Pingpong tourney offers students chance to test skills, win prizes

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Business administration sophomore Michael Ogungbemi serves the ball to business administration freshman Jose Lopez during the first round of a pingpong tournament Wednesday in Loftin. Ogungbemi won the tournament for the second time. "He was last semester's reigning champ," said Marisa Martinez, senior specialist for student success. Ogungbemi beat business freshman Rickey Perez in the final match. He won a Sony digital camera. Photo by Pam Paz

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First and second place prizes include Ranger T-shirts, backpacks and earbuds.

By David Guel

The “thwak!” of paddles and whizzing pingpong balls will soon fill the air at this college in the spirit of friendly competition.

The office of student life will sponsor a single elimination-style pingpong tournament 3 p.m. Oct. 7 in the game room of Loftin Student Center.

The event is open to currently enrolled students at no cost.

Students can sign up in Room 260A of Loftin until the day of the event.

First-place winner will receive a Ranger T-shirt, drawstring backpack and earbuds.

Second place receives a drawstring backpack and earbuds.

Marisa Martinez, senior student success specialist, said she hopes to have a good turnout.

“The most I’ve ever had is, like, 18 people, but I’ll take as many as they come,” said Martinez, who encourages students of all skill levels to participate.

“Give it a try; you never know,” Martinez said. “At any given point, someone can lose just because they’re having an off day. That’s what I always say.”

Business administration sophomore Alexander Jurado is confident he will do well.

“I have a lot of friends that come around 12 o’ clock and just play,” Jurado said. ”They’re going to be there for sure.”

“I came last semester and I was terrible,” Jurado said. “Now I’m No. 1.”

Martinez recommends participating as a good social experience as well as a healthy exercise in competition.

“Everybody meets new people and makes friendships,” Martinez said. “Hopefully they enjoy it, because I do get a lot of beginners and they just keep coming back for more … and then maybe they’ll join something else.”

Student life will sponsor two more one-day intramurals this semester.

Mini 3-on-3 volleyball tournaments will be noon Oct. 2, 9, 16 in Gym 1 of Candler Physical Education Center.

A bean bag toss tournament will be 3 p.m. Nov. 12 in the game room of Loftin, and a dodgeball tournament will be 3 p.m. Nov. 12 at the tennis courts south of Candler.

For more information, call Martinez at 210-486-0129 or visit the office of student life.







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