Players dodge, duck, dip, dive, and dodge to victory

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Junior Meet Patel gets ready to knock out the competition.

Junior Meet Patel gets ready to knock out the competition.

Skylar Clark

Skylar Clark

Junior Meet Patel gets ready to knock out the competition.

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On Friday, March 11th, the class of 2018 hosted its annual dodgeball tournament in the main gym. Teams were required to have six members, and tickets were five bucks a person.

The dodgeball tournament typically raises around 800 dollars, but what is the money used for?

“In the past, the money has gone to the senior class for prom and senior class activities. This year, the class already has enough money, so we are donating it to another cause. The proceeds will be given to the Gora family who lost their father over Thanksgiving, and the oldest daughter is a senior so that’s kind of how that came about,” said class of 2018 co-sponsor Brenda Richardson.

Many students and staff members who played in the tournament did not have a strategy for winning.

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Members of the All Dodge No Balls get into a huddle to discuss a strategy.

“We are just there to have fun. We are not there to win or anything,” said junior Ethan Churilla.

“It is just pick up the balls and hit people with them,” said junior Tyler Scheidt.

“Absolutely no strategy. We are just going to go out and play well, then we are going to play well some more, and we are going to finish by playing really well, and I think if we do that we will win the whole thing,” said English teacher Eric Beard.

However, the staff team whose name was Staff Infection did not make it very far. Maybe it was because they were missing their star player, history teacher David Bedka. He went home sick, so he could not test out his game winning strategy.

“My strategy is to throw the ball as hard as I can at as many students as possible. If it causes us to lose, but I feel better about myself, then that’s okay,” said Bedka.

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Social Studies teacher Chris Kirincic contemplates his next line of attack.

There were many great plays made throughout the game, but the most groundbreaking one came from the final match between the Men of the Sea and the Lumberjacks. Junior Nathan Matthews was the last of his teammates on the court, and he was facing off against three members from the Lumberjacks. Matthews looked cornered as every member of the Lumberjacks had a ball, and he had nothing. Each member of the Lumberjacks charged at Matthews, throwing their balls at the same time. Surely one of those balls would have hit him, but they did not! Matthews slid forward right by the line that divides the two teams, expertly dodging all the balls that had been launched at him, but Matthews did not stop there. While he was on the ground, he grabbed one of the balls that someone had tried to throw at him and launched it at one of the Lumberjack players, knocking him out! This all happened so quickly that if you blinked you would have missed it, but it was executed so precisely and so well. So well, in fact, that it caused math teacher James Hus to stand up and say, “Now that’s how you play dodgeball,” while pointing right at Matthews. The crowd agreed because right at that moment, the room rang with applause.

Ultimately, the Lumberjacks ended up winning the tournament. They also won

the best costume contest. Their prizes were medals and Dairy Queen gift cards.

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(From left to right) Seniors Ethan Fitt, Sam Carpenter, Steven Fowler, Raul Maldonado, sophomore Anthony Reid, and senior Nathan Whiting pose after receiving their awards.

What is going to happen to the tournament now that the class of 2018 is leaving?

“We started it out as freshmen, and we have kind of kept it. Now we have to figure out where it goes once we graduate,” said senior class president Matthew Cotner.

It has still not been determined who will take over the tournament for next year.

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