Alice Deal Middle School hosted their annual Halloween themed Ultimate Frisbee tournament this past Saturday. ‘Dealoween’ consisted of 2 Deal teams, Jefferson Academy, DC International, and a team from both Arlington and Fairfax. The cool fall weather made for great Ultimate, and the level of play remained high throughout the day. Per tradition, the event culminated with a massive candy drop, with pounds of candy being showered onto eager players. Overcoming the exhaustion gathered from over 3 hours of Ultimate, the players gained a second wind as they sprinted around gathering all the candy they could reach.
Jefferson Academy signals for the pull
Participating at only their 2nd tournament in team history, Jefferson Academy was the talk of the tournament. Despite a slight breeze that made throwing challenging, Jefferson Academy was able to score a couple goals in each game they played. Players never missed out on a chance to dive on the turf when the disc came their way. High fives and great sportsmanship were a constant for Jefferson, even being given out from the player who had the disc, mid game! Even when games stopped, Jefferson continued to form new friendships by playing “500” with opposing teams in between rounds. The positive energy displayed throughout the tournament earned Jefferson Academy the trophy for 'Most Spirited', a prestigious honor in Ultimate Frisbee.
Coach Gabe Webster started Jefferson Academy's Ultimate team in 2016
Coached by Gabe Webster, a DC public school teacher and local Ultimate player, Jefferson Academy is part of a growing scene of Middle School Ultimate in the DMV. Expect to see more teams popping up as American Ultimate Academy continues its work on growing Ultimate in Washington DC.
The true competition was who could bring home the most candy!