Cold weather and a bad wind capable of making a Frisbee take off
and fly away did not prevent the Rocky Mountain Invitational from
taking place this weekend. CSU’s club ultimate team, Hibida, hosted
the tournament, going to battle on the intramural fields against
other participating schools. Games started on Saturday and ran
until Sunday afternoon.
“Our Tournament always seems to fall on the two worst days of
the year,” said Hibida member Tony Petraglia of the weather
In one situation the opening punt between the Hibida B squad and
the Wyoming Cowboys saw the Frisbee catch some air, fly across the
IM fields past the intersection of South and Meridian Drive, and
slam into a parked Suzuki Samurai in the Newsom Hall parking
Both Hibida squads performed well in the opening day of
competition with Hibida B going 2-1 and Hibida A going a perfect
3-0 with wins over University of Denver, North Texas and
Sunday looked bright after Saturday’s performances, but it
quickly turned sour for Hibida B. The team faced Colorado School of
Mines for the first round of the elimination tournament. Mines made
quick work of the B squad. Hibida A had the University of Nebraska
in the first round and took care of the Cornhuskers to move to the
The final four of the RMI featured Mines, Colorado-Boulder,
Hibida and North Texas. Mines made quick work of CU-Boulder
Meanwhile North Texas earned its bid to the championship game
with a heated 12-9 win over Hibida.
North Texas opened scoring in that game with two quick scores.
Hibida battled back and made the score 2-1, the Mean Green went
right back to work and made the score 4-1. Hibida called time out
and came out smoking going on a 3-0 run to even the score.
With the score tied at four, North Texas took the Frisbee down
the field and once again scored twice in a row pushing its lead
back to 6-4.
Hibida got the Frisbee and with short passes, made North Texas
play up on defense. That’s when Hibida went deep, scoring on a
remarkable catch by Eric Vaughn. Both sides turned the Frisbee over
and North Texas found the goal again, making the score 7-5.
After getting the Frisbee, Hibida made a pass that was swatted
by a North Texas player, but on its way to the ground the Frisbee
caught some wind and landed in Vaughn’s hands again.
After nearly five minutes going back and forth, Hibida tied
things up with a short throw. North Texas broke the tie and sent
the game to half time with the score 8-7.
Coming out in the second half, North Texas scored quickly and
tempers flared as the Mean Green scored again for their biggest
lead of the game 10-7.
“They have players on their team that aren’t even in college,”
said Ben Aldridge of the reason for elevated tempers.
CSU traded points with the Mean Green, but could not cut into
the lead as North Texas scored 12 goals for the win while CSU could
only muster up nine.