84th Engineers show athletic prowess on fields, courts

| April 14, 2011 | 0 Comments
A Soldier (in white) from 524th CSSB, 130th Eng. Bde., 8th TSC’s team, battles to maintain possession from players (in red) in the 84th Eng. Bn.’s United Football Club. (Vanessa Lynch | Honolulu Star-Advertiser)

A Soldier (in white) from 524th CSSB, 130th Eng. Bde., 8th TSC’s team, battles to maintain possession from players (in red) in the 84th Eng. Bn.’s United Football Club. (Vanessa Lynch | Honolulu Star-Advertiser)

2nd Lt. Laura Beth Beebe
84th Engineer Battalion, 130th Eng. Brigade, 8th Theater Sustainment Command

 

SCHOFIELD BARRACKS — Headquarters buildings for the 84th Engineer Battalion and the 524th Combat Sustainment Support Battalion face each other on opposite sides of the street.

Both units, part of the 130th Eng. Brigade, 8th Theater Sustainment Command, had a different kind of face off under the lights at Stoneman Field, here, during the recent Intramural Soccer Championships.

Intramural sports are available on Schofield Barracks, Wheeler Army Airfield, Tripler Army Medical Center and Fort Shafter, and they include not only soccer and basketball, but also flag football, volleyball, tennis, softball, racquetball and ultimate Frisbee.

Soldiers who play in these sports use a portion of their off time to practice and compete.

On average, an intramural sport practice lasts 90 minutes, two to three times a week. But most of the Soldiers who play on an intramural team find the benefits outweigh the time requirement.

For example, engineers didn’t only appear on the soccer field, but were also recently involved in the Intramural Basketball Championships, as well, which averaged 35-40 hours of practice a week during the season.

In fact, three of the 10 players chosen to represent Schofield on the All-Star Basketball Team were 84th Eng. Bn., 130th Eng. Bde. players: Spc. Pierre Ware, Spc. Shane Jackson and Spc. Dominic Glover, as well as the coach, Sgt. 1st Class Pierre Mize. Their selection required other players to put in more practice time to make up for the vacancies.

“We all enjoy basketball, so personal drive brings a lot of the Soldiers to play; (plus,) the camaraderie, playing with their buddies, also helps out with many of the Soldiers,” said Mize, who is a construction operations sergeant for the 84th Eng. Bn., 130th Eng. Bde.

For others, the motivation comes from the ability to represent the unit.

“I thought it would be a great opportunity to not only meet other people who enjoyed playing soccer as much as I did, but also to get together and compete against other the other units — espirit de corps you could say,” said 2nd Lt. J.C. Wright, assistant construction officer and one of the 84th Eng. Bn.’s soccer players.

“There is a large skill level spectrum out there on the field, even in the same team. You have guys that have played intercollegiate soccer, and those that we need to teach how to dribble during the season,” Wright said. “Anyone can play.”

The Kaala Community Activity Center, located at Building 556 in Schofield Barracks, accepts applications for all intramural programs year-round.

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