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Playoffs boost stakes

Column by Joanie Barry

Barry is a junior radio-television and secondary education double major and can be reached at joan.barry@drake.edu

Joanie Berry Color-w800-h800It’s one week into playoffs for intramural basketball, and competition is heating up. One of the most competitive leagues is the combined women’s league.

The playoffs have limited the field to four teams of great athletes, which I will highlight today.

John Walls is one of two undefeated teams in the women’s league. John Walls has made a name for itself as an aggressive, athletic team that plays to win and will accept nothing less.

Intramurals does not keep an extensive history of records, but I feel fairly confident in saying that John Walls made intramurals history last week. It scored 100 points against Delta Gamma B. It quadrupled its competitor’s score. It is no surprise John Walls is the No. 1 seed for playoffs.

However, there may be a Cinderella story in the making. John Walls has not played Delta Gamma A or The Dirty Council this season.

Depending on the result of John Walls’ game against the Dream Team this week, there may be an epic showdown for the intramural championship.

The Dream Team is the obvious Cinderella story of this playoff season. The Dream Team has had the toughest schedule of any of the other playoff teams. With a record of 2-2, this team may not seem like any competition for the undefeated John Walls, but as any NCAA fan knows, March is the month of upsets. Never count out the underdog, especially when it has natural athletic ability.

Delta Gamma is the reigning second place team from the 2012 season. It’s obvious that it is itching to prove itself worthy of the coveted T-shirt.

Delta Gamma is usually the sorority team to beat in all things intramurals, and basketball is definitely one of its best sports. Delta Gamma A was the only sorority team to make it out of the first round of playoffs.

However, Delta Gamma’s real playoff test comes from the game against the Dirty Council this week. During the regular season these two teams tied because there is no overtime in regular season.

Before I begin to highlight the last playoff team, I have an ethical obligation to inform the readers that I am biased. I am a dedicated member of the Dirty Council team. However, as any journalist will tell you, the best way to avoid biased journalism is to acknowledge your bias and move forward.

The Dirty Council holds the No. 2 seed for these playoffs and the most deadly weapon it has at its disposal is its bench.

The Dirty Council has 13 athletic women who range in height from 4-foot-11 to 6-foot-4.

Each girl on the team brings her own athletic twist to the game. Some players are former varsity athletes while others are tough, aggressive defenders.

The Dirty Council’s only non-win comes from a tie with Delta Gamma A. Needless to say, the rematch between these teams will be one to watch.

Here is your rule reminder of the week. Everyone knows, or should know, that every players name needs to be on the official roster on IM Leagues before the playoff deadline.

If a person is not signed up on the official roster, he or she cannot play. This past year, intramural staff has noticed a problem with IM leagues for graduate and P3 pharmacy students. According to IM Leagues, their IDs are no longer valid but obviously that is not the case. If this is a problem for any intramural players, please email bill.moorman@drake.edu. He will sort everything out.

As always, be safe and play ball.


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