- Associated Press - Friday, October 6, 2017

COLUMBIA, Mo. (AP) - People would never have known the two teams that met on Stankowski Field at a recent tournament were friends.

During the game, both teams were yelling and screaming from the sidelines. Then there was tackling and throwing balls at the other team just to score. Every time someone was thrown down, they would say, “Ugh.”

The Mizzou Club Quidditch team recently played against its rival, the Kansas Quidditch team. But both teams had nothing but good things to say about each other.

One of Kansas’ captains, junior Rachel Heald, 20, told the Columbia Missourian that they recently played with members of MU’s team in Major League Quidditch, a national summer league, and became good friends.

“We’re the only two (teams) in our region that are close to each other,” Heald said. “We’ve played with them over the summer, so we’ve gotten to be pretty good friends, too.”

One of MU’s captains, senior Jacob Parker, 21, said there will always be a little rivalry between the two because of the schools’ history.

The Border War - in which MU and KU sports teams squared off - first started in 1891 on the football field. This rivalry continued until 2012. The Border War ended because MU moved from the Big 12 Conference to the Southeastern Conference.

Students at MU signed a petition in 2012 to keep the rivalry alive, but nothing has come of it.

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Parker said the rivalry between the KU and MU quidditch teams is more of a friendly competition.

“Now it’s kind of like beating out your friends and getting bragging rights with your friends,” Parker said. “We go to a bunch of tournaments together, and it’s fun to say that we are better than them.”

Members of both teams have a reason for playing quidditch. Rachel England, 20, a junior and co-captain at KU, said quidditch creates a close-knit group.

“With Kansas Quidditch, it is definitely my family,” England said. “It is a fun, traveling sport, and it has opened my world so much.”

MU senior Tyler Etling, 21, said the game is inclusive.

“It’s very open, and it brings together athletes of all ages and capabilities,” Etling said. “It brings a lot of people out of the woodwork that you wouldn’t expect.”

MU won two out of the three games, and afterward members of both teams shook hands and gave each other hugs to congratulate themselves on a great series.


Information from: Columbia Missourian, https://www.columbiamissourian.com

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