Dodging academics: High school dodge ball tournament grows threefold |

Dodging academics: High school dodge ball tournament grows threefold

Amanda Fehd

Jim Grant / Tahoe Daily Tribune / Team "GBS" members Enrique Sandoval, left, and Rafel Aguirre throw at their opponent at last year's dodge ball tournament.

South Tahoe High School will host its second annual dodge ball tournament tonight and Thursday night. Proceeds benefit schools in the hurricane-ravaged South.

The tournament is three times larger this year, pitting six-person teams of teachers, administrators and students against each other. Teams have themes, like Ninja, soccer, Freaks and Geeks, or the science team.

Today, almost 35 teams will compete for eight slots in Thursday night’s championship. Tickets will be sold for no more than $5 Thursday night, with proceeds going toward Harrison County School District in Gulfport, Miss.

“Dodge ball is a unique activity in that it attracts students who don’t participate in other activities like basketball games,” said Student Body President Mari Peshon. “It’s a positive, unifying event.”

Teams have been practicing for weeks and working on game strategy and costumes, Peshon said.

“They go crazy with uniforms,” she said.

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Community businesses will be invited to participate in a second tournament in the spring.

Students proposed the event last year after watching the movie “Dodge Ball,” in which a group of misfits enters a Las Vegas dodge ball tournament to save their local gym from becoming a fitness chain.

Bob Grant, activities director at the high school, said the event is just for pure fun.

A team of staff members last year called “Dodge This” competed against the students.

“Last year they didn’t win, but they got close,” he said. “The kids can stand up to them in dodge ball.”

If you go

What: Dodge ball tournament

When: Today 6-8 p.m., Thursday finals, 7-9 p.m.

Where: South Tahoe High School

Public invited.