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Intramural races tighten after basketball season

Friday, February 29, 2008  
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By Tiffany Sherman

Mid-way through the second semester of the school year, the all-sports races are far from decided.

The basketball season finished last week making the Oklahoma Christian University All-Sports standings even tighter. In men's A league, Delta took first, followed by Kappa, Chi and the Freshmen. For the ladies, Gamma took first, followed by Theta, Freshmen and Lambda in A league. Delta also took first in men's B league.

Iota, the newest female social club at Oklahoma Christian, made a name for themselves in B league taking the first place spot. They were followed by Theta, Gamma and Pi.

Athletic directors for the social clubs are all proud of their club's hard work and effort.  

"Every league we had played their hardest and most of all they had fun playing in those games," Theta junior Kari Morris said.

As for the results, some are left disappointed with the outcome of the games as a whole.

"We like to compete and have fun, but we like to win as well," Chi sophomore Jason Taylor said. "I think overall we are very disappointed in our performance in basketball."

Luckily for these clubs, there are plenty of sports left to be played. Basketball is only one of eleven intramural sports offered for social clubs at Oklahoma Christian. Big sports include basketball, softball, football and volley ball. Smaller sports include ping-pong, swimming, sand volleyball, free throw, tennis, pool and cross country.

The smaller sports do not give clubs as many points towards the all sports victory, but in competition, every point matters.

"Our goal is to just finish every sport as strong as we can," Gamma senior Jill Davis said. "Because the points are so close, we have to do really well in the minor sports because even a small loss can make such a huge impact and turn everything around."  

Club size makes a huge difference in the ability of a team. Some clubs have a large pool of talented player to choose from for a team, while other clubs scrounge for players.

"We have a lot of people who really like to play sports, but only a handful of those girls have actually played before," junior Kassie Walker said.

Intramurals give students a chance to play sports and be competitive during their college career. While competition is tough, growing as a club and making new friends remains the ultimate goal.

"Intramurals are my favorite part of being in club, in fact, they are the reason why I joined in the first place," Lambda senior Thea Murray said. "I also love intramurals because it is one instance where you get to know other people outside of your own club and make other friendships."

Omega had the opportunity this year to make friends with various professors here at Oklahoma Christian. With the addition of these men to their basketball team, the men used the time to grow together.

"Kent Hartman, John Harrison, Luke Hartman and Jody Jones played with us throughout the season, and they brought an exciting and fun aspect to the game for us," Omega senior Scotty Roller said. "We enjoyed playing with them and getting to connect with them outside of the classroom."

In the men's race, Delta leads with 736 points. They are followed by Kappa and Chi 686 and 636 points respectively. Alpha ranks fourth with 211, and Sigma and Omega trail with 33 and 26 points respectively.

The race for first place in the women's clubs is tight between Gamma, who currently leads with 708 points, and Theta, who stands only 11 points behind with 697. In third is Lambda with 318, followed by Pi with 216 and Iota with 154. Beta and Delta Tau come in at the end with 54 and two points.

The next and final major sport will take place after spring break when teams take to the soccer pitch where the men's and women's all-sports races will most likely be decided. 

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