Walton Lee: Disc Man
by Charlie Blasberg on Friday, May 18th, 2012
Walton Lee (I) has led this year’s Ultimate Frisbee team in a very impressive season. Walton has earned the respect of countless schools with consistently strong disc programs, such as Bridgewater-Raynham. The student body of Milton Academy often hears about the triumphs of the lacrosse and hockey teams, but seldom do we consider the success of unsung heroes such as Walton Lee. I had the chance to sit down with Walton and ask him some questions about Milton’s Ultimate Frisbee team.
How did you become involved in Ultimate Frisbee at Milton?
I didn’t have a spring sport my freshman year. I ran cross-country in the fall, but I didn’t want to do track. Dylan Watson (Class of 2010), a junior in my dorm at the time, played Ultimate Frisbee and recommended that I play. A lot of other people in my dorm played and convinced me to join the team, so I tried it. The rest is history.
As captain, how do you get your teammates ready to play before a big game? Do you have a special ritual before games?
I like to have relatively easy practices in the days leading up to a game, to let everyone get some rest. Staying focused while warming up before a game is a very big thing for me. We have an awesome opening cheer, but I can’t tell you what it is. You have to come see for yourself.
Season to season, which school consistently has the best team?
Sharon High. There, they treat Ultimate Frisbee like a legitimate varsity sport, with coaches and a JV team as well. This shows on the field with their fitness and precision. They also don’t make mistakes, which is very important in Ultimate Frisbee.
After you graduate, how does the future of the team look?
We have seven very strong graduating seniors this year, so next year the team will have to adjust to fill in their spots. We have a lot of talented juniors on the team this year as well, so if they can pull together next year, I think they have great potential. We don’t have many underclassmen playing this year, so it is hard to say what the team will be like in a few years. However, if the commitment and enthusiasm stays where it has been, the future looks very optimistic for Milton Disk.
What are the strengths of this year’s team?
We like to improvise. We are not confined by our set plays, so we can recognize situations where we can break formations and capitalize on opportunities to catch our opponents out of position.
How would you describe the support from MA?
Traditionally, we have gotten relatively little support from students and the athletic department, but this year we received a lot of support in the form of transportation, and uniforms. The student body has also stepped up their interest and enthusiasm, which is great to see.
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