Intramural second season begins with Battleship

Kurtis Gosney/Sun Star Reporter
Oct. 21, 2013

23 year old Murial Berg, who is getting her master's in Business Administration, shields herself from the splashing water. Kurtis Gosney/ Sun Star

23 year old Murial Berg, who is getting her master’s in Business Administration, shields herself from the splashing water. Kurtis Gosney/ Sun Star

The 2013 intramural season is officially underway. Intramural sports give UAF students the chance to compete in organized competitions, without having to be on an official collegiate sports team.

There are two separate seasons of intramural sports, one taking up the first half of of the semester and another taking up the second half of the semester. Each season offers different varieties of sports. This current season offers flag football, ice hockey, volleyball, indoor soccer and ultimate frisbee. All sports for this season, however, are approaching playoff time as they all end on Friday, Oct. 25.

The second season of intramurals for the fall semester has already started. On Saturday, Oct. 19 and Sunday, Oct 20 students participated in a battleship tournament and we are not talking about the old board game. This event took place at the Patty Pool and started at 2 p.m. and ended at 4 p.m. on both days.

Graduate assistant Donald Orzech is the person in charge of organizing the tournament. “You have teams of four and four teams are in the pool at the same time,” Orzech¬†said. “Each teammate gets a bucket and a shield and the object is to get as much water in the other canoe as possible so they can sink.” Since this is a tournament, Orzech said, the final two canoes remaining in the pool will move on to the next round. Players could move around the pool using their hands but were not allowed to bail any water out of the canoe.

Orzech was pleased with the event. “It’s going really well,” Orzech said, “We had space for 16 teams. We got 12 that actually signed up and it actually turned out really well. If we do a little more marketing, we might be able to get more for the next time we do it.”

Orzech also spoke about how different battleship is compared to the other intramural sports that are offered at UAF. “It’s just another way for people to get out and come and get active. This is a lot different and I think that’s one of the reasons why it takes off so well so far.”

Murial Berg, a 23-year-old masters Business Administration student, was one of the participants of the tournament. “It’s a lot of fun,” Berg said. “It’s not as competitive. I usually play volleyball and with volleyball there are a lot of people that are just all about winning, whereas this it’s like everyone’s kind of new to at it so everyone’s just trying to have fun while winning.” Berg says she might do this again. “I think so. I think so. Cause my team wants to.”

The rest of the second intramural season starts on October 25. The six sports offered include basketball, ice hockey, volleyball, ultimate frisbee, broomball and indoor soccer. For more information on how to sign up, contact Donald Orzech at djorzech@alaska.edu or log on to www.imleagues.com.

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