Local team wins dodgeball tourney, makes history

RICHMOND, VA. -- On Saturday, Oct. 24, former members of the Newcomerstown Dodgeball Club and club advisors traveled to Richmond, Va., to compete in the 5th annual Chick-Fil-A Charity Dodgeball Tournament.

With 135 teams competing in the open division and over 100 more in the middle and high school divisions, this tournament set a Guinness Book of Records for the largest dodgeball tournament ever held.

The team, known as "The Punishers," consisted of Dodgeball advisors Adam Lefler and Jameson Marlatt, and Newcomerstown alumni Robby Nay, Chris Deal, Zac Dressler and Dusty Daugherty.

The Punishers started off great in pool play, comprising a 16-0 record on their way to the number one seed.

In the tournament, they battled adversity, being down six players to two in one match but coming back to win. They had finally reached the end of the tournament and their opponent, H1N1, looked ready for business. They were Virginia Commonwealth's (Division 1) starting baseball team and compared to the stature of The Punishers, it looked like a David and Goliath match. While the crowd was rooting for H1N1, it was The Punishers that won the first match. The second match ended as time expired and H1N1 had more players than The Punishers. The last match went into double sudden death overtime. From the start, H1N1 tried to hit Adam but he spun out of the way of the throw. Marlatt then retrieved a dodgeball and threw a curveball over one player and hit the player behind him.

The Punishers went crazy as they realized they just won the biggest dodgeball tournament in history. They finished the day with an impressive 24-1 mark and reaped all the benefits of being champion.

They received free Chick-Fil-A for year and all the bragging rights of being a champion.