Jayhawk Softball Goes into `Survivor' Mode

Sept. 27, 2011

LAWRENCE, Kan. – One week into the University of Kansas softball team’s fall practice schedule, the Jayhawks took time out for some team bonding on Saturday, Survivor style.

The Jayhawks held their first team practice of the 2011-12 season on Sept. 19 after working through four weeks of individual skill sessions. With several weeks of hard work at Arrocha Ballpark already in the books, the Jayhawks stepped away from the field for some quality team chemistry time.

Saturday evening, the team met at Arrocha Ballpark and kicked off the night with a video scavenger hunt competition. When the Jayhawks reported in August, head coach Megan Smith and her coaching staff divided the girls into four teams: the Warhawks, the Crusaders, the Wheaties and the PHOG. Since then, team-bonding competitions are decided using those divisions.

Out of seven different categories, such as “most random people in the video” and “best overall movie production,” the PHOG led with three victories in the video scavenger hunt competiton. After the scavenger hunt, the team retreated back to Smith’s house for dinner and to see which team would dominate in a tent-making contest. The PHOG added that one to their list of accomplishments on the evening.

The PHOG made it a 3-for-3 night by creating and presenting the best “Rock Chalk” flag. Members of the prize-winning PHOG squad are: Alex Jones, Liz Kocon, Elsa Moyer, Chanin Naudin and Cassen Salamone.

When the battle for bragging rights ended, the Jayhawks continued their busy night of team bonding. They watched “The 5th Quarter” outside, made cupcakes from a cupcake bar and enjoyed simply hanging out with their teammates. After making it through the evening, the team wrapped up Jayhawk Survivor with breakfast at First Watch.

Kansas returns its focus to the field in preparation for the fall schedule season opener. The Jayhawks welcome Johnson County Community College to Arrocha Ballpark, Wed., Sept. 28 at 6 p.m.