New York, Indianapolis, Dallas and San Diego seek AUDL title

audlThis weekend will be the final four in the American Ultimate Disc League (AUDL) as the New York Empire, Indianapolis Alley Cats, Dallas Roughnecks and San Diego Growlers play for the championship at San Jose, California.

The champions of the Midwest and South will join the New York Empire and San Diego Growlers in San Jose on August 10-11 weekend. The teams have been re-seeded as follows: New York Empire (1), San Diego Growlers (2), Dallas Roughnecks (3), Indianapolis AlleyCats (4).

The Empire and AlleyCats will go head to head in the first semifinal game on Saturday, August 10 at 4:00 PM/PT. Then the Roughnecks will take on the Growlers immediately following the first game at 7:00 PM/PT. The championship game will be played by the two semifinal winners on Sunday, August 11 at 12:00 PM/PT.

San Diego defeated Los Angeles 25-21 for the West Division title to make their first appearance in the final four.  San Diego is led by Travis Dunn who is a five-year veteran who notched 33 goals this season along with 48 assists.

New York, the only undefeated team in the finals, edged the Toronto Rush 19-16 for the East Division title.  This is New York’s second trip to championship weekend.  The Empire lost to Toronto in the 2014 semifinals.   The key player for New York is Ben Jagt.  In 12 regular season games, he has scored 54 goals with 54 assists and an average of nine goals per game.

Dallas advanced to their fourth straight finals with a 21-17 win over the Raleigh Flyers in the South Division final.  The Roughnecks lost to Madison in last year’s championship game.  They last won the title in 2016.  Jay Froude leads Dallas with 18 blocks in 12 career playoff games.  Froude is the only player at the 2019 final four who will be competing in his fifth consecutive Championship Weekend, the first two of which came as a member of the Madison Radicals.

Indianapolis punched their ticket to the finals after defeating the Pittsburgh Thunderbirds 23-17 to represent the Midwest Division.  The Alley Cats are in the finals for the first time since the AUDL’s first season in 2012.  They lost to the Philadelphia Spinners 29-22 in the championship game.  Indy will look to Keegan North and Travis Carpenter to lead them to the title.  Carpenter led the Alley Cats with 56 assists.

 

 

Madison Radicals Finally Win AUDL Title

MadisonThe Radicals have always been the bridesmaid but never the bride when it came to the championship in the American Ultimate Disc League (AUDL) but yesterday they celebrated their first title in franchise history as they defeated the Dallas Roughnecks 20-16 on their home field.

The Radicals (15-2) took an early lead when Peter Graffy scored off of an assist from Colin Camp.  Madison and Dallas (15-2) went back-and-forth throughout the rest of the first, finishing the quarter tied at 6, before the Radicals opened up a 10-8 lead heading into the halftime break. With the lead still at two late in the third quarter, Kevin Pettit-Scantling caught a deep pass to score as time expired to hand the Radicals a 15-12 advantage.  Madison pulled away in the fourth quarter, taking a 19-13 lead with 3 minutes left and holding on to seal the victory.

Kevin Brown had three assists and Andrew Meshnick and Thomas Coolidge each had two blocks for the Radicals. Brown also led the team with 22 completions.

The Radicals, which were formed in 2013 and have advanced out of the Midwest Division every season of their existence, were making their third appearance in the title game after downing Los Angeles 24-19 in the semifinals Saturday night.  The Radicals showed their experience, proving far more prepared for the intensity of the moment from the opening pull. They leaped out to score the first four goals. The four straight defensive breaks were all created by incredible Madison blocks instead of simple Los Angeles miscues from the Aviators. By the time the first quarter ended, the Radicals had blitzed the Aviators to a lead of 9-3. Pat Shriwise was especially impressive with his throws, and he finished the game with a team-high five assists on 39-of-40 throws.

Madison lost the 2013 and 2015 finals and have made five final four appearances.

The Dallas Roughnecks were making their third straight appearance in the AUDL final four having won the title in their first season in 2016 and losing to the Toronto Rush in the semifinals last season.

In their semifinal win over the New York Empire, Dallas opened the third quarter with continued pressure, forcing a Harper Garvey throwaway. The Roughnecks offense cleanly converted once again, as Dillon Larberg led the charge. He finished the game with five assists. The pace finally slowed, as both teams settled into more effective defenses. Offences held up, throwing clean points, but taking longer to score. The third quarter finished with only one turnover – ending in a Dallas break – as the Roughnecks received in the final quarter, leading 25-23. Jay Froude led Dallas in the third quarter, beating Beau Kittredge at will to pace the offense.  The fourth quarter began with Dallas again throwing to Froude deep, but Kittredge caught up and tipped the disc. It was a sign of Dallas’ impending win when Froude still easily tracked down the score. A Dallas break pushed them ahead by four points following an Empire turf.

The future of the AUDL looks to be bright as the league is on their way to raising $450,000 to take the league to a higher level to become a professional league in North America.  The AUDL currently has 150 investors to date on their effort.  The AUDL has experienced consistent growth in its first six years and hopes to expand exposure of the sport beyond the Ultimate community to include a broader sports audience and fan base, which has created the opportunity to partner with us at a very unique time.

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Toronto, San Francisco, Dallas and Madison Advance To AUDL Finals

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The 2017 American Ultimate Disc League (AUDL) championship weekend in Montreal is set with the four teams who clinched their division titles last weekend.

West Division:  San Francisco FlameThrowers 33, Los Angeles Aviators 22

The FlameThrowers clinched a bid in their first AUDL Championship Weekend with a win over the Los Angeles Aviators.  Joel Schlacht lead the FlameThrowers with eight goals and four assists.  The FlameThrowers fell short in the Division Finals last season when they lost to the Seattle Cascades.

East Division:  Toronto Rush 29, DC Breeze 26

The Rush once again held off the Breeze in the East to advance to their 5th straight AUDL Championship Weekend.  Mark Lloyd lead the Rush with three goals and four assists and two blocks.   The Rush edged the Breeze 23-21 in overtime last season.

Midwest Division:  Madison Radicals 27, Pittsburgh Thunderbirds 22

The Radicals and Thunderbirds are no strangers in the postseason as the Radicals won their third straight meeting to advance to their 5th straight AUDL Championship Weekend.  Peter Graffy had four goals and four blocks in the game.

South Division:  Dallas Roughnecks 27, Raleigh Flyers 24

The Roughnecks earned a repeat trip to the AUDL Championship Weekend with their win over the Flyers.   The Roughnecks will be looking to repeat as AUDL champions.

The semifinals games will be played on Saturday, August 26th with Madison facing San Francisco.  Dallas will play Toronto in the other semifinal.

I apologize for the lack of detail in the game reports as the league website and Facebook sites do not do a good job with that.  The league needs to do a better.

Roughnecks Get Revenge Against Cannons In AUDL Playoffs

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The Dallas Roughnecks avenged their two losses to the Jacksonville Cannons in the regular season with a 22-12 in the South Division playoff.   Jimmy Mickle led the Roughnecks with five assists as the entire team completed 96 percent of their combined 304 passes in the game.  They also held Jacksonville to a season-low 12 goals.  The Roughnecks will move on to play the Raleigh Flyers on August 12th in the Division Final.

In other playoff games:

Montreal will play at DC on Friday, August 11th with the winner playing at Toronto on August 13th.  In the Midwest, Pittsburgh will travel to Minnesota on August 4th with the winner moving on to play at Madison on August 12th.  San Jose and Los Angeles will play on August 12th then play San Francisco the following day for the division title.

The four division winners will advance to Championship Weekend IV in Montreal on August 26-27.

Here are the updated power rankings of the teams left in the playoffs:

  1. Raleigh Flyers
  2. Dallas Roughnecks
  3. Toronto Rush
  4. Madison Radicals
  5. DC Breeze
  6. Minnesota Wind Chills
  7. San Francisco Flame Throwers
  8. Montreal Royal
  9. Los Angeles Aviators
  10. San Jose Spiders
  11. Pittsburgh Thunderbirds

 

 

 

 

Obscure Sports Report

American Ultimate Disc League (AUDL) – The unthinkable has finally happened.   The Dallas Roughnecks lost their first game in franchise history.  The Roughnecks, who were the defending AUDL champions and winners of 23 straight games, lost to the Jacksonville Cannons 24-22.  The Cannons appear to be on the rise in the South Division.  The Roughnecks didn’t rebound very well on Sunday, losing to the Raleigh Flyers 32-25.

National Lacrosse League (NLL) – The Georgia Swarm defeated the Toronto Rock 11-8 in the first game of the Eastern Division final.  In the Western Division semifinal, the Saskatchewan Rush had no trouble with the Colorado Mammoths in a 19-8 victory.  Georgia and Saskatchewan will try to wrap it up this weekend at home.

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The Fort Wayne Flite celebrate another CBA title.

 

Central Basketball Association (CBA) – The Fort Wayne Flite held off the Indianapolis Blaze to repeat as league champions.  Trailing by three points, 93-90, with seven seconds remaining Indianapolis failed to tie the game with a wide-open three-point attempt, and then on the ensuing possession, down 95-92, missed another three-point shot at the buzzer, allowing Fort Wayne to win a second consecutive championship title.  Greg Foster led the Flite with 23 points followed by Mikel Brigham with 16 and Corey Wickware with 15.

Arena Football League (AFL) –  The Philadelphia Soul remains on top of the five-team lead at 5-0, followed by Tampa Bay (4-1), Washington (1-3), Cleveland (1-4) and Baltimore (1-4).

National Arena League (NAL) –  The Jacksonville Sharks had a bye week after demolishing the Corpus Christi Rage 71-6.  This weekend they will host the Monterrey Steel (4-2).  The Lehigh Valley Steelhawks stayed within a game of the Sharks winning two weeks ago against the Dayton Wolfpack 68-6.  The Steelhawks will play at High Country this weekend.

Indoor Football League (IFL) – Scores from last weekend:  Salt Lake 38, Colorado 37; Arizona 49, Spokane 35; Iowa 56, Cedar Rapids 54; Sioux Falls 44, Green Bay 24.

Arena Pro Football (APF) –  It doesn’t appear that any of the teams played this past weekend.   The leagues website is horrible and really needs some attention.   Here is the schedule for the upcoming weekend:  River City Raiders (3-2) at Richmond Rough Riders (4-0), Florida Tarpons (4-0) at Birmingham Outlawz (0-5).  Note:  Florida should actually have a loss since they were beaten by Richmond two weeks ago.

Champions Indoor Football League (CIFL) –  The Duke City Gladiators (4-5) lost to the Dodge City Law (8-2) on Saturday, 65-62, in the closing seconds.    The win keeps the Law on top of the South Division and a bye week this weekend.

CAN-AM Indoor Football League – The Vermont Bucks (6-1) and Rochester Kings (5-0) lead their divisions.  Vermont beat the Boston Blaze 41-30 two weeks ago and, according to the league’s website, will play the Blaze again on June 3rd.   Rochester defeated Boston this weekend, 66-30, and will host the Capital City Reapers on Saturday.

National Women’s Soccer League (NWSL) – Seattle Reign FC forward Nahomi Kawasumi was named the league’s player of the week for Week 5 after scoring a goal and earning an NWSL-record four assists in Seattle’s 6-2 win over the Washington Spirit.

Major League Soccer (MLS) – Toronto FC leads the Eastern Conference with 25 points while the Houston Dynamo, FC Dallas and Sporting Kansas City tied at the top of the Western Conference with 19 points.

North American Soccer League (NASL) – Miami FC leads the Spring Season standings with 14 points.  Miami edged Indy 3-2 last weekend.  They will play the San Francisco Deltas this weekend in the U.S. Open Cup.

United Soccer League (USL) –  Here are the current power rankings:  1. San Antonio FC, 2. Charleston Battery, 3. Real Monarchs SLC, 4. Tampa Bay Rowdies, 5. Louisville City FC, 6. Pittsburgh Riverhounds, 7. Rio Grand Valley FC, 8. Tulsa Roughnecks FC, 9. Swope Park Rangers, 10. Orlando City B.

Women’s Football Alliance (WFA) –  The #2 ranked Chicago Force rolled past the Minnesota Vixen 53-0 to improve to 5-0.  Chicago built a 17-0 lead in the first quarter and exploded for a 39-0 lead at halftime.  Mary Choules had nine tackles for the Force and was named the Game Day Defensive Most Valuable Player.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Dallas Roughnecks Remain Unbeaten In AUDL

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The American Ultimate Disc League (AUDL) defending champions remain undefeated so far in the 2017 season.   The Dallas Roughnecks are 6-0 and alone at the top of the Southern Division.  This past weekend they beat the Nashville Nightwatch 32-23.  Jay Froude had eight goals in the game followed by Dylan Freechild with six.   The Nightwatch had a rough Texas two-step this weekend.  After losing to the Roughnecks on Saturday, they were soundly defeated by the Austin Sol 31-11 on Sunday to drop to 0-6.

The DC Breeze, Toronto Rush, New York Empire and Montreal Royals are all crowding the top of the East Division.  The Breeze cling to a slight lead at 3-1 after a thrilling 22-21 over New York on Saturday.

The Minnesota Wind Chill are 3-0 and lead the Midwest Division.  The Wind Chill defeated the Indianapolis Alley Cats on Saturday, 28-25.

The West Division has four teams tied for first place and all have only one loss so far.  The San Francisco Flamethrowers, San Jose Spiders, Seattle Cascades and Los Angeles Aviators are fighting for control of the division.  Seattle won a cross-country matchup with the Pittsburgh Thunderbirds, 26-24.  The Los Angeles Aviators topped the Vancouver Riptide 23-18 on Sunday.

Current AUDL Standings:

  • East Division
    • DC Breeze 3-1
    • Toronto Rush 3-2
    • New York Empire 2-2
    • Montreal Royal 2-2
    • Ottawa Outlaws 1-2
    • Philadelphia Phoenix 0-3
  • Midwest Division
    • Minnesota Wind Chill 3-0
    • Pittsburgh Thunderbirds 2-1
    • Madison Radicals 2-1
    • Detroit Mechanix 1-1
    • Indianapolis Alley Cats 1-4
    • Chicago Wildfire 0-3
  • West Division
    • San Francisco Flamethrowers 4-1
    • San Jose Spiders 4-1
    • Seattle Cascades 3-1
    • Los Angeles Aviators 3-1
    • San Diego Growlers 1-4
    • Vancouver Riptide 0-6
  • South Division
    • Dallas Roughnecks 6-0
    • Raleigh Flyers 5-1
    • Jacksonville Cannons 4-1
    • Atlanta Hustle 1-3
    • Austin Sol 1-5
    • Nashville Nightwatch 0-6

 

 

Obscure Sports Report

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The American Ultimate Disc League (AUDL) took flight for its’ sixth season with 24 teams.   The Dallas Roughnecks began their title defense on Saturday when they opened with a 21-17 win over their in-state rivals, Austin Sol.  The Jacksonville Cannons scored 40 goals in their 40-23 win over the Nashville Nightwatch.   The Nightwatch made history in the game as Jesse Shofner became the first woman to score a goal in the AUDL.

Game one of the Ron Newman Cup Championship in the Major Arena Soccer League (MASL) will be played on Friday night at Royal Farms Arena when the Baltimore Blast will host Soles de Sonora.  The series will shift to Hermosillo, Mexico on Sunday.   The Blast will be gunning for their second consecutive title.

Here are the current standings of the Indoor Football League (IFL):

United Conference

  • Sioux Falls Storm (5-0)
  • Wichita Falls Nighthawks (5-1)
  • Iowa Barnstormers (3-2)
  • Green Bay Blizzard (2-4)
  • Cedar Rapids Titans (1-5)

Intense Conference

  • Nebraska Danger (4-2)
  • Spokane Empire (4-2)
  • Arizona Rattlers (2-3)
  • Salt Lake Screaming Eagles (1-4)
  • Colorado Crush (1-5)

The Florida Tarpons are 2-0 in the Arena Pro Football (APF) league after defeating the Coastal Outlaws, 70-26.  They will travel to St. Louis this weekend to play the River City Raiders.

Stephen Panasuk (High Country) leads the National Arena League (NAL) in total offense with 19 touchdowns scored in three games.  The Grizzlies destroyed the Dayton Wolfpack 94-6 last weekend.  High Country (2-1) will host the Jacksonville Sharks (3-0) this Sunday.

The Fort Wayne Flite leads the Central Basketball Association (CBA) standings with a 2-0 record.   The Flite are led by Ronald Lucas III who is averaging 16 points per game.   They will host the Middle Tennessee Storm (1-2) this Sunday.

Tyler Poythress from Wilson, North Carolina is the Top Ranked Cornhole player in the world.  He finished first with 25 points in the American Cornhole Organization (ACO) Cornhole Madness tournament in Roanoke Rapids, North Carolina.   Poythress has won 23 and lost 9 games in Cornhole Singles.