The Frisbest Sport


Ryleigh Palmer, writer

She sends the disc soaring across the field towards the end zone and immediately sprints after the frisbee.  Onlookers stare in awe as the disc flies through the air and Eileen Finley, sophomore, watches the frisbee land into the hands of her teammate in the end zone.  The KHS Women’s Ultimate Frisbee team scores a point, and Finley’s teammates congratulate her from the sidelines.

“I always look forward to the spring season because it means I get to play frisbee,” Finley said. “I don’t think I would have as much fun if I didn’t play.”

Finley has been on the Ultimate Frisbee team for three years.  However, she has been familiar with the sport for much longer due to her family’s involvement.  Her father coaches the Women’s Ultimate Frisbee Team at KHS and her sister, Sarah Finley, played through high school.

“My whole family is into frisbee and my sister actually started the women’s team at Kirkwood,” Finley said.  “I don’t think I would have done [ultimate frisbee] if my sister hadn’t founded it.”

Ultimate frisbee team is a club sport at KHS, so it does not receive funding from the district.  Olivia Griner, sophomore, does not think it has an impact on how the team plays, but it does have influence on how others view it.

“I don’t think [our status as a club sport] really does much because we still see it as a sport,” Griner said.  “I feel like other people outside the team might see it [differently], but I don’t think that really matters.”

Rowan Burba, freshman, joined frisbee simply because it was low commitment. She found that it was enjoyable, and she enjoyed the atmosphere surrounding it.

“I love playing frisbee,” Burba said.  “It’s fun because everyone is so nice, and compared to other sports at Kirkwood, it is really low commitment, but everyone still takes it serious.”

According to Griner, the Ultimate Frisbee team is close-knit, and many players, such as Griner, find it to be a fun way to spend their time.  Griner, does not just view the team as a sports team, but as a community.

“I think it’s like a second family,” Griner said.  “I think our team is well put together.”