Pittsburgh Thunderbirds Notebook: Good Start To The 2017 Season

The Pittsburgh Thunderbirds are three contests into their 2017 campaign in the American Ultimate Disc League and find themselves tied with the Madison Radicals for second place in the Midwest Division with matching 2-1 records. The Minnesota Wind Chill are in first place with a 3-0 mark.

Pittsburgh has generated a total of 80 points in three matchups while surrendering 73. Mark Fedorenko is the early leader in goals for the Black and Gold with 15 and in minutes played with 93. He also has the T-birds’ only Callahan so far, which is the rare act of coming up with the opposing team’s pass in their end zone, resulting in a point for you.

After missing the 2016 campaign due to injury, Tyler DeGirolamo is back and is second with 13 goals. Max Sheppard is third with eight goals.

When you seek someone to distribute the disc down the field, Pat Earles is at the top of the assists list with 19. Max Thorne is next with 17 helpers. He is the front runner in Plus/Minus at +20.

Keeping the opposing team off-balance with his team leading 13-D’s is Anson Reppermund. Good defense starts with catching the disc and taking it away instead of trying to slap it away.

Next Up: The T-birds are off Mother’s Day weekend and return to the road for a showdown Saturday, May 20, with the Radicals at Breese Stevens Field in Madison, Wisconsin. Pittsburgh is back at Cupples Stadium on the South Side Saturday, June 17 in a rematch with the Radicals at 7:00 p.m.

From The Clipboard: Coming into Week 7, Minnesota and the Dallas Roughnecks (5-0) are the last two squads to have yet had a loss…The Vancouver Riptide (0-6), Philadelphia Phoenix 0-3), Chicago Wildfire (0-3), and Nashville Nightwatch (0-6) are looking for their first victories…The T-birds have six players invited to tryouts for the USA U-24 National Team in June. Pittsburgh’s attendees are Jake Rovner, Max Sheppard, Scott Trimble, Thomas Edmonds, Carl Morgenstern, and Sam VanDusen. The first trials are June 17-18 in Columbus, Ohio. The next are June 24-25 in Denver, Colorado. The men’s, women’s, and mixed U-24 squads take part in the World Flying Disc Federation’s World Under-24 Ultimate Championships to be held January 7-13, 2018, in Perth, Australia.

Video From TheAUDLChannel On YouTube.com – Pittsburgh’s Pat Earles Sets 2017 AUDL Season High With 10 Assists…

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