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Schoolpower Crowns Dodgeball Champs

By Samantha Washer, SchoolPower officer

 

The Moo-ving Targets won best costume in the tournament. From left, Tanner Mauro, Jett Rocha, Charlie Pillsbury, Ryan Sveningson, Olivia Shipp, Tessa Blanchard and Coach Mike Blanchard.

The gyms were jumping or should we say, “dodging” last Thursday as SchoolPower hosted its highly anticipated second annual Dodgeball Tournament at Laguna Beach High School.

 

Three different divisions named their champions from teams that came from all parts of the community: teachers, lifeguards, police, merchants, firefighters and, of course, enthusiastic parents and students.

 

This year, coming from out of nowhere, the team Skillz that Killz took home the coveted Golden Skull Trophy when they defeated the Black Eyed Peas in the final game.

 

“Thanks to SchoolPower for hosting an amazing event. The members of Skillz that Killz are humbled by this great achievement and in awe of the sheer awesomeness of our fellow competitors. It makes the victory that much sweeter. Every time one of our balls hit an opposing player in the face I thought ‘that is for the children!’ Now we are going to Disneyland!” enthused champion dodgeballer Will Boyd.

 

Missed Me! teammates cheer on the sidelines.

For the fourth- and fifth-graders, The Bomb Squad II brought home the Golden Skull medals and The Night Flyers won for the sixth- and eight-grade division.

 

SchoolPower president, Marcus Skenderian, said, “My hat goes off to event chairs Mike and Frana Sadler, as well as their committee for making this such a great event. They brought a level of enthusiasm to this event that was contagious. You really can’t describe how much fun it is to play until you’ve done it!”

 

Match referee Bill Brown.

The tournament netted over $11,000 through participant registrations and the support of local business sponsors including Hobie, Bluebird Canyon Farms, Bread Artisan Bakery, Team Laguna, Toes on the Nose and Hurley.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

A show of sportsmanship concluded every match.

A sample of adult participants.

A participant in the tournament winning Skillz That Killz team.

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