Not Jack Vas Goes All Out In The BSU Dodgeball Tournament
By Yonatan Derbew
The annual BSU Dodgeball tournament was hosted by Northside’s Black Student Union during Y-block on Dec. 19. There were some basic ground rules to ensure everyone’s safety. As per usual, if players were hit anywhere below their shoulders without catching the ball, they were out. If a player threw the ball and hit anyone above their shoulders three times, the thrower would be out for the game. If someone on the team caught the ball, someone who was out was able to come back into the game.
Teams consisted of six people and one optional substitute. The first round games were decided by one round lasting five minutes. If the round ended with an even number of people on both teams, the winner was decided by a best of three game of rock paper scissors. The later rounds were decided by best of three games.
The tournament started with approximately 16 teams looking to win the $100 Amazon gift card prize. There was a teachers’ team that was going to make an appearance, although they were ultimately unable to attend. While many teams looked like they had a shot at winning the gift card, it came down to two teams led by upperclassmen. The final round was played between Not Jack Vas and Give Me Schneck. Not Jack Vas consisted of Josh Burns, Adv. 000, Jake Trick, Adv. 006, Maksym Repetyuk, Adv 901, and the O’Connor brothers: Danny O’Connor, Adv. 901, Liam O’Connor, Adv. 004, and Owen O’Connor, Adv. 200. Give Me Schneck included Adrian Garces, Adv. 900, Corey Schneck, Adv. 909, Harry Page, Adv. 903, Steve Jaimes, Adv. 911, and Casey Cancilla, Adv. 911. Although the two teams were evenly matched, Not Jack Vas that prevailed in the end.
When asked about the tournament, BSU co-president Ikenna Elue, Adv. 909, said, “I thought it went very well. I was worried because there wasn’t much turnout in last year’s tournament. I felt that this tournament set the stage for tournaments in the future.” This year’s tournament definitely was a success with students from all grade levels coming out to play. Next year’s tournament may be even more competitive with more teams looking to win it all.