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Historic run for Delta Pacers Ultimate team at South Frasers

Ladner school’s Ultimate team wins first-ever senior banner after memorable run at Newton Athletic Park

The Delta Pacers have their first-ever South Fraser championship banner at the senior level thanks to the Ultimate team thriving in the Friday (May 12) heat at Surrey’s Newton Athlete Park.

The Ladner school rolled to three impressive victories to capture the top tier AAA title against teams from Surrey and Richmond.

The No. 3 seed Pacers served early notice with a 9-3 win over undefeated regular season champions Burnett from Richmond. The momentum continued with a dominating 13-2 win over Richmond playoff champion and No. 2 seed Steveston-London Sharks.

Delta scored early and often, racing out to a 12-0 lead at one point. The end result provided a little bit of payback after the senior boys volleyball and basketball teams saw their provincial bids end with loses to the Sharks earlier in the school year.

That set the stage for the championship game against No. 1 seed Kwantlen Park. The Pacers rallied from a two-point deficit to pull off a thrilling 8-7 victory.

Next up is the provincials back in Newton at the end of the month.

The Pacers are guided by parent volunteer Dave Jones, a former player himself at the national level and it’s evident in how the team executes at a high work rate.

“The team plays fast, hard and with patience – they understand their roles and are willingly sacrificing individual stats for the good of the team,” said Jones. “A highlight of (the final) and throughout the year is their ability to overcome questionable calls without reciprocating in kind, which shows great maturity and resilience.

“The team’s keys to success are the defense’s ability to stop the opponent’s long game forcing them to try to work the disc up the field, which they are unable to do on a consistent basis. Conversely, on offense, the overall level of throwing skills across the team has greatly increased throughout the season allowing us to work the disc up the field without having to rely on a long game.”

Aylssa Aulik led the day in plus/minus with the team scoring 85 percent of the time she was on the field. Abby Mischke and Aimee Haverstock were on the field for 14 and 13 scores respectively and Paige Day led the girls on the field with five scores against Kwantlen.

Tyler Jones led the boys side being on the field for seven of the eight scores in the final, 14 scores overall and a 78 percent +/-. Turner Anderson was on for 12 scores followed by Casey Cartlidge with 11 scores and who impressively led the team with a 90 percent completion rate (60/67) on the day in his first year playing Ultimate.

With no junior team at DSS, 60 percent of the Pacers roster features rookies to the sport. Other members include Peyton Brown, Quincy Chong, Amorey Cronmiller, Evangelos Falcos, Ryley Ferguson, Harrison Last, Sophia Lawton, Saiya Mann, Nabeel-Aahmed Moledina, Morgan Omstead, Paisley Reid, Josh Robie, Joanna Rybaltowicz, Kaida Tarumoto and Spencer Wong.

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