Bainbridge Island Ultimate, a team comprised of student athletes who attend Bainbridge High School, placed first in their division at Spring Reign 2013, an annual youth Ultimate tournament in Burlington.
The largest coed youth Ultimate tourney in the world, it included teams hailing from Washington, Oregon, Idaho, Montana, California, British Columbia, Manitoba and beyond.
The BI Ultimate lost 12-5 in their first game against the undefeated Stratford Hall Sabers, then bounced back with a big 13-4 win against Carpe Discus, from Kamiak High in Mukilteo.
Bainbridge then followed with an 11-9 victory over the SWC Bull Dogs from British Columbia.
BI Ultimate dispatched Seattle Waldorf, then beat Eric Hamber Griffins in the semifinals to earn the rematch against Stratford Hall.
Bainbridge was sluggish at the start of the C Division championship matchup, and trailed by 7-3 at halftime.
But led by seniors Mason Challinor (captain), Leah Mulholland (captain), Tomás Delgado, Isaac Glanzrock and Brendan Willerford, the team battled back to tie the score.
And with the contest in the balance, Delgado made a diving catch at the right corner of the end zone for the final score in the 9-8 heart-stopper.
He was immediately mobbed by his teammates, and Challinor scooped Delgado up in a big bear hug, lifting him off his feet.
“It was a pretty big comeback,” said Bainbridge Coach Andrew Lovejoy.
“We got to avenge our loss,” he added.
The coach noted that one of the team’s newest players made the decisive score.
“He came out this year and immediately was one of the most valuable players on the team,” Lovejoy said of Delgado.
“He’s just an incredible athlete and does everything great. Just a great kid; super positive, awesome attitude,” he said.
In regular season play, BI Ultimate’s A team is undefeated, with two games left in the season.