The Dish Archive

—February 21—

• A local prep legend and former D1 wide receiver at the University of Wisconsin-Madison Marquis Mason is joining the Madison Radicals.

—February 20—

• Three-year team veteran Chuck Cao has re-signed with the San Jose Spiders for 2017. One of the most productive high-volume throwers in the league, Cao threw 42 assists and 428 completions (95%) in just 239 points played last year.

• Two-time AUDL MVP Jonathan "Goose" Helton has signed with the Raleigh Flyers. It is his third team in as many seasons. Helton has never missed the playoffs in his five-year professional career.

• Bert Abbott, Drew Johnson, and Charlie Eide are the first three women to be named to the Cascades Cup player pool.

—February 16—

• A great highlight video of the 2015 Championship Weekend held at Avaya Stadium.

—February 15—

• Speechless.

• Edith Teng was announced as the Austin Sol's head coach for the 2017 season. Teng has previous experience coaching the University of Texas' women's ultimate program. She is the third female head coach in the AUDL this season, joining Guylaine Girard of the Montreal Royal and Eileen Murray of the Philadelphia Phoenix.

—February 14—

• 2016 Ultimate Canada Male Athlete of the Year Connor Armstrong and five other rookies are set to join the Toronto Rush, per the team's announcement.

• Yesterday the San Diego Growlers announced the signing of four former Los Angeles Aviators to their 2017 roster.

—February 10—

• New jerseys for the Toronto Rush!

• Yesterday the Indianapolis AlleyCats announced their full 2017 roster. The list includes 21 returners from last season, including AUDL scoring legends Cameron Brock and Keenan Plew.

—February 7—

• The first signing for the Atlanta Hustle in 2017 is All-AUDL member Matt Smith.

• After captaining the Los Angeles Aviators to their first playoff appearance in 2016, Eric Lissner is back for the new year.

• A defensive leader with the Dallas Roughnecks, Jacob Anderson has re-signed with the team for 2017.

• The Ottawa Outlaws announced three more player signings today: Mike Lee, Matt O'Brien, and Alec Arsenault. Lee exploded for 60 goals in 2016, the second highest total in the league. Both O'Brien and Arsenault were major contributors for the defense, collecting 15 and 27 blocks, respectively.

Recap of the Los Angeles Aviators. Over 90 players attended, ranging from SoCal to Australia, South Africa, Taiwan, and Switzerland!

—February 6—

• Today the Austin Sol announced their full 2017 roster. With 14 new players joining the squad, the Sol's first test for the new season will be integrating new faces and managing their turnover. Luckily the returning members for Austin are among their most productive, with most of their statistical leaders coming back; team leader in goals Caleb Denecour and noted receiver Jerrod Wolfe are still questionable to return to the team at this time.

Austin finished their inaugural season 7-7, failing to qualify for the playoffs due to losing a tiebreaker to the Atlanta Hustle. The Sol had the sixth best scoring offense last year, averaging 25.5 goals per game.

The Top 10 plays from the Austin Sol's 2016 season.

• The DC Breeze have a new coach. Formerly an assistant with the Philadelphia Phoenix from 2013-2015, Darryl Stanley will inherit head play calling duties for the Breeze in 2017, according to today's release. Stanley led the Philadelphia Spinners to an 11-1 record and professional league title in 2016 in the now defunct Major League Ultimate. For his achievements, he was also named the 2016 MLU Coach of the Year.

—February 3—

• Kai Marshall is returning to the Dallas Roughnecks.

• With their seventh addition to the 2017 roster, the Dallas Roughnecks re-signed veteran handler Brandon Malecek. The most reliable handler during their undefeated championship run last season, Malecek paced the Dallas team in completions (469, 94%) and points played (317).

• The Toronto Rush announced the re-signing of a trio of emerging stars in Jacky Hau, Greg Ellis, and Jason Huynh. Hau had a breakout season in 2016, leading the team with 26 blocks to go along with six assists and 12 goals while playing primarily on defense.

Jacky Hau flies for the interception during a game against New York in 2016.

Ellis quietly produced 11 assists, 12 goals, and eight blocks in his first season with the franchise last year. Huynh, also a rookie in 2016, played very limited minutes, but was a member of the Team Canada U20 squad in 2016 that won silver at worlds.

Jason Huynh with the kick block to gigantic layout for the bookends score during the gold medal game of the 2016 World Juniors Ultimate Championships.

• There's a reason they call him "The Franchise": Derek Alexander is the first player to sign with the Ottawa Outlaws for the 2017 season. Alexander is first all-time in Outlaws team history with 1080 completions over two seasons; he ranks second in assists with 72. His 44 assists and 602 completions during the 2015 season helped earn him a spot on the All-AUDL Second Team. Ottawa has finished 7-7 in each of their first two seasons, having yet to qualify for the playoffs.

—February 2—

• Today the Jacksonville Cannons announced the re-signing of Ryan Chard and Chris Gibson (below).

—February 1—

Recap coverage of the Ottawa Outlaws invite-only final tryout.

• The Seattle Cascades have announced a one-of-a-kind event aimed at promoting gender equity. Known as the Cascades Cup, 10 men and 10 women representing the Cascades will face off against a similarly composed, mixed gender squad that will represent the San Francisco FlameThrowers in an exhibition style matchup.

"The Titcomb family have been pioneers in advancing Ultimate in so many ways and this is just another example of their passion to advance it for everyone," AUDL Commissioner Steve Gordon said in the press release, referring to the Cascades' ownership group and their work towards gender equity. "I would encourage all to come out to support their efforts and enjoy what is sure to be a fun and exciting evening."

• The San Diego Growlers are putting in the work this offseason.