FALL BRAWL RESULTS
Gibbons Boys went undefeated on Saturday with the best point differential on the day with statement wins against the 2nd seed Apex 13-5, 13-3 against Riverside and 85 Exit 4 13-4.
The hardest fought win was a 10-9 victory after the hard cap went off against Chapel Hill HS who went on to finish 2nd place in the tournament.
Sunday's 1st game against the tournament champions started with a 2-1 break for the lead for Gibbons but High Country Christian proved to be to much for the Crusaders. In the end, our lack of execution in our endzone set and cup zone defense broken by the handlers of High Country Christian proved to be the difference maker in the game as Gibbons lost 15-10. This would be tied for the closest any team competed with the Fall Brawl victors. bouncing back against Bethesda-Chevy Chase the 2016 Maryland State Champions with a 13-9 win.
Gibbons Boys would go on to finish 6th breaking seed but losing the last game of the day as injuries and fatigue took its toll against the 1st seed East Chapel Hill. Every Gibbons player took to the field in the last game getting valuable reps and experience against a very good East Chapel Hill team.
The proudest moment of the weekend came from Gibbons Developmental team who finished 2nd going 2-2 on Saturday winning the Spirit Award building on the 10 pillars of the program. Coaches couldn't have been prouder about this group who also showed up on Sunday to support and play on the boys team making significant contributions.
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Great spirit was shown by both teams kicking off the season. Gibbons started down 6-2 going into half after coming out anxiously and after a timeout by Coach Degnan the team made some adjustments on defense primarily going into a 3 man cup zone for the rest of the game. From there turns came rapidly from handblocks by Mike O'Neill and a Callahan by Ramon (when freshman line of Saul and Miquel came in for the first time in the cup) got the team to turn the tide. The team took half 7-6 and seniors BJ, Santi & Tom settled the ship and lead the team with consistent hadler movement all second half. Standout of the game was MiniWheats with constant cutting being in the right place at the right time in the endzone stack.
Gibbons Defensive Zone pressure was once again stifling with the cup creating turnovers at will. Going into Fall Brawl the team feels great on the defensive side but will need to clean up the offense after turns and run their sets if they look to break seed and take down the top teams in the country.
Once again Senior Tom was monstrous as the deep lone man catching many of his turns. New additions of Ethan and Mantyh helped with disc skills but many turns came from undisciplined hucks. The game ended on a Callahan by August. Players of the game where Nebraska and Santi, Blake and Vincent running in the cup the entirety of the game.
Read how Gibbons looks to break into the Top 25 this year with hopefully an upset against local top 2 & 3 teams!
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About Coach Casey Degnan:
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Raised in Raleigh, Casey Degnan graduated from Cardinal Gibbons High School '99 before heading to High Point University. There, he was the first team in school history to make the NCAA Tournament in tennis and was known for regularly leaving straight from tennis practice and running to Ultimate Intramurals where he began his love and passion for Ultimate.
As a player, he has been apart of Boneyard Ultimate winning nationals in 2015 and gold at worlds with team USA in 2016, and is a veteran of club tournaments around the country. Degnan was also the first player signed on Chicago’s Wildfire AUDL professional franchise when it premiered four years ago and is the current owner of the Raleigh Flyers.
Most of all, Degnan wants to focus on spreading his passion to the youth. He gave up his job as a day trader to go back to athletics and working with kids in schools. The youngest of six boys, Degnan wants to share his philosophy for many reasons — from promoting health and fitness to sharing competitive sportsmanship and drive.
Degan emphasizes the value of play and the ability to influence the youth of a city through the teaching and participation of sports, not only to grow the health and safety of kids, but their enjoyment as well.
As a coach, Degnan has given back to the ultimate community, and the youth of the Chicago and now Raleigh area, in many ways. He’s coached two high school teams in CUJO (Chicago Ultimate Junior Organization) and has given his time and financial support to help other ultimate programs. Most recently before coming home to Gibbons, he started his own ultimate team and athletic program at Intrinsic H.S., an inner city charter school, where he began the athletic program and served as athletic director.
Degnan has volunteered at numerous coaching and youth clinics, working with various ultimate related youth outreach programs, organizations, and schools teaching ultimate throughout the Triangle with CUJO, E.R.I.C and Triangle Ultimate.
The Crusaders Ultimate Team competes in the sport of ultimate frisbee --an action-packed, player-regulated, sport that challenges a player's agility, running and throwing abilities, and good sportsmanship. The sport is open to both males and females at all grade levels. The team practices throughout the week in the fall and spring, plays regular matches with other area high school teams, and competes in state, regional and for the first time in Gibbons history national tournaments in 2016 Spring Season! The team is a founding member and active participant in the Triangle High School Ultimate Association.
The Ultimate Frisbee Club is open for any students in any grade level. Ultimate Frisbee is a competitive club that partakes in games and tournaments against other schools in the area but represents themselves and meets all criteria of Gibbons Athletics. The team will begin in 2016 to integrate more into Gibbons Athletics.
Coach Casey Degnan takes over with Coach Mike Wittmer and building from Mark Tawater who for over a decade has not only built the foundation of the sport of Ultimate at Gibbons but in the Triangle High School community. Degnan is grateful and is excited to create a PROGRAM from the years of service and leadership from Tadwater and previous Gibbons Ultimate coaches like Ian Pratt, Schanz, Plentl, and many more. Degnan is extremely happy to work with Athletic Director Todd Schuler who has begun to include and weave Ultimate more closely into the fabric of Gibbons Athletics functioning more as a Varsity and JV Gibbons Athletics team. Degnan looks to keep the inclusiveness, core values and everything that has been great about Gibbons Ultimate rich club history and add to the legacy and pillars that exists in Gibbons Athletics Program.
The season kicked off for the Ultimate Team on Saturday, October, 15 with a W 13-8 against Jordan as well as a win against Enloe 15-7. Gibbons broke seed in Fall Brawl finishing 6th place with wins against Apex, Chapel Hill and Bethesda-Chevy Chase.
There will be a mandatory meeting about joining the team for the Spring season the first week back in January. The regular season will start soon after.
Senior Santi Velosa, a team captain on the Ultimate Frisbee team. “Gibbons Ultimate is one of the oldest programs in the state and prides itself on being a fun, competitive experience while being inclusive of all players”, said Santi.
Cardinal Gibbons High School has the oldest continually operative high school Ultimate program in the state of North Carolina. Gibbons formed its first team in 1999 and has fielded successful teams continuously for the last seventeen years, with full support and resources from the school's administration. Gibbons has won three state championships during that period, in 2001 and 2002 and most recently in 2011 (also placed third in 2010 and highly in others). Gibbons has won and placed highly in numerous local and regional tournaments in the past seventeen years, including the High School Easterns championship in 2012 and THSUA-sponsored regional tournament championships in 2004-2008. Gibbons has also participated and placed highly in tournaments such as Tidewater Tune-Up, Deep Freeze, and Terminus and has won numerous spirit awards. Gibbons was one of the founding members of Triangle Youth Ultimate League (TYUL), winning four consecutive Eastern Conference championships undefeated from 2009 to 2012 (and finishing second by only one game in 2013). Most recently, Gibbons won the Wolfpack Invite Tournament in Raleigh on February 1, 2015, placed first again in the Eastern Conference of TYUL in 2016, and was invited to play in the 2016 USAU Southerns Tournament in Atlanta.
Gibbons has been a leader in promoting high school Ultimate in the Triangle area of North Carolina. In 2004, Gibbons formed and operated for the next four years until 2008 the Triangle High School Ultimate Association (THSUA), the first high school league in the Triangle area with twelve teams participating and the forerunner of TYUL. THSUA, under Gibbons leadership, sponsored regular season team play and at least two major tournaments each year, one in the fall in one in the spring. Gibbons and THSUA also coordinated and hosted state championship tournaments during those years, with the Gibbons faculty sponsor serving as State Youth Coordinator (SYC) in 2006-2008 and a Gibbons graduate and former player serving in that capacity after the transition to TYUL in 2009-2010.
Since 2014, Gibbons has made its fields and facilities available to Triangle Ultimate for league play, tournaments, and coaching clinics.