Competition alive at homecoming week
AJ Thurman | Collegio Reporter
Matt Locke waited anxiously for his teammates to sit on the scooters in front of him so he could push them to the finish line.
This was the last leg of the relay event at Tuesday night’s Gorilla Games, an ann
ual part of homecoming week held at the tennis courts by the Weede.
“The relay was by far my favorite part,” said Locke, sophomore in finance.
For the relay, the first contestant had to spin five times around a baseball bat, then do a cartwheel and a jump, then stick the landing, pick up a banana and hand it off to the “swimmer,” who put on goggles and flippers and pretended to swim back and forth. After several other steps, the contestants push off to the finish line.
The relay was one of five games held, and all sorts of clubs and organizations took part in the games.
Cordell Duncan says the games were a fun way to settle rivalries between fraternities and sororities during homecoming week.
“This brings the competition alive,” said Duncan, sophomore in communication. “It’s a great way to get people pumped up for homecoming.”
Duncan says he was at the games rooting for his fraternity brothers from Sigma Phi Epsilon. He says he hopes to compete in next year’s games.
Kat Burg says she was also cheering for her sorority sisters from Alpha Sigma Alpha.
“It gets me so excited to see my girls competing,” said Burg, junior in elementary education.
In all, more than 25 teams competed, though some were more prepared than others.
Clint Kimsey says he didn’t prepare for the games beforehand.
“I changed my clothes,” said Kimsey, junior in elementary education. “I put on different shoes and stretched.”
The relay was not the only interesting event.
The first event was water balloon volleyball, which involved four teammates holding a sheet and using it to propel a water balloon over the tennis net. The object was to get the balloon over the net the most times without it popping.
Jennifer Hancock says she was surprised how well her team did in that event.
“This was the first year social work plus competed,” said Hancock, junior in social work. “I didn’t think we were going to do well.”
Another wacky event involved one teammate covering a partner’s face in whipped cream, then tossing cheese-puff balls at his or her face trying to get as many to stick as possible.
When the games came to an end, the fans congratulated their peers and left, excited for the rest of the homecoming events coming up.
Bailey Marcotte says she could feel the enthusiasm in the crowd.
“It’s fun to see everyone out here, ready and pumped, for homecoming,” said Marcotte, sophomore in early education and Spanish.