The inaugural season of the DC Current will be very much a mix of old and new. The old, of course, to those familiar with the national club scene, begin with the members of Truck Stop Ultimate, which has been the dominant men’s team south of Philadelphia, PA and North of Raleigh, NC since 2006. They’ve done a steadily excellent job of reloading every single year with athletes who move to the area for any number of things. That DC is the power base of politics in the US is not least among them.
The first group of players we’re going to explore are all from Truck Stop, and are all ready to make an impact in MLU: Tom Doi, Daniel Kantor, Sean Keegan, Markham Shofner and Jeff Wodatch. This group is emblematic of what the DC Current was looking for in players this season: fast, creative, mercilessly aggressive and dedicated to improvement. The one who has set the tone from the very beginning has been Sean Keegan.
There’s something odd about the way Keegan moves on the field. It isn’t that he’s the absolute fastest player on the team (he’s actually the slowest of these five), it just all seems easier for him. On the other hand, as Assistant Coach Will Smolinski notes, “Keegan will do anything to win and is one of the toughest competitors in Ultimate.” Taken together, it provides an accurately dissonant notion of exactly what Keegan is like on the field, a player who easily competes as hard as he can every step of the way. In so doing, he’s set the bar high for every one of the tryouts for the DC Current.
One of the players who seems as physically a dominating presence on the field during tryouts as Sean has been Jeff Wodatch. While each is only 6′ and 6’1″ respectively, they both display the ability to establish a presence in an area and maintain it in order to get a clean bid on an airborne disc. So too their footwork coming in and out of cuts and throws is crisp and aggressive. This accentuates their ability to dominate a space with their strength.
The near-exact opposite of this seems to be the focus of Tom Doi’s game. As a primarily offensive cutter, Doi seems to both get open and reach over piles to get the disc without so much as a hint of fighting for position. Suddenly, there’s Tom with the disc in his hand, calmly landing and looking to press his team’s advantage with his throws.
Throws? Markham Shofner knows throws. He’s shown some of the most consistent big rips during tryouts. You’ll see him working to gain position and momentum to best exploit his throws with excellent short-cutting footwork. He’s working, in his own words, to be “the best player, on the best team, in the best league.” Now this is what DC expects: Excellence.
Which brings us to the one, the only, Danny Frisbee. I mean Kantor, Daniel Kantor. Kantor has come in and been a presence on and off the field from the jump. He’s been positive, competitive, encouraging and demanding. He started in excellent shape, and has served as an illustration of why and how, exactly, hard work pays off in Ultimate.
After touring the club scene, Truck Stop has returned home to help the Current bring a professional title to DC.