Renegades decide on revisions

By Nader Ihmoud

The Renegades organization has been growing for some time, and according to Vice President Forrest Frazier, many felt this year was “the year.” After realizing it wasn’t, the Renegades now look to the 2012–2013 school year for big things to happen for Columbia sports.

According to Frazier, the organization is looking to introduce more events next semester, such as three-on-three basketball and four-on-four

volleyball tournaments.

The Renegades hosted a dodgeball tournament April 18 that brought more than 100 participants and spectators to the South Loop Elementary School gym, 1212 S. Plymouth Court.

“We want to use dodgeball as the springboard for all the competitions,” Frazier said. “We want to have at least five dodgeball tournaments next semester.”

Sixteen teams of five participated in the event, and approximately 30 people came to watch.

The success of that tournament caused the Renegades to move in this new direction, which they discussed at their last executive board meeting of the spring 2012 semester.

“We aren’t giving up on the teams, but it just means the teams next year are going to have to be more independent than they were this year,” Frazier said.

The baseball team is known as one of the Renegades, most stable teams. Although the squad is losing several core members from past successful teams, Frazier has faith in the team and expects it to rebuild.

The Frisbee team has been down in numbers, but according to Frazier, the new captain has already shown initiative in getting jerseys and is looking to join an Ultimate league.

The men’s basketball team is headed in the right direction this year, according to Frazier. The team has played five games and is looking for a gym outside of Columbia to host practices. It is also looking for a league to join next semester. Frazier said he would like to see this team recruit more Columbia students.

Although the women’s basketball team did not join a league or play games this semester, Frazier said the core is still intact and it continues to search for an all-women league.

A startup team at Columbia, Frazier said, wants to join leagues and will be training during the summer. The team is ahead on its paperwork, which itw started this spring, according to Frazier.

The softball team joined a co-ed league last fall but failed to win a game. Since then, the team has not been doing much.According to Frazier, the team is in need of new leadership.

The soccer team used to play games every Saturday but has slowly lost players and is no longer active.