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By Jaryd Cline

Dodge this! 29 teams, nearly 200 participants compete in eighth annual dodgeball tourney


Jaryd Cline

The five Ds of dodgeball were on full display Saturday night in the jam packed Goldendale High School gymnasium as more than 175 participants ranging from kindergartners to adults took the court for a night full of dodging.

There was dodging, ducking, dipping, diving and more dodging, but more importantly, there was plenty of smiling and happy faces on all the competitors at the eighth annual dodgeball tournament sponsored by the GMS Parent Teacher Organization.

"This evening went amazingly well," event coordinator Brandi Olson said. "We had a great turnout."

Olson is in her second year with the GMS PTO, and also coordinated the event this year after helping set it up last year.

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The D.O.T Dodgers celebrate after one of their adult-division games. They finished second in the division behind the Silver Backs.

Twenty nine teams with six players each took to the court in five different age groups in the double elimination tournament as teams duked it out to decide who the top dodgers were.

Along with the teams which won the most games on Saturday, prizes also were awarded to teams with the best names and teams with the best costumes.

Olson and the rest of the GMS PTO began planning the event nearly two months ago, talking with sponsors and gathering volunteers. Olson was pleased with all the help she received and said there were about 30-50 volunteers that helped make the event possible.

"This is rewarding because all of this that we did (on Saturday) goes back to the school," Olson said. "It goes back to supporting our students. Helping out at our schools."


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