Saturday October 15th Columbia College celebrated its faculty, staff, alumni, students, and families for the College's Homecoming Weekend. Part of the festivities included the annual Ludy Bowl, a lasting tradition since 1955 of a flag football game between the first-year and senior class vs. the sophomore and junior class as this year's theme was "Under a Full Moon: Vampires vs. Werewolves".
The Ludy Bowl's name pays tribute to the College's icon Lucile Godbold, a 6-time medalist (2 gold medals) in 1922's first women's track and field Olympic competitions and in 1961 the first ever woman inducted into the South Carolina's Athletic Hall of Fame. Godbold served as a professor of physical education and coach of many sports for the College for 58 years. In 1971 the College named their main athletic facility the Godbold Center in honor of Lucile Godbold.
At this year's halftime of the 2016 Ludy Bowl the Columbia College community stopped to honor the 2015-16 women's lacrosse team as the school's first-ever AAC Conference Champions of any sport. The Koalas finished the season with a 14-4 regular season record before entering the conference tournament as the number two seeded team last April. There in Black Mountain, NC the ladies defeated Reinhardt University in the semifinals then Tennessee Wesleyan College in the championship game, both of which had been part of the regular season's only 4 losses and by a 1 and 2 point margin respectively.
Those honored during the championship ring ceremony included athletic director Kellyann Stubblefield, assistant athletic director Lindsey Hughes, head athletic trainer Greyson Deal, head coach Daniel Carter, team manager Elle Zeeman, and players Morgan Solesbee, Dessia Davis, Alexa Campbell, Chelsea Vogleson, Aaleeyah Brimmer, Tiffany Tortorello, Alex Gilbert, Mckenna Buckley, Abby Ballard, Charlotte Turner, Kendra Blackstock, Keyerra Anderson, Devon Walter, Shanna Puckett, and Natalie Dubas.
The night was capped off with the first-year and senior class team the Vampires defeating the sophomore and junior class team the Werewolves by a score of 18-6.