by Alexis Moody | June 7th, 2012
The design you see above is the official logo of the Midwest Region designed by Isaac Mitchell of Illinois State University.
The Midwest Region has been full of excitement this spring as several tournaments have been played throughout the region. All teams have competed at a high level on the pitch the past two months, but continue to have amazing sportsmanship off the pitch. Following is a brief summary of the tournaments that have taken place this spring.
The Grindylow Cup: Hosted by Grand Valley State University, which was lucky enough to experience fantastic weather of temperatures in the 80s, on St. Patrick’s Day. Central Michigan and the Indiana University South Bend Quidditch Club made their tournament debuts and did rather well. The Jetpack Ninja Dinosaurs, Grand Valley, and Ball State also competed hard but Ball State came out on top in the end.
The Spartan Quidditch Bonanza: Hosted by Michigan State University featured twelve teams from the states of Michigan and Indiana. 8 teams advanced to the elimination round. Ball State defeated Michigan State in the finals, while the University of Michigan and Purdue rounded out the top 4 for the day.
The Weasley Birthday Round Robin: Hosted by Bowling Green State University with 6 particpating teams from Ohio and one from Michigan. It was a full day of fun, yet intense, matches. The top two teams by record were Bowling Green State and Ohio State.
C2E2: For the second year in a row, the IQA attended the Chicago Comic and Entertainment Expo introducing Quidditch to fans by playing demo matches and even playing kidditch. The Midwest Region had three teams in attendance to help the IQA with its demo matches including Illinois State, Purdue, and Elmhurst College. The kids who participated had tons of fun learning and playing the game.
The Second Annual Ohio Cup: Hosted by The Ohio State University and feautring 14 teams that took to the pitch for pool play; however, bracket matches were canceled due to a large thunderstorm rolling in. The tournament also featured the first ever intercollegiate hunger games drill and the testing of a proposed rule allowing penalty shots. Only one penalty shot was called, but the shot was taken and play resumed as normal quickly.
The Second Annual Triwizard Cup: Hosted by Illinois State and featured six teams competing all day long. The weather was beautiful and as expected each team played hard and showed great sportsmanship. Illinois State finished in first, undefeated, with Loyola finishing in second.
Midwest Regional director Luke Zak and the Midwest State Representatives have been very busy behind the scenes working on some exciting new plans for the region. The Midwest Region will split itself into three conferences in order to govern and facilitate competition throughout the year. The conferences will be named the Great Lakes Conference, Great Plains Conference, and the Heartland Conference. The Great Lakes will consist of Indiana, Michigan, and Ohio. The Great Plains will consist of Illinois, Iowa, Minnesota, South Dakota, and Wisconsin. The Heartland will consist of Kansas, Missouri, and Nebraska. Each conference will host two conference-wide tournaments in addition to the regional, Midwest Cup. If that wasn’t exciting enough, we are also in need of a representative for the state of Minnesota. If you are interested in the position please contact email@example.com.
We will soon be seeking volunteers for our newly formed conferences. Please check back in the coming weeks for the description of these positions and a detailed account of our constitution.