McALESTER — They gathered Wednesday night under the lights of Sertoma Field at Will Rogers Park, as they had numerous times before. There were about 18 this time, a mix of high school students and adults.
There were baseball and softball players, football and basketball players, track athletes and tennis players. A lawyer, a president of a local business and this McAlester News-Capital sports reporter.
But these 18 men and women didn’t show up to play baseball or football. They didn’t show up to argue a court case or conduct business, and this would be the first time any reporting about them would take place.
They gathered to play a sport alternately known as ultimate, ultimate disc or ultimate Frisbee. And they’d leave two hours later drenched in sweat but otherwise smiling.
“We’ve had, I’m going to go ahead and say, at least 10 people from every sport at the high school come and play, male and female,” recent McAlester graduate Chance Sistrunk said.
“And then I’ve had some families come out and play with their kids before.”
It all started about a year ago. Some college-age friends invited then-incoming McAlester seniors Sistrunk and Chad Meadows to try out the sport.
The two took to it very quickly. By the start of the 2013-14 school year, they began organizing pickup games.
“They all went off to college, and I was like, ‘Well, shoot, I really like this, so I’m going to get all my friends out and we’re going to play,” Sistrunk said.
“It was me and (Meadows) got everyone out and started playing, and everyone loved it right from the beginning.”
Sometimes they play ultimate just once or twice a week. But summer has seen that number grow to three, four, even five days in a row, rain or shine.