With team names like the Flaming Stallions, Twisted Minds, Bombers and Team Extreme, close to twenty teams comprised of six players each, competed in this years’ dodgeball tournament, hosted by The Zone.
“The dodgeball tournaments continue to be popular events and participation increases each time we have it,” said Zone youth coordinator Jerry Manning.
The Richfield Springs Central School’s new gym was the place to be last Thursday evening for what has become one of the most popular events for young and old alike. This tournament included all ages, with youths from fourth grade and up and even adults playing on teams in this years’ dodge ball tournament.
Team Extreme was one of the teams that competed in the dodgeball tournament last Thursday. Shown are front: Petra Peretin and Kaity Richvalsky. Back row: Morgan Hula, Nastasia Edick, and Rebecca Smith. Absent from photo was Morgan Sylvester. The team took second place in the fifth and sixth grade division. (Photo by Bruce Watson)
Often called “War Ball,” this sport has been banned by some schools in recent years because many are concerned that children are used as human targets when hard rubber balls are thrown at them. However, this tournament used Nerf-like balls during the highly spirited and competitive tournament. The Zone ran a bake sale in the hallway and required teams to pay an entry fee to participate in the tournament. All revenue raised will benefit The Zone.
The tournament followed the Lions Club spaghetti dinner last Thursday, which drew a large number of spectators, according to Manning. The tournament was separated up in age brackets. The single elimination tournament used the new gym and fitness gym areas of RSCS with teams having the best records advancing to the final rounds.
“Many thanks go to the officials and parent helpers who helped us make this so successful,” said Manning.
Bruce Watson is a freelance writer for The Mercury and currently substitutes for ODY. He is a recent retiree of RSCS.