Rogue Bucks Overcome Lack of Membership

Despite over 100 sign ups on club day, Miramonte’s resident ultimate frisbee team, the Rogue Bucks, has only eight dedicated members. But dedicated they are.
Though not supported as an official sports team by the school, the club is quite advanced. They participate in competitions with other teams from California, and are looking forward to a state competition this May.
“We have tournaments about once a month, and they decide where we’re seated during the state competition,” said Kaiser Pister ‘14.
Even though the mostly underclass team is reeling from the loss of multiple seniors, hopes are high for the state competition, hosted this year in Pleasanton.
“We aren’t doing so well against other teams,” said Patrick Huston ‘14. “Losing the seniors was a blow, but we’re working hard to improve and prepare ourselves for state.” These improvements are coming steadily thanks to a new coach.
“Since we’re all sophomores, we can only go up from here. Our new coach, Wendel Wilson, is a really good player who has been really helping us improve our technique,” said Guy Raber ‘14.
Wilson , a former resident of North Carolina, provides tactical and technique-focused instruction. The team may be composed mainly of underclassmen, but many players have four or more years of experience under their belts.
Founded in 2005 by two enthusiastic students, the Miramonte team’s name has evolved from its original Miramatteo to MUFF (or the Miramonte Ultimate Frisbee Federation), to its current title, the Rogue Bucks. The name is derived from the wild deer that appeared a few years ago in Orinda, roaming the city and stunning all by killing a dog. When asked about the current name, the Frisbee advisor, Jennifer Moore groans.
“I’m totally an animal person, but that’s what they want, and it fits in with the league,” said Moore. And with teams dubbed Dark Meat and Fresh Meat also included in the league, the Rogue Bucks and their curious namesake are no abnormality.
The general consensus is that Huston is the best and fiercest competitor, standing a few inches over the rest of the team.
“He’s amazingly fast, and he can jump, throw, and dive,” said Pister. With five years under his belt, Huston has the experience that many newcomers lack.
The team stresses that this shouldn’t defer anyone though. Despite the members’ abundant experience, they’re always willing to welcome new players, even ones with  little to no prior exposure to the sport.
“We need new members. JOIN! We’re a club sport, but not one that’s officially recognized by Miramonte so it’s hard to get support. Formal practice is Thursday, and Mondays are just really relaxed after-school practices. It’s co-ed and great exercise, a lot of fun, anyone can learn, and with practice, you can get really great,” said Huston.
Ultimate frisbee may be underrated, however the players themselves would argue that the experience is one that they will never forget.