International Frisbee Tournament

The 62nd annual International Frisbee Tournament (aka IFT) definitely had an international flair to it as Japan sent two teams to the far reaches of Michigan's Upper Peninsula to compete. Saturday's high winds made defense difficult but the day ended with the Appleton Assassins (Wisconsin), Boomtown Saints (Lansing, MI), Shottlebop (Houghton, MI), and Samurai Spirit (Japan) left in the winner's bracket. 

Sunday featured the young upstarts Shottlebop finally besting the Assassins in a winner's bracket match and the Boomtown Saints fighting off a pesky Samurai Spirit to set up a Saints v. Bop winner's bracket final. Shottlebop wasn't around when Boomtown was winning IFTs (six of 'em!) so it was quite the experience for Bop to face a Boomtown team that added Derek Stone to its lineup. Derek played a mean middle as former IFT MVPs Michael Banghart and Ryan Scott flanked him on the whips. The recruitment of Derek paid off as he had multiple big bags in this match and Boomtown won two straight to put themselves in the IFT finals for the first time in a few years. 

The loser's bracket featured Appleton putting in some work to defeat The Wolf Pack and Samurai Spirit to set up a one game elimination match with Shottlebop to determine the second IFT finalist. Bop roared out of the gate to take a four point lead 13-9 at the second switch. They continued to play near flawless Guts against the defending champs and earned an 18-15 third switch. Things were looking up for Bop, but then John Luedke took over. John bagged five consecutive Bop throws and used his uber accurate two finger to score on Bop's end men. The clutch play by Luedke surprised no one in attendance but had everyone in awe while they witnessed greatness. Appleton prevailed in what must've felt like a missed opportunity for Bop, 22-20.

In the finals it was two old rivals re-acclimating as Boomtown raced out to an early 15-9 lead in game one before Appleton put up the wall and scored almost at will before going on to win 21-18. The second game was virtually the same as the Saints once again took a five point lead but could just not hold on. Appleton won game two 21-17 and drank from the cup for the fourth time in their illustrious career.

Appleton Assassins (left to right back row first):

Tanner Beckman, Jericho Luedke, Josh Tews, Alex Tews, Adam Swansong, and tournament MVP John Luedke in front



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