Intramural Legends take championship

IM Legends wins big at the NIRSA

By Luis Montoya
On January 29, 2016

One of ASU’s Intramural Flag Football team, IM Legends, claimed the 2015 co-rec Division National Championship at the National Intramural-Recreation Sports Association (NIRSA) National Campus Championship Series on Jan. 4 at the University of West Florida, Pensacola.

The team defeated the defending national champion P-Rex team from Valdosta State University, 23-9.

“The team started traveling on Dec. 31 but the tournament didn’t start until Jan. 2 and the championship game wasn’t until Jan. 4,” Reid Jackson, ASU Manager of Intramural Sports and Camps said. “IM Legends’ team effort was what made them win the championship. Everyone did amazing.”

With this championship won, IM Legends have also won the American Collegiate Intramural Sports (ACIS) national championship in 2010 and 2015. At the national championship, Team Captain Devon Wilde was named Female Most Valuable Player and Chase Churchwell won the Male MVP.

The team was formed this year and won the co-rec division at ASU and went on to win at the regionals tournament in Texas A&M back in November, which was what gave them the opportunity to go on to the National Championship Series.

The co-rec team is made out of 16 players from all different classifications, but only 14 traveled to the championship game. The team doesn’t necessarily have tryouts but is mostly made of athletes from other sports teams.

ASU’s flag football season started in September and ended at the National Championship. The team has a lot of time to practice and get ready for next season, Jackson said.

“The game was great and intense but if there was one major highlight, was Drey Sander’s one-hand catch,” Valerie Villalva, graduate student and one of the quarterbacks of team IM Legends, said. “That play put us on a lead.”

“Drey Sanders, one of the youngest players in the team had two wonderful interceptions, one of them being in the end zone,” Jackson said. “One of the quarterbacks Chase Churchwell had had a touchdown pass to Devon Wilde and one to Sanders. Cooper Jackson, junior and intramural supervisor, also had a touchdown catch. Valerie Villalva also had great plays. The defense was incredible.”

“I look forward for next season,” freshman Drey Sanders said. “I look forward to sweeping the whole thing and to bring home 3 nattys, the men’s, co-Rec and the women’s.”

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