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Fun competition turns ‘ugly’ at holiday time


An appropriately outfitted Bottorf (far left) explains ground rules to (from left) Bret A. Yetter, a surveying technology student from Liverpool; Evan J. Spickard, of Danville, enrolled in information technology: network specialist concentration; and Daniel J. Kahle, a construction management major from Oil City.
An appropriately outfitted Bottorf (far left) explains ground rules to (from left) Bret A. Yetter, a surveying technology student from Liverpool; Evan J. Spickard, of Danville, enrolled in information technology: network specialist concentration; and Daniel J. Kahle, a construction management major from Oil City.
Human services major Sierra M. Kunig, of Pennsylvania Furnace, prepares for launch ...
Human services major Sierra M. Kunig, of Pennsylvania Furnace, prepares for launch …
... arcing her ball toward one of the trash-can "cups" in play.
… arcing her ball toward one of the trash-can “cups” in play.
With all eyes on the follow-through, Spickard sends a volleyball toward its 44-gallon target.
With all eyes on the follow-through, Spickard sends a volleyball toward its 44-gallon target.

Students enjoyed a life-size pong game in the Field House this past week, trading pingpong balls and plastic cups for volleyballs and lined trash cans. In the double-elimination tournament, according to Jeremy R. Bottorf, coordinator of campus recreation, players had five minutes to clear all of the large “cups” (or the largest number of them) in the quest for prizes. Tie scores resulted in sudden death, with the player who eliminated the first “cup” moving on. In addition to intramural attire for the winners, everyone received a promotional basketball hoop and ball for participating. Competitors were invited to wear “ugly holiday sweaters,” Bottorf said, although the timing of this year’s event – falling before instead of after Thanksgiving – meant that students didn’t have the opportunity to grab their favorite yuletide eyesores from home. Bottorf proved a good sport, however, choosing an apt example from his own collection!
Photos by Tim Wegman, student photographer

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