Students show off sharp shooting skills

Maggie Eubanks

If you were at the Activity Center last Thursday, you had the chance to “shoot your shot.” The Activity Center hosted a free throw and 3-point competition on the newly renovated floors of the Activity Center basketball gym. 

With 135 students competing in the event, the competition was fierce. Each contestant was given one point for each basket they made. They were given 10 free throw attempts and nine attempts to make a 3-pointer. 

There were three winners crowned after the competition. Seniors Kamron Glover and John Lamm tied for first place in the men’s division making 14 out of their 19 shots. Megan Sistrunk, a doctortal student, won the women’s division making 13 out of her 19 shots. Each winner was given a ULM intramurals shirt.

This event was also very big for ULM’s sororities. Sophomore secondary education major Anna Reedy participated in the event representing AOII. 

“I loved the event,” Reedy said. “It was fun, very smooth and everyone enjoyed it.”

The Activity Center hosts events like this for students that need a place to go and hang out. 

“We put events like this on for students that may not be involved in any other clubs to have something to do during the semester,” said Assistant Director of Recreation Services Robert Reed. 

Reed wants students to know that the Activity Center is always hosting events and intramurals for students. 

“Our basketball league is getting started, sign-ups are open for the biggest loser contest, and we will even host several bingo games throughout the semester,” Reed said.

The free throw and 3-point contest was one of the first events held by the Activity Center this spring semester, but with its high turnout, it started the Activity Center off on the right foot.

The basketball competition was placed right before the start of the intramural league of basketball to get students excited for the upcoming tournaments and allow the Activity Center to showcase their new floors. 

The new renovations included a new upstairs track, brand new weightlifting equipment and new basketball flooring. Reed is excited about these new changes and wants students to know how they can take full advantage of them. 

“Each student is charged an activity fee, and they should know about the facilities they have at their use.” Reed said. “Why pay $10 a month for Planet Fitness when you already pay to have the same facilities on campus?”

Reedy said that her sorority encouraged her to participate in the 3-point and free throw contest to earn intramural points and that she would definitely participate in something like this again. 

“Although I’m not good at basketball, it’s so much fun to participate,” Reedy said.