Leading into Nationals, we look to spotlight as many teams as we can in hopes of shining a bright light on standouts from participating teams. These glow-ups include up to 2 of each team’s standout rookies as well as a handful of core contributing players that have gotten their respective team to where they are going into the National Collegiate Dodgeball Association’s annual finale. Lastly, we get a glance into each participating team’s mindset and expectations going into Nationals.
Bobcats’ Rookie Spotlight
First Rookie you need to know about if we are talking about OU Dogeball is our president elect Terence Checkett. Terence has a background playing baseball in HS and that shows in not only his arm but his leadership at such a young age. For us he is without a doubt the rookie of the year and somebody that teams are going to have to game plan for.
Another rookie we feel is not getting the attention he deserves is Daniel Van Fleet. Daniel originally joined us at the end of October. With that in mind it is amazing to see the progress he has made in such a short time. Daniel is an elite catcher/thrower and was the first rookie to play in our OT 6. If OU is destined for a championship run Daniel will be a big part of that.
Key Contributors for the Bobcats
Max Anthony is an extremely unsuspecting player. You’ll see a short skinny guy just standing in front of you without a ball and think you can throw him out no problem and the he jolts right into your throw and catches you. What he lacks in arm strength he makes up for in leadership as he brings passion and court awareness to every game. If you make the mistake of completely forgetting about him he’ll cross you from across the court as well
Caleb is one of those guys who legitimately thinks he is the best player on the court no matter who he is playing. He brings a tremendous amount of swagger and court presence and then backs it up with knack to catch anything and a throw that you’re never quite sure who it’s aimed at. He is that dude that will see the other teams strongest throwers team throwing at him and think he has them right where he wants them.
Alex Jonauskas has been our most dominant player throughout the whole season. From the first tournament we could tell Alex would be game planned against by everyone. Regardless he had been instrumental at every tournament we play at. Whether it is his quick release, deadly accuracy or 1,000 IQ plays we here at OU know we are always going to get to see a show when Alex takes the court.
Max Stoeckel is OU’s biggest arm and his accuracy has really improved throughout the year which has proved to he a dangerous combination. He is the biggest factor in getting outs while the other team is on there back line and also while countering from the middle. However don’t make the mistake of thinking you can throw at him for free as Max is an above average catcher as well. He has proven to be a duel threat that OU greatly needs.
Mindset for Nationals – Terence Checkett
“We are young, we are hungry, and we are ready to make some noise.”