Denver having a blast at East Regional

GAINESVILLE, Fla. – The loosest team at the East Regional has to be Denver.

After posting a 287 (good for fourth place), eating a quick lunch and hitting a few practice putts, the Pioneers were off to The Swamp, UF’s football stadium, to play Ultimate Frisbee. On the plane ride to Florida, Denver had a draft to decide teams.

Team 1: Seniors Dawn Shockley and Katie Kempter, coach Sammie Chergo.

Team 2: Junior Stephanie Sherlock, freshman Sarah Faller, sophomore Ellie Givens.

Special T-shirts were made, too.

“We decided we needed something else to do besides golf,” said Shockley, who was named Colorado’s 3A high school basketball player of the year as a senior at Estes Park High.

Denver tries to play Ultimate Frisbee after rounds when the team is on the road. And the games can get intense, apparently, as Chergo showed me a scar next to her right eye.

“She face-planted with sunglasses on,” Shockley said, laughing.

Chergo picked up the story from there.

“I was running, and I went to stop, but my foot took a divot. I couldn’t get my hands up and I crashed,” Chergo said. “And they’re laughing their asses off. There was blood. Broke my sunglasses, too.”

Let’s hope everyone makes it back in one piece for tomorrow’s second round.

– Dan Mirocha

Posted May 7

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