The dodgeball tradition started back in 2006 and every year the program gets more and more successful. ASB director Carey Delzer says, “We love the tradition of dodgeball! A lot of schools have moved away from dodgeball because of the fierceness of it, but we've stuck with it for school spirit and we always make sure it stays fun and fair!”
The dodgeball tournament, organized by tournament commissioners Paige LaBare and Andres Ramirez, lasts for a week, with the finals being on Friday. There are a total of eight teams each year. The final two teams playing on Friday are fighting for bragging rights, a taco bell gift card, candy, trophies and a special spot on the dodgeball plaque kept in the ASB room with their team name written on it.
Each team takes the tournament very seriously and will do all they can to win. Students this year filled the bleachers on the final day of the tournament to watch The Savages and Tool Shed play off. Alumni Luke Daley and Justin Murata refereed. The game began, and both teams had some trouble throughout it all but they both recovered quickly and kept fighting for that win. Tool Shed came in first with huge smiles on all of their faces. Their name would fill the 10th and last slot on the “Dodge, Duck, Dip, Dive DODGE” plaque. The dodgeball tournament is one of Mesa’s most favorite lunchtime tournaments because of the action, participation and overall school spirit.