Wednesday, October 05, 2016

Ozark Opener Recap

Over the past weekend, two Zontal teams made the trip down to Fayetteville, Arkansas for the Ozark Opener, our first tournament of the year. Starting with about 14 players per team, numbers remained small throughout the weekend as injuries piled up. This gave rookies plenty of playing time to showcase their talents. The two teams went a combined 12-0 on the weekend finishing the tournament by closing out hard fought semi final games against Kansas State and Missouri. Zontal X was a dominant offensive team, with core of huckers bombing it  to an athletic and fast cutting line lead by Caleb Robinson. While Zontal Y was the defensive powerhouse of the tournament tallying up countless layout Ds and implementing suffocating handler marks. Defense on both teams was highlighted by the rookies continually generating Ds. 

Personal Highlight of the Weekend: Nate Daugg taking an out of bounds pull to the chest to get                                                                     Zontal X fired up

We have one full week of practice and training, then next tournament up is Manhattan Project. Zontal teams will remain X and Y for this tournament so that we can continue kick the most ass possible. 

MLC is in one month. 

Friday, September 23, 2016

Spotted At Practice: Rookies throwing arounds

Easily the most comfortable with throwing arounds and running the dump sets I've ever seen the full team at this point of the season. There might possibly be a method to Tommy's madness.....

Everyone is super stoked for the hat tourney tomorrow. This will be the rookies first taste of what a tournament is like and great prep for Ozark Opener in a week.

Thursday, September 15, 2016


Throws = better. Cuts = better. Understanding of the game = way better. Although numbers have thinned out a bit since the first two weeks, we still have a lot of young guns coming out to practice and killing it (shout out to Keaton for his monster bid today). As a veterans, it is both super exciting and motivating to see new guys still learning the game, but also doing so well. Keep up the good work young bloods! In the next few weeks we will continue to perfect our vert movements as we prepare for our up coming hat tournament. This will be the first real taste game level ultimate for the rooks. Thats all I got for now.

- Young Neil

Tuesday, August 23, 2016

Had a great turn out yesterday for our first practice with the new players. A lot of great athletes out there. We will have practice again today at Schenk from 415-615 and we hope to see more faces for day two. 

Friday, August 19, 2016

How To Join the HorrorZontals

Attention all incoming freshman or those interested in joining the HorrorZontals, KU's mens ultimate frisbee club. We are excited for a new season and new players joining the program. In the upcoming weeks we will be setting up information booths, as well as open practices, to be able to spread the word, answer questions and meet current players for those interested. Here are the dates and locations for those events:
     - Union Fest- Friday August 19th, 7-10pm inside the Union

     -  Game On!- Saturday August 20th, 11-2pm Daisy Hill Commons lawn

     - Hawk Fest- Saturday August 20th, 530-730pm in Lot 91

     - SUA Carnival- Saturday August 27th, 5-8pm Lied Center Parking Lot

Please send an email or show up to an event if you are at all interested in playing this fall. It's never too late to join! 

Monday, August 15, 2016

Spring 16 Recap

Alright, its been a long while since our last post and a lot has gone on since then. While impossible to give all the details from the last half of the season, I am going to try to paint a picture of the team and how the year ended up. Here are some highlights:

Santa Barbara Invite-
     We faced tough competition on Saturday, losing tough games to teams like UC Davis and UCSB. We ended the day with a dominant victory of Dartmouth. After a one win Saturday, we went to dinner that evening assuming we would play the next day in a consolation bracket. Between the first and second round of drinks, we discovered we had snuck our way in the championship bracket due to the point differential of the Dartmouth game. The Zontals came out the next morning ready to play. We faced the very talented handler core of British Colombia, amid the most intense downpour any of us had ever played through. After a dominant first half in which we controlled the game, we crumbed in the second half eventually losing 15-8. We finished out the tournament and spent Monday exploring around California.

Mardi Gras-
     The B team, led by Tony, took two vans of young Z boys to experience some Louisiana culture. Guest appearances were made by Jake Kotzman and Nate Daugg to help fill out the roster. Games were won. Jambalaya was eaten. Beer was drank. Made it back from Bourbon street. No one got arrested. Successful weekend.

Eastern's Qualifier-
     2-2 on Saturday with a tough one point loss to Georgia Tech and a hard fought universe point victory against Virginia. The highlight of the weekend came in the final game on Sunday against Clemson. Frustration had started to set in, after what had already been a tough day and we were losing to start out the second half. What happened next is impossible to fully describe over a blog post. The 2016 team always played better when everyone was relaxed and having fun so Winkler decided at half it was up to him to keep the team feeling loose.  After a 20 minute disappearance, he returns with a bucket of fried chicken and some beer for the nerves. Long story short, the Zontals thrives in the new mindset, got the break train rolling and finished the game 13-11. 

Midwest Throwdown-
     We traveled to St. Louis to compete in the Midwest Throwdown and were hosted by the lovely Rotter family. We smashed our pool on Saturday going 4-0, lost a tight game to Missouri in the semis on Sunday and finished the weekend by beating Iowa State for 3rd. We left the weekend feeling good but frustrated we couldn't get past Missouri.

     Back to St. Louis and Rotter family home. I think I had an excitement blackout during this tournament so its hard for me to recall all the details. We beat the defending sectionals champions, WashU, somewhere in the mix and played what was probably, up until that point in the season, our game of the year against Missouri. Our zone absolutely dominated in that game, grinding out points that lasted well over ten minutes. Zontal zone made multiple All Region Missouri players look confused and frustrated all game. We won on a huck to Trent which he caught over a Missouri player. It was the exact scenario in which we had lost to Missouri on universe point the year before. That wasn't the championship game but it was probably the one that mattered to us most. We ended the weekend as Ozark Sectional Champions. That's all that matters.

     The team could not have been more excited in anticipation for this tournament. We got to play close to home and we knew we would have a large alumni contingent to be cheering us on. We cannot say thank you enough to those who came and supported us. We started Saturday by with a win over an athletic but fairly inexperienced Houston team. Brooks led the team by getting a lay out D on almost every point he played. Our second game was absolute battle against a talented Colorado State team. Zontals took the lead and controlled the game early, In the middle third of the game we got a little complacent and let Colorado State get back into it and take a few point lead. We score to make it 8-12 and are essentially looking at the end of our season. We know we have to make something happen right then. We get the first break back. Then the second. Now we have some momentum. We break a third time to make 11-12 and we can see the frustration mounting on the Colorado State sideline. The next point is an absolute with turns going back and forth. CSU had chances to end it but couldn't convert. After a serious injury forced us to change fields midpoint, we get the break and tie it up 12-12. Confidence was extremely high as we were able to force a turn and punch it in endzone right in front of the home crowd.
     Our big victory on Saturday earned us a spot to play Colorado Mamabird on Sunday morning. The most points Colorado gave up in a single game on Saturday was 4. We knew Colorado wasn't going to take us seriously and we could see it in their overly confident attitude during warm ups. First play of the game Brooks gets a huge layout D on an All region player. From then on it was a great game. The Zontals hung in there and kept frustrating the Mamabird team the entire game. What had been a one or two point game for the majority ended in a 11 or 12-15 loss. We felt good about the way we played and definitely earned some respect from a top dog in the region.
     Next game was against Arkansas. We were a little drained after the game against Colorado and didn't come out with our usual swagger. It was a close and hard fought game the entire was through. Our frustration mounted when calls continued to not go our way. In the end we weren't able to pull it out. It was extremely difficult to end the season this was but were proud of what we pulled off not only during regionals but through out the entire year.

The saddest part of the season isn't the conclusion of the final game, but knowing that brothers are leaving the program. This year we lost some Zontal legends, great players and even better people.
Senior class included: Charlie Rotter, Trent Kuhl, Jason Finklestein, Kyle Strickland, Eric Winkler, Will Mason, Tommy Gebhardt, and coach Jack Caliccio. Everyone still on the team is honored to played and learned from each of these guys.

Sorry that was so long. A lot to fit in and I'm sure there were probably moments I forgot. We will be posting and updating much more regularly this season to avoid the massive info dump.

That's all I got for now.

Proud to be HorrorZontal

- Young Neil 

Saturday, December 19, 2015

Santa Barbara Invite Tournament

The Horrorzontals were accepted to the Santa Barbara Invite tournament in California. The tournament is in California so while the rest of the team is in Kansas, 17 players and Coach Jack  will be experience beautiful Southern California weather the last weekend of January. This tournament is a result of the hard work that everyone on this team put in last fall. I know that everyone on this team is excited for the opportunity of an invite tournament and will put in even  more work over break so that we can show the West Coast what Kansas ultimate is all about.


Wednesday, November 11, 2015

This past weekend the Horrorzontals went to MLC and ended up taking 7th place. We started out in Pool D as the second seed. We played Wisconsin B first, W-Eau Claire second, and Vandy third. We won all of those games and decided to end Saturday on a universe point win against Iowa, the number one seed of the pool. We were onto the Championship bracket!

Our first game was against Notre Dame. They put up a good fight but we put up a better one. We ended up winning that pre-Quarters game and advanced to the Quarter Finals. We were playing Missouri. We fought our hardest but sadly we lost. We were sent to the 5th seed bracket and played Minnesota. While Finkelstein and Bumsted had a bromance of a game, our hearts weren't in it and we lost. Texas was our next opponent and while we played a good first half, the other team had to go catch a flight leaving us with 7th place. Everyone played great this weekend up we still ended up short. The team will be doing a lot of work in the off season. Hopefully it'll pay off and  we can show the nation what the Horrorzontals are all about.

If you wish to see footage from MLC or Ames, it was just uploaded to ZontalsFootage.

Monday, October 26, 2015

This last weekend the Zontals took a trip to Iowa to watch the Royals game away from the big city lights.  Friday night was full of frivolities and high-fives as our boys in blue clinched the AL Pennant for the second year running.  Before leaving the local Applebee’s, word made it through the ranks that there was an Ultimate tournament in town as well.  Never turning down a challenge to throw down in the Middie, the Z’s cleared their weekend schedules to toss around some plastic over the rolling hills of Ames, Iowa.  Splitting for the first time into A and B squads this season, the HorrorZontals were once again joined by their little brothers, the VertiKills.

Wind.  The great equalizer it’s said.  Try as it might, though, the Zontals fought their way through day one and 20+ mph winds.  Our first game of the day against St. Mary’s was a short affair.  Despite the dark clouds and cutting winds, the Zontals were well and truly fully torqued.  Upon seeing this display, St Mary’s took a look down, and seeing their own incompetence, and probable incontinence, loaded back up and drove off into the wilderness, not to be seen again.  Talk about blue balls.  

The second game brought up the North Dakota State Sky Bison.  Despite trading points early, and even suffering a break, the O-line promptly proceeded to get their collective shit together and scored every subsequent possession.  Handing the impetus to the D-line, they didn’t disappoint.  On the menu for the D-line: bison burgers sandwiched by layout D’s and served with a side of monster skies. 13-9.  

Next up was a split Iowa State split B squad.  We ended up taking ISUC Bx down 13-5.  Not a whole lot happened this game.  Will’s hat proved to be instrumental for the O-line.  If you asked anyone about the game, that’s probably what they would remember about it.

Rounding up the pool play 3-0,  the Zontals arrived to the crossover game facing our oldest nemesis.  That’s too strong of a word actually.  If you’ve ever walked through a wild pasture, you’ve probably stepped in a buffalo chip.  You feel the crunch/squish combo. You lift up the heel of your shoe, and say, “Damn, that’s kind of an inconvenience,” before scraping it off on the grass around you.  That’s right, K-State up next.  More savvy, solid O-line play led by Tommy “My Ballz Aren’t THAT Old” Gebhardt, big dick D’s from Nate Daugg, and a great attitude from Trent showed the Buffalo Chips why that Big Red Z still means #1.

The B team may not have won a game Saturday, but they’re proving to everyone why they’re still the top party-winning, farm system in the land.  Led by Zontal Legend Mr. Zeets, the Vertikillz managed to clog their way through three hotel toilets, drink their way through a literal pallet of Radler and Bud Light, and topped it off with a human pyramid to retrieve a lost disc from the top of Super 8.  Truly memorable.

Sunday morning.  The Zontals line up Nebraska and Northern Iowa in their sights and let loose. A combined line of 26-8.  Shattered plastic tossed to the sidelines.  Broken ankles littered over the field.  Peach’s hamstring lies lonely amongst the wreckage.  The only reminder that there were two sides to these affairs.  The Zontals emerge from this frozen, misty morning victorious and ready for the games to come.  Let us first remember those that brought us here.  Young Bret truly shone this morning.  A light amongst the mist, the future for the Zontals truly is bright.  Jeremy “Kitty” Katz, barely a scratch upon his soft complexion, instead choosing to turn his claws to the opponents.  There’s still hope for a Zontal Calendar fundraiser.  Alex Clarence Dennis Clarence Alex, proving that men with buns can really run.  Using porto-o-john’s are still an issue.  And of course Alex P[random consonants].  Proving that yes, wingsuits are a viable, practical option when running downwind; all you have to do is wear a big shirt.

This brought us to hometown heroes ISUC for the semifinal.  They started on O, and held their first possession, but it wasn’t long until the Break Train rolled into the station.  Trent, ditching his “I have a great attitude” persona, actually played like he’s been playing this goddamn game for five years now.  Well enough to gain mention in the post-tournament team talk I might add.  His tenacity on defense and precision hucks on the turn led the D-line to getting the breaks needed to put the O-line at ease.  Knowing all they had to do was throw 175g worth of plastic to each other 70yds down a patch of grass, the O-line proceeded to calmly and surely...huck the disc for every score.  ISUC literally had no answer for our deep game.  Better throws, better catching, and (4 years too late for Vinny) better athletes led the Z’s into the final with a score of 13-10.  The unfortunately-named ContraBears were up next.

Current holders of the Sectional title, and college-student-budget-friendly (the same uni’s for how long now? I know they say don’t change a good thing...but yeesh...make sure it’s good first) WashU were contending against your Zontals for the tournament title.  What’s sure to be a common contest the rest of the season resulted in another classic game between the two squads.  The Z’s struck first, and struck fast.  Holding our O point, and then breaking twice in a row, the Z’s were on top 3-0 before WashU realized that the game had actually started.  Having seen our deep game working so reliably the first half of the first half, Contra reacted by throwing a zone and stifling our deep game.  At first it was business as usual, but a long, drawn-out half resulted in the Z’s taking half 7-6.  Back on serve.  Perhaps it was fatigue from only running 15 guys all weekend, and 14 on Sunday, or the nerves of a final, but their zone ended up getting the best of the O-line on a few more occasions.  Despite the D-lines best efforts, with rookies and vets alike both making outstanding plays to make the WashU O-line take at least 15+ throws and several turns before finally scoring, tired legs finally got to us.  The Zontals dropped the game 12-9.

This was the first final of the year for the Zontals, but despite dropping it to a sectional rival, we're ready to improve and make sure when we're in the next final we're ready to go.  Gearing up for MLC in two weeks:  Refocus and Reload.

Here we go BoyZ
J. "The Best Kotzman" Kotz

Friday, October 02, 2015

After experiencing the logistical nightmare that is Manhattan Project (worst tournament organization ever) Friday night, everyone was excited to go out and play Saturday. We split teams up into an X and Y team and played our respected pools. Both teams ended with a good record of 2-2, only the Y team went onto the championship bracket though because Y beat X in a cross over game. Like I said, earlier worst tournament organization ever. In order to prepare for Sunday's games, the Z's did what Z's do best, they win the party. There was particularly strong showing from Nate Daugg and Trent who both were MVP's in winning the party for us. They definitely recovered for Sunday's games though. Trent, Tommy and Dennis both went from X to Y to try and take down those K-State Alumns but to no avail. Y team won all their other games and got a respectable 5th place. X had a tremendous showing from the rookies Sunday as we face nonstop zone points. The rookies pick up zone O fairly well and by the end of the second game we were shredding cups, The X team ended up taking 12th place with only a few vets on the team at this point so the rookies on X really did an outstanding job. 

Our next major thing coming up is try outs for the A and B team. That should be happening within the next couple weeks so stay tuned.