On Friday January 25 Gross hosted its first annual dodge ball tournament. The event was sponsored by student council. The tournament had 18 teams each made up of 3 boys and 3 girls. The winning team, the Dirty Dodgers, consisted of team members Jake Hansen, Alex Opperman, Shelbi Mlynczak, Kevin Handzlik, Jeff Pospichal, and Joelle Overkamp. Team leader Kevin Hendzlik said that they owe their win to “lots of hard work on and off the court, strategy, and perseverance” he also stated that their team had a strong group of girls, which was key for their win.
The Dirty Dodgers had a long journey on the way to their victory. Their first game was against the team Globo Gym. Losing their first match, The Dirty Dodgers then went on to win 7 in a row. The semi-final match was tied at the end of regulation. To break the tie the teams had to compete in a rock paper scissors match. The resulting teams were The Dirty Dodgers and The Dodge Fathers (Hannah Mapes, Cole Egermier, Regina Brokke, Joel Sickmann, Morgan Krist, and Ian Sutton). Jake Hansen won the game, and the tournament with a one handed catch. It was described as “a tournament of redemption” by Jake Hansen.
The original idea of having a dodge ball tournament was pitched by Nate Zimmerer and Kevin Handzlik but they agreed that it was a group collaboration. Originally student council was going to have a laser tag tournament but according to student council member, Katie Mitzlaff “dodge ball was cheaper and it was a great idea to have it after the game because the crowd was huge”. Students and teachers agree that the tournament was a success Mitzlaff stated, “everyone on student council participated and they were all very helpful.”