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The Whimsical Wizards win the 2016 Quidditch tournament

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The winning Quidditch team, the Whimsical Wizards, holding their snitch trophy after a nail-biting tie breaker game. From left to right: seniors Andrew Brady, Emma Roerty, Luke Staley, Nathan Horch, junior, seniors Ben Plugge, and Jacob Moorman.

The winning Quidditch team, the Whimsical Wizards, holding their snitch trophy after a nail-biting tie breaker game. From left to right: seniors Andrew Brady, Emma Roerty, Luke Staley, Nathan Horch, junior, seniors Ben Plugge, and Jacob Moorman.

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The winning Quidditch team, the Whimsical Wizards, holding their snitch trophy after a nail-biting tie breaker game. From left to right: seniors Andrew Brady, Emma Roerty, Luke Staley, Nathan Horch, junior, seniors Ben Plugge, and Jacob Moorman.

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On Tuesday, May 18, seven teams stepped away from Linganore and into the wizarding world of Hogwarts for the second annual Quidditch tournament. Under a stormy sky, teams competed to win the golden snitch trophy and a bag of Harry Potter themed prizes.

The teams who participated in the tournament included the Dumblebees, Daddies, Dementors, Nevilled Up, No Namers, Views from the Snitch, and the Whimsical Wizards.

After hours of running and dodging bludgers, Nevilled Up placed third; the Daddies came in a close second; and the Whimsical Wizards placed first.

The winning team consisted of seniors Andrew Brady, Ben Plugge, Nathan Horch, Luke Staley, Emma Roerty, Jacob Moorman, Hunter McKinney and junior Emily Daly. The game ended when seeker Staley caught the snitch, senior Tyler Fontanilla, and broke the tie.

“My favorite part of the game is when the golden snitch gets released. The entire dynamic of the game changes. It’s not about scoring anymore it is about making sure that your seeker gets the snitch,” said Brady. “It is important to wear good athletic shoes. I can’t emphasize this enough. Chucks aren’t the best thing to play Quidditch in.”

Horch also advises next year participants to “get on a team with people you know.”

The prizes the Whimsical Wizards received included: wands, quills, various chocolates, jelly slugs, Bartie Botts Beans (similar to the Bean Boozled jelly beans), an owl balloon, and a congratulatory letter from Harry Potter Alliance leaders Corinne DeFrancisci and Marissa Maze.

This year new rules were implemented into the game to make it authentic to an actual Quidditch tournament.

“We introduced pool noodles as the brooms and added more hoops to try to make the game a little more realistic. We also tried to diversify the teams by making them have to be co-ed, which was enforced to make the game more true to the book,” said Maze.

DeFrancisci and Maze raised $200 from the Quidditch tournament registrations which will be donated to an orphanage in the near future. Last year, $120 was raised and donated to the Frederick County Animal Shelter.

Next year, junior Katherine Knotts will be taking over the main leadership position for Harry Potter Alliance.

All teams that participated in the 2016 Quidditch tournament circled around a stormy sky while being informed of the rules by HPA head girls Corinne DeFrancisci and Marissa Maze.
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Alyssa Mattison, Editor

Alyssa Mattison (@alyssa_mattison) is a senior participating in her third year of Journalism and her first year of being an Editor. Her interests include hiking, reading, and discovering new places with her friends.  She is an active member of Future Farmers of America (FFA) and has participated in Floriculture and Nursery & Landscape competitions. She is also a member of the French Honors Society after completing four French courses at Linganore. After school you can find her practicing for upcoming competitions or volunteering at Deer Crossing Elementary School.  When she graduates, she plans on attending Frederick Community College for two years, then transferring to a four-year college in hopes to find her passion in life.

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