On Sept. 21, 2016, Apex High School hosted their very first “Peak City Dodgeball Classic.” The new tradition had students and faculty members throwing dodgeballs at each other in order to raise money to buy new computers for students. There were a total of sixteen teams, made up of fourteen student teams with two staff teams. There was even live commentary from seniors Patrick Kenney and Reid Proctor. It ended up being a very popular event, and many students around Apex liked dodgeball much better than the staff-sketball game last March.
The many games that led up to the final round between The Dodgefathers and The Average Joes were surprising and unexpected. The Dodgefathers, made up of members of the cross country team, beat “Apex Lax,” one of the crowd favorites, surprising both of the announcers, Reid Proctor and Patrick Kenney.
In the final round, The Average Joes beat The Dodgefathers in the first game, but The Dodgefathers came back in the second game to beat the team made of ‘average’ students. The judges and referees then decided to play a tiebreaker game, instead of flipping a coin like they did earlier, to determine the winner. A real crowd favorite, The Dodgefathers ended up losing to The Average Joes, but everyone knew of the real reason for competing. The Average Joes was made up of Grayden Beaufort, Justin Rhew, JT Murphy, Cameron Mason, Johnny Serenscics, Wyatt McGinnis, Zach Ferrell, Cameron Roof, Lauren Barrett, and Tucker Jackson.
Many students around Apex wish that Dodgeball had been thought of earlier because they love the involvement that students are able to have. In the words of Reid Proctor, one of the announcers at the Dodgeball classic, staff-sketball brought out the competitive side of teachers, but at dodgeball, students were allowed to purposely throw a ball at their principals and teachers while raising money. The second announcer, Patrick Kenney, loved being able to see the students involved, but would also like to see more of the Apex Faculty members involved next time.
The next “Peak City Dodgeball Classic” will be at the new Green Level High School, and students are already anticipating the next one.