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Middlebury wins Quidditch World Cup

Middlebury, Vermont - November 17, 2010

With brooms between their legs and thousands of fans cheering on, 46 teams competed for the Quidditch World Cup in New York City this weekend.

Quidditch is a game dreamed up by the author of the Harry Potter books. Originally played by fantasy wizards who fly through the air, it's now played by muggles-- or humans-- at colleges and high schools nationwide. While it has hundreds of rules, the main goal of the game is to throw a ball through gold hoops.

"It's really fun to run around with a broom between your legs, in a world of chaos, throwing stuff at people, trying to catch stuff, getting tackled," said Adrienne Losch, a Middlebury quidditch player.

Middlebury College is where the muggle form of quidditch originated, so this team felt a lot of pressure heading into this weekend's tournament."

"Since Middlebury has never lost a game in tournament play you can't be the-- no one wants to be the first team to lose, so you knew that you had to go out big and you had to destroy the competition," Losch said.

And destroy the competition they did. Middlebury is still undefeated in tournament play. They topped the team from Tufts to win the 4th annual World Cup.

"We were hitting hard, coordinated tackling, we had some 'Hail Mary' passes in there, just running down the sidelines and scoring," said Phil Palmer, a Middlebury quidditch player.

The Middlebury campus is serious about its team pride and players say other teams at the tournament told them how much they idolize Middlebury.

"Feels good, I love it!" Losch said. "You walk around you have a strut."

But even this fantasy sport is grounded in reality.

"We're running around with a broom between our legs," Palmer said. "No one can take us seriously when we're doing that."

The one thing they are serious about-- defending their title next year.

As a reward for winning the world cup, each of the players on the Middlebury team received new brooms from a company that makes them especially for the sport.

Bianca Slota - WCAX News

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