High school teams battle for Ultimate frisbee victory in South Portland

Posted May 13, 2014, at 5:50 a.m.
An Amherst player lays out but can't get reach a pass during an Ultimate game against Fryeburg Academy on Saturday in South Portland.
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An Amherst player lays out but can't get reach a pass during an Ultimate game against Fryeburg Academy on Saturday in South Portland.
Aidan Cadley (left) of John Jay High School in Cross River, New York, discusses a penalty called on him by Dan Goldstein of Needham High School in Massachusetts.
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Aidan Cadley (left) of John Jay High School in Cross River, New York, discusses a penalty called on him by Dan Goldstein of Needham High School in Massachusetts.
Bumper stickers displayed on parents' cars at the High School Northeastern Championships in South Portland on Saturday.
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Bumper stickers displayed on parents' cars at the High School Northeastern Championships in South Portland on Saturday.
 Amherst's Lenny Wright stretches after a score during an Ultimate game on Saturday in South Portland.
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Amherst's Lenny Wright stretches after a score during an Ultimate game on Saturday in South Portland.
A rain-soaked player from Lexington High School in Massachusetts looks for the throw in an Ultimate game against Cape Elizabeth on Saturday in South Portland.
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A rain-soaked player from Lexington High School in Massachusetts looks for the throw in an Ultimate game against Cape Elizabeth on Saturday in South Portland.
Amherst's Shira Yeskel-Mednick (right) makes a catch over the top of Emily Burkhardt of Pennsbury on Saturday in South Portland.
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Amherst's Shira Yeskel-Mednick (right) makes a catch over the top of Emily Burkhardt of Pennsbury on Saturday in South Portland.
Jamie Hong (left) of the Stuyvesant High School Sticky Fingers, from New York City, attempts to block a pass from Elende Connor of the Amherst, Massachusetts, Hurricanes on Saturday in South Portland.
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Jamie Hong (left) of the Stuyvesant High School Sticky Fingers, from New York City, attempts to block a pass from Elende Connor of the Amherst, Massachusetts, Hurricanes on Saturday in South Portland.
Nick Rodo of the Middletown Firestarters reaches for a pass in the end zone in an Ultimate game against Cape Elizabeth on Saturday in South Portland.
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Nick Rodo of the Middletown Firestarters reaches for a pass in the end zone in an Ultimate game against Cape Elizabeth on Saturday in South Portland.
A Middletown High School player loses his hat while making a jumping catch against a Cape Elizabeth player on Saturday in South Portland.
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A Middletown High School player loses his hat while making a jumping catch against a Cape Elizabeth player on Saturday in South Portland.
Falmouth's Andre Clement (center) is double-teamed by two Pennsbury High School players as he prepares to attempt a catch on Saturday in South Portland.
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Falmouth's Andre Clement (center) is double-teamed by two Pennsbury High School players as he prepares to attempt a catch on Saturday in South Portland.
A player from Pennsbury High School launches a frisbee to start a game of Ultimate on Saturday in South Portland.
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A player from Pennsbury High School launches a frisbee to start a game of Ultimate on Saturday in South Portland.
Adam Grammar (right) of Masconomet Regional High School in Topsfield, Massachusetts, lays out to catch the disc while being defended by Pennsbury High School's Mac Rushing on Saturday in South Portland.
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Adam Grammar (right) of Masconomet Regional High School in Topsfield, Massachusetts, lays out to catch the disc while being defended by Pennsbury High School's Mac Rushing on Saturday in South Portland.
Adam Grammar (right) of Masconomet Regional High School in Topsfield, Massachusetts, reaches for the disc while being defended by Pennsbury High School's Mac Rushing on Saturday in South Portland.
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Adam Grammar (right) of Masconomet Regional High School in Topsfield, Massachusetts, reaches for the disc while being defended by Pennsbury High School's Mac Rushing on Saturday in South Portland.
Christian Duess (right) of Pennsbury High School in Fairless Hills, Pennsylvania, knocks the disc away on a pass intended for Cole Aaskov of Falmouth High School on Saturday in South Portland.
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Christian Duess (right) of Pennsbury High School in Fairless Hills, Pennsylvania, knocks the disc away on a pass intended for Cole Aaskov of Falmouth High School on Saturday in South Portland.
Mikaela Coady, one of two girls on the Middletown boy's team, lays out to make a grab during a game against Cape Elizabeth on Saturday in South Portland.
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Mikaela Coady, one of two girls on the Middletown boy's team, lays out to make a grab during a game against Cape Elizabeth on Saturday in South Portland.
Marissa Aldieri, one of two girls on the Middletown boy's team, lays out but can't make a catch during a game against Cape Elizabeth on Saturday in South Portland.
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Marissa Aldieri, one of two girls on the Middletown boy's team, lays out but can't make a catch during a game against Cape Elizabeth on Saturday in South Portland.
Players from Lexington, Massachusetts, blue shirts, and Stuyvesant in New York City, come together to introduce themselves and tell teenage jokes after their game on Saturday in South Portland.
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Players from Lexington, Massachusetts, blue shirts, and Stuyvesant in New York City, come together to introduce themselves and tell teenage jokes after their game on Saturday in South Portland.
Cape Elizabeth players, wearing dark shirts, and Lexington players sing a song together after their game in the rain on Saturday in South Portland.
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Cape Elizabeth players, wearing dark shirts, and Lexington players sing a song together after their game in the rain on Saturday in South Portland.

SOUTH PORTLAND, Maine — Teams from 19 high schools from as far away as Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, traveled to the Wainwright Recreation Complex last weekend for High School Northeastern Championships of the sport called Ultimate.

The beautifully simple game — all you need to play is a flying disc and an open field — is characterized by fierce competition and diving catches, all played under the true spirit of sportsmanship.

There is no blaming the referees for blown calls in Ultimate because the players police themselves. The rules say to “assume the best about your opponent. … Treat others as you would have them treat your mother.”

The game was invented in 1967 at a New Jersey high school.

At the conclusion of each hard-fought game, players from each team often get together in a big circle for some post-game camaraderie. Players introduce themselves, sing songs and tell jokes they wouldn’t want their mothers to hear.

These are high school kids, after all.

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