UNO Ultimate Frisbee prepares for playoffs

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By Michelle Mahoney, Contributor

Intense, tiring and rewarding are the three words that junior Stew Buckley would use to describe being part of UNO’s Ultimate Frisbee club. Founded nearly 10 years ago, the Ultimate Frisbee club has been flying high ever since.

Though the school year may be winding down, the Ultimate Frisbee season is just kicking into high gear. According to Buckley, UNO’s club team is preparing for the playoffs, held in late April in North Field, Minn.

UNO’s Ultimate Frisbee club is the only team from Nebraska to qualify for the playoffs. This is the second time the team has advanced to the playoffs in its 10-year history.

Buckley said there are several teams that compete, including squads from Minnesota, Iowa and Missouri. The team usually travels four to five hours and stays overnight to compete on the road.

The thrill of the game, competition and teamwork are what makes Buckley come back. He joined the team his freshman year while looking for something different.

Buckley said the reward of winning makes the time and commitment worth it. During the season, the team practices at Caniglia Field at 8:30 p.m. every Sunday, Monday and Wednesday.

Practices usually last about two hours. The team is co-ed and everyone is invited to join.

The current roster that will be competing in the playoffs in Minnesota is made up of 12 players.

If you ever wondered how a handler is similar to a quarterback or a cutter to a receiver, Buckley said, you can catch the team off-season in Memorial Park this summer.

For more information, contact the team at sbuckley@unomaha.edu or cbusch@unomaha.edu.

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