference championship.

SAPP CON Preseason Power Rankings

With the first tournaments of the 2015 college season upon us, it’s time to throw out the first ever SAPP CON preseason power rankings. After what some would consider a down year for the conference, especially at regionals (minus them dawgs), 2015 brings a new opportunity for the SAPP to prove itself as one of the deepest and more competitive conferences in the nation.

Where does your team fall in this week’s power rankings?

Let’s get to it!

 

GGC

9. Georgia Gwinnett

Captains: Zach Hart, Patrick Wortman, Ben Llena, and Matt Roon

Departures: Sam Lannon (Colorado), Bobby Ikebudu (UGA), Nick Risley, JJ Rafferty (GTech), Zach Foster, Andrew Johnson (Georgia State)

Key returners: Walter Derby, Patrick Wortman (Loveshack), Zach Hart (Murmur), Jarrod Sinnock (Loveshack)

Incoming freshmen standouts: Noah Morris (Parkview HS)

As much as I want to put GGC higher after last year’s progression, this year they’ll be losing multiple players who helped them get to that level. Last year GGC was able to upset Georgia State at sectionals, a big step for the program. Not only did they win a game at sectionals, but they scored 6 or more on a couple other solid teams, as well as taking a worn-down Emory to universe point in their final game. I’m interested to see if GGC can keep games with solid teams close this year, and maybe even pull some more upsets.

 

Georgia State Sam

8. Georgia State

Captains: David Kandler, Sam Kim

Departures: Brett Nelson, Alex Waxmen, Trenton Spinks (Chain), Jack Baker (Leaving for a year abroad), Kenta Kawaguchi (SoHo/transferred to Georgia Tech), Grant Kirby (Coach)

Key returners: Sam Kim (SoHo), Felix Jaffin, David Kandler, Jonathan Bo-o

Incoming freshmen standouts: A few Brookwood kids

Georgia State had one of the best duos in the section lat year in Sam Kim and Trenton Spinks, but with Spinks leaving and Sam currently out of the country (not sure when/if he’s returning to GSU) the boys of the Underground will look a lot different this year. The question is who is going to step up? Not only are they losing the duo they relied on offensively last year, but with the transfer of defensive stud Kenta Kawaguchi to Georgia Tech and their Coach Grant Kirby moving to Auburn, they’ll be looking for new stars to emerge all year.

 

Georgia Southern 7

7. Georgia Southern

Captains: Neal Hollis, Blaine Brown

Departures: CJ Clarke (9 Hammer), Zaki Durry (Bullet), Carver Westendorff (Pluff Mud), Andrew Robertson

Key returners: Neal Hollis, Blaine Brown, Thomas Sowell, Thomas Rink

Incoming freshmen standouts: unknown

After missing out on regionals by one spot last year, Southern will be easily motivated to not let that happen again. Southern seemed to be a very up and down team last year. They started the season hot at Battle of Boro, but by sectionals found themselves on the wrong end of a game-to-go vs Georgia State losing 12-9. With big playmakers like CJ Clarke and Zaki Durry leaving, Southern is in a similar position as State… who will be the next guys to step up? With some solid recruiting (currently unknown), this team could easily move up the rankings throughout the year with an army of younger players coming back.

 

Kennesaw seniors

6. Kennesaw State

Captains: JP Burns, Roland Cherry

Departures: Sun Choi (Chain), Jacob Ussery (Bullet), JJ Workman, Matt Caldwell

Key returners: JP Burns (Chain), Charles Loudermilk (9 Hammer)

Incoming freshmen standouts: Brandon Li (Brookwood/ATLiens)

With one of the most athletically deep teams in the section, Kennesaw would end up only one point from the championship game last year losing to Georgia Tech 15-14, but eventually finished 4th. This year may look a lot different for this team. Losing the disc skills of Sun Choi and Jacob Ussery will hurt this team a lot. I wouldn’t be surprised to see some new faces behind the disc early in the season for developmental purposes. They do however bring back two of the more explosive players in the section, captain JP Burns and Charles Loudermilk. Will this year be a rebuilding year? Will Brandon Li and other freshmen be able to jump right in and successful help carry the team? We’ll see. Until they prove they can live with Sun and company, they’ll be lower in the power rankings.

 

Emory Team

5. Emory

Captains: Ishaan Dave, Caleb Parsons, Gideon Weiss

Departures: Christian Olsen (Chain), Will Godwin

Key returners: Anders Olsen (Chain), Ishaan Dave (9 Hammer)

Incoming freshmen standouts: Daniel Sperling (ATLiens/Paideia), Mike Bartell (Seattle YCC), Everett Dang (Carolina YCC)

Emory was maybe the most inconsistent team in the section last year. Here’s a stat for you: Last year Emory beat Georgia, but lost to Georgia-B in the same season. Yep that’s real… The biggest question mark for this team will be how it’s able to handle the departure of Chain stud Christian Olsen, maybe the most valuable player in the section last year. With an extremely young group of vets coming back and three big YCC pick ups, Emory will need its youth to play well right away. IF they’re able to focus more on development and playing together as a whole unit (rather than relying on stars), Emory will be one of the more dangerous teams in the section not only this year, but for the next few years. You can expect some early bumps in the road though.

 

Tennessee Team

4. Tennessee

Captains: Taylor Beckett, Tommy Cianciolo

Departures: Paul Lally (NME), Mitchell Shope, John Carden (NME), Jacob Lambert

Key returners: Phillip Dougherty, Mac McClellan, Grant Given, Luke Hudgin

Incoming freshmen standouts: unknown

Tennessee had a solid year last year, especially for a team with not a lot of depth. They could never quite get over the hump last year of being a real threat to the section title. After getting upset by Georgia State at sectionals, Tennessee could never quite fight back to get into that championship contention. So who’s going to step up this year? Having relied on Paul Lally for a lot of their offense, it’s going to be interesting to see how this team moves forward. Not only Lally, but losing Shope, Carden AND Lambert will hurt this team’s already spotty depth. Yet, I can’t drop them lower than 4 because they always seem to do a good job of getting better throughout the year and becoming a dangerous/competitive team come spring.

 

Chase Hammond

3. UTC

Captains: Zack Avello, Cody Havens

Departures: Blake Waldron (Freaks), Chris Newsom (Freaks)

Key returners: Tim Barczack (Nooga), Zack Avello (Bullet), Cody Havens (Nooga), Foster Foy, Chase Hammond

Incoming freshmen standouts: unknown

UTC was a part of easily the biggest off-season move in SAPP CON this summer when word was released that Paul Lally (formerly of Tenn/NME) is now attending UTC for grad school. Lally is expected to play his fifth and final year there this season. Another potential big move could be Keith Mize (Auburn) playing his fifth year as well. Depending on his schedule though, Mize would add some great cutter depth to this already young and energetic team. Losing two of your most important handlers is never easy to replace. Waldron and Newsom ran the team at times last year and will be tough to replace. Adding Lally will be huge… plus throw in returners like Tim Barczack and defensive stud Chase Hammond this team is really set to make a push this year for the section final.

 

Burkot

2. Georgia Tech

Captains: Stephen Burkot, Devon Rogers, Nick Ryan

Departures: Nathan White (Revolver), David Egbert, Richard Bragg, Tyler Steindorf, Wesley Howell

Key returners: Stephen Burkot (Mixed U23 Australia), Devon Rogers, Nick Ryan, Patrick Panuski, John Dugan

Incoming freshmen standouts: Brookwood stars Jeffrey Monowa, Micah Jo, Chidike Iromuanya and some other Lakeside talent

Good news: Tech is bringing back a lot of talent. Bad news: none of that talent is named Nathan White. Talk about a one-hit wonder. White at times carried Tech to being a very competitive team, not only at sectionals but even on the regional level. With White’s departure though comes an opportunity for Tech to value team play and not rely so much on one guy to do it all. With the return of Stephen Burkot and Devon Rogers, Tech is in great position to challenge for the top spot in the section once again. With the addition of nearby high school talent and Kenta Kawaguchi (GSU/SoHo), this team will have the depth. Will they have guys ready to make the big plays when needed?

 

Jojah Team

1. Georgia

Captains: George Summers, Sebi Di Francesco, Parker Bray

Departures: Elliot Erickson (Chain), Tyler Haskell, Mike Peters, Shawn Paul

Key returners: Sam Little (Chain), Parker Bray (Chain), Sebi Di Francesco, Nathan Haskell

Incoming freshmen standouts: YCC kids aplenty

Until any other team even gets close to making nationals, Jojah will be right here…waiting for their next challenger. They’ve won 4 out of the last 5 section titles, losing their only one to Nick Lance (usable excuse). Last year Jojah once again showed their dominance in the section, but not without some slip-ups along the way. With the HUGE losses of Erickson, older Haskell, Peters, and Paul, Jojah is one of the younger teams in the section/region. With that being said, their youth is sick at ultimate. It’ll be interesting to see how Nathan Haskell and Sebi play after their club season off, but you can count on Sam Little, Parker Bray, and George Summers being consistent enough in their play for this team to be good right away.

 

Is anyone going to challenge the Dawgs this year?

Will any of the bottom half of section give us a surprise?

We’ll see. The season is upon us, and THAT IS AWESOME. Some major fall tourneys on the horizon, which means more adjusted power rankings, tourney previews, and articles to come.

Now everyone go argue why I’m wrong and you’re right in the comments. ALSO, if you have anymore info on your team you’d like for me to know about, hit up the comment section and I’ll add it (if I like it)

SAPP CON is here

Welcome all! For those of you who are new to this… this is Bama Secs, a controversial site that covers the sport of ultimate. That’s about as nice of definition as I’ve got for now so let’s move on.

 

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This section, SAPP CON, will be your go-to place for news, info, and opinionated articles dealing with the Southern Appalachian College ultimate scene and all of its glory (or lack thereof). Prepare your mind, body, and soul for what will likely be a disappointing year in the SAPP CON due to many of the conferences best players leaving after last season. But hey, that gives us PLENTY to talk about.

We’ll be putting out some early-season team previews during the next few weeks along with some early season fall tourney posts (predictions, expectations, ridiculousness). So let’s have some fun.

 

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College Nationals Pools: HOT TAKE

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First off, you’re welcome America for us getting USAU’s attention and having them post the pools only a few hours after we had tweeted about it. One day you guys will understand the huge amount of influence we have on the world’s ultimate scene. ONE DAY.

College Natties 2015

College Natties pools are out and here’s the VERY FIRST THOUGHT I had when looking at each pool:

Pool Alpha: Pitt, UGA, Wisco, Texas, Auburn

I can tell you that the top 4 teams in this pool are not pumped to have Auburn as their 5-seed. I mean good gosh, they’ve beaten two of those teams (Wisco, Texas) and have played Pitt and UGA in 1 point games. This is easily the second strongest pool overall… especially talking 1 to 5.

 

Pool Beta: A&M, UCF, Minnesota, West. Wash, Cinci

Welcome to at least the prequarters A&M and UCF. Have fun playing one tough pool play game… against each other. Now that third spot is very much up for grabs. Minnesota is playing hot at the right time, and I’m sure they’ll LOVE to play Cinci after the Huck Finn debacle. Western Washington is sneaky, could pull off a win or two and find their way into the prequarters with one slip up by a better team.

 

Pool Charlie: UNC, FSU, Maryland, Oregon, Illinois

Welcome to College Natties Illinois! Have fun!…

And poor Maryland 🙁

The real question is who wins this pool between the other three?

 

Pool Delta: UNCW, Colorado, UMASS, UCSB, Cornell

UNCW shouldn’t have any issues winning this pool, leaving Colorado and UMASS to snag those prequarter spots. UCSB and Cornell had a good season. But let’s be real… Cornell plays in the Metro Least, and UCSB won’t have an answer for Colorado’s depth and a dude named Jeffrey Babbit.

 

PREDICTIONS (for now)

Pool A

1) Pitt

2) Wisconsin

3) UGA

4) Auburn

5) Texas

 

Pool B

1) A&M

2) UCF

3) Minnesota

4) Western Washington

5) Cincinnati

 

Pool C

1) FSU

2) UNC

3) Oregon

4) Maryland

5) Illinois

 

Pool D

1) UNCW

2) Colorado

3) UMASS

4) UCSB

5) Cornell

Pitt or The Field?

Back in March we witnessed the downfall of one of college basketball’s most talented teams, the Kentucky Wildcats. Before the NCAA Tournament, many we’re throwing out the question “Kentucky or the field?” and many even putting hundreds, if not thousands of dollars down on UK to take it all. You know how that turned out…

In college ultimate this year we’ve seen more parity than ever before, especially in the top 30 or so. But at the top stands a very clear favorite- Pitt. After losing a devastating semi 17-16 at Carolina Kickoff in January to well-known rival UNC, what Pitt has done since has been nothing but special. They’ve gone 32-0 with an average winning margin of over 6 points per game, outscoring their opponents 447 – 248 in those games. Not only is that impressive from a numbers standpoint, but most of those games were against Nationals’ level teams. After losing in a quarterfinal to UNCW at last year’s Nationals, shocking the entire ultimate community, these guys have been on a mission all year. Have fun picking against them.

So we ask…

Who will win College Nationals?

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