Tuesday, March 25, 2008

Worlds Tryouts - Atlanta

Word on the street is that Ollie Honderd played just as well as his Michigan teammates at Centex. Who else impressed? Who looks like a lock to make the team, and who would you pick? 40 players attended tryouts - some unheralded players seemed to make a splash, like Nick from Florida, while other players didn't quite seem to belong. Let's hear all of this weekend's Worlds chatter.

59 comments:

Anonymous said...

What was the weather like? Was it windy, forcing alot of zone and bad throws, or pretty nice? Who were peoples top 10

Anonymous said...

Ollie, Awesome
Russell, Awesome
Nick, Awesome
Issac, Awesome
Josh, Awesome
Alex Thorn, Awesome
Topher, Awesome

Great time over all!

Anonymous said...

Jeremy Norden and Milo Snyder looked mighty solid, also. Milo was super quick and benefited some, perhaps, by not running the mile saturday (cramps), so had some punch in his legs sunday others may have lacked. Still, he's real tough to guard.

Andrew Lunetta looked pretty good, as did Jonah Herscue and Sam K-S.

Anonymous said...

top 10 anyone?

Anonymous said...

Healthy bit of wind, particularly on Saturday. Sunday started out calmer, but the wind picked up considerably throughout the afternoon, making for a good test for the players - both boys and girls fields were oriented facing the same direction.

Anonymous said...

is it true Lunetta has not played much since the end of high school, if he could do that and still look good, imagine what could lie ahead as he gets back into game shape

Anonymous said...

what would people's teams look like? (assuming 20 spots)

Anonymous said...

Was most of the talent in college? Cuz alot of the names being thrown out seem to be college players. How was the high school talent?

Anonymous said...

I guess only people who were at both tryouts could answer this, right?

Anonymous said...

10:13 referred to 9:42

Piels said...

Andrew Lunetta is taking a year off doing City Year in Cleveland. He picked up with Jawbone in the fall playing at chicago heavyweights and club sectionals, has practiced/played some with case western college, and played some indoor leagues. So yes, he's played...but not much at all, and all with not good teams

Tom Bassett
Needham Ultimate Alum

Anonymous said...

Whoa there. With all due respect...

Jawbone and Case Western Reserve are both very respectable teams.

As someone that plays for both of them (and also a Seattle tryout), I cant let someone say that that they are not good teams. (you would defend your team as well)

Indoor League is also not for chumps in Cleveland.

Andrew might not have been playing on elite club/college teams this year, but he puts constant effort, time, and dedication into all aspects of his game that more than makeup for any shortcomings that may arise from such "limitations" (A good player should be a good player no matter where he plays.)I have a lot of respect for him as a player, and I think he has the same respect for the teams he's played on while he's been in Cleveland.

Q

Shaker Heights HS Ultimate Alum
Case Western Reserve
Jawbone

Anonymous said...

ollie
rus
cincotta?
colin connor
nick
jeremy nordon
sam ks
milo
Tommy Li ( I cannot believe nobody has said him yet...)
The herscu brothers did real great as well

Anonymous said...

Tommy Li is god!

Anonymous said...

how did the Paideia kids do? the Terry brothers?

Anonymous said...

I had a hard time picking a universe point line because everybody there was straight up awesome at ultimate. In general, the college freshmen were making a bigger difference on the field than the high schoolers, but my lasting impression was just how solid everybody there was.

I was also very impressed by the high level of spirit and sportsmanship displayed by all present. It was more like an intense team practice than a competitive tryout. Everybody was cheering on everybody else, even though we were all competing for a spot.

All in all, a great weekend.

Anonymous said...

anyone notice how the beacon kids played? I think there were 2 there- lorenzo and brandon.

Anonymous said...

when do the kids find out if they have made the team?

Anonymous said...

Top 4 highschool West Coast

Jacob Janin, Matt Rehder, Julian C-W, Jimmy Hooper,

East:

Topher
Alex Thorne
and i dont know two others

Anonymous said...

good high schoolers on the east coast in no particular order:
isaac saul
josh cincotta
john terry
alex thorne
jonah herscue
nick stuart
tommy li

. . . I might be missing one or two

The Pulse said...

Players should find out on March 31st.

Anonymous said...

I'm gonna say Tommy Li and Jonah Herscue were the two best high school players on the East coast at the tryout. Jonah is a sophomore which is just ridic.

Anonymous said...

jonah is tight. significantly better than his older brother.

Anonymous said...

jonah is the older brother...you must be talking about misha. jonah looked good on O, but didnt stand out on D

Anonymous said...

Any big plays on the weekend? Sick D's, Nice Sky's?

Anonymous said...

actually Jonah is the younger brother. doesnt seem like it, but really.

Anonymous said...

One name is only garunteed: Rusty "Hit em in the" Brown

Moby Flick baby

Anonymous said...

Is there any feedback about the girls that tried out?

Tommy said...

I agree with many of the previous lists, but there were other unmentioned players that I thought played real good ultimate over the weekend. Tim Morrisey played very well this weekend. Josh Cincotta definitely impressed me with his athleticism, as well as Seth Collins.

As for the Beacon kids, unfortunately I did not see Lorenzo nor Brendon Beiler at the tryout. I didn't see them on the roster either. That would be hilarious to see Bueno at the tryouts though!

I totally agree with the previous comment in that it felt like an intense practice rather than a tryout- the positivity and energy was overwhelming and it brought everyone to a level where we were having tons of fun and also playing intense ultimate. It was the most fun I've had playing ultimate ever, and I would gladly do it again. I feel whichever team is going to Vancouver is going to win not only on the field but overwhelmingly on the sideline as well.

Anonymous said...

The standout highschool kids were tommy and josh...thats really it. The college kids were far better, ollie and jeremy (on it in 06') milo, sam and russell, were real good.

Anonymous said...

Thorn knows his shit

Anonymous said...

is there a list of all those accepted to try outs online somewhere?

Anonymous said...

youthultimate.com had one up, but i heard that the upa threatened them to get them to take it down...the upa still hasn't released anything--go figure...

Anonymous said...

uhh personally i think the upa is totally cool.

John and Michael Terry said...

We did post a version of the lists on our website. However, the UPA asked us to take it down since they were not a complete lists. We took them down at the UPA's request.

John and Michael Terry
YouthUltimate.com

Anonymous said...

How did you guys obtain the list?

The Pulse said...

Any of the tryouts can get a list of the people at their tryout by going to the UPA rostering section of the website and checking out which teams they're rostered to. Worlds tryouts count as a "team" and you can see a list of your "teammates."

Personally, I think that journalists owe more to their readers than to the UPA, and posting a disclaimer that the lists weren't complete would have been a better compromise. That, or the UPA posting a list.

Anonymous said...

I don't think the Terry's have been mentioned enough. John had a great tryout. I remember him getting a big layout D, thinking that he would get no where near the disc. He also had a few great skies; again being very surprised that he got the disc. Other than that, he played very fundamentally and I didn't see hardly any mistakes.

Michael was coming off a three week injury so naturally his tryout was worse. However, I saw him make some nice grabs. Healthy, he's the type of big man/defender that could match up well against Nick from Fla. or Sam K-S.

I'm just saying don't be shocked or upset if either of them make the team.

Josh said...

I was lucky enough to be around for the entire weekend and all I have to say is.... wow.

The energy, skill, intensity, spirit, and spectacularly high level of play were all massively impressive.

As I do when I'm not coaching I took lots of pictures of the weekend. They are all online in the acultimate.com gallery.

Anonymous said...

Nick, Josh, Alex, Tommy, Tim High School Ballers!

Anonymous said...

The college kids did look good.
Ollie was super solid as always, and playing with Michigan has been beneficial.
Russell was probably had the best tryouts.
Sam K-S was good, but he was also sick the week before the tryout, and wasn't playing his best.
Andrew had sweet throws, but not playing except for Jawbone showed.
Milo I hadn't seen before, and he was really fast, no one could stay with him.
Yep those were my observations.

Anonymous said...

I'm still surprised no one has mentioned Tim Morrissy from CHS. Fundamentals my boys, fundamentals.

Ollie is a baller.

Anonymous said...

can we get a topic on Easterns + Westerns accepted teams? competition for Easterns seems weak this year...

Anonymous said...

youthultimate.com has everything posted for ycc, easterns, and westerns...

Anonymous said...

Anybody know Nick's (Fla) last name or what school he goes to?

Anonymous said...

nick stuart
eastside highschool

ben h. said...

high school ultimate is really lacking in florida, it appears. let's fix that.

Anonymous said...

woo ultimate. savage.

Anonymous said...

how did the other columbia guys look?

Anonymous said...

decisions concerning the boys are postponed. it should be a couple of days according to Meredith.

Alex Peters said...

The girls list is out.

Elizabeth Arakaki 19 The Northwest School Carleton College
Erica Baken 18 Hopkins High School
Elizabeth Clark 17 Fox Chapel Area High School
Kimber Coles 18 Churchill High School
Sophie Darch 17 The Paideia School
Emily Depalma 18 Cretin-Derham Hall
Margaret Fisher 18 Lakeside School Emory University
Geoa Geer 19 Lexington High School University of Pittsburgh
Taylor Kanemori 17 University Prep High School
Alisha Kramer 18 The Paideia School
Emelie Mckain 19 Andover High School University of Wisconsin - Madison
Elise Rasmussen 18 Hopkins High School
Anna Reed 17 The Northwest School
Sara Scott 17 Lakeside School
Paula Seville 19 The Paideia School
Lane Siedor 16 The Paideia School
Amber Sinicrope 19 Amherst Regional High School Mount Holyoke College
Anna Snyder 19 The Northwest School Carleton College
Julia Snyder 16 The Northwest School
Claudia Tajima 17 Amherst Regional High School
Bailey Zahniser 18 Seattle Academy of Arts &
Sciences
ALTERNATES
First Name Last Name Age High School College (if applicable)
Allyson Lutz 17 University School of Nashville
Carly Maconaghy 18 Central Bucks High School East Penn State University
Avery Reed 19 The Northwest School Rhode Island School of Design
Rachael Westgate 17 Andover High School
Christine Wilson 17 Churchill High School

Anonymous said...

http://youthultimate.com/index.php?option=com_content&task=view&id=55&Itemid=1

Anonymous said...

Elizabeth Arakaki 19 - went to nathan hale highschool not NW.

Matt Hill said...

Australian U/19 Team has been announced:

http://www.afda.com/trashtalk/showarticle.php?articleid=524

Anonymous said...

teams announced no later than tomorrow, according to meredith.

Anonymous said...

YouthUltimate.com has the rosters up!

Anonymous said...

What terrible picks. How could the UPA not pick Jimmy Hooper, Matt R, and Allan L. It seems that the the UPA had an east coast bias even though at YCC seattle tossed everyone. Matt R is the best high school player in the nation period!.

Anonymous said...

Anonymous 12:17 I couldn't agree more the UPA made terrible choices for the open team. I would have expected better. But I guess you can't from an organization that didn't pick nate.

Anonymous said...

Anonymous 3:33 Two words --

Whatever, Dude.