Annapolis Senior Activity Center members beat the winter blahs with a Beach Ball Volleyball Tournament Jan. 16.
The prospect of one to five inches of snow may have been mentioned a time or two, but the third consecutive day of rain outside faded into the background during the intensely competitive game characterized by friendly taunts, howling laughter, and so much fun that some participants had trouble keeping their seats.
Staying seated was part of the game, and it presented a challenge for some players. Nevertheless, most contestants did sit and laughter rang out at the unique challenges they encountered as they reached, bent and stretched to tap that elusive beach ball across the net which was considerably lower than most nets because of the seated players.
Both sides were very vocal with a "Come on! We can do this!" here and a "Duck! You need to hit it!" there. Mixed in with those comments were such asides as "We weren't ready!" "She's playing football!" "We may have to watch her!"
Both teams had their cheerleaders. One team had Terry Nolan and Betty Lyvers. The other had Patricia Butler and Mary Crowner. Becky Batta, center director, kept the score.
The hotly contested game ended with a victory dance led by Gary Matthews and the winning team. The seniors, who are Ravens fans, called it a Ray Lewis victory dance.
The music for the event described all the participants to a T: "We are the Champions," "We will Rock You," and "Gonna Fly Now," the theme song from the movie, "Rocky."