Students dodge for a worthy cause
The first ever Catholic Clash Dodgeball Tournament proved to be a huge success, raising funds for “Giving the Basics” and providing competitive students a chance for dodgeball glory.
Executive Student Council President and senior Isabel Kemp said she came up with the idea of having a dodgeball tournament for a good cause while at StuCo camp over the summer.
It seemed like a brilliant idea. As senior class officer Christopher Schilling said, “Everyone loves a dodgeball tournament.”
The timing with Catholic Schools Week and the “Giving the Basics” drive made it perfect.
Although it was planned fairly last minute, both St. James Academy and Bishop Miege were very excited to play dodgeball against their rival schools.
Entering in the tournament cost $40 for an eight-person team, making it only $5 per individual. Each team was required to have four boys and four girls.
More than 30 teams competed among the three schools, but only the top two from each school played in the double-elimination championship tournament, held in the Aquinas main gym on Thursday, February 11. The prelims were held the week before during Catholic Schools Week.
The dodgeball tournament, which also charged $3 to watch the championship tournament, over$1,600 was raised for “Giving the Basics,” according to Kemp.
Schilling said, “After the tournament’s success, we plan on doing the event every year.”
Kemp shares the same vision, and StuCo is hoping to make the actually championship game coincide with Catholic Schools Week in the future. “All three schools have a ‘Giving the Basics’ drive during the Catholic Schools Week, so it would be a very fitting time,” Kemp said. “We hope to continue supporting ‘Giving the Basics’ and all that they do while having a little fun at the same time!”
As for the actual tournament action, 15 Saints teams participated, and the overall winning team, the “Dodgefathers,” was from Aquinas. The team consisted of seniors Sam Clark, Grant Elias, Ryan Foley, Meghan Kindel, Matthew Malir, Morgan McEnroe, Christy Rheinberger, Kate Ross, and James Cosentino and Parker Swanson who replaced the absent Foley and Malir in the championship tournament.
Rheinberger said she would definitely play again next year if she could. “My favorite part was having the fans there being obnoxious.”
The team’s strategy was to play defensively once it got an opposing player out. This was important, considering the time limit placed on each game.
When asked about his favorite part of the tournament, Clark said, “Coming back from the loser’s bracket.”
The team had lost its very first game in the prelims, but was able to battle back and be one of the two teams to represent Aquinas in the championship tournament, in which the Dodgefathers went undefeated.
“The feeling of being the first ever dodgeball champions was crazy,” Rheinberger said. “The huge celebration and mosh pit made it that much better. One of the greatest feelings ever.”
On the victory, Clark said, “It felt right.”
The Catholic Clash Dodgeball Tournament is expected to stay and StuCo is hoping for even more students to compete in the years coming.