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Playoffs?? We’re Talking About Playoffs??

Yes folks, it’s that time of year again, time for basketball and soccer playoffs. Soccer will be wrapped up this week and we will be crowning new champions. Basketball on the other hand has one week of regular season left. With several teams on the bubble, trying to play their way in or sit back and hope they make it.

Soccer had a great regular season finish to it and from the looks of it, certain teams may run away with championship in each league. In the Co-Rec division, WKU DPT A TEAM is the team to beat; they’re firing on all cylinders right now, so watch out. In the men’s league, it’s the World Team’s championship to lose. After returning to the playoffs again in back-to-back years as a top seed, it’s theirs for the taking. Lastly, in the women’s league, AOII put on a dominant performance and will look to continue that routine throughout playoffs and win the championship.

The regular season for basketball will be wrapping up this week, with plenty of teams trying to solidify and lock their spot in for the playoffs. This is easier said than done since each timeslot for the men’s league has at least three teams battling for playoff contention and rights; don’t expect anything but excitement from this league in the final week. A few people that could help make a run at the championship that are on Zen Masta Zee’s watch list are Donnie Bronaugh of Seven Squad, David Walls of Diddle’s Doughboys, Nigel Farmer of The Cartel, Jeffery Short of Hoover’s Hoosiers, Zach Weinstein of the Rockets and Jesse Espe of WKU Campus Police. All these guys should be watched closely to see how they fair in the playoffs. The fraternity league looks rather fascinating as well since all the timeslots have either 2-3 teams battling for a spot in the playoffs, except for one. The Wednesday night timeslot has its two teams locked for playoffs, which are Lambda Chi Alpha Gold and Sigma Nu Gold. Zen Masta Zee’s watch list for this league consists of one outstanding floor general in Jonathan Blair of FIJI Purple, two newcomers to the league in Nick Wells of SigEp Purple and Skylar Geralds of Sigma Nu Gold, and lastly the big guy that has been imposing his will on teams this year, Joe Ayers of Kappa Sigma Scarlit. Stay tuned to see how these guys perform after spring break.

The women’s league is almost set in terms of who’s in and whose out for the playoffs. There are only two timeslots for the women’s league and the Tuesday night timeslot is set with who’s making playoffs. However, the Wednesday night timeslot though is still a 3-team battle to see who makes playoffs and who doesn’t. Zen Masta Zee’s women’s watch has three girls to pay close attention too and they are Madison Loy of the Has Beens and Never Weres, Abby Woosley of Chi Omega Red, and Keeley Rogers of Alpha Delta Pi. These ladies have been hot of late and look to stay hot throughout playoffs. To wrap things up we have the Co-Rec league, which is in the same boat as the men’s league. All timeslots are still up for grabs on who will advance and  and who will not. Each timeslot has a 3-team race to see who’s dancing and who isn’t. To add on to this excitement, Zen Masta Zee has watched closely and believes these players will be the key to success for a championship run during playoffs. These people on the Co-Rec watch list are Tanner Clark of Sigma Chi/AOII, Ayla Hendrickson of “Rec”-ing Balls, Jacob Ricks of Kiji, and Temple Ricke of Sigma Nu/ChiO. These guys and girls have played well all year, but can they keep it up during playoffs?

 

This has been another report brought to you by, Michael Zee

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Sort of, Kind of, Maybe, and I Don’t Know

This review of Intramural basketball and soccer will cover through the first two weeks who looks like the early front runners in each of the respective leagues. First thing first is a review all the basketball leagues through two weeks of play.

The fraternity league here on campus is competitive as it usually is every year. It sort of looks like the same thing is happening it has the past couple of years. FIJI Purple looking like the early on favorite to three-peat as champions. The same goes for the other teams that normally finish behind them. Teams like Sigma Chi Gold, KA Gold, Pi Kappa Alpha, and Kappa Sigma Scarlit will be there to challenge FIJI Purple like normal. The two surprise teams of this league are Sigma Nu Gold and their  revamped this year and the second leading scoring team Phi Delt Blue is looking like they’re ready to challenge for that #1 spot this year as well. This is early on predictions, but who knows who will make a deep run towards playoffs and who will fold, collapse, and crumble under the pressure of making playoffs and miss out.

The men’s league on campus this year saw a little bit of a reorganized league with the combination of Division I and Division II. With the two divisions joining together, things are looking kind of odd this year. All these teams in one league is just odd.  The men’s league has a total of 34 teams and just less than half will be making playoffs. That challenges all teams to give it their all every game and keep their sportsmanship up as well because an undefeated record doesn’t mean an automatic bid to the playoffs. Based off of points and sportsmanship being the first two things the committee will look at, it seems like the 5 teams battling for the #1 spot are the WKU Campus Police, Seven Squad, The Dream Team, and the Load. All five of these teams have a perfect record and sportsmanship rating. A couple of teams to lookout for though are The Rockets, The Chasers, and Diddle’s Doughboys. . Each of these teams has a perfect record, but a small blemish on their sportsmanship rating. We shall see how things play out and see who makes the playoffs and who doesn’t.

The Women’s league consists of only two divisions, but both divisions looking tough like normal. Maybe the women’s league will be the most competitive and toughest league out of all four because of the league only having two divisions. This league has four odds on favorites after two weeks consisting of Alpha Delta Pi, Chi Omega Red, Goon Squad, and Omega Phi Alpha. Just because these are the front-runners, that doesn’t mean they will be there at the end of the regular season. Who knows who will come out of the woodworks and become the #1 seed? It may be a surprise team that no one expects. Maybe one of the front-runners, will stay the one true frontrunner, we will have to wait to find out.

Lastly, the Co-Rec league, which, early on is looking like it’ll be one for the history books. I don’t know who will come out on top as the #1 seed, but I do know that Kiji, WKU DPT, FIJI/ChiO, Shot for Shots, and Sigma Chi AOII are all perfect with no blemishes so far. This causes for some early drama because the team no one has never heard of before, Shot for Shots is proving to be a team on a mission this year and prove everyone wrong. The only thing in there way are the Veterans stopping them like Kiji, Sigma Chi/AOII, and FIJI/ChiO will be trying their best to stop Shot for Shots from dethroning the veterans from their top spot. Things should be interesting in these final three weeks of the season for the Co-Rec division.

 

Everyone thinks basketball is the only sport that’s happening right now, but we have to realize that soccer’s first week was just played and is as important to the students and faculty/staff of WKU as basketball.

Each of the three soccer leagues are looking very aggressive in battling for the title of “Best Team” in each respective league, with multiple teams challenging for that spot. The men’s league has 8 teams with no blemishes in record or sportsmanship. Each of these teams proves to be worthy contenders for that title of “Best Team.” The women’s league has three teams contending. Chi Omega Straw and AOII are separating themselves from Alpha Delta Pi because AOII and Chi Omega Straw have a +5 and +6 goal differential while Alpha Delta Pi only has a +1 differential. This goal differential could be the difference from a “good” team and the “Best Team.” The Co-Rec league looks like, they had some cancellation throughout the first week of soccer, but the one team to capitalize on this opportunity so far is the duo of Sig Ep/Phi Mu. With an astounding record of 3-0 right now and an unprecedented perfect sportsmanship so far. If they keep this up; no team will come close to challenging them for “Best Team” in this league.

So as you can see WKU Intramural’s is not taken lightly amongst everyone and will always be competitive no matter what league, division, or sport you play. Everyone will always bring their best and try to be the best.

This is Michael Zee signing off, and may the odds be in your favor.

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Michael Zee’s Flag Football Championship Wrap-Up

Well ladies and gentlemen of Western Kentucky University, another season of Intramural flag football has come to an end here in Bowling Green, KY. For some teams it was a great time and ended how they thought it would while most teams were heartbroken and left empty handed. Each respectable team that won earned it fair and square. Let’s see how each came home with the hardware.

In the women’s league Chi Omega Red came out on top as I thought they would led by Kolbi Edens offensive performance and Randi Burke’s defensive performance. They led the charge for Chi Omega Red against Alpha Delta Pi in the championship game. Alpha Delta Pi struggled to get their running game going and with the running game basically nonexistent, the quarterback struggled all night trying to find open receivers. With Chi Omega Red’s defense leading the way, it was easy for their offense to move the ball down field and score. This game ended in a shutout, but wasn’t the only game of the night with a shutout.

The men’s championship game wasn’t much of a contest. G.O.A.T. ran away with a demanding victory 25-0 over Black Friday DC. The McMillen brothers led the way on the defensive side of the ball with their pass rush. They caused trouble all night for Dalton Thompson at quarterback. Thompsons never had enough time to get rid of the ball and was forced outside of the pocket all night. Flipping sides now, G.O.A.T.’s leading scorer of the night was Brandon Green with two touchdowns, one rushing and one passing. He wasn’t the quarterback Black Friday DC was expecting and threw them off their game plan. Speaking of dominant offenses, the Co-Rec championship game showcased that.

FIJI CHIO was dominant all night on both sides of the ball. Ben Brooks ability to move around and create plays with his feet is what kept their offense on their toes and upbeat. His leading receiver Jonathan Blair helped him out a lot as the safety valve when being pressured. AOII/Sigma Chi didn’t have answer for this type of offense. This team was dominant on the defensive side of the ball all year long, but, championship night they had a relapse and couldn’t jumpstart their motor. Logan Paris did what he could to try and get the defense going, but nothing was happening and it just turned out to not be their night. This game showcased two good offenses, but the fraternity league showcased two great defenses.

Fraternity championship game was the lowest scoring game of the night, but showcased two great defensive performances with KA Gold coming out on top 13-12. KA Gold’s defense came out on top with the performance Sawyer Vannatta had at defensive end that night, putting constant pressure on Sigma Nu Gold’s quarterback, Weston McDermott, all night. If we switch teams now, the same can be said for Sigma Nu Gold and their pass rush led by their quarterback Weston McDermott and Skyler Geralds. These two kept the pressure on KA Gold’s quarterback all night. It just so happened that KA Gold’s defense made that big play late in the game that led to the go-ahead and eventually winning touchdown.

It’s a sad day for most knowing a lot of people played their last ever WKU Intramural flag football game and for others it’s just another day where we have to wait for the next season to come around next fall. In other news, WKU Football team is going bowling for the 3rd straight year, GO TOPS!!!

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Michael Zee’s Flag Football Championship Preview and Predictions

Folks there you have it, the championship games are set for the four leagues. Each of these teams has earned their respective spots in the championship games. Some match ups were expected as others not so much, but what we all know is someone will be crowned winner at the end of the night. Today, I’m going to breakdown the two teams in each championship game.

Let’s kick things off with the CoRec championship game. FIJI CHIO has proven that they’re deserving of the #1 seed by only giving up nine points the whole year. Their path has consisted of a 40-9 win over Sigma Nu/AXiD and then a semifinal win over SAE & Girls with a score of 33-0. This team is ready for the championship game tonight against whom else, but the #2 seed AOII/Sigma Chi. Just like it was scripted to be, #1 vs. #2. Is this not the match up many wanted to see? The #2 seed AOII/Sigma Chi’s path was a lot tougher than that of FIJI CHIO, but AOII/Sigma Chi fought hard and managed to get to the championship game. Their route consisted of a 28-0 victory over Dream Team and then a hard fought battle against the Unusual Suspects that ended up being 24-21 with a game winning field goal late by the always clutch and Mr. Ice in his veins himself, Spencer Renfro. This is a primetime game between these two teams and it’s going to be close, but FIJI CHIO will win a close one 23-18, with FIJI CHIO scoring one late with a TD reception by Randi Burke and not allowing enough time left on the clock for AOII/Sigma Chi to do anything with the ball.

The Fraternity championship game shaped out to be the same way CoRec has with a battle between the #1 &#2 seeds. The #1 seeded Sigma Nu Gold has not scored more than 14 points all playoffs, but quarter back Wes McDermott is due for a big game sometime soon. This defense will be tested tonight by the heavily loaded and talented offense of KA Gold and led by star studded receiver Brooks King. His play making abilities have been more then exceptional these playoffs and could be the key to KA Gold bringing the hardware home. Sigma Nu Gold has proven that they deserved the #1 seed, but KA Gold is here to spoil their run as the best team and will win tonight 20-12 with Brooks King being the MVP of the game.

The women’s championship game consists of two heavily powered offenses. Alpha Delta Pi being the four seed had to really grind to get here, but they did, by winning 15-7 over Fumble This and 15-8 over KD Green. Looks like the magic number for these ladies is 15. This offense is led by the athleticism of Meagan Hash and her ability to stop on a dime and cut back the other way. Their opponent Chi Omega Red has had some better scoring outputs with a 27-6 win over Phi Mu and a 27-6 win over ADPi White. Looks like 27 is the magical number for Chi Omega Red. Temple Ricke and Abby Woosley have led them on both sides of the ball, but tonight Chi Omega Red will look to Kolbi Edens to lead the way to victory in a 27-15 win over Alpha Delta Pi, with Krysten Barlow being a factor on both sides of the ball tonight.

As my first blog stated about the men’s league, the winner will come from the top half of the bracket and it looks like Black Friday DC is that team. They’ve made it this far by winning the most games, since they had the play-in game. Their path consisted of a 33-19 win over Gamma Alpha, 18-14 upset of the #1 seed Diddle’s Doughboys, and then another upset of the #5 seed Team Dot 24-18. They’ve made it this far because of the quarterback play of Dalton Thompson and his ability to beat you in the air and on the ground. On the defensive side though the pass rushing ability of Donte Richards is what scares other teams away. On the lower half as predicted, G.O.A.T. made it to the championship game. The McMillan cousins lead this team on both sides of the ball.  James being the guy on offense and Zach being the guy on defensive side of the ball for G.O.A.T. Their path was tough, but not grueling with a 20-13 win over Hillraisers and then a 26-6 win over Vick’s Dawgs. This game will be a close one with Black Friday DC winning a nail biter 20-19.

You heard it here first on who’s coming home with the hardware this year in each of the respective leagues. Best of luck to all competitors and may the odds ever be in your favor.

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Michael Zee’s Marvelous Predictions for the 2016 WKU Flag Football Playoffs

With the regular season over with, now the second season will begin. The regular season doesn’t always reflect each team’s true identity on the field. So I’m going to go through here and point out the heavy favorites and which teams could be dark horses in each respective league, where every team is wanting that championship t-shirt on Oct. 26th.

Let’s get the wheels rolling with the Women’s League. The heavy favorite to win this league are the ladies of Chi Omega RED. They have had a stout offense and defense all year long led by Abbey Woosley at the quarterback position, while the pass rush is leading the way on the defensive side. Within the ladies league the team to not overlook is Fumble This. Fumble This has a had a stellar run offense all year long led by the always hard to defend triple option and leading rusher Bailey Bean, but their defensive efforts has been a little lackluster all year long, but if they can get their defense figured out, I would be on the watch out for them to make a deep run in the playoffs.

Moving onto the Co-Rec League, the heavy favorite is your #1 seed, FIJI CHIO. When you have a quarterback like Ben Brooks who can sling the ball down field to anyone really, it’s hard to stop that potent of an offense. Enough about their flashy offense, lets talk about their defense. This team has been so good on the defensive side of the ball, they haven’t given up a touchdown all year, they do that in the playoffs and they will for sure be your champs. Word up and down the hill has it that the #11 seeded Unusual Suspects will be the dark horse of this league and take it all with their veteran experience led by the, Jordan Gardner and past performances in the playoffs.

Let’s get straight to the point in the Fraternity League, SAE Gold are the reigning champs led by Justin Frost and Connor Ross. This duo could be facing a tough rematch of last year’s championship game in the quarterfinals against FIJI Purple and Jonathan Blair. SAE Gold are one of the favorites to win and repeat as champs, but FIJI Purple, one the sleeper teams as the #11 seed could end their back-to-back dreams early. Each of these teams has stellar pass rushers who are agile and fast like flash. SAE Gold’s pass rush is led by Austin Sutcliffe, while FIJI Purple’s pass rush is led by Joshua Hicks, both of which can get to the quarterback with ease with their speed. Both of these teams run through their respective quarterbacks, Connor Ross for SAE Gold and Ben Brooks for FIJI Purple, without them both of these teams would struggle heavily without their offensive leaders. That’s the bottom half of the bracket, the top half isn’t as daunting and grueling, but Sigma Nu Gold has proven worthy of the #1 spot by being a defensive juggernaut all year long only giving up on average 5 PPG and have the best chances to make it to the championship game like they should, since they’re the top seed.

We can’t forget about the always competitive and overlooked Men’s League.  This year, there isn’t any clear favorite or front runner to just pull away and make me say, “that’s the team, that’s the team that will win this year.” The one thing I do feel like will happen though is that the champion will come from the top half of the bracket having to face the fast tempo and speedy guys of G.O.A.T. in the championship game.

Well here you have it folks, my predictions for this years 2016 flag football playoffs here at Western Kentucky University. It’s been a pleasure writing to everyone, but time for me to sign off. Michael Zee, OUT.

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Weekly Basketball Power Rankings by J.J. Wilbon

Women’s

  1. The Team
  2. Has Been and Never Weres
  3. WKU Soccer
  4. 2015 intramural basketball champs
  5. KD Green

CoRec

  1. I Love Soccer Players
  2. KIJI
  3. Net Cleaners
  4. SAE/ADPi
  5. Best Friends

Men’s D1

  1. Harvey’s Angels 2
  2. The Chasers
  3. BLIK
  4. We Got Next
  5. NLMB

Men’s D2

  1. Better Without Justin
  2. Gryffindor
  3. Ya Mom’s Favorite Hoopers
  4. CSF
  5. Harvey’s Angels

Fraternity

  1. Fiji Purple
  2. Pike Daddy’s
  3. Sigma Chi Gold
  4. SAE Purple
  5. Kappa Sig Scarlet

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Weekly Basketball Power Rankings by J.J. Wilbon

Women’s

  1. WKU Soccer
  2. The Team
  3. Has Beens and Never Weres
  4. KD Green
  5. 2015 IM Basketball Champs

Games to watch: 

3/1 @ 8:30pm – KD Green vs Has Beens and Never Weres

3/2 @6:30pm WKU Soccer  vs The Team

CoRec

  1. I Love Soccer Players
  2. KIJI
  3. PiKAOPi
  4. Down In The DMs
  5. Net Cleaners

Games to watch: 

2/29 @ 7:30pm – I Love Soccer Players vs PiKAOPi

Men’s D1

  1. Harvey’s Angels 2
  2. The Chasers
  3. We Got Next
  4. Pippen Ain’t Easy
  5. One Nation

Games to watch: 

2/29 @ 6:30pm – Pippens Ain’t Easy vs The Chasers

3/3 @ 7:30pm -One Nation  vs Harvey’s Angels 2

Men’s D2

  1. Better Without Justin
  2. Gryffindor
  3. CSF
  4. Ya Mom’s Favorite Hoopers
  5. Alcoballics

Fraternity

  1. Fiji Purple
  2. Sigma Chi Gold
  3. Pike Daddy’s
  4. Sigma Chi White
  5. SAE Purple

Games to watch: 

3/3 @ 8:30pm -Sigma Nu White  vs SAE Purple

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