Homegrown, the men’s club ultimate frisbee team, heads into the beginning of their fall season with a positive outlook on the year.
“I’m excited for this year. We’ve got a lot of new guys, new faces and a good amount of returners,”said Tom Hoeft, head coach and Pointer Alumnus. “I’m optimistic about how we’ll fair.”
The University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point’s ultimate team is part of the Lake Superior Conference. Defined as a club team by university standards, they are considered a college team by ultimate standards.
Homegrown has only a handful of seniors on the roster, but the team does not see this as a challenge.
“We have lots of new people and we need to develop them,”said Cody Sevcik, senior captain and offensive cutter. “We’re a pretty young team, but there’s nothing wrong with that.”
Hoeft shares his goal for the season.
“What I want to see for the team is improvement in every player, skills development, positive attitudes, and encouragement for the new people,” Hoeft said.
There are a few things that Homegrown would like to improve upon and carry over from last season.
“We’re getting a lot better at how we are flowing as a team,” Sevcik said. “We need to continue to grow and move smoothly as a team.”
According to assistant coach Tyler Townsend, Eau Claire is Homegrown’s biggest rival, but there are a few other teams within the Lake Superior Conference are also a challenge to the team.
“UW-Madison Hodags always have a regional presence and are national contenders and UW-Milwaukee is an up and coming team on the cusp of making nationals,” Hoeft said.
Sevcik said he was unsure if Homegrown has ever beaten UW-Milwaukee.
Hoeft pointed out some stand out players who will help Homegrown put up a fight. These men include James Lima, Karl Ploeckelman, Robert Ihssen and Robert Lyke. Daniel Rowen is also expected to have a good season.
“Dan Rowan will excel this season both offensively and defensively,” Townsend said. “It’s his fifth year and he played for the Madison Radicals this summer, which is a professional team.”
Townsend said the team plans on running a vertical stack offensively and a man-to-man defense.
The Homegrown season debuts Oct. 4 at home. It will be a two day tournament played on the intramural fields.
“The fall season is more of a developing season,” Townsend said.
Ultimate is unique in the aspect that players call their own fouls. Due to this, sportsmanship levels are generally high. Hoeft recommends that if people have never played ultimate, they should try it.
“The ultimate community is something that offers something for everyone,” Hoeft said. “It’s full of the nicest, most genuine people you will ever meet.”