When Ricks College became BYU-Idaho in 2001, the Church announced that it would be getting rid of their intercollegiate sports program. However, this was soon to be replaced with the RecSports Program and the Competitive Sports program. Every week the Competitive Sports Program hosts an event called the “Game of the Week.”
This event features a different sport every week such as basketball, wrestling, or swimming. This past weekend, BYU-Idaho’s Competitive Sports Program hosted its very first “Game of the Week” event for the semester. It featured an intense men’s basketball game between the Spartans and the Wildcats.
“I thought we played really well,” says Jared Stensrud, a freshman studying psychology. “I thought we moved the ball really well and played well as a team. I think the points are pretty evenly distributed amongst our players so any time that happens usually you’re going to turn out pretty well…I think it’s great it’s kind of like being back in high school, playing on a high school basketball team, just having the camaraderie, you know the whole team atmosphere is really fun.”
“They were good opponents, and it’s early on in the season so we’re still getting used to playing as a team,” said Andrew Dahle, a senior studying business management. “We’re still getting used to our synergy. We were also missing a few key players inside so it was a tough game. We never quit, it was a battle.”
Final score: Wildcats – 91, Spartans – 75. For more information and a schedule of these games, visit the competitive sports section on byui.edu. This is Bryce Prince reporting for Scroll Digital.