By Quintin Marquez
Intramural basketball season has started, and the teams are heading to the hardwood.
The Amarillo College league consists of seven male teams and two female teams that go head to head from 5:30 p.m. to 8 p.m. each Thursday for the next six weeks.
Draft night was Jan. 23, and teams missing players for their roster got to see free agents show their talent on the court.
Intramural specialist JR Norman said he is working to get involved in many tournaments that will pit AC against other colleges such as West Texas A&M, Eastern New Mexico, Texas Tech, Wayland Baptist, Oklahoma Panhandle State and Lubbock Christian to see who has the most talent.
Teams that are playing in the league for AC will play each other. Any standout players who want to try out for the official AC team will represent the Badgers against all opponents.
Basketball isn’t the only sport going on this semester. Softball, tennis and dodgeball are available for all students.
“It’s an exciting event,” said Garang Maduak, a biology major. “It gives me a chance to go out and show my game.”
Norman said he encourages everyone to come out and see their fellow students staying active and would like to see many people put rosters together and try out for teams. Norman said his motto always is, “Everyone that wants to play gets to play.”
“It gets a lot of people around each time to see what everyone can do,” said Michael Norman, a general education major. “It brings a positive view to AC.”
In the fall, JR Norman hosted the Zombie Challenge, an obstacle course that put students in fitness and survival situations while they evaded a faux zombie attack.
This semester, he will host a military-style obstacle course featuring real U.S. Marines who will push everyone to the limits of physical fitness. The course also will include a cross-fit course for anyone who doesn’t want to go through the demanding drills of the Marines.
“My passion comes from being a sports and exercise science major,” Norman said about his motivation.
He encourages everyone to come out and watch their fellow students compete in all the intramural sports.