New Houlton Ultimate Summer League disc champions crowned

HOULTON, Maine — A new champion was crowned Sunday evening at Houlton Community Park as Life by Design captured the 2019 Houlton Ultimate Summer League disc championship.

Life by Design overcame a slow start to beat Carmichael Masonry 13-6 in Sunday’s championship game.

Members of the Life By Design team in the Houlton Ultimate Summer League that won this year’s championship are Cole Winslow, Joe Ewings, Teagan Ewings, Justin Cook, Breanna Royer, Brad Burlock and Bruce Burlock. Absent  from the championship was Andrew Ciszewski.

Members of the Carmichael Masonry team that finished as runners up in the league were Cam Callnan, Joel Carmichael, Isaac Vega, Hannah Foley, Julia Rines and Chris Rines. Absent from the championship was Donnie Ouellette.

HUSL was formed seven years ago by Chris Rines, when he relocated to Houlton. He played ultimate disc games in the Portland area after graduating from college. The Portland summer league features upward of 30 teams, with 20 members per team.

“I basically learned from that league, adapted it and brought it to Houlton,” he said. “Plus, I use it as a warm-up tool for cross country and track and field. It overlaps really well.”

Rines is the varsity cross country and track and field coach for Houlton Middle-High School. 

HUSL games are played with a flying disc and are similar to soccer in that teams try to advance that disc. Advancement can only be with passes, however, and once a person catches the disc, they cannot run with it. Teams score points by catching a pass in the endzone.

If a player fails to catch the disc at any point on the drive, the opposing team takes over possession.

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