Photos by Pete Guion and Sean Carpenter – Ultiphotos.com
The Philadelphia Spinners announced today that two additional veterans from their Championship roster will return for the 2017 season.
Both Panna and Katzenbach have been with the Spinners since the team’s founding, with 2017 being their fifth year in the MLU. Both players have been models of consistency for the team, with Panna tied for the second most games played (38) and Katzenbach having played the fourth most points (644) in league history.
Panna, a 29-year old out of Alvernia University, has been a jack-of-all-trades for the Spinners throughout his career. Panna brings to the team his ability to both play on both sides of the disc as well as one of the quickest first steps in the league.
Playing primarily on the D-line for much of his career, Panna made the switch to the O-line for the Spinners in 2016. Panna’s added contributions to the offense helped lead the Spinners to their first place finish in the Eastern Conference and MLU Championship victory. Panna was named a finalist for the Eastern Conference Offensive Player of the Year award.
“Moving Panna over to the O-line in 2015 seemed to unlock a different player, and it transformed the dynamics of that line,” said Charlie Hoppes, the Spinners new head coach. “He is a creative thrower that adds a dimension to any possession he is a part of. I especially enjoy that he is still getting better as gets older.”
Over his career, Panna has recorded 26 goals, 50 assists and 23 blocks.
Katzenbach, the 46-year old from University of Pennsylvania, has been a workhorse for the Spinners since year one. Playing almost exclusively on the O-line, Katzenbach has proven to be an incredibly valuable handler, holding the highest completion percentage among players with four years of experience (96.6%).
“Trey is a legend,” said Hoppes. “I’m not sure what I can say about him that wouldn’t horrifically undersell what he means to the Philadelphia ultimate community. His energy and competitive fire is unmatched, and we all know that his contributions aren’t limited to his on-field production.”
Throughout his career, Katzenbach has tallied 48 goals, 31 assists and 10 blocks.
Here we see the impact that both players can have on the offense, as Panna places the disc perfectly for Katzenbach in the endzone:
With the return of Panna and Katzenbach, the Spinners now have 11 veterans re-signed for the 2017 season.