by Christopher Kostick | May 17th, 2012
CalU shows strong in its second tournament as hosts Shippensburg Warlocks defeat the Kutztown Kedavras 80-70 to win the inaugural PASSHE Bash.
After two days of clouds and cold, the sun greeted California University of Pennsylvania and Kutztown University players as Shippensburg University hosted the inaugural PASSHE Bash.
The Shippensburg Warlocks finished their season with a strong showing against in state rival Kutztown and newcomers CalU, taking the day with a record of 2-0. Kutztown recorded one win and one loss, and CalU went winless, but with two goals and a snitch catch to their name.
The first match between the Kedavras of Kutztown and the Vulcan FireGods of CalU began as a strong defensive battle, with rough tackles, great blocks, and hard bludgers from both sides. After a neck-and-neck battle produced a score of only 20-20, Kutztown buckled down and finally broke through CalU’s defense. Jumping out to a score of 60-20, Kutztown, without captain Kate Lanphier, caught the snitch and arose victorious, 90-20.
Hosts Shippensburg then played CalU, quickly jumping to a 60-0 lead. After a stoppage in play involving a soccer goal toppling onto Warlocks seeker James Holliday, which sent him to the health center with a cut on his head, A stoppage in play occurred when a soccer goal toppled onto Warlock seeker James Holliday, sending him to the health center. Shippensburg tallied one more goal before the CalU seeker returned to the pitch waving the snitch overhead enthusiastically- having snatched it in the roller hockey rink adjacent to the pitch. Shippensburg defeated the FireGods 70-30.
The final match faced off victors Kutztown Kedavras and Shippensburg Warlocks in perhaps the most highly-anticipated match of the day. The two clubs had met in six matches since February, with Kutztown leading the season series 4 games to 2. Shippensburg, wanting to make an impression in front of a home crowd, played a fast-paced and physical game, taking an 80-40 lead on a dismantled Kedavras team. Kutztown recorded a suicide snitch catch, and lost the match 80-70.
In all, the three teams that met had a great time, played well, and each went home with something: Shippensburg with two wins and no losses, Kutztown with a great win and two snitch catches, and CalU, in their second ever tournament, with two goals against a tough Kutztown team and a snitch catch to boot.
After the matches, players from Shippensburg and Kutztown banded together to teach Kidditch to local kids who came out to watch the matches.
The kidditch matches were great, leaving the children excited and wanting to play quidditch at their own schools. Shippensburg will be teaming up with the elementary school on campus next semester to teach kidditch and continue to spread the gospel of quidditch through the central PA area.
Kutztown and Shippensburg ended their seasons with a friendly mix up match and went home, anticipating a continuation of their rivalry when school picks up again in the fall.