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The ESSC Team of the Week program is all about recognizing teams that are dedicated to positive sportsmanship and playing with a fun-first mentality.

How it works: Each week throughout the season the ESSC will recognize one team for their positive attitude and great sporting behavior. To be eligible, teams must first be nominated for the Lady Bing Award in a given season. All nominated teams will then have a chance to submit a photo and a short biography in order to be eligible for a Team of the Week Prize.

Prize: Each Team of the Week winner will receive a $100 gift card to The Canadian Brewhouse and will be recognized on social media.

You can help us recognize great sportsmanship by nominating a team for the Lady Bing Award. Click here to nominate a team!

Team Bio
Da Supa Starz
Captain: Matt McKay

Night/Div/Sport: Monday Recreational Turf Soccer
Seasons in the ESSC: 5
Nominated by: Rosario Cammarata - Games Coordinator

History: We are Da Supa Starz and have been playing soccer in the ESSC for around 5 years now. The team has seen a lot of changes as people move away or get injured but the core has pretty much been the same since day one. Our team celebrated 3 weddings this season and we only have two or three people left who are still single (come on by we’ll point them out). We love getting out once a week and always look forward to a new season. 

Team Bio
Here for the Beer
Captain: Ashley Edye

Night/Div/Sport: Wednesday Recreational Dodgeball
Seasons in the ESSC: 5
Nominated by: Jeannine Levangie - Games Coordinator

History: The following message is provided by Here for the Beer: Our team has been around the ESSC world for nearly 5 years, mainly playing Dodgeball and Kickball. We have yet to win a t-shirt, but we don't really care. We're in it for the beer and wings after the game. Fun fact about us: We can't go a single game without someone getting hit in the nuts.

Thanks for the pertinent info team!

Team Bio
Thunder Cats
Captain: Kris Schmidtke

Night/Div/Sport: Monday Recreational Turf Soccer
Seasons in the ESSC: 1
Nominated by: Brandi Linkewich - Games Coordinator

History: These are the Thunder Cats, as in the 80s TV series. Thunder, thunder, thunder, Thunder Cats, ho! This is their first season as a team, and it has been a blast! Their favorite aspect of this season has been playing on an indoor pitch. Some of them played in ESSC Gym Soccer leagues in the Winter, and it has been refreshing to play a bit more spread out. Plus, the teams they have gotten to play with have been really great! They have a really encouraging team with such characters as Kris, Adam, Lauren, Michelle, Troy, Jessica, Camille, Seth, Graciela, Cole, Arthur, Brittany and William. Congrats to the Thunder Cats!

Team Bio
Turnt Up Turnips
Captain: Brandon Weiss

Night/Div/Sport: Saturday Recreational Plus Turf Soccer
Seasons in the ESSC: 4
Nominated by: Rosario Cammarata - Games Coordinator

History: The Turnt Up Turnips are a bunch of friends who love to hangout, have some fun, and compete to win those elusive League Champion t-shirts together! This is their fourth year playing with ESSC and they plan on playing many more so they have an excuse to get together and have a drink or two after games. Congrats Turnt Up Turnips!

Team Bio
Big Girls Kawhi
Captain: Alanna Fletcher

Night/Div/Sport: Thursday Recreational Basketball
Seasons in the ESSC: 4
Nominated by: Anonymous!

History: Big Girls Kawhi is taking home the second Team of the Week award! Their names are Alanna, Amy, Erin, Chantal, Mason, Ryan, Neal, Evan, Mark, Ben and Ian. There ages span from 20-50. This is their 4th season together and they have had team names such as Cookies and Kareem, Average Joes, and Dam Slunks. They like to get creative and change up our name every once in a while. Big Girls Kawhi come back each season because they all love the game and the team camaraderie that comes with it. For them, there is nothing more satisfying than having a good time with your friends and competing in a friendly game. They also really enjoy talking to the other team and making the game fun, no matter who is winning, because no one likes to lose but if both teams have a smile on their faces then that's all that matters. Big Girls Kawhi leave each game feeling happy and privileged that they get to play with such an amazing group of people that truly bring out the best in each other on and off the basketball court. Congrats, Big Girls Kawhi, you deserve it!

Team Bio
Not Fast, Just Furious
Captain: Jessica Tse

Night/Div/Sport: Tuesday Recreational Multi-Sport
Seasons in the ESSC: 2
Nominated by: Christian Tremblay - Games Coordinator 

History: This is Not Fast, Just Furious! It is this team’s second season of Multi-Sport; however, various forms of this team have been playing sports such as soccer, volleyball and floor hockey with ESSC for the past number of years. Their team is full of folks in the twilight of their 20’s who love nothing more than getting together with a bunch of friends, in the middle of the week, to play a sport and enjoy a cold drink and a laugh afterwards. Two of them just had a child and their cold drink money has turned into diaper money... This Lady Bing Award would go a long way to ensure that their team is able to continue enjoying the moments that keep them coming back for more every season! Playing Multi-Sport is a great opportunity to add some variety to your weekly activities and gives them the opportunity to try new sports, such as Kinball and Archery Tag!

Team Bio
Friendly Fire
Captain: Rebecca Barthelette

Night/Div/Sport: Tuesday Recreational Ball Hockey
Seasons in the ESSC: 8
Nominated by: Michelle Morrissey - Games Coordinator

History: This is Friendly Fire, 8 years ago Fire Lungs was their name! There was lots of running and lots of fire in the lungs because well, there was running and most of them aren’t young. They've had many jersey’s and few name changes along the way before finally settling on Friendly Fire. Most of us them played together since the beginning but we’ve picked up some new and much loved teammates along the way. Their favorite part of playing is getting together with friends each week for some fun, competitive exercise. Oh, and also making fun of each other, they're really good at that part!

Team Bio
Sporty People
Captain: Calynn Stumpf

Night/Div/Sport: Wednesday Recreational Multi-Sport
Seasons in the ESSC: 12
Nominated by: Brandi Linkewich - Games Coordinator

History: Meet the Sporty People! Unsurprisingly, they are just a bunch of people trying their best at sports! They enjoy ESSC Multi-Sport leagues because of the variety of sports they get to play, as well as the ability to play some more uncommon sports such as Combat Archery, Kinball and Laser Tag! The Sporty People have been around for 8 seasons, and we hope they stick around for many more!

Summer 2019 Winners

Team Bio
Just The Tip-Off
Captain: Paul Hicks

Night/Div/Sport: Monday Recreational Plus Basketball
Seasons in the ESSC: 2
Nominated by: Nicolas Lagore - Games Coordinator

History: Where do I began with this amazing team? Starting as a random group of random misfits, we have become a very competitive team in Rec Plus after one season to being the funnest group I've ever had the honor to play with. Our team is full of multiple personalities who somehow click on every level. We try our best to have fun among ourselves as well with the other team, while holding a competitive edge. We look forward to many more seasons and building friendships along the way.

P.S. Ronald wanted everyone to know that he's pretty sure he's going on 6 months since the last time a comb broke, let alone touched his glorious mane.

Team Bio
Klown Town
Captain: Laura Squires

Night/Div/Sport: Wednesday Recreational Slo-Pitch
Seasons in the ESSC: 5+
Nominated by: Kristen Carlson - Oddballs

History: Our team has been playing with the ESSC for the past several years - before I (Laura) was even a part of the team. We all know each other because we work together as Accountants. Our team name has evolved from the Aklowntants to Klown Town in the past couple of seasons. It all started with an office joke of calling each other "Klowns" whenever an error is made. Since many of us work at client sites, we don't always see each other at work. Slo-Pitch gives us all a chance to hang out!

Team Bio
Crystal Palace
Captain: Scott Wowk

Night/Div/Sport: Monday Recreational Outdoor Soccer
Seasons in the ESSC: 6
Nominated by: Hanna Filipovic - Deez Nets

History: This is the Crystal Palace squad! They are made up of Scott, Josh, Samantha, Sam, Jayleen, Jamie, Sheldon, James, Courtney and Kristin. This group of soccer enthusiasts have been together for 6 seasons! They enjoy a great spirited game of soccer, the camaraderie among ESSC teams, and grabbing a beer after the game. Nice work Crystal Palace, enjoy your Canadian Brewhouse Gift Card!

Team Bio
Llamas VC
Captain: Andrea Pon

Night/Div/Sport: Thursday Recreational Beach Volleyball
Seasons in the ESSC: 15+
Nominated by: Creatures That Go Bump In The Night

History: Llamas VC (who used to be the Volley Llamas until someone beat them to the team name at registration) have been playing all together for a year! However, some of them have been playing indoor and beach Volleyball together since the Summer of 2014! They are here to have a good time, wear matching t-shirts and play some good old Volleyball. 

Team Bio
See You Next Thursday
Captain: Bruce Lyon

Night/Div/Sport: Thursday Recreational Ball Hockey
Seasons in the ESSC: 15+
Nominated by: Kyle Graham - Games Coordinator

History: Many people ask: Where did your team come up with such a peculiar name? Well, believe it or not, our team name was originally derived from Ancient Norse mythology. Thor, as a fledgling god, would have his chariot pulled by two giant goats (Tanngniost and Tanngrisnir), who could regenerate overnight after being killed and eaten by Thor. Hence, See You Next Thursday, as it symbolizes the regeneration of our team spirit upon each subsequent game, regardless of whether or not we were killed in the last game. Actually, come to think of it, maybe that was not the origin...maybe it is because we play on Thursdays...

Team Bio
You Gotta Nice Set
Captain: Brianne Baxandall

Night/Div/Sport: Sunday Intermediate Beach Volleyball
Seasons in the ESSC: 2
Nominated by: Tory Honsberger - Rough Sets

History: Thanks for the nomination! Our team (From left to right: Leah, Tom, Bri, Dan, Justin, Erik) was made last summer so this is our second season together. We have minimal experience but love getting out in the sun and having a good time. We are just enjoying getting better as a team and slowly improving our game.

Team Bio
Bat Attitudes
Captain: Mackenzie Brown

Night/Div/Sport: Monday Recreational Slo-Pitch
Seasons in the ESSC: 2
Nominated by: Shannon Murray - The Rebel Alliance

History: We are Team Bat Attitudes! We are composed of a rag tag group of friends from work, school, childhood and everything in between! We put this team together because we had a lot of singular friends wanting to come together to play a fun sport and be able to socialize on our nights off. Bat Attitudes came from our Team Captain Mack who loves puns. Its an ironic name because none of us have any kind of foul attitude! We have been playing for two seasons now with ESSC and Mondays have become one of our favorite nights (Who knew someone could actually look forward to Mondays!?). We love playing together as a team, whether we are winning or not, being out in the sunshine and meeting others is our jam!

Spring 2019 Winners

Team Bio
You Just Got Served
Captain: Meagan Seeley

Night/Div/Sport: Monday Recreational Badminton
Seasons in the ESSC: 3
Nominated by: Jennifer Yip - Inaccurate Stereotypes

History: My name is Meagan and my Badminton partner is Emily. For this Spring we decided to go with the name "You Just Got served", as it related to Badminton and furthermore it is quite ironic as we won't be going professional anytime soon and definitely did not serve anyone! This is our 3rd season with ESSC and we look forward to playing Pickleball this Summer. Neither of us had played Badminton before and we're both willing to try anything so why not give Badminton a whirl! I'm so glad that we did, it has been a blast. It's such a fun way to get out of the house, go meet new people and stay active!

 

Team Bio
Inglorious Batters
Captain: Craig Nyboer

Night/Div/Sport: Thursday Recreational Slo-Pitch
Seasons in the ESSC: 2
Nominated by: Darleen Murphy - Throwing Shade

History: The Inglorious Batters weren’t born, they were forged from the depths of Slo-Pitch mediocrity! We are a gaggle of little-to-no experience Slo-Pitch players who like to swing at everything and run in no particular direction. Our favorite part of Slo-Pitch is looking good while we play it, but also making other teams look good while they play it too. Having now finished our second season of ESSC Slo-Pitch, we’ve moved from worst to slightly less worse, and we couldn’t be more proud of ourselves! Mostly because no one else is proud of us...

 

Team Bio
Kicking & Screaming
Captain: Katelyn Gannon

Night/Div/Sport: Tuesday Recreational Outdoor Soccer
Seasons in the ESSC: 3
Nominated by: Keltie Yearwood - Dunder Mifflin FC

History: Meet Kicking & Screaming, the team of players brand new to the game. In this photo you will see Mike, Carly, Jenny, Kalena, Amber, Kate, Mitch, Alanna, Julie, and our best cheerleader, Dokes the Dog! Our team name is taken from the hilarious movie with Will Ferrell about coaching the worst kids soccer team in town. That is our team. We have never won a game, we just okay for the fun and exercise! This is the third season I have run this team, and each season we have new first time players. Thank you for the nomination!

 

Team Bio
Captain Smashy Pants
Captain: Sharon Mellot

Night/Div/Sport: Wednesday Recreational Badminton
Seasons in the ESSC: 2
Nominated by: Janet Wong - Chex

History: We're Captain Smashy Pants, a group of two guys and two girls: Sharon Mellott, Morgan McCollum, Monique Hetu and Sayyad Bacchus. A couple of us played on a Badminton team a year ago through ESSC and absolutely loved it so we decided to put together another team for the Spring season. Our team name from the previous year was already taken so Morgan came up with a new one that was just as playful and fun as our team! We have one player that's new to the sport and its been fun watching her grow! We look forward to playing together every week and meeting the other players. It's been a fun way for us to stay connected while still being active!

 

Team Bio
Quit Your Pitching
Captain: Bailey Horte

Night/Div/Sport: Friday Recreational Slo-Pitch
Seasons in the ESSC: 1
Nominated by: Chase Pierson - The Benchwarmers

History: Our team, Quit Your Pitching is a rag-tag team of mostly Engineers. We all met through school or work and this is our first season together! So far we have had a great season filled with laughs. We love Slo-Pitch because it gets us out in the sun throwing balls around with our friends. With some people working out of town and not able to make every game we have quite a large team! With a total of 19 people on the team we were able to scrounge a whopping 9 people for a photo! From our team to yours, have a great Summer!

 

Team Bio
NetSix and Chill
Captain: Caroline Schlosser

Night/Div/Sport: Thursday Recreational Turf Soccer
Seasons in the ESSC: 4+
Nominated by: Marisa Maiorana - Games Coordinator 

History: NetSix and Chill is a priMED Medical Products Soccer team. We've played in ESSC leagues for a few years, in a variety of sports but have been playing soccer for the last few seasons. We're loving the Indoor Soccer league because the field in small enough that it involves a lot of skill, strategy and teamwork, and we don't have to worry about the mosquitos! 

 

Team Bio
Larry and Gary 
Captain: Larissa Wilhelm

Night/Div/Sport: Wednesday Recreational Badminton
Seasons in the ESSC: 2
Nominated by: Janet Wong - Chex

History: We are Larry & Gary, this is not only our team name but also our nick names (Larry for Larissa and Gary is just a middle name). This is our second season playing Badminton with the ESSC. We play on Wednesday nights because of Wing Wednesday, we think that might speak for itself. Our favorite part of playing in the league has been the atmosphere and fantastic people! 

 

Team Bio
Nerd Herd FC
Captain: Max Wagg

Night/Div/Sport: Tuesday Recreational Outdoor Soccer
Seasons in the ESSC: 12+
Nominated by: Unknown 

History: Nerd Herd FC started off as a bunch of...well, nerds...who were working at a Summer Science camp and looking for a fun after-work outlet to blow off some steam after working with crazy kids all day. Most of our team started off in engineering, with a few teachers, business grads, and other professions rounding out the team. There's no doubting our nerd cred as most of our time on the bench is spent teasing spoilers for the members of our team who have not fully caught up on Game of Thrones. 12+ seasons of soccer (and even a couple of champion t-shirts) later, we're still not sick of free Brewhouse nachos, and we love our once-a-week romps on the field. GO NERDS!!!

 

Team Bio
Hoodie Melos
Captain: Kelly Ann Lester

Night/Div/Sport: Tuesday Recreational Basketball
Seasons in the ESSC: 4+
Nominated by: Jonathan McNulty - Games Coordinator

History: Our team is Hoodie Melos, named after Carmelo Anthony. Some of us have been playing together for 4+ years, while others are newfound friends. We have also acquired a few tiny cheerleaders along the way. We have a variety of skill sets and professional backgrounds, but a common love for basketball (and beer!). We sincerely appreciate this nomination and look forward to many more seasons with ESSC!

 

Winter 2019 Winners

Team Bio
TBA
Captain: Sara Burge

Night/Div/Sport: Tuesday Recreational Floor Hockey
Seasons in the ESSC: 15+
Nominated by: Andrew Wormsbecker - Kool Aid

History: TBA!

 

Team Bio
Balls Intact
Captain: Stephanie Weisgerber

Night/Div/Sport: Wednesday Recreational Dodgeball
Seasons in the ESSC: 20+
Nominated by: Sarah Gallotti - Games Coordinator

History: Balls Intact has been playing Dodgeball with the ESSC since 2012, playing almost every season each year. They have had quite a few roster changes over the years, with 3 of them being the OG’s. Balls Intact have played both rubber and foam, and have really found their stride in foam. Through the years and roster changes, what they all pride themselves on as a team is their accountability, positive spirit and just getting out there and having fun!

 

Team Bio
TAU FC
Captain: Benjamin Packianayagam

Night/Div/Sport: Monday Recreational Gym Soccer
Seasons in the ESSC: 39
Nominated by: Ryan Townsend - Games Coordinator

History: TAU FC stands for Team Awesome United Football Club but they actually started out as a Volleyball team (Team Awesome without the United or FC). The founder of the team decided he wanted to play some Soccer with his childhood friends and they have been a Soccer team ever since! They have been playing with the ESSC since the Fall of 2007, so if we carry the one and then divide by 2, we get to 39 seasons! While they have had many players throughout the years, they all have a love for the game and enjoy the competitiveness and fun nature of the sport. Some of the nick names they have on the team are The Turkish Delight, Juggernaut, Triple B, Apollo Rocket of Love and of course, Sexy Time. Congrats TAU FC!

 

Team Bio
Clan Gunn
Captain: Shannon Emery

Night/Div/Sport: Tuesday Recreational B Floor Hockey
Seasons in the ESSC: 13
Nominated by: Ryan McManners - Games Coordinator

History: Congratulations to Clan Gunn! This group from our Tuesday Rec Floor Hockey division is composed mainly of lawyers and is built on enthusiasm, camaraderie and fun. The clan appreciates a good old fashion hockey game, even if they aren't on the winning side! We love to have teams like Clan Gunn that welcome all types of players, despite their skill level. Thanks for being great sports and good luck in your future games!

Team Bio
Adams Family
Captain: Weslee Qualie

Night/Div/Sport: Wednesday Recreational A Basketball 
Seasons in the ESSC: 6
Nominated by: Dalin Woolley - Games Coordinator

History: The Story of Adams Family: "It all started when Adam "The Family" Moore moved to a small town where he was surprised to hear dancing and rock music had been banned. He decided to challenge this law and recruited his friends Dazzlin Dave & Sizzlin Syed to help teach these stuffed shirts that dancing is the greatest thing there is. He stood up in front council citing scripture in support while Dazzlin and Sizzlin danced in demonstration, successfully winning over one council women, Mother Ness, but not the rest. A deal was stuck however. 'Go back to where you came from boy' said the head shirt, 'and win me an ESSC champ shirt. And I'll reverse the law.' So Adam went, picking up recruits along the way. 6 seasons chasing that champ shirt. Will he ever dance again? No one knows." Thanks for the fantastic bio Adams Family, enjoy your Gift Card, you earned it!

Team Bio
The No ReGretzkys
Captain: Anthony Middel

Night/Div/Sport: Thursday Recreational Floor Hockey
Seasons in the ESSC: 4+
Nominated by: Kyle Graham - Games Coordinator

History: The 2019 No Regretzkys are the 4th installment of the No Regretzkys, founded by the Pepin family. After 4 years of bumping around the ESSC, including a stint in the 3 on 3 trenches, this year's version sees significant turnover, with multiple new additions to a small veteran core. With the Great One as inspiration, this team has no regretz about getting their cardio in each game. Congrats you guys, keep up the great sportsmanship!

Team Bio
Hoodie Melos
Captain: Kelly Ann Lester

Night/Div/Sport: Tuesday Recreational Basketball
Seasons in the ESSC: 4+
Nominated by: Dalin Woolley - Games Coordinator

History: These are the Hoodie Melos, named after Carmelo Anthony of course. Some of them have been playing together for 4+ years, while others are newfound friends! They have a variety of skill sets and professional backgrounds, but a common love for basketball and beer! We appreciate the sportsmanship of teams like the Hoodie Melos, and look forward to having them play many more seasons with the ESSC!

Team Bio
Nobody Special
Captain: Yann Legrand

Night/Div/Sport: Thursday Recreational Turf Soccer
Seasons in the ESSC: 2
Nominated by: Kyle Smith - ESSC Staff

History: Nobody Special has been playing ESSC Turf Soccer since the Summer of 2011. They have gone through some changes and breaks but have been back consistently since Winter 2018 through three different team names. Nobody Special has been their team name for 2 seasons now, and was chosen since they enjoy a little laugh while teams either win or lose against Nobody Special. They really enjoy playing Turf Soccer with ESSC and we hope to see them play for many more seasons! Congratulations to Nobody Special!

Team Bio
Happy Trees
Captain: Jeremy Keay

Night/Div/Sport: Thursday Recreational Plus Indoor Volleyball
Seasons in the ESSC: 4
Nominated by: Kimmee Fischer - Send Noods

History: Our first Lady Bing Team of the Week Winners for the Winter 2019 season are the Happy Trees! This Bob Ross inspired crew has been playing Volleyball in our Recreational Plus league for 4 years. Every Thursday they look forward to being together and playing some Volleyball. Nice work Happy Trees, and remember, there are no mistakes in Volleyball, just happy accidents!