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October 6, 2013

GC Homecoming: Having an ‘Ultimate’ weekend

GOSHEN — An Ultimate Frisbee tournament between Goshen College students and alumni was held in front of the Rec-Fitness Center Saturday.

It was one of the many activities during the college’s Homecoming weekend.

Two teams of seven played against each other and freshman David Jantz described the sport after his turn on the field.

“It’s like soccer and football mixed with a disc,” Jantz said. “There are two end zones and you catch the disc in the end zones. I enjoy it a lot.”

Twice a week, he plays with other students in the Ultimate Frisbee Club on the campus.

“It’s informal and we have up to 20 who show up to play,” Jantz said.

The friendly-rival tournament became tradition several years ago.

“This has been going on for years. It’s mostly for fun, but we are keeping score,” said alumni Jameson Lingl. “Anyone can show up. It’s one of the free events going on. You don’t know how many will show.”

The games started at 1 p.m. and Lingl said the crowd was small.

“There wasn’t many when we started but it’s pretty packed,” Lingl said, an hour later. “You get to meet a lot of cool people, both alumni and students, and get a good workout. It’s a way to socialize and meet people. People dress up for a lot of the other events (during Homecoming weekend) so it’s a good way to be a little less formal, which is nice.”

Greg Newswanger graduated from Goshen College in 1988 and enjoys playing the game, he said.

“I did not play in college though. A bunch of friends helped me learn after college and I’ve been playing ever since,” Newswanger said.

He said he’s developed a family-friendly game of Ultimate Frisbee in Maryland with his wife, Juji Woodring.

“It’s great to come back and play at Goshen College,” Newswanger said, smiling.

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