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Competition fierce in intramurals

Oct. 11, 2000

Director says dorms are generating increased enthusiasm

By ROBERT STONE

Reporter

With so much attention placed on Baylor's varsity-level athletics, some students might have forgotten or not even noticed that intramural competition is in full swing.

Baylor offers nine intramural sports this semester. So far, only two have finised.

In men's flag football, the Kappa Omega Tau fraternity won the Division I championship game, and Phi Gamma Delta took Division II. The Baylor Chamber of Commerce also upset Kappa Sigma in the semifinals.

'They [Chamber] represented the club scene well,' Kevin Engelbrecht, director of intramural sports, said.

In women's volleyball, the Collins Residence Hall 'Twin Towers' upset Chi Omega sorority for the Division I title.

'It was great to see residence halls so well represented as both fans and participants -- that is our focus population for 2000-2001,' Engelbrecht said. 'Their enthusiasm was literally contagious.'

Residence hall teams are organized by resident assistants and a manager from each dormitory. Students form separate teams but still count as a unit to accumulate points for each dorm.

Also in women's volleyball, Chi Omega's Division II team lost to Kappa Chi Alpha in the championship match.

The most successful teams can go on to participate in a playoff structure similar to NCAA tournaments. An all-university 'Sweet Sixteen' group is created, with four types of teams -- Greek, club, residence hall and open -- receiving automatic bids to the round. The remaining playoff teams are selected by a committee on the basis of sportsmanship, record, playoff performance and fan support.

As for current and upcoming sports, dodgeball is underway, complete with 1980s music for nostalgic effect, and there is a golf tournament Thursday. Men's volleyball, women's flag football, miniature golf, 3-on-3 basketball, the fitness challenge, soccer and pingpong are still to come.