Assassins Repeat as IFT Champs

The 60th International Frisbee Tournament

The 60th Coca-Cola International Frisbee Tournament (IFT) was held on July 8th and 9th in Calumet, MI and featured the return of the 69B tournament and also a "Saucer" division featuring both seniors and youngsters competing. The tournament had a true international flair to it as Samurai Spirit flew in from Japan to compete and we also had players from Taiwan and Great Britain. With 24 teams competing in guts, this was the largest guts Frisbee tournament since the "re-birth" of guts a decade ago. In a classic semi-final matchup Camelita's (aka Blame the Dog) showed true grit and guts by overcoming a 20-18 deficit late against Samurai Spirit thanks to two diving catches by Rudy Tikkanen and tremendous defense under pressure by the Dogs. Once in the finals however, the defending champions Appleton Assassins showed why they are the best in the world by handling Blame the Dog with relative ease 21-14 and 21-15 to win the IFT back-to-back for the first time and drink from the cup for the third time overall as a team. Can anyone knock off Appleton anytime soon? We'll find out as we have two more majors left on the tournament circuit for 2017. 

Also, big congratulations to the 2017 Hall of Fame induction class of Mark Banghart, Steve Buckley, Pat Dexter, Duane Haralson, and Julie Vadnais.

Pictured below are top two finishers (left to right, back to front): Tanner Beckman, Brian Beckman, Alex Tews, David Brown, Tony Hella, Jonathan Luedke, Nik Jackson, Adam Swanson, Rudy Tikkanen, Jericho Luedke, Josh Tews, and Brian Tews. 




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