T-Town Throwdown XI Team List

Team List for T-Town Throwdown XI as of 1/19/2015

Alabama
Davidson College
Emory 
Georgia Southern
Georgia State
Indiana
Indiana Wesleyan
Kentucky
Kennesaw State
LSU
Mississippi State
Ohio State
Ole Miss
Spring Hill College
Tennessee
University of Alabama-Birmingham
University of Alabama-Huntsville
University of Tennessee-Chattanooga
Vanderbilt

2014-2015 A Team

Congratulations to the following players who will be competing for Alabama this year!

Andrew Wick
Austin Taylor (Captain)
Cameron Elmore
Chase Maze
Chris Fort
Clay Tylka
Craig Lenoir
Daniel Conner
Denis O’Sullivan
Henry Mccabe
Jacob Baxter
James Poe
Jeremiah McLeroy
Joshua Campbell
Kevin Allen
Liam Holthaus
Matt Mccay
Matthew Bryant
Matthew Johnson (Captain)
Matthew Pettepher
Michael Fort
Michael Gryder
Michael Kirkpatrick
Nate Oaks
Nathan Mulder
Payton Garlington
Preston Thompson
Taylor Garlington
Terren Moore
Turner McCabe

Coaches:
Brian Moore
David Neder

Join us!

Are you an incoming freshman?  Played sports in high school?  Looking for a way to stay fit with a great group of guys?  Bama Ultimate is the team for you!

We’ve won our section (SEC West) 5 years in a row.  We get to travel all over the southeast, from Virginia to Louisiana, and beyond.  And we know the Muffin Man.  He’s cool. 

So join us, and you’ll get to see one of the ugliest mustaches in the country.  Fill out our interest form and we’ll be in touch!

https://docs.google.com/a/crimson.ua.edu/forms/d/1ngGLbJuI1-HuAaQjXnQRw7IMqzrmmHyPAvZ91KWI4OM/viewform

Champions.

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That was awesome.

We started the season going 2-6 at CCC and 2-5 at Ttown Throwdown.  The car rides home weren’t happy.  We were yelling at each other.  Our rookies were raw.  We couldn’t find an identity on either side of the disc.

The whole time, our coaches were telling us to keep pushing.  To run on our off days.  To throw between classes.  To crush those weekly sprint practices.  To show up to practice, even when the wind chill was -40 and we had 8 tests each the next morning. 

We bought in.

Slowly but surely, we improved.  As the weather improved, so did our tournament results.  We won Mardi Gras.  Made semis at Tally.  Won our pool at Terminus.  We came together as a team.  We started running on weekends, taking care of our bodies, and giving everything at practice.  The day before sectionals, we had 20 people throwing on the quad for two hours. 

Sometimes, effort trumps talent.  Most of our team had never touched a disc before starting with us.  We didn’t win by having superstars, we won by giving more sweat, blood, and tears than everyone else. 

Running sprint workouts in the parking lot when practice is cancelled isn’t “cool.”  It’s not something you want to tweet about, or brag to your friends about.  But if the other team cancelled practice that night, you’ve done more than them.  And that’s all that matters.  At the end of each day, that you’ve worked harder than that player you measure yourself against.  And when you have enough days like that- when you’ve gotten better than that player- they have to catch up to you.

 

Next Season

2013 was a great year for us!  We finished with our highest ranking ever, and our 4th consecutive Gulf Coast Section championship.  Members of our team took trips to Virginia, Georgia, Florida, Wisconsin, and Ohio to play ultimate.  We received endorsements from Nicolas Cage, Creed, the Jacksonville Jaguars, and Nickelback.

But the time has come to get ready for next season.  If you are interested in playing for us, or have any friends that are, let us know!  Simply fill out the form below and we’ll be in touch!
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Ttown recap

Ttown Throwdown 9 was a huge success, attracting teams as far west as Oklahoma and as far north as Indiana.  We had a talented field of 20 teams, and everyone we talked to had a great time.

Alabama Yellow Hammer started out Saturday on a high note, beating Indiana 13-5 thanks to strings or breaks to take half 7-1.  Travis Midkiff snared a callahan to highlight the D.  The Tide then played Tulane, and held off a small charge at the end to win 13-9.  Next up was LSU, and after an extremely close game, Bama got the final point before universe and won 13-11, capping off a perfect 3-0 power pool performance.

Next up was the showcase game in the soccer stadium against #1 seed UCF.  Around 300 fans were creating a buzz the whole game, and the atmosphere was electric.  After a clean opening, UCF wound up breaking twice to take half, 7-5.  The second half was also tightly contested, but UCF broke again at the end, and won, 13-9.

On Sunday, Yellow Hammer started out slowly, down a break early.  The defense responded and got the game back on serve, and the O line capitalized to make it 16-15.  The D captured a huge break to take the 17-15 win.  In the next contest, Tennessee played Bama very tight, but after a final point that lasted longer than 20 minutes, Bama pulled out the 14-12 victory.

Alabama only had about 2 minutes between the Tennessee game and the finals, and it showed.  Fatigue, along with injuries to key players Michael Venezia, Matthew Bryant, Draco Malfoy, and Daniel Tylka, led to some sloppy play by Bama.  Poor decisions and tired legs showed and UCF won the rematch handily, 15-4. 

Overall, Yellow Hammer had a good weekend, going 5-2 and reaching the finals.  We still have work to do, and we will be ready for Easterns Qualifier on March 2-3.  Thanks to all the teams that came, and congrats to the UCF Dogs of War!