The 14th Military Police Brigade went undefeated through three rounds of competition Friday to take home the championship trophy from the Commander’s Cup Paintball Tournament for the third consecutive year.
“This one was really important to us,” said Chris Ollis, who also played on last year’s championship squad. “We wanted to create a kind of a dynasty.”
Sports Department representative Tatiana Pickett presented the championship trophy to Ollis, who accepted it alongside his 14th MP Bde. teammates Kyle Butler, Mario Coronado, Zack Jackson, Thomas Butler and Ryan Mauk. It was the final on-post paintball tournament for Mauk, who played on all three championship paintball teams and is retiring later this month.
“It feels good to go out on a win,” Mauk said.
The 554th Engineer Battalion took home the tournament’s second-place trophy, led by player/coach Devin Mobley. The 31st Engineer Battalion took third place, and the 515th Sapper Company took fourth.
This year’s tournament was played on the Outdoor Adventure Center’s new speedball course. Installed in May, the course is about half the size of the OAC’s old paintball course, and features inflatable obstacles secured to an artificial-turf field.
“This is a regulation speed-ball course,” explained Jeffrey Barrett, Outdoor Adventure Center manager. “The concept behind speedball is quick games, with not much camping (players staying in one area),”
As a result of the smaller playing area, teams played five-on-five in a double-elimination tournament instead of the seven-on-seven, single-elimination format from previous tournaments.
“It definitely speeds the game up from last year and the year before,” Mauk said.
The 14th MP Bde. team, which has also won the past two recreation-level tournaments at the OAC, worked hard to build this year’s team, Ollis said.
“Last year, we lost two of our team members, but we recruited two new ones who play a lot of paintball,” he said. “It really worked out. Now that we know everybody, we’re going to start playing in more of the recreation tournaments.”
The paintball tournament was the 16th of 17 events that make up the 2019 Commander’s Cup Series. The final event in the series is a 3-vs.-3 basketball tournament Sept. 20 at Davidson Fitness Center. To participate, military units that wish to field a team should have their sports representatives file letters of intent with the Sports Department.
All-night paintball tournament
Barrett invited all four participating Commander’s Cup teams to register for the upcoming All-Nighter Paintball Tournament, scheduled for 7 p.m. Sept. 20 at the OAC.
“We’re going to have the flood-lights out here, and we’ll have food, games and prizes,” Barrett said.
Entry is $50 per team, which includes markers, masks and air. Bags of paint are an additional $12. Registration is open at the Outdoor Adventure Center now through Sept. 19.
Players who haven’t already done so can try out the new course, which Barrett said was the result of a two-year effort by Family and Morale, Welfare and Recreation.
“We wanted to enhance our course, and that’s why we kind of went above and beyond to install the turf, the new bunkers, etc.,” Barrett said.