By Mike Harris
BALTIMORE — Each year, September brings a new school year. Students move into their dorm rooms, classes begin, and daily college life returns to normal. Additionally, the beginning of the school year also means the beginning of Loyola intramural sports competition. Each year, over 100 Loyola Greyhounds face off in intramural basketball competition.
Teams comprised of roughly ten students of all four grade levels sign up with one goal in mind, an intramural title.
The prize? A highly coveted Loyola Intramural Champion t-shirt.
Last year’s title was awarded to the cleverly named team, “TBD”. Captain Carl Gatzendorfer and his team entered the 2016 season with their eyes on another title. The task seemed difficult as the squad lost senior standout RJ Williams to graduation. However, the team added two freshman, along with junior Paul Meara to bolster the roster.
TBD did not find the regular season success that they desired entering the 2016 campaign. The squad finished with a record of 2-2, and skidded into the playoffs with their only hope for another title coming in the form of a miraculous title run.
Senior center Charlie Carita said, “We were not where we wanted to be in the standings. We needed to turn around our season, and do it fast. Playoffs are one-and-done, so we had to rally.”
And rally did they ever. TBD stormed into the playoffs led by Gatzendorfer and Carita, and came out on top of their first three games. The victories earned the team a spot in the championship game.
TBD entered Reitz Arena for the championship game with a chip on its shoulder. From the first tip, the passion and drive of the group was clear. Through crisp passing and sharp shooting from senior forward Greg Vorvolakos, TBD got out to an early lead in the first half.
The rest is history. TBD ran away with the game in the second half, which reflected in the score when the finally buzzer sounded.
The group had done it. The entourage etched their names in the Loyola Intramural Basketball record books with their second consecutive title.
Photo Carl Gatzendorfer
After the game, captain Carl Gatzendorfer said, “I can’t really describe it. To get out here, and win our second title is nothing short of remarkable. I love these guys and it is a great moment for us.”