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Intramural basketball comes to end

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

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.

Nicole Ely/The News
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

Tune Squad scores one-point victory

February 6, 2015 Athletics, Basketball, Intramurals
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Haley Hays/The News

Tune Squad edged out a one-point victory Tuesday night against the BCM Ballers in an exciting contest between two evenly matched teams.

Each team had plenty of depth on the bench to keep players from getting too tired. During the first half, Tune Squad leading scorer Will Elledge put in 10 points and helped his team get out to an early lead.

Tune Squad scored the victory with a final score of 37-36.

Elledge played one year of basketball in high school his freshman year. On Tuesday he displayed a natural skill with the ball and left defenders standing still with a spin move that he utilized often.

“I think it catches the opponent off guard, and I like using it,” Elledge said. He was also efficient from the three-point line, hitting 75 percent and he finished with 21 points in the game.

BCM Ballers couldn’t get anything going on offense and struggled to handle the physical play of Tune Squad in the first half.

The most physical of the Tune Squad players was Travis Reed who received a technical foul in the second half for pushing a player. The BCM Ballers failed to capitalize on the foul, missing both free throws.

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BCM Ballers got a spark in the second half from two unexpected sources. Jacob McGill and Joe Irby helped lead a comeback that just came up short.

“It shocked everyone,” Irby said. “I haven’t played since middle school, but my shots finally started going in.”

McGill scored six in the second half and made a crowd-pleasing reverse layup to cut the deficit to five with two minutes left to play.

“We have a good team, and we like playing together,” McGill said. “Credit my teammates; they got me open on some screens, and I was lucky enough to put it in, but we just needed one more.”

With a minute left in the game BCM Ballers trailed by three, 37-34. The BCM Ballers had only committed three fouls at the time and still had four fouls to commit before Tune Squad would be forced to shoot free throws. It took time to chase down the ball handler four separate times and Tune Squad was able to burn most of the clock.

With 8.7 seconds left, the BCM Ballers finally reached the bonus and forced Tune Squad to shoot a one-and-one. On the first attempt Tune Squad missed and BCM Ballers rebounded the ball and called their final timeout with 7.3 seconds left.

As the teams huddled to prepare for the final possession, each team outlined a plan.

Tune Squad decided they didn’t want to foul at all but would run a full-court pressure to run time off the clock.

“We just wanted to pressure them full court and see what happened,” Elledge said.

For the BCM Ballers, the strategy was to rush down the court and hope to get fouled while attempting a three-point shot.

“We thought they were going to foul us so we were going to try and go up on the foul and get three free throws,” McGill said.

The BCM Ballers inbounded the ball to McGill and he dribbled to the three-point line and went up for the shot with three defenders surrounding him. At the last possible moment McGill decided to pass to Irby under the basket. Irby did a pump fake in an attempt to draw contact and went up uncontested for the layup as the buzzer went off.

“I thought there was more time on the clock and there wasn’t,” McGill said. “But we got a good look there at the end.”

The layup pulled BCM Ballers within one point, but it wasn’t enough in the end.

Story by Blake Bernier, Contributing writer

INTRAMURAL SPOTLIGHT: Down a man, Tri-Lam still drops Team Lob City

January 30, 2015 Athletics, Intramurals
Nicole Ely/The News Tri-Lam’s height advantage and second-chance shots prove to be too much for Team Lob City.

Nicole Ely/The News
Tri-Lam’s height advantage and second-chance shots prove to be too much for Team Lob City.

Tri-Lam needed just four players to beat Team Lob City Tuesday night.

Tri-Lam lacked six of their 10 players, but still stormed out to an early lead. A fifth team member arrived late in the first half but by that point the score was already 24-12.

The game could have been worse for Team Lob City, but it was called because of the mercy rule with 10:25 left in the second half with the score at 45-15.

It was Tri-Lam’s first win of the season.

Tri-Lam utilized a 2-2 zone defense to stifle Team Lob City’s offense in the first half and switched to a 2-3 zone once the fifth player arrived.

Sophomore Tyler Matthews from Tri-Lam said they had to play a zone defense especially when they only had four players.

“We can’t play (man-on-man) in a five on four situation,” Matthews said.

He also had a scouting report on most of the players on the opposing team.

“I knew all the guys,” he said. “I’ve played basketball with the guys on the other team for a year now.”

Matthew Farr, freshman for Tri-Lam, scored 10 points and took some risky long-range shots, including one from 35 feet that grazed off the rim.”

Nicole Ely/The News Tri-Lam uses a combination of outside shooting and domination on the inside on their way to beating Team Lob City even with just four players to start Tuesday’s game.

Nicole Ely/The News
Tri-Lam uses a combination of outside shooting and domination on the inside on their way to beating Team Lob City even with just four players to start Tuesday’s game.

“All I’m about is fun,” Farr said. “I’m like Aaron Rodgers: F-U-N, fun.”

In its first game of the season, Tri-Lam was on the wrong side of the mercy rule, even with five members showing up at the start to play.

A major factor in Tri-Lam’s success in Tuesday night’s game was sophomore Alex Beckerson.

Standing at 6 feet, 6 inches, Beckerson towered over most of Team Lob City’s players.  He collected 15 rebounds and scored 21 points in the game.

At Burgin High School in Mercer County, Ky., Beckerson averaged a double-double — around 20 points and 10 rebounds, he said.

“So this was a pretty typical game,” Beckerson said.

In the second half, Team Lob City couldn’t score. Meanwhile, Beckerson continued to score.

“We are just here to play as friends,” said Thomas Mix, junior from Team Lob City. He scored six of his team’s 15 points and shot 50 percent from three-point range.

Captain of Team Lob City Ronnie Mills said they were “clearly a little shorter but we had a lot of fun.”

Story by Blake Bernier, Contributing writer

Blue Ballers shut out Clark B

January 23, 2015 Athletics, Basketball, Intramurals
Nicole Ely/The News Blue Baller players block Clark B players as they attempt to pass.

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Blue Baller players block Clark B players as they attempt to pass.

In the first basketball intramural game of the season Tuesday night, the Blue Ballers demolished Clark B 48-3 and put the mercy rule into effect.

According to the rule, a game will end if a team is up by 30 points or more at halftime.

Blue Ballers team captain Matt Fischer said that the team had four mercy rule wins last year, so this wasn’t anything new to them.

“We like to play pretty hard and give it as much as we can,” Fischer said. “We just play to the best of our abilities.”

The outcome of this game seemed inevitable even before tip-off. The Blue Ballers were physically bigger and faster than Clark B. Troy Adams from the Clark B team said that he knew his team was going to lose before they even got on the court.

“We knew we weren’t going to win,” Adams said. “Their shortest guy was taller than our biggest guy.”

Nicole Ely/The News Clark B attempts to bring back their score before being mercy ruled by the Blue Ballers.

Nicole Ely/The News
Clark B attempts to bring back their score before being mercy ruled by the Blue Ballers.

The Blue Ballers got off to a fast start with steals on their first three defensive trips, converting each offensive opportunity into points.  Just a little over a minute into the game the Blue Ballers were up 8-0.

Sophomore Ryan Powers led the Blue Ballers with 13 points, shooting 66 percent and adding three assists. Powers scored most of his points off of fast break opportunities following turnovers by Clark B.

For the Clark B team, halftime couldn’t come soon enough. They struggled to string together  an offense or defense against their opponent.

With 30 seconds on the clock, Clark B player Ethan Shut could be heard joking.

“You guys got this,” Shut said. “We will let you have this one.” 

Shut scored the lone basket for his team.

According to Fischer, the Ballers had not practiced yet but they planned to get together over the weekend.  As for the next game on Thursday, they plan to show up and wing it again.

In last year’s intramural season, the Blue Ballers made it to the semifinals before losing to the Mighty Ducks.

  “I hope we are in the same position this year,” Powers said. “I’d like to play them again.”

Story by Blake Bernier, Contributing writer

Intramural flag football finals: Springer-Franklin A wins

December 5, 2014 Athletics, Intramurals
Haley Hays/The News Hart Ravens’ player Amber Timmerman runs the ball against Springer-Franklin A Tuesday night.

Haley Hays/The News
Hart Ravens’ player Amber Timmerman runs the ball against Springer-Franklin A Tuesday night.

Fans and players alike covered the intramural fields Tuesday night as Hart College took on Franklin in the women’s intramural  flag football championship game.

Hart Ravens lost to Springer-Franklin A 31-6, a score that was not indicative of the battle on the field.

Hart had just come off the field after defeating Granny Panties and hoped to do the same against Franklin.

Franklin was fresh off the field as well after just facing the Monstars in a heated double overtime game.

The fans were just as excited as the players. Freshman Christopher Cash, Hart resident from Memphis, Tenn., stood out among many. Cash played the role of both cheerleader and ball boy Tuesday night, yelling, cheering and doing toe-touches on the sidelines.

“They are not ready for us!” Cash said. “Turn on the jets! Go Hart!”

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Jonathon Rogers, Hart Ravens assistant athletic director, was excited to see the women play also.

“I come to all the games and practices. I’m just here to support my Hart family,” Rogers said.

Hart held Springer-Franklin A for most of the first half. Springer-Franklin A athletic director Rya Smelosky, sophomore from Louisville, Ky., scored with two minutes left.

During halftime Hart’s athletic director Tori Twidwell gave her players a speech.

“Play your game, the game you all know how to play,” Twidwell said. “There is only so much coaching we can do from the sidelines.”

Franklin carried their first-half momentum as they returned to the field.

Smelosky ended the night by gathering the women to take a picture in their matching championship T-shirts.

Story by Da’Sha Tuck, Contributing writer

Flag football stays warm in the harsh cold

November 21, 2014 Athletics, Intramurals

Despite the bitter cold, intramural flag football players were out on the field Tuesday night. Alpha Sigma Alpha lost to Kappa Delta 13-6.

At the beginning ASA had a solid defense but couldn’t hold back KD’s A team who soon took the lead.

Natalie Hoesli, junior from Owensboro, Ky., made the first touchdown of the night and after that there was no stopping her.

Though there were few people on the field, there was a constant stream of cheers.

Maddie McNeil, freshman from St. Louis, sat bundled on the sidelines watching her sisters. 

“I’m just here to see my Kappa Delta ladies,” McNeil said.

She said that being away from home isn’t easy but she sits in the cold to support her sisters because KD is her home away from home.

Players of ASA were just as excited to watch their sisters even through the unpleasant weather.

KD’s captain said she was proud of her sister’s and looks forward to more moments like this.

“It’s the first win of the season and it is cold but I feel great,” said Sarah Dotson, senior from Louisville, Ky.

Dotson was enthusiastic and said she looks forward to more of the intramural games in the spring.

Story by Da’Sha Tuck, Contributing writer

Feels Like ‘93 has first loss against the Primetimes

November 14, 2014 Athletics, Intramurals
Haley Hays/The News A Feels Like ‘93 player rushed the ball during a game Monday night.

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A Feels Like ‘93 player rushed the ball during a game Monday night.

The team Feels Like ’93, suffered its first loss of the season Monday to the Primetimes in intramural football, 25-7.

That snapped a five-game winning streak for Feels like ’93. The game started with the Primetimes notching up a few quick touchdowns to jump into an early lead. Feels Like ’93 hit back with a touchdown and looked to be rallying from Kendall Magana, from Arlington, Texas, and Campus Director for Campus Outreach.

However, the Primetimes’ defense shut down Feels Like ‘93 and converted pressure into points with an interception late in the game to put the game out of reach.

Feels like ’93 players emphasized that intramural sports for them is not just about winning games. Meeting new people and having fun doing it is the main goal.

Feels like ’93 is named after the 1993 Dallas Cowboys and was started by Magana. Magana, a graduate of Southeast Missouri State University, uses flag football as a way to reach out to students on campus.

“I had a team chaplain at SEMO who started to do Bible studies with me and introduced me to Christ,” Magana said. “He really helped me turn my life around and I am trying to give that same positive influence and develop relationships with people here on campus.”

Clay Fuson, senior from Nashville, Tenn., said flag football helps him fulfill his competitive spirit.

“I played baseball all through college,” Fuson said. “I am about to graduate in December and I am no longer eligible to play. It is good to get out here and get good exercise and meet new people from around campus. We all have that common interest in football and it makes for a great time.”

Story by Alex McLaughlinContributing writer

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