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Unofficial sports band absent from fall sporting events

October 9, 2002

by James J. Portune

Olympia, WA - No fan, player, coach, administrator or parent leaves the College Recreation Center gymnasium follow a men's basketball game without having the experience of the "Pot Heads", the unofficial band for each and every home basketball games, permanently recorded on their memory.

Comprised of Evergreen students, this ever changing number of metallic musicians, grab whatever piece of metal cookware and wooden utensil they can find, congregate outside the dorms and begin a rhythmic parade across the athletic fields before to each home basketball game. In the gym, their unique sound can usually be heard emanating from the upper rows of the bleachers, opposite the home bench.

"The 'Pot Heads' are a cornerstone to our fan base," said head men's basketball coach John Barbee. "No place else in our conference is there such a unique crowd."

Although pans, boiling pots and baking sheets are the typical devices of noise, it is not unusual to see traditional marching instruments, such as trumpets and saxophone, adding there voice.

"You associate the "Pot Head" band with Evergreen State," added coach Barbee.

But what is interesting, is that no hide-nor-hair have been seen of the "Pot Heads" this fall.

In an unprecedented first, both the women and men soccer teams are turning heads on the college soccer scene, with each team currently ranked fifth in NAIA Region I, the men for the second week in a row.

"I dig them," said men's soccer player Kinnan Murray, in this third season. "They bring school spirit, with enthusiasm." In the fourteen home games played so far this fall, by both the men and women teams, on only one occasion has there been any facsimile of the notorious band. During the Arno Zoske Tournament, the weekend of August 30th, a lone tom-tom player beat out a rhythm for the men's team.

"It would be nice to have them at our games," Kinnan added. "To go as far as we can go we need a home field advantage."

Currently on a final six game home stand, there are only four more opportunities for the band to play at women's game. This Friday they host first place Concordia at 3:00 p.m. on Field 4. Next weekend, Friday and Saturday, they play Southern Oregon and Oregon Tech, respectively, at 2:00 p.m.

In all likelihood the women will see post season play. But, in the Cascade Conference format, the first place team hosts a two-day tournament. Currently the women (6-3) reside in third place, 3 games behind Concordia (10-0).

"This has been an incredible year for soccer at Evergreen," Kinnan remarked. "More than I have seen in the last four years."

On the road this weekend, the men's team has three remaining home games, Thursday (Oct 17th) against Concordia, Saturday (Oct 19th) against Cascade, and Friday (Oct 25th) against Albertson.

"Our schedule this year is perfectly suited for a conference title stretch run," said co-head coaches Tom Boatright and Andy Hill. "We beat Albertson on their field 2-1 (Oct 22) and lost to Concordia (2-1) in overtime last weekend."

The men's league uses a different format for the Cascade Conference Tournament. If the men's soccer team finishes either first or second they will host a playoff game, scheduled for November 8-9.