Filthy fun

Volleyball tournament leaves teams muddy

Eleven teams of about six competitors each competed in the Chamber of Commerce Mud Splash volleyball tournament Saturday at Loudy-Simpson Park.

Every one of them got filthy.

"I was thrilled with the turnout," Chamber executive director Christina Currie said. "We have a lot of loyal teams. Most of the teams have played every year and come out every year."

Mud volleyball veterans were easy to spot -- most were completely covered in brown slime and had their shoes duct taped to their feet or, in some cases simply had yards of duct tape wrapped around their bare feet.

Just Another Ball Team, which was sponsored by Over the Hill Trucking, took away top honors in the splash-fest by winning every one of its games.

Stockman's Liquor followed in second place, and The Udder Mudders, sponsored by Freight Damaged Furniture and Paulson Trucking, took third.

Though the mud pits and the players weren't quite the spitting image of a Top Gun beach volleyball scene, it was still a party out at the park.

"I just love the really informal feel," Currie said. "People come out and have a really good time and that's what I like about it."

Coming up for a breath of air, Katrina Baker tried to avoid yet another dunk by clawing her way up the pit walls, scrambling away from Michael O'Brien who kept pulling her back under.

"Plus it's great fun watching someone who's really trying not to get dirty get dunked, as long as that person's not me," Currie said.

O'Brien, who plays for the Holiday Inn team and has won the tournament four times, said his squad comes out just to have a good time and ends up winning.

Competitors weren't the only ones covered in mud.

11-year-old Natasha Sloan's white T-shirt looked more like a soldier's fatigues after she found her way back to dry ground.

"We had a lot of help this year," Currie said. "If there was something we needed, there was someone who stepped up and got it done."

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