Ultiworld Certified Got That Dawg in ‘Em List (2022 Pro Champs Edition)

A definitive and inscrutable list.

Few issues in ultimate are more divisive than who the best players in the game are at any given moment. There is no end to opinions on the subject, and every argument seems to have at least a germ of truth behind it. But everyone can agree on one thing: some players have got that dawg in ‘em, plain and simple.

We feel that these players — and the raging canines bursting from within them — deserve official recognition. Here, then, is a list of all of those to take the field at Pro Champs last weekend – no matter the division – who are blessed with the proverbial inner animal. Sorted into three distinct tiers and otherwise presented without comment, this list is comprehensive, complete, peer-reviewed, and thoroughly researched to such a degree that it represents that last word on the matter.

Tier 3: A Dawg in ‘Em

  • Aubri Bishop (Portland Schwa)
  • Hannah Boettcher (Durham Toro)
  • Nathan Champoux (Ann Arbor Hybrid)
  • Greg Cousins (Minneapolis Sub Zero)
  • Alex Davis (Raleigh Ring of Fire)
  • Alexandre Fall (Washington DC Truck Stop)
  • Robyn Fennig (Madison NOISE)
  • Walt Jansen (Chicago Machine)
  • Chris Kocher (New York PoNY)
  • Caitlyn Lee (Boston Brute Squad)
  • Brandon Matis (Minneapolis Drag’n Thrust)
  • Liza Minor (Denver Molly Brown)
  • Austin Prucha (Raleigh Phoenix)
  • Bretton Tan (Boston Sprocket)
  • Terri Whitehead (Vancouver Traffic)

Tier 2: Couple Dawgs in ‘Em

  • David Bloodgood (Washington DC Truck Stop)
  • Yina Cartagena (New York BENT)
  • Ned Dick (Boston DiG)
  • Mya Hernandez (Ann Arbor Hybrid)
  • Dominic Jacobs (Seattle Sockeye)
  • Daniel Lee (Portland Rhino Slam!)
  • Michael Lee (Durham Toro)
  • Alyssa Mason (Toronto 6ixers)
  • Raha Mozaffari (Philadelphia AMP)
  • Milan Ravenell (SoCal Condors)
  • Mary Rippe (Raleigh Phoenix)
  • Claire Trop (Washington DC Scandal)
  • Bryan Vohnoutka (Minneapolis Drag’n Thrust)

Tier 1: Whole Pack of Dawgs in ‘Em

  • Axel Agami Contreras (Ann Arbor Hybrid)
  • Shashank Alladi (New York PoNY)
  • Manuela Cardenas (Denver Molly Brown)
  • Claire Chastain (Denver Molly Brown)
  • Brian Clark (Durham Toro)
  • Kimber Coles (Portland Schwa)
  • Carla DiFilippo (Toronto 6ixers coach)
  • Helen Eifert (Fort Collins shame.)
  • Jane Koch (Minneapolis Drag’n Thrust)
  • Will Lohre (Denver Johnny Bravo)
  • Sarah Meckstroth (Raleigh Phoenix)
  • Eric Nardelli (Philadelphia AMP)
  • Cody Spicer (Denver Johnny Bravo)
  • Sam VanDusen (Pittsburgh Temper)
  • Ben Van Heuvelen (New York PoNY coach)
  • Joey Wylie (Austin Doublewide)
  1. Alex Rubin
    Alex Rubin

    Alex Rubin started writing for Ultiworld in 2018. He is a graduate of Northwestern University where he played for four years, but now spends his time playing pickup and coaching de Toledo High School in Los Angeles. You can reach him through e-mail (rubin.alex14@gmail.com) or Twitter (@arubes14 or @dthsultimate).

  2. Edward Stephens
    Edward Stephens

    Edward Stephens has an MFA in Creative Writing from Goddard College. He writes and plays ultimate in Athens, Georgia.

  3. Kelsey Hayden
    Kelsey Hayden

    Kelsey Hayden is an Ultiworld reporter, primarily covering the Premier Ultimate League and Western Ultimate League. She is originally from Goulds, Newfoundland, and currently resides in Halifax, Nova Scotia. She captain's a women's club team, Salty. You can follow Kelsey on Twitter - @hikelseyhayden.

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