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Intramural basketball comes to end

Elizabeth Leggett March 5, 2015 Athletics, Intramurals
Nicole Ely/The News A Blue Ballers player runs for the layup.

Nicole Ely/The News A Blue Ballers player runs for the layup.

Monstars cruise in semifinal game

With 7:06 left in the game vs. the AOII Pandas, the Monstars scored two points to seal a mercy rule victory.

The Monstars, led by junior Christiane Soldo and junior Bekah Russell, took the early advantage leading by 13 at halftime. Their opponent couldn’t match up with the size of the Monstars team on offense or defense. The Monstars dominated throughout the second half as well, winning 43-12.

“Honestly, I think it was that they were bigger than us and they seemed like they may have more experience,” said sophomore AOII Panda Erica Strubhart. “Another thing is that I think we were just getting to that point in the season that we were just getting tired. We’ve been playing since January and now it’s March so I think we were just kind of getting worn down at this point.”

The sorority division was dominated by the AOII Pandas as they went undefeated during the regular season.

“We’re AOII, so it’s all about playing the sororities to us and we always like to be number one,” said sophomore Shelby Beloate, who scored half of the team’s points. “It was big for us to make it this far.”

Nicole Ely/The News A Team Lob City player throws a free throw during an intramural game.

Nicole Ely/The News A Team Lob City player throws a free throw during an intramural game.

Leading Monstar scorer, junior Bekah Russell, was active on both ends of the floor, coming up with three steals to go along with her 19 points.

“We don’t get a chance to play the sororities division, and I saw them play a game before and they looked really solid,” Russell said. “I thought they were a good team, but we came out with only five people and kept the pressure on them. Everyone gets in there and they rebound even if they are the shortest person out there.”

The most experienced player on either team was Christiane Soldo, a former Murray State women’s basketball player who put up 17 points and eight rebounds.

“I didn’t have enough time to do school work and play and be on the road and my grades were suffering,” Soldo said of her collegiate basketball career. “So I decided to quit and just get involved with school and extracurricular activities.”

After defeating the AOII Pandas, up next for the Monstars was the championship game against Hart College.

“I think we are very prepared for the final,” Russell said. “We haven’t played as many games as we would like– we’ve had to forfeit a couple of games– but every time we’ve come out we’ve played really hard and I think we are ready to go. We’re going to take it. We’re going all the way. We’re going to win and we are going to get that t-shirt, finally.”

According to IM Leagues, the Monstars were ready, taking home a 47-32 win to end the season and take home the title.

 

Story by Blake Bernier, Staff writer

Blue Ballers show no mercy to Richmond Shenanigans

Elizabeth Leggett February 13, 2015 Athletics, Intramurals
Nicole Ely/The News The Blue Ballers run the court Tuesday night where it ended in a mercy rule over Richmond Shenanigans, 50-20.

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The Blue Ballers run the court Tuesday night where it ended in a mercy rule over Richmond Shenanigans, 50-20.

One team used smart shot selection and efficient passing to execute its goal of winning while their opponents’ approach was to have fun.

The game, in the South Gym in the Carr Health Building Tuesday night, ended just 3 minutes and 45 seconds into the second half because of the mercy rule. The Blue Ballers beat Richmond Shenanigans 50-20. This was the first loss for the Richmond Shenanigans of the season, last week they scored 73 points. The Blue Ballers have won every game by at least 28 points.

Leading scorer for the Blue Ballers, Sam Armstrong, poured in 19 points and at one moment made four three-pointers in a row.

Armstrong is one of two graduate students on the team. In his last year as an undergraduate he walked onto the Liberty University basketball team.

“It’s the stroke, man,” Armstrong said. “I feel it, I don’t know how to explain it. I’ve been a shooter my whole life.”

Fellow graduate student David Hite didn’t score a point for the Blue Ballers but had a big block in the first half that ignited a 17-2 run.

“It always feels good to deny somebody,” Hite said.

As the game got underway the Blue Ballers fell behind 9-6 after junior Taran Coleman connected on two 3-point shots and teammate Jacob Williams hit another 3-pointer for the Richmond Shenanigans.

“I think about 80 or 90 percent of our shots are 3’s but about 5 or 6 percent of those are probably half court shots,” Coleman said. “So that’s pretty much our offense.”

On the first possession for the Richmond Shenanigans, they swung the ball around the perimeter for about a minute yelling out names and laughing. Junior Nathan Leibering of the Shenanigans was one of the more vocal players on the court calling out random names as if they were set plays.

“Couple of them are girlfriends, some of them are guy friends,” Leibering said. “We try to keep the defense honest.”

Richmond Shenanigans made entertainment a priority as the players and fans follow each shot made or missed with cheers and jeers.

Armstrong wasn’t pleased with the shenanigans of Richmond Shenanigans.

“I like to compete so it was kind of annoying,” Armstrong said.

Coleman made 75 percent of his shots, but each time he shot, his teammates yelled “Ball hog.”

“The team likes for me to shoot and shoot often, so you know that’s pretty much where the points come from,” Coleman said. “Teammate Hal Abel likes for me to shoot the ball; it compensates for his lack of being able to shoot.”

The Blue Ballers are hoping to earn a first-round bye in the upcoming playoffs as they attempt to repeat their success from last season as a semi-finalist team.

Other intramural scores from Tuesday include Steak Sauce forcing the mercy rule on Team Lob City and winning 50-18 and the BCM Ballers beating Hart B 46-27.

Story by Blake Bernier, Staff writer

IM victory for BCM Bruisers

Elizabeth Leggett November 7, 2014 Athletics, Intramurals
Hannah Fowl/The News The BCM Bruiserswin 32-6 agaisnt #MONEYTEAM Monday night.

Hannah Fowl/The News
The BCM Bruiserswin 32-6 agaisnt #MONEYTEAM Monday night.

It was a lopsided affair on a rainy Tuesday night when #MONEYTEAM took on the BCM Bruisers in intramural football action.

The Bruisers played their hearts out, but they couldn’t keep up with #MONEYTEAM and lost 32-6.

The game started out unfortunately for the BCM Bruisers when their quarterback left the game after the first play with a hamstring injury. They turned the ball over on downs on their first drive, giving it over to #MONEYTEAM.

“After we lost our quarterback to a hamstring injury in his first run of the game, we kind of lost morale,” said backup quarterback Chase Buchanan. “The rain is really putting a damper on our spirits right now.”

#MONEYTEAM took advantage of the momentum and capitalized on its first touchdown of the game. The Bruisers were not quick to give up, however, as they responded with a huge reception by Seth Dias, leading to a game-tying touchdown.

Hannah Fowl/The News The BCM Bruisers defeat #MONEYTEAM Monday night, despite the rain.

Hannah Fowl/The News
The BCM Bruisers defeat #MONEYTEAM Monday night, despite the rain.

That was as close as the game would get as #MONEYTEAM ran off with the lead from that point on. They ended the half with two more touchdowns while playing staunch defense. Despite the daunting scoreboard, the BCM Bruisers stayed positive.

The rain did not help the Bruisers, however, as they failed to score for the rest of the game. #MONEYTEAM dominated on both sides of the ball in the second half, wearing down the opposing team’s limited roster.

They would proceed to tack on 11 more points in the second half to finish the game 32-6.

“All the credit goes to the special teams play today,” Travin Hardy said. “Special teams won us the game, thanks to our all-intramural punter Ryan Suiter. Hopefully next time ESPN will be here.”

Despite the crushing defeat, the BCM Bruisers were Tim Tebow-like in their commitment to the faith.

“All the glory goes to Christ,” Deric Hyman said. “We will praise him in this storm.”

Story by Peter Northcutt, Staff writer

Intramural football begins

Elizabeth Leggett October 24, 2014 Athletics, Intramurals
Kalli Bubb/The News Keon Flintroy, senior from Louisville, Ky., plays for James H. Richmond Residential College in a game Monday.

Kalli Bubb/The News
Keon Flintroy, senior from Louisville, Ky., plays for James H. Richmond Residential College in a game Monday.

Richmond A and the Pylon Pythons kicked off the flag football season with a grueling scrimmage on Monday. The Pylon Pythons came out on top by just two points with a final score of 27-25.

Veteran flag-footballer and James H. Richmond Residential College Athletic Director Shawn Jones, junior from Benton, Ky., said the Pylon Pythons would be some of the biggest competition.

“It was a tough game,” Jones said. “It was the first game for us; we’ve got a lot of new faces. We don’t have the team that they do. They’ve been around a lot longer than we have. But it was still pretty fun.”

The stress of preparation for the season falls heavy on Jones’ shoulders, because he organized two teams for Richmond and all of their practices.  Despite the stress that accompanies his job, Jones enjoys getting involved as much as possible.

“I like the side sports,” Jones said. “I get to do all the sports that I didn’t play in high school – or I keep going off of those sports. I try to get into every single game I can.”

Richmond A and Pylon Pythons both know what it’s like to be champions, as Richmond took home first place in the residential college division last year and the Pythons placed first in the independent division.

“We’ve been first place the past two years,” Jones said. “So having this loss – especially to some of our seniors – it kind of makes them a little frustrated. Being on top, we want to stay on top.”

Pylon Pythons’ coach, senior Blake Hodges from Princeton, Ky., was excited to start the season with a win against a strong team.

“Flag football is just a lot of fun,” Hodges said. “We get a lot of guys out here, and it’s more just fun to be around everybody.”

Hodges enjoys both the competition and relationships that form during the season.

The flag football season officially began Monday and runs until Nov. 24.

Story by Mallory Tucker, Sports Editor

Intramurals are back: Softball kicks off season

Elizabeth Leggett September 12, 2014 Athletics, Intramurals
Kory Savage/The News Darvonte Green bats for Lambda Chi Alpha Wednesday night during its game against Sigma Pi.

Kory Savage/The News
Darvonte Green bats for Lambda Chi Alpha Wednesday night during its game against Sigma Pi.

Intramural softball season: a time for students to take a break from classes, step on the field and play for their favorite organization.

Students kicked off the first intramural sport of the year with games starting last week.

Quintin Bergman, junior from Festus, Mo. and member of Sigma Chi fraternity, said one of his favorite things about the season is the sense of camaraderie.

“The competition is a great part of intramurals,” Bergman said. “It’s a great way to be involved within your organization. It’s nice to see everyone supporting one another.”

The major sports for the 2014-15 school year are slow-pitch softball, basketball, volleyball, soccer, flag football, dodgeball, ultimate frisbee and inner tube water polo.

Jacob Payne, freshman from Hardinsburg, Ky., said he likes the different skill levels and the laid-back feeling of intramural sports.

“I am excited to play with people I don’t necessarily know,” Payne said. “Since I’m not on a varsity team this gives me the opportunity to make friends, stay active and not feel the pressure of being a student athlete.”

With residential college, independent, fraternity and sorority teams all ready to play slow-pitch softball, students are lining the bleachers with signs, music, competition and spirit.

Screen shot 2014-09-11 at 7.51.35 PM“Even though I don’t play the sport I still enjoy coming out to watch,” said Aida De La Fuente, senior from Louisville, Ky., “I always think about playing more intramurals, but for right now I’ll just come out and support the people I care about.”

Though not every student goes to watch or plays for competition, some students chose to play to help keep them in shape.

Jordan Norber, junior from St. Louis, Mo., says he was just looking to avoid the “freshman fifteen” when he started intramurals.

“I originally began playing intramural sports my freshman year because I was scared of the almighty freshman fifteen,” Norber said. “I came to enjoy the sportsmanship and friends I made. I’ve since then been playing with two teams and I’ll continue to play until I graduate.”

The slow-pitch softball season kicked off Sep. 8 and lasts until Oct. 8.

The next intramural season, flag football, kicks off Oct. 20.

 

Story by Kelsey Randolph, Contributing writer

 

Lambda Chi Alpha stays undefeated

Jared Jeseo, Online Editor March 28, 2014 Athletics, Intramurals
Jenny Rohl/The News Lambda Chi Alpha stays undefeated in intramural volleyball by beating Alpha Sigma Phi.

Jenny Rohl/The News
Lambda Chi Alpha stays undefeated in intramural volleyball by beating Alpha Sigma Phi.

Alpha Sigma Phi, sporting a 2-1 record, came up short as it failed to knock off undefeated Lambda Chi Alpha in a heated intramural volleyball match Monday night.

Both teams were sloppy out of the gate, but it was Lambda Chi that gained the slight edge, jumping out to a 10-5 advantage.

Alpha Sigma Phi fought to cut the lead to three points at 15-12 before Lambda Chi captain Barrett Pazderka buried a spike to end the run. Lambda Chi used the momentum to cruise to a 25-18 win in the first match.

“We had several defensive errors,” said Alpha Sigma Phi captain Doug Ebert. “We had back-to-back mistakes that just weren’t supposed to happen.”

Alpha Sigma Phi came back with a chip on its shoulder in the second match. Both teams were playing competitively as they swapped kill shots throughout most of the match.

A spike by Pazderka that went astray ended the second match as Alpha Sigma Phi held on to a slim lead to in the second game of the match 25-23.

The third match looked to be leaning in favor of Alpha Sigma Phi early as Joao Pelosi crushed two consecutive spikes to push the lead to 9-4.

The advantage didn’t hold for long as Lambda Chi surged back to win the last match 15-9.

Pazderka was quick to credit his teammate for the win.

“Jack Whyte really played his heart out tonight,” Pazderka said. “The kid’s got a lot of heart. He led the team vocally and that’s what we needed.”

 

Story by Peter Northcutt, Staff writer

Hart defense earns big win over Rhinos

Jared Jeseo, Online Editor November 15, 2013 Athletics, Intramurals
Lori Allen/The News Hart A senior quarterback Hallie Freeman scrambles away from pressure before finding an open receiver in the corner of the end zone during Hart’s game against the Regents A Rhinos.

Lori Allen/The News
Hart A senior quarterback Hallie Freeman scrambles away from pressure before finding an open receiver in the corner of the end zone during Hart’s game against the Regents A Rhinos.

The Hart A defense stood tall in its 25-0 win over the Regents A Rhinos in women’s intramural flag football Tuesday night.

Hart started with possession and only took three plays to get points on the board, scoring with a deep pass down the left side of the field by senior quarterback Hallie Freeman. The extra point was no good, making the score 6-0.

The Rhinos then looked to take advantage of their first possession. They drove down the field, but after reaching two consecutive first downs on their first two plays, the Hart defense settled in and took control.

Regents’ short run was followed by two straight incompletions, a false start and the team eventually gave the ball back after a fourth down incompletion.

The bitterly cold night did not help either side as the game wore on with both squads, who traded the ball back and forth in their next series.

It did not take long for Hart to get into the end zone; Freeman completed a short touchdown pass and completed the extra point to extend their lead to 13-0 with a little more than a minute before the half.

The Rhinos tried to get something together but with just three seconds left the Hart defense got its first interception of the game to send the contest into halftime.

After the break, the Hart defense only allowed one first down and intercepted the ball three more times for 12 more points, giving the team the eventual 25-0 win.

Freeman had two more passing touchdowns, giving her four for the game.

Hart A captain, junior Tori Twidwell, said she was happy with the defensive effort of the squad.

“Our defense played really well; I was proud of them,” she said. “They made a lot of stops, which is nice. We didn’t let the other team score, I don’t believe, so that’s impressive for us. (Regents has) only lost one game, so I was proud of my girls for stopping them because they’re a good ball club.”

Twidwell said having to play in the cold made winning all the more satisfying.

“(Winning) makes it easier,” Twidwell said. “The girls actually want to come back out and play when they win. If they lose and it’s this cold, they get mad and they don’t want to come back out. So, I appreciated the win. That’s for sure.”

After dropping a game Twidwell said they should have won and with only a few games left before the playoffs, she said it was important for Hart A to get back to its winning ways.

“We lost our last game and we probably shouldn’t have lost that,” Twidwell said. “Winning this one will give us the momentum for the next couple games and go into the tournament strong.”

 

Story by Nick Dolan, Assistant Sports Editor

 

Team Jesus takes home championship title

Jaci Kohn, Sports Editor April 4, 2013 Athletics, Intramurals
Team Jesus sets up to return a Lizo spike. This is the third year the team earned the intramural championship title. || Torrey Perkins/The News

Team Jesus sets up to return a Lizo spike. This is the third year the team earned the intramural championship title. || Torrey Perkins/The News

Team Jesus and Lizo fought for the championship title in men’s intramural volleyball at Racer Arena Monday night. The competition was fierce. Not only were both teams equipped with talented volleyball players, but both teams also came out with the heart to win.

At the start of the first game, the two teams were neck and neck. Team Jesus came out with strong sets and hard hitters. The team’s players were scrappy on the floor, diving for balls and running full force at shanked hits. Team Jesus also knew exactly where to place the ball to get points. Unlike Team Jesus, Lizo started to produce sloppy sets, making it hard for the team to get a good hit. Uncontrolled blocking at the net also hurt Lizo’s score. However, the team continued to fight.

Lizo team member Andy Siebert saved his team multiple times with aggressive play and strong serves. However, Siebert’s hard work was not enough. Team Jesus took the first game of the match with a score of 25-22. Just like the first game, the two teams were neck and neck at the start of the second game. Lizo, however, was the team with the upper hand this time. Team Jesus began to play messily while Lizo played strong defense and stayed ahead most of the game.

With a score of 17-13, Lizo’s confidence boosted, but that didn’t stop the team from fighting back. Playing more aggressively and coming back with a tied score of 18-18, the men of Team Jesus would not back down. The two teams remained close in score the rest of the game, making it 24-22 in favor of the defending champions.

With a mistake on Lizo’s side, the game ended in Team Jesus’s favor with a score of 25-22 once again. This left the victory and championship title to Team Jesus. A team of eight friends, the team is no stranger to winning championships.

Previously known as the Christ Ambassadors team, this is the third year Team Jesus has been crowned the men’s intramural volleyball champions. Team member and a dominant player for the team, Chad Koenegstein shared the key to his team’s success.

“We have good chemistry, and we’re all best friends,” Koenegstein said. “We don’t ever really compete. We’re just having fun.”

Koenegstein said Team Jesus does not formally practice. He said practices mostly consist of the eight players meeting up for a casual, fun game two to three times a week. Although Team Jesus plays to have fun, Koenegstein said there is one thing on which he and his teammates could improve on.

“Passing,” Koenegstein said. “We aren’t very good passers.”

Koenegstein said he is hanging up his volleyball shoes because he is graduating. However, Koenegstein also said intramural volleyball can expect to see the men of Team Jesus competing again next year.

“They won most of their games without me anyway,” Koenegstein said. “They will be even better next year.”

 Story by Taylor Crum, Contributing writer.

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