Fiji Starts The Season Off Strong

The Fiji men started their all-fraternity flag football league yesterday off with a tough match up versus the men of Pi Kappa Alpha. Our boys looked out of sync for the whole first half, giving up a long touchdown drive, throwing an interception, and giving up a ‘Hail Mary’ touchdown pass right before the half. Down 14-0 going into the second half, things looked bleak for the gentlemen of Fiji. The team had a different swagger in the second half however. Quarterback Colby Osbourne orchestrated a long drive that was knocking on the opponent’s door, but was intercepted on the 2 yard line. The very next play sophomore Samuel Knott tipped a pass from the enemy quarterback and made a diving catch to intercept the ball on the 5 yard line and put the men of Chi Eta back in the red zone. Fiji punched the ball in for the touchdown but missed the 2-point conversion, leaving the score at 14-6. The Fiji defense found themselves the next possession and forced a punt which was returned by Chi Eta speedster Chris Heil. The Fiji offense methodically drove the ball down and scored a touchdown with two minutes left in the game. The decision of the game was certainly when the offense decided to go for the win and try for the unique 3-point conversion that is allowed in WKU’s flag football. A long pass from Osbourne sailed over the heads of his receivers, but a clear personal foul on the opposing rusher running the Fiji blocker over put the offense back in business and even closer to their goal. Osbourne scrambled and bought just enough time to find junior Dylan Ward hiding from the defense in the back of the end zone, putting Fiji up 15-14. The Fiji faithful erupted in cheers! But their task was not yet completed. Pi Kappa Alpha had plenty of time and timeouts to rally and make a comeback. On their first try the ball was intercepted by all-round athlete Bryan Hartzell and taken all the way back to the end zone, but a flag on the play negated all of his hard work. The defense held strong for a few more plays until finally getting an interception from Osbourne who was filling in on defense, sealing a win for the men of Phi Gamma Delta. What a great night for all those involved and an exciting start to the flag football season!

Other sports results from around Fiji-land include a 31-9 victory for the FIJI/ADPi co-ed football team and FIJI/KD win in straight sets in volleyball to move to 2-0.

Catching Excellence: Chi Eta grabs first Intramural Championship

By: Jake Ryle
Softball Championship Fall 2011
Overwhelming Support!

Three years of waiting for a championship finally came to a close on Friday, September 9th. Brothers of Chi Eta, and the ladies of Phi Mu teamed up to win the Co-ed softball intramural tournament.

Nick Burnett (2013), a native of Louisville, KY was ecstatic for the opportunity, and mildly surprised, “We knew we had some good guys, but we didn’t know we had this¬†good of a team.”

The cleverly named “Scared Hitless” team consisted of seven Chi Eta brothers: Josh Wiseman (2012), Zack Ryle (2012), Jake Ryle (2012), Luke Gilliam (2012), Nick Burnett (2013), Dallas Wilson (2014) and Jeff Creech (2014).

Due to rain, the tournament was delayed an extra day–but the delay showed no effect on the powerful bats of the team. Scared Hitless rattled off 14 runs to make team Higher Standard, a lower standard–winning 14 to 8. Friday featured a trio of softball games for Scared Hitless with the first coming against a Barnes/Bemis residential hall team. Fiji picked up where they left off as they ten-run ruled their first game, pouring on 11 runs off a smorgasbord of hits.

Star left fielder, Josh Wiseman could only praise Luke on his incredible pitching performance, “You know, not many guys have days like that. His fastball was working. His off-speed was breaking. He reminded me a lot of Nolan Ryan out there on the mound.”

Moving on to the semi-finals later that evening, Fiji/Phi Mu took on Sigma Chi/Chi Omega. Scared Hitless automatically received four runs due to the opposing team not having enough girls to play. They’d tack on 12 more runs in a quick six inning game to win 16 to 3. With the win, the Chi Eta chapter had its first opportunity for winning an intramural championship.

Scared Hitless’ opponent in the championship game literally was a hodgepodge of players. When inquired on how the team was formed, one of their team members stated, “…I just got two of my friends to play, and those two guys brought three girls, and so on.”

Chi Eta’s presence throughout the championship game was quite the opposite of a hodgepodge. There was well over 40 people in the stands-which is quite the turnout for a WKU softball intramural game. Those fans were treated to an offensive showdown. Scared Hitless came out on top by a final score of 9 to 6. Gilliam and Creech both accounted for crucial run producing hits in the game.

“The ball literally looked like a cheeseburger, and I wasn’t even hungry,” Creech said.

Creech may not have been hungry, but for the four Alpha Class brothers on the team–it was a dream come true. Gilliam, a Russellville, KY native, put the moment in words, “When the final out was made, and we knew we had won the championship–it felt like we got the monkey off our back. We’ve waited so long for this moment.”

While many celebrated the success of the softball team–Nashville sophomore, Dallas Wilson, has a few more things in mind, “It felt great to win. It would feel even greater to win in our upcoming intramural sports.”

Chi Eta looks to continue its winning tradition in flag football, dodgeball, badminton, volleyball, pickleball and more.