Ramsey Towell, senior computer science major from Abilene, woke with a start early Saturday morning, dripping in a cold sweat. He’d never experienced a nightmare like this before – the annual intramural Ultimate Frisbee tournament had been canceled.
Back to reality, he sighed in relief and tried to slow his rapid breathing. He calmly rested the remainder of the night, assured that the tournament would proceed as planned. There would be no more nightmares on this night for the captain of Dream Team Frisbee.
With no champs league flag football games taking place over the past week, the Ultimate Frisbee tournament took center stage in the intramural world.
Of the six teams competing in the coed tournament, five were from social clubs, or combinations of social clubs. I use the term “competing” loosely though, as the lone non-social club team, the Dream Team, could have won the tournament with each member blindfolded and one hand tied behind their backs.
“It felt good to beat all the club teams,” Towell said. “I’m usually only used to beating clubs in Sing Song, but it’s nice to be able to establish dominance out on the field as well.”
Through the first two matches of the evening, Dream Team was 2-0 and had outscored its opponents, Sub-T 16 and Siggies-GSP, 25-5.
As captain, Towell managed the team and rewarded players who performed well with stickers that read, “Good Job!” or “You’re a Star!”
Despite their early season struggles, a couple of players on Dream Team Frisbee stood out to Towell for raising their games to the next level when it mattered most.
“Cameron ‘Booby Miles’ Cox had a stellar performance,” Towell said. “His preseason games weren’t anything to brag about, but he really showed everyone at the tournament why he was Dream Team Frisbee.”
Aric Tate, not known for his catching ability, Towell said, also came through in the clutch in The Dream Team’s third game, a 12-2 victory over Kojie-Moonie.
“He moshed two of the Moonies and scored a clutch goal,” Towell said.
Despite the lopsided score, Towell appreciated the effort put forth by both teams and knows the outcome could have been different.
“(I’d like to give a) special shout-out to Coco and the rest of (Galaxy) for showing up and doing their best against us,” Towell said. “It was a close and hard-fought battle, but in the end, the better team came out on top with a close 12-2 victory.”
Someone will have to inform Towell that 12 and two are not remotely close to each other.
Now in the final, and Towell’s nightmare of the previous night now nothing more than a long-lost memory, Dream Team Frisbee refueled for the championship game. Cookies and orange slices (not brought by the women of Zeta Rho, unfortunately) were the snack of choice.
Siggies-GSP stormed its way through the rest of the draw and into the final for a chance to make amends for its earlier loss to Dream Team Frisbee.
In what would end up being Dream Team Frisbee’s closest match of the day, Towell and his teammates walked away with a 10-5 victory and a championship to their names.
Towell never faced off against his own club team, Trojans.
He credits his practice during the weeks leading up to the tournament for pushing himself and his team over the top.
“I occasionally played whenever the weather permitted,” Towell said. “And I had all my homework done, of course.”