Ball Hawks win BEACON Dodgeball Championship
by Anthony Militano
The Times-Independent
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Mark Olson (left) Gabriel Woytek (right) of Green Zebras dodgeball team. They won the best costume award. 		  Photo by Anthony Militano
 
Mark Olson (left) Gabriel Woytek (right) of Green Zebras dodgeball team. They won the best costume award. Photo by Anthony Militano  
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The Ball Hawks unseated two-time champs What the Duck in the annual BEACON Dodgeball Tournament held at the Grand County Middle School gym on Saturday, Jan. 26.

According to official scorekeeper Patrick Trim, the Ball Hawks earned 41 points on the way to the championship, three more than What the Duck, which came in second with 38 points after taking the title the previous two years. Red Devil Wrestling took third place with 33 points.

Jump, shimmy, dip and dive are all useful dodgeball strategies. The Times-Independent spoke with BEACON Family & Community Outreach Coordinator Lindsey Bartosh, who explained how it all began.

The Times-Independent: What is the history of your event?

Bartosh: “This is our seventh year hosting the dodgeball tournament in cooperation with Moab Gear Trader and Moab City Recreation. The event is a fundraiser and community outreach opportunity for our program. The dodgeball tournament has been around longer than seven years though. It originally started as a fundraiser for the Moab Teen Center. BEACON Afterschool continued the tournament after the teen center was closed down.”

The Times-Independent: Who are the teams composed of – Kids? Adults? Kids and adults?

Bartosh: “Teams are composed of adults and children. Each team has 6 to 10 players and is required to have one youth under the age of 14 on their team. We have teams from local businesses like the Synergy Company, Zax, the Gym on 5th, and local bike shops. We also have teams representing the non-profit sectors in town. This year we also have a high school team composed of Grand County Red Devil wrestlers.”

The Times-Independent: What safety precautions do you take?

Bartosh: “We follow the official rules of dodgeball, which are given to each team during a captain’s briefing before the event starts. We also require spectators to sit out of the range of flying balls.”

The Times-Independent: Anything else you would like to add?

Bartosh: “We are lucky to have KCYN deejays Bubba Bartosh and Jennifer Johnson announcing for this year’s event. Many local businesses and merchants donated gift certificates and swag for draw prizes”


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