by Lisa Tome
Dodge ball is forbidden during the school day.
But after hours, it's game on.
Recently, Perryville Middle School held an after school dodge ball tournament.
Assistant principal Holly Spangler explained that the school received permission from the board office to host the special event, which she hopes becomes annual. "We are looking for fun and safety. The balls we are using are like Nerf balls," said Spangler.
Spangler said that dodge ball is a perfect game for this type of event. "Everybody can play and we have a variety of teams," said Spangler. She said she also noticed that students who don't often interact, were playing on teams together.
The teams had an assortment of creative names Can't Dodge This, Bam Clan, Need Some Milk, Untouchaballs, and more.
About 120 players signed up for the round robin tournament. There were additional students who chose to stay after school and watch. Snacks were also sold with proceeds helping the PBIS cause.
Levi Moss was the last man standing for his team in his round of play.
"Most of the time it's better to play defense," said Moss, as he explained his strategy.
Abbey Price and Morgan Walters, both eighth graders, dressed in dragon onesies to play. They said the costumes provided their team, Balls of Fury, with a spirit boost.
Jake Helensky played for the team The Elites. "This is an awesome event. It's cool hanging out with friends. We have a lot of hard throwers and we can catch," said Helensky.
Khaleil Mitchell played for team Needs Some Milk. He was the last man standing during his round. "I was trying to get the balls across. The key is to hold one and throw one. I was glad to be the last one but I didn't expect it," said Mitchell.
Each player contributed $3 in order to get in the game. That money is earmarked to raise funds for PBIS (Positive Behavior Intervention and Support) activities.
Those incentives encourage good attendance, grades, and behavior among students.