HOUGHTON - Fifty-one years of competition is bound to yield history and legend, and three more figures that have shaped Guts Frisbee will be recognized today with induction into the IFT Hall of Fame.
The trio of downstate men wlll be recognized in ceremonies in Wadsworth Hall at Michigan Technological University and will be added to the ranks of 25 other great players to be honored with a display at Houghton County Arena.
They include: Gary Ciaglaski, a standout for the Motor City team in the 1970s and 80s, Jimmy Dinser of the 1980s and 90s Cupola Bandits and Keith "Green Man" Moher of the Air Aces of the 1970s.
Ciaglaski specialized in defense and his team could count on him to shut down many of the opposition's most dangerous throwers, then respond with a hard, accurate left-handed two-finger fling to put points on the board offensively. Rarely did anyone target him intentionally.
Ciaglaski was named most valuable player of the 1990 Guts Players Association Worlds.
Jimmy Dinser was intimidating force on the court for the Bandits and an elite offensive and defensive player. The three-time tournament MVP featured a thumb throw that combined accuracy and power, as well as the dexterity to handle both high and low shots.
Green Man Moher was a vital piece of the Air Aces teams that ruled Guts in the mid-70s. Not only was he a dominant player on the court but nearly-universally recognized as a great teammate.
International Frisbee Tournament director Ron Blau competed with Moher in a World Championships event in Japan earlier in his career. He said all three inductees embody the fiery, yet friendly spirit of the game.
'They were fierce competitors. They were relentless as far as wanting to win, and won a lot of tournaments because of that. But they were gracious players off the field and that's still key to this day."
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