2011 Player Recognition

by | April 28, 2011, 11:51am 0

Over the course of the year I’ve been to quite a few tournaments. Starting out with Joint Summit Classic and ending with Western NY Conference Championships last weekend, I saw great plays by great players. Here are the list of players I feel like are worth recognizing, and while some may not be all region caliber, they were someone I liked watching. There are certainly many others deserving, but these are only people I got the pleasure of seeing play.

Atlantic Coast

Virginia: Matt King, the man has handles. Andrew Wilkes, Tom Licitra.

Virginia Tech: Evan Klein-Scott Forrester-length and hucks and Alex Krull (with his ridiculous layout at ACC’s)

North Carolina: Tristan Green-keep juking in the lane, Christian Johnson-would have been FOTY, Thomas Sayre-Mccord-just put it up

Clemson: James Cox, Christian Gaeta-keep showing off those moves, Zach Shuba, Miller Yoho

NCSU-The entire scrappy team

East Carolina – Joey Cretella- The man deserves at least consideration for all region, beautiful backhand. Mark Saba

South Carolina – Chris Van Thiel – and he goes deep again

Maryland – Freddie Tsai


Metro East

Cornell:Alex Kadesch- great isolation moves, Neil Butler, Brian Grundy and the man who was placing perfect pulls into a 30 mph wind.

Buffalo: David Ferraro-seriously, haven’t seen someone who can keep up with him this year. Zack Smith-gritty, hard working, competitor. Jon Bain- Left Backhand? Check. Stifling D? Check. Break Hucks? Check. Stephen Glauser level achieved? ehhhh. Mitch Wheeler- Pretty puts.

Syracuse: Sean “Duece” Sweeney, Sean Gallagher- awesome puts

Don’t worry Metro East, we got more to come this week.


New England

George Stubbs: This is my pick for the Callahan, as he is just plain dominating. He works incredibly well with his teammates, and is found making plays at critical points during games.

Great Lakes

Michigan: Yonni Rafael – the spin move against Ohio was awesome. Jeff Pape- always looks like he’s going to mess someone up. Seth Collins, Ollie Honderd, Alex Fegert, Brandon Beeler- Love seeing the smalls making big plays

Ohio Valley

Pittsburgh: Alex Thorne-best break throws in the nation?, Chris Brendenborg, Eddie Peters, Tyler Degirolamo and many more

Ohio: Danny Olson, Mitch Cihon, Nick Wetzel

Ohio State: Phil Cherosky- when he’s playing his best, reminds me of  Stephen Presley

Penn State: Brian Nevison, Rob Baker

South East

Florida: Cole Sullivan-very hard to guard, good puts, great ups. Alex Hill- sweet flick, Nathan Sage – underrated, Alton Gains

Florida State: Nick Fletcher, Randy Barcelo- one of the more intense men in ultimate, Elijah Grady

Alabama: Tim Brady- definition of gritty. Zack Moore, sweet puts

Georgia Southern: Ryan Randall- play maker for his team

Georgia Tech: Nick Lance- All Region nuff said, Andrew Fish, Sean Balla, Gabe Miranda, Hogan McHugh


South Central

Colorado: Matty Zemel- defensive play of the year below? Jimmy Mickle-nuff said, Timmy Beatty with sick moves from the handler spot


Sorry guys, didn’t get to see much of you this year.



Oregon: Cody Bjorkland, and Dylan Freechild-Incredible in the air



Carleton: Alex Evangelides, Grant Lindsley, and many more

Wisconsin: Ben Feldman with sick defense,  Dayu Liu with nice flat hucks into the wind

Photo by Andrew Davis

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