Archive for February 2011

Free State Classic Summary

February 28, 2011

Overland Park, KS — The pea soup fog stayed around all weekend as Iowa beat all comers to win the first edition of the Free State Classic. The strange weather began with two inches of snow on the field and freezing fog on Saturday and ended with thunderstorms and hail right after the final on Sunday.

The one thing the strange weather could not compete with was the peculiar outcomes of games. The first round started it off with Missouri beating Arkansas 13-8. It was almost like Arkansas did not know how to play in the snow, which is strange considering that the Fayetteville, Arkansas area got somewhere around 24 inches of snow two weeks ago.

The peculiarities continued into the second round as Arkansas got behind against Missouri S&T, fought back to take the lead, and then squandered it at the end to lose to the Miners 13-11. In the other pool, Kansas State’s star player Pat Shriwise separated his shoulder in the third point against Illinois. The Huckstables were able to keep the game close, even leading 11-10, only to lose 13-11.

The strangeness was seemly abated in the third round as every game easily went to seed. But the fourth round brought it back as Missouri fought Missouri S&T for the A Pool #2 spot. Missouri ended up with a nail biting 14-12 victory that was full of calls and layouts.

Round five was not as weird, but Kansas and Illinois had a back and forth game that Kansas ultimately won 13-11.

The thick fog still hung in the air on Sunday, but the snow was gone. The lack of snow changed how teams played because cutters were now able to get separation from their defenders. Teams used that advantage to huck the disc for scores, something that had been difficult the day before. As a result, Arkansas had great success with long throws to beat Kansas, while Kansas State dismantled Missouri’s cup, which had been their go-to defense the day before.

The semifinals ended up being very different games. On one field Kansas State outran Arkansas in route to a 15-7 win. On the other, Illinois and Iowa played a game of momentum. At one point Illinois had a 9-5 lead but was unable to keep the advantage. Iowa made some defensive adjustments and slowly chipped away at the illinois’ lead to win 15-13.

The weird weather came back in the finals as a cold north wind began to blow. That wind allowed Iowa to use a four man cup to get three breaks at the very beginning of the game. Kansas State was never able to recover and IHUC wrapped up the game 15-9 just before the thunder and hail began to come down.

So what did this tournament teach us? We don’t know. It’s unlikely that there will be snow on the fields come Sectionals, and that traditional offenses will prevail. But Free State does raise questions about the consistency and flexibility of some of the top-tier teams in the Ozark Conference, and even the nation.


Iowa Defeats Kansas State; Wins Free State Classic

February 27, 2011

Iowa got on a roll and Kansas State was unable to answer with a depleted line-up as IHUC beat the Huckstables 15-9.

The championship game of the Free State Classic began with a 3-0 run by Iowa as Kansas State had problems early on with Iowa’s four man cup. Kansas State was finally able to break the zone by way of a miraculous one fingered catch.

The teams traded points from there to a 8-5 half.

After half, the Huckstables pulled to within two and were threatening to score  with the disc on the goal line. Iowa stopped Kansas State with a layout d in the corner of the end zone.

The two teams then traded points until the score was 11-7. A twenty minute point ensued, in which Kansas State finally scored, but the damage had been done. The Huckstables were too exhausted and Iowa finished the game on a 4-1 run.

After the game Kansas State captain Pat Shriwise was pleased with the way his Huckstables fought to the finish. “The young guys really stepped up in this game and filled in for our injured starters. I am in no way disappointed in the way we played,” Shriwise said.

Iowa captain Tyler Glenn was happy to be victorious in the first tournament of the Spring Season. “We just wanted to come out and prove that we belonged here. There was some great competition here and we were really tested,” Glenn said.

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February 27, 2011

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In Game of Benches, Kansas State Prevails Against Arkansas

February 27, 2011

In a rematch of last weeks’ Big D in Little D final Kansas State defeated Arkansas 15-7. Unlike last week however, both teams relied heavily on their benches for this game.

“Our [bench] really stepped up and played shut down d. That and conservative, consistent throws helped win this game,” said Kansas State captain Kyle Welch.

Each team was forced to use their utility players for different reasons. Kansas State’s roster was slowly dwindling after being plagued injuries on Saturday, including a separated shoulder to captain Pat Shriwise. Arkansas utilized their bench due to fatigue  from the  overtime game against Kansas.

Arkansas captain Eric Kearney was frustrated at the juxtaposition in intensity between the Kansas game and Kansas State game.

“We need to have the mentality to continue to perform. It is essential to compete at a high level with fatigue. Hopefully, we can regroup, learn from this, and find the passion, want and drive to succeed in our remaining games this season,” Kearney said.

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February 27, 2011

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