Tsena Morris, track sophomore, winds up his arm to hit a player on the opposing team. The Track team made it to the championship game for the night. (Taylor Rodriguez/Staff photographer)Emily McElroy, basketball freshman, whips her ball across the court. There were half a dozen teams competing for the dodge ball championship title. (Taylor Rodriguez/Staff photographer)Cody Treatch, baseball junior, pitches a fast ball at a Campus Player opponent.  Despite their speedy throws, the baseball and softball team lost early in the tournament. (Taylor Rodriguez/Staff photographer)Campus Players smiles proudly after their first game of the tournament. Their first win was against softball, knocking them out of the bracket and causing the biggest upset of the night. (Taylor Rodriguez/Staff photographer)A blinded builder bombs an attack against the track team. A couple of basketball men and volleyball women teamed up to enter the tournament. (Taylor Rodriguez/Staff photographer)Adrien Jones, track junior, and Abi Kerr, track freshman fend off against the combined volleyball and basketball team. These two were the remaining members of the track team at the end of the tournament. (Taylor Rodriguez/Staff photographer)Confusion fills the court as contradicting calls are made by the refs at the championship game. It was three track members against two members on the basketball and volleyball team. As the clock ran out, one referee called a member of the track team out while another said they were still in the game. They decided on a five minutes rematch against the two teams before moving on to the final elimination match. (Taylor Rodriguez/Staff photographer)The volleyball and basketball team charges forward, wanting to end the championship rematch against the track team. After the confusion was cleared, the track team lost back to back, ended the tournament. (Taylor Rodriguez/Staff photographer)The volleyball women and basketball men proudly pose as the champions of the tournament. After swiftly defeating track in the championship game, they cheered and celebrated on the court at the end of the night. (Taylor Rodriguez/Staff photographer)

By Taylor Rodriguez
Staff reporter

The annual homecoming dodge ball tournament took place last evening and there were many twists, tucks and turns – literally. Many organizations participated with hopes of coming out on top, but only one left with the title.

Track and field was one of the first teams to play in the tournament against the men and women’s tennis team. Not everyone on the track team had high hopes for their performance in the competition.

“I don’t think we’re gonna make it much further,” said Zac Reed, biochemistry junior, between laughs. Despite the negative outlook, the track team kept their spirits up into their next matches after their victory.

The next game to take place was men’s basketball and women’s volleyball against football and women’s basketball. Football and women’s basketball lost this match as men’s basketball and volleyball moved up in the tournament.

Around the end of the preliminary games marks the most intense match of the night. Softball and baseball versus campus players.

Campus players managed to whittle down softball and baseball to four players against their total of five. With one minute left in the match, campus players decided to wait out the clock with an advantage in numbers. Despite the odds stacked against them, they came out victorious and knocked softball and baseball out of the tournament.

(Taylor Rodriguez/Staff photographer)

Demorea Horton, physical education senior, helped referee the tournament. Horton explained his excitement following the upset of the previous match.

“It was a lot of fun to watch and probably a lot of fun to play too. Campus players versus softball was an upset that no one was expecting but they pulled through,” said Horton.

The tournament continues. After a few more knockout rounds take place, we reach the end of the tournament. Track and field was to play against volleyball and men’s basketball for the championship title.

With 30 seconds left in the final match, track and field is ahead 3 players to 2 on the opposing side. One of the members of the track team jumps to dodge an attack by a basketball player and narrowly avoids the ball. Or that’s how it appeared to some of the referees.

To some of the referees, it appeared that the member of the track and field team had landed on the ball after it was dead. For the other referees, they had said she was out because the ball hit her foot before she landed.

As time ticked by, both sides of the court yelled and argued, not allowing the referees to come to a clear conclusion. Once time ran out, no decision was made and the track team was assumed to be victorious.

After the referees collected their thoughts, they came to the conclusion that a rematch was required. After a sudden death match, volleyball came out on top. This allowed another match to decide the final victor of the tournament.

Track and field ended up losing to volleyball and men’s basketball, taking second place in the tournament. Volleyball and men’s basketball took first place, becoming the victors of the 2019-2020 homecoming dodge ball tournament.

Through all the excitement and confusion, everyone remained courteous and sportsmanlike as the court cleared and the tournament ended.