Sport: Flag Football
Location: Ankeny and Harper Joy fields
Seasonr: Early fall
Days and times: Weekends between 10 a.m. and 4 p.m.
Divisions available: Women’s and Men’s
Most recent champions:
Men’s: The Raw Dawgz, led by Captain Spencer Hobson ’15 and mostly made up of the varsity baseball team, won the championship this year in a close 21-14 victory over the Phi Delt Raiders, led by Captain Charlie Kistler ’13 and comprised of members of the Phi Delta Theta fraternity.
Women’s: Effin’ A, a senior-heavy team led by captains Julia Bowman ’13 and Grace Birkenbeuel ’13 and coached by Chris Andrews ’13, were crowned champions in a win over the relatively young but determined Switchblades.
Competition and atmosphere:
Flag football is an age-old tradition at Whitman College. Alumni are known to look back on their experiences with fondness. This past year Whitman had six men’s teams and nine women’s teams. The Greek men’s and women’s teams are traditionally very strong, but this last year non-Greek teams reigned supreme. Those who want to be involved with flag football that can’t or don’t wish to play often coach a friend’s team, creating another fun avenue for participation. Paid student refs officiate, and sportsmanship and safety are paramount.
Quotes from participants:
“Coaching women’s flag football was an extremely rewarding experience. The relationships I built throughout the season are some of the strongest I have at school.” - Chris Andrews ’13, economics major from Medina, Mash.
“I started playing football my freshman year with my section. In the beginning, my team, the Effin’ A’s, hardly won any games. However, we stuck together from season to season and through dedication to each other and to our team, we went from struggling to score a touchdown in a game to being undefeated two seasons in a row. Our success didn’t come because we were upperclassmen, but instead because we learned how to support each other on and off the field, and how to transform our fun with football into wins. Although it is only an intramural sport, flag football creates healthy competition on campus that builds both friendly rivalries and team cohesion.” - Julia Bowman ’13, sociology major from Woodland Hills, Calif.