Costumed crews participate in dodgeball tournament
October 30, 2010 4:21 PM
A sailor, an explorer, an abominable snowman and a group of partially clothed men in speedos and polo caps stood in the middle of SF State's main gym, ready to be judged.
They were the top two costumed teams out of seven that participated in the second annual dodgeball tournament on Oct. 28. This year, a costume contest was thrown in for good measure.
Members of Balls Deep waved their arms to get the crowd's support for the costume contest while Team Club Water Polo danced around the gym.
Put together by SF State's Campus Recreation department, the event is part of a push toward a more united student body.
"We're really just trying to provide more activities for students," said Ryan Fetzer, the Campus Recreation department organizer. "We're doing anything that promotes more activity. We're putting on one-day tournaments to offer student opportunities to get involved."
Seven teams signed up for the round robin style tournament which consisted of both costumed and non-costumed members. The aptly named Club Water Polo team showcased players wearing only their speedos and caps with intimidating messages written on their backs.
Most appropriately, on a night when the San Francisco Giants were playing their second game against the Texas Rangers, team Fear the Beard proudly showed their support wearing Giants caps and jerseys.
"The crowd was not as big as I expected," said Aaron Kosarchuk of team Gold and Blue, which was comprised of members of SF State's Alpha Epsilon Pi fraternity. "But it's a good tournament."
Team Balls Deep featured contestants dressed like an explorer, a sailor, a genie and a yeti, reminiscent of characters from the pulp fiction stories from the 1920's.
The costume contest came right before the semi-finals were held.
Like the Water Polo team, Balls Deep was the finalist in the costume contest.
As the emcee asked the crowd who should win, the audience roared back and forth between the two teams. In the end, Balls Deep won prizes donated by Sports Basement.
Teams Tap Six and Gold and Blue played a best-of-three match as the night came to a close. With fluorescent green balls flying across the court, Gold and Blue maintained their lead and knocked out Tap Six's remaining players. Dressed in their underwear, Tap Six made a valiant effort as they tried to hold off Gold and Blue's second win by knocking out all but one player.
Gold and Blue's Genia Slavin stood with two balls in hand, deflecting their shots. In a power move, he quickly knocked out Tap Six, winning the tournament.
"We haven't done a frat sports event before," said Slavin, 21, a senior corporate finance and information system double major. "It was a great feeling. With all of the budget cuts, it's nice to see the school spirit going and student involvement growing," he said.
Slavin assured that this won't be the last time Gold and Blue participates in the tournament.
"That was great," he said to Tap Six. "We'll definitely see you guys next year."
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