By Brian Kapur; NORTHWEST CURRENT STAFF
For eight years, Wilson’s Jacob Radack and Avi Taylor have played Ultimate Frisbee together. On Sunday afternoon, they connected for the game-winning touchdown when Taylor found Radack in the end zone to give the Tigers an 11-6 victory over School Without Walls and their second consecutive D.C. State Athletic Association crown.
“We’ve played together for a long time and have great chemistry together,” said Taylor. “We can just read each other’s minds on the field.”
The duo, who first began playing the sport together at Deal Middle School, will leave an Ultimate Frisbee legacy at Wilson that goes beyond championships. They helped establish the sport at the school through their passion for the game and recruitment of classmates.
“The program has grown a ton,” said Radack. “Last year, we had no girls, so the tournament was hard because we had to play with two less people on the field.
[This year,] we had a bunch of new people on the team — freshmen, girls. The program is getting huge.” One of those newcomers was freshman Ava Ahmann, who played a big role in the Tigers’ win and was named the DCSAA’s most valuable player for her efforts.
“It’s really cool, and I feel very blessed,” Ahmann said. “I don’t really deserve this; everyone does. I’m really happy for my team.”
For the Tigers to capture the championship, they had to endure a grueling day at the Kenilworth Park Fields. Wilson had to win three games to take the crown. It started at 1 p.m. with a game against Maret and a win over Georgetown Day before it ended with School Without Walls, which had beaten Field to advance to the finals.
This year’s DCSAA field offered better competition, with other schools rapidly improving at the new sport, said Taylor. “It’s an exciting time to play Ultimate because it’s really upand- coming and getting more popular,” he said. “It’s really fun watching it grow. It will be in good hands. We’re going to be OK.”