Texas Cavalry wins US Quidditch Cup 10

Photo by Isabella Gong

Texas Cavalry went undefeated on day one of US Quidditch Cup 10. They were the second seed coming out of pool play, and beat Mizzou Quidditch in the semi-finals on day two, 120*-50, to advance to the championship match. Texas Cavalry ultimately defeated the number four ranked team Texas State University – San Marcos 80*-60 in a game that lasted 30 minutes and 30 seconds.

The snitch for the championship match was Gabe Garcez, who was also presented with the “Most Fly Snitch Award” at the closing ceremonies. Head referee was USQ 2016-17 Referee of the Year Alex Amodol.

Read the full game recap here.

Sixty teams participated in the national championship, which took place at Austin-Tindall Regional Park in Kissimmee, Florida on April 8-9, 2017. The full score sheet and rankings from day one can be found here. The full score sheet for day two can be found here. To view photos taken at the event, click here. Video footage from the livestream on fields 1 and 2 will be available to view later this month.

The recipients of the team awards were:

Best Uniform: BosNYan Bearsharks

Best Chant: Gulf Coast Gumbeaux

Xander Manshel Sportsmanship Award: Lone Star Quidditch Club

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US Quidditch wishes to congratulate Texas Cavalry and all qualifying and competing teams who raised funds, traveled to the event, and played tough and exciting games. USQ is especially grateful to its staff, volunteers, referees, and snitches who helped plan and put on the event. Their contributions help to make the event possible. Special thanks to the Experience Kissimmee for their support of US Quidditch Cup 10.

Cavalry’s Stampede: Texas Cavalry Triumphs Over Texas State- San Marcos in the US Quidditch Cup 10 Final

Written by Michael Pascutoi

In a match that at times seemed both underwhelming and a testament to the continued dominance of Southwest quidditch, tournament favorite Texas Cavalry defeated Texas State-San Marcos in the US Quidditch Cup 10 Finals 80* – 60.

The roads each team took to the final differed greatly. Texas Cavalry faced little resistance over the course of the weekend, stampeding each of its pool play opponents with out of range wins. In bracket play, Cavalry rode its methodical offense on the back of its veteran quaffle carriers and Cole Travis’ beating, catching every snitch with no games in-range. After systematically taking down two of the top college programs in the country, the RPI Remembralls and Mizzou Quidditch, Cavalry entered the final poised to bring the championship back to Texas.  

Texas State’s struggle to the finals was indicative of the team’s improvement over the course of the year. After playing the most games of any US Quidditch Cup 10 qualified team this year, Texas State entered as one of the top college teams in the country, though with more losses than other college contenders Mizzou Quidditch, Arizona State, or the University of Texas. During pool play, Texas State had no difficulty scoring, but also gave up more points to opponents than any other pool winner. Defensive struggles aside, Texas State then played three straight snitch-range games to reach the final four against UCLA, District of Columbia Quidditch Club, and Bowling Green State University. A matchup with a surging BosNYan Bearsharks squad in the semifinals turned into a rout when star quaffle player David Foxx sustained a game-ending injury, then was solidified by the strong quaffle play of Craig Garrison, Christian Rodriguez, and Jenna Bollweg.

Two vastly contrasting teams lined up to face each other as twilight settled on the main field of Austin-Tindall Park. A deep, systematic Texas State squad built around a star beater in Johnson was facing one of the most experienced teams in league history, built around a chasing line consisting of keeper Augustine Monroe and a talented plethora of chasers including recent Team USA player Kaci Erwin and alternates Marty Bermudez and Aryan Ghoddossy. Two quick goals by Monroe were offset by a drives by Garrison and Rodriguez to even the score at 20.  Both sides played a slow, efficient style in bringing up the ball, waiting for beaters to clear paths while ball carriers advanced only to pass backwards to waiting teammates if an option to drive wasn’t present. Offensive opportunities were limited due to tough defense from both teams, and the score sat at 40-30 in favor of Texas State fifteen minutes in.

Cavalry made a noticeable strategic change by switching Monroe to beater, partnering him with Travis as snitch on pitch play began and allowing Texas State alum Tyrell Williams to take over the game as keeper. A series of long, uneventful quaffle possessions were punctuated by brilliant displays of beater play on both sides. Thirty minutes into the game, with the score standing at 60-50 in favor of Texas State, a missed Texas State beat opened a hole for Cavalry seeker Josh Andrews to have ten free seconds with snitch Gabe Garcez, ultimately resulting in Andrews lying on the ground exhausted, snitch tail in hand.

As the final whistle indicated the catch was good for Cavalry, the team stormed the field as a demoralized Texas State squad looked on. Three players on Cavalry – Monroe, Ghoddossy, and Shelby Manford – were winning their fourth championship, while Erwin, Bermudez, and utility player Freddy Salinas were hoisting the trophy for the third time as active players. Texas State, while runners up for the second time in four years, played a fantastic game and will likely be the top collegiate team entering next season, while Cavalry undoubtedly will continue to build chemistry under the leadership of Monroe. After one of the most interesting tournaments in USQ history, the 2016-17 USQ season is officially in the books. Congratulations to all 60 teams for participating, Texas State on their fantastic run to the finals, and Texas Cavalry on being the US Quidditch Cup 10 champions.

Mizzou Quidditch wins Midwest Regional Championship

Photo by US Quidditch. Mizzou Quidditch defeated Kansas Quidditch 190*-110 to take home their first Midwest Regional Championship title in Nevada, Iowa.

Mizzou went undefeated on day one and was the second seed coming out of pool play. They beat defending regional champions Minnesota in the semi-finals, 210*-110, securing their spot in the championship match on Sunday evening. Mizzou defeated Kansas in an exciting final match that lasted 26 minutes and 6 seconds. The final score was 190*-110, with a snitch grab by Mizzou seeker Dominic Stelzer. Head referee Alec Powers oversaw the final match, with support from lead assistant referee Richard Crumrine. The snitch runner was Hisham Abad.

On Saturday, many young people were introduced to the sport of quidditch. USQ would like to thank the Illinois State University team for their assistance in teaching youth quidditch. The team led drills and scrimmages to eager groups of children.

13 teams participated in the regional championship. The final standings will be available later this week. Five teams representing five different states qualified for US Quidditch Cup 10. Their names are in bold below. They will be among the 60 teams nationally that have received a spot to compete for the tenth national championship in Kissimmee, Florida over April 8 and 9, 2017.

Anarchs Quidditch
Chicago United Quidditch Club
Creighton Quidditch
Illinois State University Firebirds
Kansas Quidditch
Loyola University Chicago
Marquette University Quidditch
Minnesota Quidditch
Mizzou Quidditch
SIUE Quidditch Club
Southern Illinois University Quidditch
TC FROST
University of Northern Colorado

The full score sheet from day one can be found hereREGIONAL CHAMPIONSHIPSMIDWEST

Mizzou Quidditch wins Midwest Regional Championship

Mizzou Quidditch defeated Kansas Quidditch 190*-110 to take home their first Midwest Regional Championship title in Nevada, Iowa.

Mizzou went undefeated on day one and was the second seed coming out of pool play. They beat defending regional champions Minnesota in the semi-finals, 210*-110, securing their spot in the championship match on Sunday evening. Mizzou defeated Kansas in an exciting final match that lasted 26 minutes and 6 seconds. The final score was 190*-110, with a snitch grab by Mizzou seeker Dominic Stelzer. Head referee Alec Powers oversaw the final match, with support from lead assistant referee Richard Crumrine. The snitch runner was Hisham Abad.

On Saturday, many young people were introduced to the sport of quidditch. USQ would like to thank the Illinois State University team for their assistance in teaching youth quidditch. The team led drills and scrimmages to eager groups of children.

13 teams participated in the regional championship. The final standings will be available later this week. Five teams representing five different states qualified for US Quidditch Cup 10. Their names are in bold below. They will be among the 60 teams nationally that have received a spot to compete for the tenth national championship in Kissimmee, Florida over April 8 and 9, 2017.

Anarchs Quidditch
Chicago United Quidditch Club
Creighton Quidditch
Illinois State University Firebirds
Kansas Quidditch
Loyola University Chicago
Marquette University Quidditch
Minnesota Quidditch
Mizzou Quidditch
SIUE Quidditch Club
Southern Illinois University Quidditch
TC FROST
University of Northern Colorado

The full score sheet from day one can be found here, and is embedded immediately below.

REGIONAL CHAMPIONSHIPSMIDWEST

Mizzou Quidditch wins Midwest Regional Championship

Mizzou Quidditch defeated Kansas Quidditch 190*-110 to take home their first Midwest Regional Championship title in Nevada, Iowa.

Mizzou went undefeated on day one and was the second seed coming out of pool play. They beat defending regional champions Minnesota in the semi-finals, 210*-110, securing their spot in the championship match on Sunday evening. Mizzou defeated Kansas in an exciting final match that lasted 26 minutes and 6 seconds. The final score was 190*-110, with a snitch grab by Mizzou seeker Dominic Stelzer. Head referee Alec Powers oversaw the final match, with support from lead assistant referee Richard Crumrine. The snitch runner was Hisham Abad.

On Saturday, many young people were introduced to the sport of quidditch. USQ would like to thank the Illinois State University team for their assistance in teaching youth quidditch. The team led drills and scrimmages to eager groups of children.

13 teams participated in the regional championship. The final standings will be available later this week. Five teams representing five different states qualified for US Quidditch Cup 10. Their names are in bold below. They will be among the 60 teams nationally that have received a spot to compete for the tenth national championship in Kissimmee, Florida over April 8 and 9, 2017.

Anarchs Quidditch
Chicago United Quidditch Club
Creighton Quidditch
Illinois State University Firebirds
Kansas Quidditch
Loyola University Chicago
Marquette University Quidditch
Minnesota Quidditch
Mizzou Quidditch
SIUE Quidditch Club
Southern Illinois University Quidditch
TC FROST
University of Northern Colorado

The full score sheet from day one can be found here, and is embedded immediately below.

The full score sheet for day two can be found here, and is embedded immediately below.

Do you have any feedback about the event? Please fill out our event survey here! Referee evaluations may be submitted by coaches, players, other referees, spectators, or event staff. Please use this form to submit a review for any referee (including head referees, assistant referees, or snitch referees). Please use this form to submit a snitch evaluation. If you have any other feedback or more lengthy thoughts after the event, we encourage you to reach out to us atevents@usquidditch.org.

US Quidditch wishes to congratulate Mizzou Quidditch and all qualifying and competing teams who raised funds, traveled to the event, and played tough and exciting games. USQ is especially grateful to its staff, volunteers, referees, and snitches who helped plan and put on the event. Their contributions help to make the event possible. Special thanks to the Ames Convention and Visitors Bureau for their support of Midwest Regional Championship.

Bowling Green State University wins Great Lakes Regional Championship

Photo by Jessica Jiamin Lang Photography. Bowling Green State University defeated the Ball State Cardinals 170*-90 to take home their first Great Lakes Regional Championship title in Dayton, Ohio.

Bowling Green went undefeated on day one and was the top seed coming out of pool play. They beat Ohio State Quidditch in the semi-finals, 90*-50, securing their spot in the championship match on Sunday afternoon. Bowling Green defeated Ball State in an exhilarating final match that featured intense seeker vs snitch play. The final score was 170*-90, with a snitch grab by seeker and former Team USA player (2014) Sam Roitblat. Head referee Michael Clark-Polner oversaw the final match, with support from lead assistant referee Dylan Meyer. The snitch runner was the 2016-17’s season “Most Fly Snitch” award recipient Anatoly Gunnin.

On Sunday, several young people were introduced to the sport of quidditch. USQ would like to thank the Bowling Green and Ohio State teams for their assistance in teaching youth quidditch. Both teams participated in games and served as snitch runners and scorekeepers.

17 teams participated in the regional championship. The final standings will be available later this week. Teams in bold are US Quidditch Cup 10 qualifiers. They will be among the 60 teams nationally that have received a spot to compete for the tenth national championship in Kissimmee, Florida over April 8 and 9, 2017.

Ball State Cardinals
Bowling Green State University
Carnegie Mellon Quidditch Club
Central Michigan Quidditch Club
Eastern Michigan Quidditch
Falcon Warriors Quidditch Club
Grand Valley Quidditch
Indiana University Quidditch Club
Lake Erie Elite
Miami University (OH) Quidditch
Michigan Quidditch Team
Michigan State Quidditch
Ohio State Quidditch
Ohio University Quidditch Club
Quidditch Club of Pittsburgh
Toledo Quidditch
University of Dayton Quidditch
Wooster Scottish Nationals

The full score sheet from the tournament can be found here.

Do you have any feedback about the event? Please fill out our event survey here! Referee evaluations may be submitted by coaches, players, other referees, spectators, or event staff. Please use this form to submit a review for any referee (including head referees, assistant referees, or snitch referees). Please use this form to submit a snitch evaluation. If you have any other feedback or more lengthy thoughts after the event, we encourage you to reach out to us at events@usquidditch.org.

US Quidditch wishes to congratulate Bowling Green State University and all qualifying and competing teams who raised funds, traveled to the event, and played tough and exciting games. USQ is especially grateful to its staff, volunteers, referees, and snitches who helped plan and put on the event. Their contributions help to make the event possible. Special thanks to the Dayton Conventions & Visitors Bureau and Dayton Children’s Hospital for their support of Great Lakes Regional Championship.

QC Boston wins Northeast Regional Championship

Photo by US Quidditch. In a rematch of the final game from US Quidditch Cup 9, QC Boston defeated Rochester United 140*-60 to take home their second Northeast Regional Championship title in Rochester, New York.

The national champions from US Quidditch Cup 9 went undefeated on day one, securing a win in the semi-finals against BOSNYan Bearsharks on day two that solidified their place at the finals. QC Boston defeated Rochester United 140*-60, with a snitch grab by seeker Stewart Driflot. Head referee Ethan Sturm oversaw the final match. The snitch runner was Ricky Nelson.

23 teams participated in the regional championship. The final standings are available below. Teams in bold are US Quidditch Cup 10 qualifiers. They will be among the 60 teams nationally that have received a spot to compete the tenth national championship in Kissimmee, Florida over April 8 and 9, 2017.

1. QC Boston
2. Rochester United
Tied 3. BOSNYan BearsharksRPI Quidditch
Tied 5. University of Rochester ThestralsNew York Quidditch ClubRIT Dark MarksTufts University Tufflepuffs
Tied 9. Boston University QuidditchMacaulay Honors College Marauders
Tied 11. SUNY Geneseo, Brandeis Quidditch
Tied 13. Emerson Community Quidditch, Syracuse Snare Quidditch Club, Harvard Horntails, Hofstra
University Flying Dutchmen
Tied 17.University of Massachusetts Amherst Crabs, Skidmore Quidditch,University of Massachusetts Lowell Riverhawks, Stony Brook Quidditch
Tied 21.New York Badassilisks, Grove City Legion of Broom, New York Pigeons

The full score sheet from the tournament can be found here.

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US Quidditch wishes to congratulate QC Boston and all qualifying and competing teams who raised funds, traveled to the event, and played tough and exciting games. USQ is especially grateful to its staff, volunteers, referees, and snitches who helped plan and put on the event. Their contributions help to make the event possible. Special thanks to Monroe County Sports Commision for their support of Northeast Regional Championship.

How to watch day 2 of US Quidditch Cup 9

The four play-in games are almost done, and the round of 32 starts soon! To follow along, check out the bracket schedule here. The livestream is showing all games on pitch 1 today. Watch it here. Led by Brad Woznicki from Buckeye Cable Sports Network, we’ll be providing play by play and color commentary starting with the first game through the championship match.

Photos by Monica Wheeler and Jessica Lang. 

University of Miami wins South Regional Championship

University of Miami defeated the Southern Storm 110*-50 to take home the South Regional Championship in Auburndale, Florida.

16 teams participated in the regional championship, and the final standings are listed below. Four teams, listed below, are US Quidditch Cup 9 qualifiers and will be among the 60 teams nationally that have received a spot at Columbia, South Carolina in April 16 and 17, 2016.

inTENNsity
Tennessee Tech Quidditch
The Southern Storm
University of Miami

Rankings and the full score sheet from the tournament will be available soon.

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“I was very excited to see teams improve from last year’s regionals to this year in terms of gameplay. South teams are overall a happy and wonderful group. It was great to work with them to make this year the most successful we’ve ever had,” said Tournament Director Jackie Ross.

Congratulations to @umiamiquidditch! #SRC2016 #quidditch

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“I’m proud of all of our competing teams and the volunteers who worked together to make this event a success, even despite some inclement weather. The sportsmanship and competition that all of the teams demonstrated is a testament to the region. Thank you especially to our city and facility partners who worked tirelessly with us on this event,” said Sarah Woolsey, USQ Events Director.

US Quidditch wishes to congratulate University of Miami and all qualifying and competing teams who raised funds, traveled to the event, and played tough and exciting games. USQ is especially grateful to its staff, volunteers, referees, and snitches who helped plan and put on the event — their contributions and hard work help to make the event possible. Special thanks to Central Florida Sports Marketing for their support of USQ and the 2016 South Regional Championship.

Boise State Abraxans wins Northwest Regional Championship

Boise State Abraxans defeated Rain City Raptors 140*-80 to take home the Northwest Regional Championship in Salem, Oregon.

Nine teams participated in the regional championship, and the final standings are listed below. Teams in bold are US Quidditch Cup 9 qualifiers and will be among the 60 teams nationally that have received a spot at Columbia, SC in April 16 and 17, 2016.

In the interest of providing further clarification, teams who elected not to play in matches on Sunday will not receive forfeits for the matches they elected not to play. This is in keeping with the post from Saturday, and in light of the extenuating circumstances posed by the field conditions.

After matches concluded on Saturday, the three teams that qualified for US Quidditch Cup 9 bids are, in order: Boise State Abraxans, Rain City Raptors, and University of British Columbia. The Boise State Thestrals are the first alternate to receive a USQC bid as they were the fourth and final team to compete in the revised championship round robin.

The full list of finishers at Northwest Regional Championship (NWRC) is as follows:

1. Boise State Abraxans
2. Rain City Raptors
3. University of British Columbia
4. Boise State Thestrals
5. Western Washington Wyverns
6. British Columbia Quidditch Club
Tie-7. Moscow Manticores at the University of Idaho
Tie-7. Portland Augureys
9. Big Sky Flyers Quidditch

Also, in light of concerns that we have received from teams, USQ would like to emphasize that the unique situation presented by the field quality at NWRC differed from other weather-related tournament schedule changes, such as the break in gameplay at the Midwest Regional Championship (MWRC) to accommodate blizzard conditions on site. USQ has heard from players who expressed concern that teams were encouraged to play in the snow at MWRC, while teams at NWRC were permitted to restructure the tournament to accommodate the mud.

These events differed in two important respects: (1) the teams at NWRC suggested to tournament staff that they be given the option to voluntarily remove themselves from competition for USQC bids to allow the allotment of nationals bids to take place with the least effects due to field conditions, which is what allowed the significant restructuring of the event; and (2) the field quality at NWRC decreased over time as more games were played, necessitating moving up the most competitive games of the tournament, while the field quality at MWRC increased once the worst of the blizzard had passed. USQ acknowledges that quidditch is an outdoor sport and teams at NWRC faced muddy field conditions just as teams at MWRC faced snowy field conditions; none of these conditions were unsafe except for the blizzard conditions at MWRC, during which play was stopped. Competition for USQC bids at NWRC was shifted up to accommodate the decreasing field quality; while competition for bids at MWRC remained on the original timeline after the stoppage in play because it was not necessary to reschedule otherwise.

The full score sheet from the tournament can be found here.

Do you have any feedback about the event? Please fill out our event survey here! Referee evaluations may be submitted by coaches, players, other referees, spectators, or event staff. Please use this form to submit a review for any referee (including head referees, assistant referees, or snitch referees). Please use this form to submit a snitch evaluation. If you have any other feedback or more lengthy thoughts after the event, we encourage you to reach out to us at events@usquidditch.org.

“Thank you to the competing teams, referees, snitches, and volunteers for their patience and hard work this past weekend. Despite the field conditions, we had a great weekend of quidditch. Thank you also to our city and facility partners. They were very supportive on site and getting the word out to the community, resulting in great spectator turnout both days,” said Mary Kimball, Events Manager for USQ and Tournament Director for NWRC.

US Quidditch wishes to congratulate Boise State Abraxans and all qualifying and competing teams who raised funds, traveled to the event, and played tough and exciting games. USQ is especially grateful to its staff, volunteers, referees, and snitches who helped plan and put on the event — their contributions and hard work help to make the event possible. Special thanks to Travel Salem and the Capital Futbol Complex for their support of USQ and the Northwest Regional Championship.