Opening Pull: High School National Invite, World Games Preview at Poultry Days

Plus, the Con10enT Tour heads to an HBCU for Juneteenth weekend.

South Eugene's Arenaria Cramer makes a catch in the girls' final of the 2022 High School National Invite. Photo: Kevin Leclaire -- UltiPhotos.com
South Eugene’s Arenaria Cramer makes a catch in the girls’ final of the 2022 High School National Invite. Photo: Kevin Leclaire — UltiPhotos.com

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West Coast Powers Dominate HSNI

For the second straight iteration of the event, a pair of West Coast programs won the 2022 High School National Invite this past weekend in Richmond, VA.

In the girls division, South Eugene (OR) proved to be in a class of their own all weekend, steamrolling the competition from start to finish, giving up just 19 goals total across six games at the tournament, including topping Lincoln (WA) 15-4 in the final.

In the boys division, Lone Peak (UT) was similarly dominant, with their 15-11 victory over a Nathan Hale/Waldorf (WA) team the only time an opponent reached double digits against them all weekend.

Check out our Day 1 recaps for the boys and girls divisions and stay tuned for more coverage this week, including a total of 20 filmed games which will be added to the Ultiworld video library.

US and Canadian World Games Teams Split Two Matchups

The World Games squads from the United States and Canada travelled to Versailles, OH, this weekend to participate in the legendary Poultry Days tournament, featuring in a Saturday showcase game before a rematch in the tournament final the next day. The US came out on top 15-10 in the first battle before the Canadians flipped the script with a 9-5 win in the rain-shortened Sunday rematch.

As he often does, US squad-member Khalif El-Salaam weighed in with his commentary on the final result on Twitter:

Khalif tweet

The North American rivals are guaranteed a rubber match during pool play at the World Games in Birmingham next month.

All Eyes On PUL Championship Weekend

With the regular season now behind us, the Premier Ultimate League heads toward its second Championship Weekend, to be held this weekend in Obetz, OH, outside Columbus.

The DC Shadow, the highest-rated divisional runner-up, will take on the Central division qualifier Indy Red in one Saturday afternoon semifinal while the champions of the South and East divisions — Raleigh Radiance and Medellin Revo Pro, respectively — will square off in the other semi. The winners will meet on Sunday at 12 noon to crown the first league-wide champ since the inaugural 2019 season.

Con10enT Tour Hits HBCU for Juneteenth

Disc/Diversity’s Con10enT Tour will be making another stop this coming weekend: the all-Black showcase will host an event on the campus of North Carolina Central University in Durham, NC. In conjunction with the Juneteenth holiday weekend, it will be the Tour’s first stop at a historically Black college or university. Tune into the Disc/Diversity social channels for information on how to watch and support the game.

Con10enT HBCU tweet

Ultiworld Adds Lindsay Soo to Staff

Lindsay Soo, a member of the Raleigh Phoenix and Radiance and the reigning Women’s Club Player of the Year, has joined the Ultiworld staff in a full-time role in video and production. Soo has been working with Ultiworld on game-day production for the past two years and was also the producer of the incredible documentary short Slow Burn: The Rise of Ring of Fire’s Next Generation.

We’re incredibly excited to add Lindsay to our team and look forward to continued great work from them.

Coming Up

  • PUL Championship Weekend will decide who will win the title in the league’s second full season. Stay tuned to Ultiworld for a weekend preview and coverage of the action in Obetz.
  • Many of Europe’s finest will be in Amsterdam this weekend for Windmill, which is often extra competitive in WUCC years, as the continent’s top clubs tune up for the world championships.
  1. Steve Sullivan
    Steve Sullivan

    Steve Sullivan is the Executive Editor of Ultiworld. He began playing in 2001 at Boston University, helped found and then played 14 seasons with Slow White, and most recently competed with San Francisco Blackbird. He has volunteered as a college Sectional Coordinator, a club Regional Coordinator, served three terms as a player-elected representative for the Mixed division on USAU's Club Working Group, and is currently an At-Large rep on the USAU Board of Directors. He has previously written for the USAU magazine and The Huddle, and was editor of the book "Ultimate: The First Five Decades, Vol II." You can reach him by email (steve@ultiworld.com) or on Twitter (@sjsully21).

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