The first quarter intramurals finished off with championship games last week. Campion’s co-ed intramural program has been keeping the students active and healthy even while varsity sports are temporarily suspended. Students were given the option to choose between three sports: flag football, volleyball, and disc golf. Teams played twice a week for eight weeks, all getting the opportunity to compete against each other.
Flag football championships kicked off the week on Monday night. Team “You Wish” beat the “Beamers”. Kevin Perez, a senior who played on the winning team, said, “At the beginning we really struggled, but we were able to win because in the end we communicated and worked as a team.”
Volleyball originally started in the sand but transitioned to the gym due to the weather. Last Thursday, teams “Freeland” and “Quicksand” competed for the championship title. It was a close match but “Freeland” was able to take the win 2-1 and ended the season undefeated.
Ireland Anthony, senior and captain of “Freeland,” said, “We were undefeated because we all had chemistry and good communication with each other. We had so much fun on the court but were still able to be serious when needed. My favorite game we played was the last one! We had amazing rallies and it was so much fun!”
The number of members on each team was reduced to ensure social distancing and help limit contact. The teams were also required to wear masks and temperature checks were taken each day in order to keep everyone safe and healthy.
A major benefit of the intramural program has been the camaraderie it’s created amongst students. Perez reflected, “My favorite part of intramurals was getting to know my teammates. I didn’t know them well before, so it was really nice to grow my relationships with them.”
The second quarter intramurals season will begin with new sports in November. Campion plans to continue keeping students active with precautions, while awaiting the official sports seasons.
Bentlee Barry, Student News Team
This year’s Campion Academy basketball season is officially underway with tryouts ending last week. There have been many changes in the coaching staff this last year. Mr. Ottschofski, known as Mr. O, the athletic coordinator, is now the Campion boys varsity head coach. He has been coaching basketball for 13 years and this is his eighth year of head coaching. “I’m looking forward to seeing how we come together as a team and all of the fun things we are going to do as a team,” Mr. O commented. The boys varsity assistant coach is Caleb Allen, and Arlen Mekelburg is the boys JV coach as well as the varsity assistant coach. The Campion girls varsity head coach is Elisa Alicea Neidigh, known as Coach A. She is in her eighth year of coaching, although this is her first year as a Campion head coach. She works as an evangelist for the Voice of Prophecy and as a surgical technician. “I’m looking forward to teaching my players how to work as a team. I also want this season to be about more than just basketball, so I’m looking forward to doing some community outreach with the team,” Coach A said. There is a girls JV team, although Coach A is still working on getting a full time JV coach.
Ashley Herber, Student Editor