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Men+s roundball opens intramurals for spring

Jan. 23, 1997

Men's roundball opens intramurals for spring

Grant Bullinger

Lariat Sports Reporter

The 1997 intramural season kicked off on Monday with men's basketball carrying on the tradition of one of the best intramural programs in the nation.

The most popular sport for the male participants in intramural sports is basketball, with 100 teams signed up this season.

Defending club champions Kappa Sigma look to stay in the hunt this year.

'We've lost some key guys from last year.' Lyle Mason, Kappa Sigma intramural chairman said. 'This year we added guys who will do a good job, but they haven't been able to play a lot together. We will be competitive, but we won't be the favorites like last year.'

Along with traditional favorites like basketball, the recreational sports office is always looking for something new. The new editions to the intramural sports are ultimate frisbee, which took place last semester, and indoor soccer, which starts on Feb. 7.

The start of the indoor soccer season will be the first chance the women will have to participate in spring intramurals. Along with indoor soccer the women will have the opportunity to play basketball.

Kappa Alpha Theta took the club championship in basketball last year and hopes to hold on to the title this year.

'We will definately win the championship again.' Jessie Karakehian, a Boulder, Co., sophomore said. 'We have a lot of returning starters, and we have some pledges that are going to be good.'

With traditional intramural sports along with the new sports, Baylor is trying to improve on its already established intramural program.

'According to fugures in the past, 86 percent of the student population is involved in the intramural program.' Debbie Kelo, assistant director of recreational sports said. The Baylor intramural program was ranked second in the nation by The Princeton Review Board.

'One of the main reasons that our program is so successful is the tradition of involvement in intramural sports.' Kelo said.'We try to find something that everyone would like to do, so we let the students dictate what happens.'

Students have the opportunity of proposing new sports by submitting ideas to the recreational sports office no later than May 1 so the new sports can be planned for next year.

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