“TCU High Noon” heads to regionals for first time in school history

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    For the first time in school history, the TCU ultimate frisbee team, nicknamed “TCU High Noon,” will head to Tulsa, Okla., for the South Central D-1 College Men’s Regionals.

    “It was kind of a big accomplishment for us, not only to make it, but to win first place [in sectionals] and do it by beating our opponents by a hefty margin,” team captain Michael Matthis said. “It was a pretty big deal.”

    The Frogs compete in the North Texas conference, which consists of teams located throughout the Texas Panhandle. TCU won its sectional tournament, beating out Texas Tech, UT-Arlington, North Texas, UT-Dallas, SMU and Baylor.

    In the championship game, TCU High Noon beat the Bears 15-10 to secure the 2014 North Texas title.

    “In the past, we’ve never really had a strong enough team to even make it to regionals, let alone place first,” Matthis said. “Historically, our [conference] powerhouses have been UNT and Baylor.”

    At regionals, notable participants include Colorado, Texas, Texas A&M and Oklahoma. Colorado, Texas and A&M are each among the nation’s top seven teams.

    TCU is expected to hold the tournament’s 15th seed, with Baylor rounding out the 16-team bracket with the bottom seed.

    The top three teams in regionals will head to Mason, Ohio, in mid-May for the USA Ultimate D-I College Championships, which will be broadcast on ESPN3, according to USA Ultimate’s website.

    Matthis repeatedly praised his team’s effort and hard work when asked about what it took to get to regionals.

    “It really just comes down to the players wanting it more than anything else,” Matthis said. “Putting in the time and effort that it takes to achieve something.”

    A senior criminal justice major, Matthis also said the team has a strong bond off the field.

    “It’s a very strong community within the team,” Matthis said. “We’re all really good friends with each other.”

    The team’s opponent is yet to be determined, but based on the proposed standings, will likely be Texas A&M. That said, the challenge hasn’t dissuaded the excitement around competing.

    “Everyone’s still talking about it, really excited,” Matthis said. “We’re still getting people, not only from around TCU, but other schools we’ve been playing against congratulating us. People were just rooting for the fact that we’re possible contenders.”

    You can follow the team’s progress throughout this weekend’s tournament on their official Twitter profile: @HighNoonTCU.