Dodgeball Hits Its Mark

Sixth-8th grade team members Kate Kruger (center) and Shea Skenderian of The Average Joes celebrate a big moment.

Rubber balls and rivalries provided priceless entertainment last Wednesday at the Laguna Beach High School gyms for SchoolPower’s much awaited Dodgeball Tournament.

The third annual tournament proved so popular, the schedule required adjusting to accommodate extra teams. Altogether, 52 teams made up of more than 400 costume-clad competitors battled for dodgeball domination in three divisions.

After facing off against police officers, elementary school teachers and the high school basketball team in elimination rounds, the Thurston Middle School Teachers triumphed over the So Lag Slackers team of parents in the final game to take home the coveted Golden Skull Trophy.

From left, referee Angela Shipp, event organizer Frana Sadler, and coach-player Jill Lockhart.

“We are proud of our victory and plan on returning next year to defend the title,” said Thurston assistant principal and champion dodgeballer Mike Modeer, who expressed his appreciation to Schoolpower and volunteers for organizing the event.

In the 4th-5th grade division, Bedrock Ballers brought home the Golden Skull medals while the team dubbed “We couldn’t think of a name” topped the 6th-8th grade division.

Teams also vied to be named best dressed. Competition was so fierce that there was a three-way tie in the 6th-8th grade division with Cereal Dodgeball Assassins, Coed Flame Throwers, and Tre-Bay Ballers sharing the honors. Best costume awards also went to Team Bravefarts in the high school/adult division and Gnomes in the 4th-5th grade division.

The tournament raised over $9,000 for Laguna Beach schools through participant fees and business sponsors including Hobie Surf Shop, Bluebird Canyon Farms, Bread Artisan Bakery, Gnarly “Q”, Angels Baseball Foundation, Team Laguna Realtors, and Hurley.

Cereal Dodgeball Assassins and coach Mike Blanchard snagged best costume winner.

“Who would have thought that blasting your friends and neighbors would be so successful in helping us celebrate our community and our amazing schools,” said SchoolPower President Samantha Washer.

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Tournament champs, Thurston staff, from left: Johnny Vasques, Mike Modeer, Paul Matheson, Carl Nelson and his nephew Trey Ovens, April Livingston, Kelly Skon and Andy Crisp.
Fourth-5th grade costume winners, The Gnomes, from left: Olivia Shipp, Tessa Blanchard, Jett Rocha, Charlie Pillsbury, Wes Abrahams, Wilie Rounaghi, Tanner Mauro and Tyson Lockhart.
6th-8th grade winning team – “We Couldn’t Think of a Name” included, from left, Charlie Rounaghi, Grady Morgan, Adam Armstrong, (rear) coach Max Morgan and Cameron Garcia; (front row) Owen McMurray, Jake Levine, Sophia Lucas and Isabel Mansour.
The Bedrock Ballers seized the 4th-5th grade championship.


Photos by Kristin Karkoska/ Blue Sky Studio

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