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2012-2013 Season

Our inaugural conference season will began late August, 2012 and will run through late March, 2012.

Rolando Sanchez, Taylor Dicken, William Chong, William Edwards, & Furman’s Keeper

posted Mar 27, 2013, 2:12 PM by Dylan Meyer

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Rolando Sanchez

Rolando is a Beater for UNCG

How long have you been playing Quidditch?

I've been playing Quidditch for three years now.

What got you started?

I was walking to the caf with a group friends and I happened to see an advertisement for a Quidditch interest meeting. At first I was a bit skeptical, but I decided to check it out. Well, I'm totally glad that I went. It was definitely the right decision.

How did you wind up playing your position?

When we first started out, no one was really sure what position they wanted to play. However, as we continued our weekly practices, we began to scrimmage to get a feel for the different positions. Right from the beginning I knew that I wanted to be a beater. The position just fit me well and I enjoy playing a good defense.

What was one funny/interesting/telling story of your Quidditch Life. It can be long or short.

Back in October when we went to regionals in Roanoke, I can honestly say that I had a blast! Yes, the day started out daunting and very early, but as the day progressed we enjoyed ourselves. Playing against top teams gave us a chance to gain experience and to learn from our mistakes. However, the trip is memorable to me, because at the hotel we all enjoyed each others company and it was an overall fun trip. I would also say that the trip definitely allowed the team to grow closer as a family.

 

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Taylor Dicken

Tyalor is a Chaser for NCSU

How long have you been playing Quidditch?

I've been playing for 3 years

What got you started?

I heard about it before I came to college and was interested. I found our team's booth at one of the welcome week events and signed up.

How did you wind up playing your position?

I had originally tried playing beater but I wasn't good at it so I switched to chaser. This past August I played beater again for fun and found out I was better at it now that I knew the game more.

What was one funny/interesting/telling story of your Quidditch Life. It can be long or short.

In the first match I played, I ran down the field with the quaffle only to trip and roll right in front of the hoops. I still threw it and managed to score.

 

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William Chong

Will is a Beater for Duke

How long have you been playing Quidditch?

I've played Quidditch for two and a half years now.

What got you started?

I started because I'm a huge Harry Potter fan and was really curious about the Muggle sport adaptation.

How did you wind up playing your position?

I started as a Chaser but I soon realized I wasn't that well suited as far as speed and agility goes. I was more of a strategist so I now primarily play beater.

What was one funny/interesting/telling story of your Quidditch Life. It can be long or short.

Duke Quidditch has been one of my most important activities. As a Freshmen I found it hard to get involved and find a group of close friends. Quidditch was a way I could feel a part of something. This year I became the club's social chair. I created an event called the Earning Your Wings challenge. It was a freshmen initiation celebration where each newcomer had to catch an upperclassmen snitch. When they did they were welcomed to the club with gifts. This was my way of giving back and making the Freshmen feel welcomed as I did.

 

-         William Edwards (under 18 so no picture online).

William is a chaser for RCHS

How long have you been playing Quidditch?

I have been playing for about 2 1/2 months.

What got you started?

I ended up playing chaser because they, my Captain, said I would be good at it.

How did you wind up playing your position?

The funniest thing about me playing Quidditch is how I meet the team.

What was one funny/interesting/telling story of your Quidditch Life. It can be long or short.

I was going to the wrestling room one day and I saw a group of people doing some crazy fun wrestling game where they push the other out of a circle or make them fall before they fall. So I decided to play because I have wrestled for 7 years and I beat all of them and they were awesome people and they asked me to come out for the team. Well here I am and its been a blast with all these goofballs!

 

-         Furman’s Keeper

I owe an honorable mention (and an apology) to the Keeper from Furman. While he also received a MVP nomination, I was unable to contact him as a direct result of my failing to be properly prepared. Please check back as I will edit his section in as soon as I have access to it.

 

 

And now, for the CQC Player of the Month for February…

Will be announced tomorrow because I am too tired to do it justice now and suspense is nice too.

Jack Williams, Jeff Zhang, & Joe Maldonado

posted Mar 4, 2013, 12:41 PM by Dylan Meyer   [ updated Mar 4, 2013, 12:43 PM ]

-    Jack Williams

Jack is a chaser for Raleigh Charter High School. 


How long have you been playing Quidditch?

“That was my first game ever for Quidditch.”

What got you started?

“Summer asked me to help her out and play.”

How did you wind up playing your position?

“I love lax and the position is kinda similar to lax.”

How long have you been playing Quidditch?

“When I got to lay this kid out so hard in the tournament we played in.”

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-    Jeff Zhang
Jeff is primarily a beater for Duke.


Jeff is (primarily) a beater for Duke.

How long have you been playing Quidditch?

“3 years. I'm currently a junior and started my first year”.

What got you started?

“For me, it actually started as a joke. I wasn't the biggest Harry Potter fan (still not), so my friends and I actually joined because we were just curious to see what Muggle Quidditch would be like. I ended up falling in love with both the sport and the people, and that's what has kept me on the team for the last 3 years.”

How did you wind up playing your position?

“I actually play every position (from Chaser to Snitch). The team was still in its formative stages my freshman year, so I learned to play every position to fill in whenever we had members missing. I primarily play Beater now as a result of my ability to see the entire game and process information on the field quickly. The fact that I don't have the speed to be a Seeker or the physicality to be a Chaser/Keeper has also pushed me towards Beating.”

What was one funny/interesting/telling story of your Quidditch life. It can be long or short?

“I have many memorable Quidditch experiences, but I'm only going to share two:
1. My sophomore year, we went to the Quidditch World Cup in New York City, which was just a tremendous experience. We took a charter bus up there through Thursday night and Friday morning, mostly sleeping on the bus, and spent all of Friday touring the city. It was my first time going to NYC, and I couldn't have asked for a better group of people to go with. We played all of Saturday/Sunday and while we didn't do as well as we had hoped, we made a lot of new friends there, got closer as a team, and got to see some great matches. We came back exhausted on Monday morning, but the trip was amazing.


2. Every year since my freshman year, Duke Quidditch has hosted an Intercollegiate Yule Ball based on the semiformal in Harry Potter. We've attracted 800+ students from over a dozen colleges each year and raised over $300 for the International Quidditch Association's official charity, Book Aid International. Hearing the feedback from attendees has been so incredibly rewarding, and makes the 40+ hours we spend preparing for the Yule Ball worth it. We've had some people tell us that they were able to relive their childhood because of our themed treats and decorations and others have told us that it's great to be able to experience a semi-formal event because so few of them occur on-campus (unless you participate in Greek life).”

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-    Joe Maldonado
Joe is a keeper for UNCW


How long have you been playing Quidditch?

I started about a year ago, basically when we started our Quidditch team at UNCW.

What got you started?

Well I couldn't put an exact reason, but I can say I wanted to try something completely out of my comfort zone, and Quidditch did it. At first, I was a bit skeptic and thought, " I will definitely be made fun of," but after a while it was something that caught me. The people I worked with as a team eventually I grew to love them all. They struck me as odd at first, but they grew on me. They were there for me whenever I needed it and I loved it. People around campus eventually knew me for Quidditch, and I'm proud of that.

How did you wind up playing your position?

Well I consider myself a "Jack of all trades", because I enjoy beating and chasing. My first position I started out as a keeper, then worked around to try other positions. I'm pretty well-rounded because I can pretty much do anything. I just want to try everything and not just limit myself to one position.

What was one funny/interesting/telling story of your Quidditch Life. It can be long or short.

My most memorable story to me was actually quite recently. It was our one year anniversary of Quidditch, and we decided to have an old style practice. When I got to our old stomping grounds, it brought me back to all the memories. I was a bit nostalgic, remembering all the fun times between a courtyard and two hula-hoops on tree branches. It just brings me to realize how much the UNCW Quidditch team has transitioned to an up and coming sports team. We've become pretty popular on campus, and whenever someone asks me if I'm on the Quidditch team, I proudly say "Yes, I am!"

CJ Coronado,Clay 'the Hulk' Ballhard, Ballard of Oaksworth, & Emily Klemmer

posted Mar 2, 2013, 4:43 PM by Dylan Meyer   [ updated Mar 2, 2013, 5:03 PM ]

-         CJ Coronado from ASU

How long have you been playing Quidditch?

I've been playing Quidditch with ASU for 6 months now.

What got you started?

I was walking around a club expo when I saw the illustrious Abbi Pittman waving a rod with a sorting hat yelling about Quidditch. I thought it sounded interesting so I went and signed up. At our first practice they asked if we wanted to be Beaters or Chasers.

How did you wind up playing your position?

I had never even played the game before but I thought Chaser looked like more fun, so that's the position I chose, and I've been playing it ever since.

What was one funny/interesting/telling story of your Quidditch Life. It can be long or short.

One of my favorite moments with Quidditch happened during our game with UNCW in January. UNCW's Keeper, over 6 feet tall and had to weigh more than 200 lbs., was charging down the field towards our goals with the Quaffle. I tried grabbing the Quaffle from him but he was too strong, so I decided to lift my legs and drop to the ground and try to bring him down with me. It worked! I could not believe that I had brought down this giant of a person. Everybody in the crowd started cheering for me and it was an amazing moment.

-         Clay 'the Hulk' Ballhard, Ballard of Oaksworth from UNC

How long have you been playing Quidditch?

I've been playing for about a year and a half, beating for a year.

What got you started?

I was initially persuaded/dragged out to practice by the now-president, Alex Drose, who happened to live on my floor. I figured it would be interesting to try it out.

How did you wind up playing your position?

Like all new players, I cycled through each position until I found my fit. The moment that I knew beating was right for me though was when I "accidentally" ran another beater into the ground in an attempt to get a bludger. I figured out that beating can be just as aggressive and intense as chasing. And I really just like hitting people with dodgeballs.

What was one funny/interesting/telling story of your Quidditch Life. It can be long or short.

Like all good beaters, UNC's beating squad has a variety of nicknames. Since my humble beginnings of wrecking whoever was on the same trajectory as me and my lost bludger during last year's Greensboro Gauntlet, I have come to be known as Clay 'the Hulk' Ballard, Clay Ballhard, and Ballard of Oaksworth for my beating and jousting skills and abilities. HOORAH.

 

-         Emily Klemmer from ETSU

How long have you been playing Quidditch?

I have been playing Quidditch for two years now.

What got you started?

I was recruited at ETSU's preview event and went, and decided to join the club over the others I found.

How did you wind up playing your position?

I typically play keeper, mainly because my first year I was the only one tall enough to guard the goals. Eventually I also ended doubling as a beater.

What was one funny/interesting/telling story of your Quidditch Life. It can be long or short.

And a funny/interesting story... Well, last year, I named all of our goals after Disney villain minions. We had Floatsam and Jetsam, Rosco and Desoto, and Pain and Panic. I actually had a good portion of the team calling them by name.

Amit Katyayan, Brandon Heath, & Brennan Dayton

posted Mar 1, 2013, 6:05 PM by Dylan Meyer   [ updated Mar 1, 2013, 6:29 PM ]

Introducing the first three (alphabetically) of the MVP contenders from February.  


-    Amit Katyayan

Amit is a chaser from UNC, and while he is normally a chaser he also occasionally doubles as a beater and or seeker. I have had the distinct displeasure of being an opposing beater during some of our practices, and the only thing I can say is my face must have some sort of magnet attached to it.

How long have you been playing Quidditch?
“2.5 Years now, I started in High School and joined the UNC team when I came to Chapel Hill.”

What got you started?
“It seemed fun and a bunch of my friends from the Tennis team back at my high school wanted to do it.”

How did you wind up playing your position?
“I was originally a beater but I realized that being small and unassuming was the perfect way to fool the defense while chasing.”

What was one funny/interesting/telling story of your Quidditch life. It can be long or short?
“So my first week on campus at UNC, I was walking with a few random people I’d just met. I just happened to mention “does anyone know if there’s Quidditch here?” And one of the best people I’ve ever met (Stephan Duga) happened to be walking five feet behind me and said “yea, I’m keeper, we practice on Mondays. See you there.”

-         Brandon Heath

Brandon is a beater for ETSU. Nice Joker picture, but do you really only have one picture on facebook from this year?

How long have you been playing Quidditch?

“I have been playing Quidditch for about a year to a year and a half approximately. “

What got you started?

“I have always been a fan of harry potter and having contended in a wide variety of sports previously, I found this an interesting opportunity.”

How did you wind up playing your position?

“I initially started as chaser but using pitching skills while playing beater felt more natural. There is a great rush of adrenaline.”

What was one funny/interesting/telling story of your Quidditch life. It can be long or short?

“A funny moment definitely happened at the tournament went I got into a beater war. I accidentally ran straight through a pile of mud causing a nice pair of pants to be ruined.”

 

-         Brennan Dayton

Brennan fills all positions for UNCW, although chasing is preferred. Once again with these pictures, I could find some this time but Quidditch shots people. Yes I am desperate to find something to say. 

How long have you been playing Quidditch?

I have been playing Quidditch since 2010 where my best friend and I started a 4 team system of competition at our High School.

What got you started?

“I started because I had heard about collegiate Quidditch and I really wanted to play. I also knew that the College I was going to go to did not have a team and wanted to get a little experience in the sport if I was going to start a team/organization in my college.”

How did you wind up playing your position?

“I ended up in my position by necessity. I actually have no typical position. Because UNCW is still a relatively new team we don’t have a full range of players and adequate subs so I find myself filling in where our team needs a person. That being said I like to play Chaser most followed by keeper, beater then seeker. Also given the opportunity I love to be the snitch.”

What was one funny/interesting/telling story of your Quidditch life. It can be long or short?

“I always seem to get hurt when we travel to games. It has thankfully never been anything serious. At our first game as UNCW Quidditch we traveled to Duke. It was either our last or second to last game I was combo punched/broomed in the right eye while keeping. Even though couldn’t see very well out of that eye I go right up and continued to play. This incident defines Quidditch for me. I may get beat up and bruised but I love the sport and the people so much I will continue to play hard and risk injury.”

UNCW Pulls First Win of the Season Over Furman

posted Nov 14, 2012, 9:12 AM by Dylan Meyer   [ updated Nov 14, 2012, 9:23 AM ]

It was cold, it was way too early (do mornings even exist on Saturdays?), and it was time to Play Quidditch!

Welcome to the recap of the three games between victorious UNCW and defeated but proud Furman.

Game 1: UNCW *80-30
Game 2: UNCW *120-30
Game 3: Furman *90-40

The first game started just past ten o’clock, and Melisa Coleman of Furman reports “the setting was fantastic: no rain, no Muggleborn attacks, and no Dementors.”

Unfortunately only 4 members from the Furman team could make it to UNCW this past weekend, but that did not stop these two teams from playing. UNCW graciously supplemented Furman’s players throughout the three games.

“The snitch is lose… Brooms up” and the first match began.

UNCW, with some fantastic around-hoops passes by their Chasers and a clean Snitch grab, pulled an 80-30 victory.

The second match showed the first of the ever beloved Snitch shenanigans; the Snitch knocked over one of the Furman hoops and pulled the other one several yards away.

UNCW Chasers took advantage of the confusion and scored the first point of the match. Speedy plays from UNCW’s Chasers, expert Beating that maintained bludger control for the majority of the game, solid Keeping that pushed offensively, and a second Snitch grab ensured a second win for UNCW with the final score 120-30.


For the third round, the referees gave clearance for the game to run on a timer, sans Snitch.

There were a few successful breakaway runs featuring UNCW’s Keeper and an impressive set of fast-pass offensive lines that proved unstoppable. The teams were tied at several points, but when the clock ran out, Furman had the lead 90-40.

Throughout the games players on both sides played admirable, with good sportsmanship, and more than anything with a simple desire to have fun playing Quidditch. That said, in the reports I have received on the game one person stood out above the others. According to our sources at UNCW Melissa Coleman, “who not only did all she could to boost morale for her 4 man team representing, but also stepped up to fill every player position at least once without grumble or complaint.” For this reason I pick Melisa Coleman as the first of my players of the week.

*Disclaimer, this is not CQC’s player of the week*


As I could not find any pictures of the games on Saturday, I used a picture from last Spring for my Player of the Week pick. If teams want to take pictures to be included in future articles they are more than welcome please just tell me where to find them.

Goal:

posted Nov 7, 2012, 11:47 AM by Dylan Meyer

Once I get the information I need from the previous games and get a chance to conduct interviews (via the internet of course) I intend to start writing full length articles about the games to post here, and also work to publish articles in the future within 3-4 days of the game. During the spring, depending on the time I might need to condense all the weekend games into one article but will do my up most to write a separate article for each game.

Oh, and I am a student at UNC. While I will cover the games accurately, do expect some bias in the writing (what fun is sports writing without any bias?). If any team/player wishes to submit articles on the game with the bias tilted towards their school, or just because they find it fun, I will post them on here as well.

Disclaimer: I retain veto power. (Say for cases where someone was spent a few hours more than they should have at the party last night and don't exactly remember what they wrote in the article, or that they even wrote one.)

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