Portland's sports title drought is no more.
, an Ultimate Frisbee team from Portland
, has demonstrated its hometown athletic prowess by winning the seven-day World Flying Disc Federation Ultimate Club Championships
Troubled Past was the only undefeated team in the tournament last week, rallying to defeat Minnesota's Surly 13-11.
Troubled Past competed in the masters division of the quadrennial World Club Championships
for players 30 and over, after getting through the Oregon sectionals, West Coast regionals, and nationals in Atlanta.
“There's a dynamic between people where you get the same mindset within a team of 27. It's very contagious in terms of chemistry,” says Michael Knapp, a real estate investor from Portland who plays the handler position on the team.“We've played together for so long. We've competed against each other. We've competed with each other. We gelled right out of the gate.”
Leading the team in scoring throughout the championship tournament was 38-year-old Brian Snyder, a Laurelhurst man who owns Pine State Biscuits
“Our focus now is to keep the team together through October to defend our national championship in Florida,” Knapp says of the team's future, “But life happens. And it's tough to maintain for more than a three- or four-year period.”