Adult Dodgeball Tournament A Success

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Payson Parks and Recreation coordinator Mary McMullen is celebrating the culmination of the inaugural Ruckus on the Rim adult dodgeball tournament.

"We had good feedback about it," she said. "We think the tournament was very successful."

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Ludtke Custom Builders emerged victorious in the inaugural Ruckus on the Rim adult dodgeball tournament held Feb. 24 in PHS gymnasium.

Held Feb. 24 in Payson High School gymnasium, the fray featured four teams in both men's and women's divisions.

At the conclusion of a full day of round robin and single elimination tournament action, the Ludtke Custom Builders team of Jim Ludtke, Clay Sopeland, Jake Sopeland, Matt Sopeland, Donovan Christian and Nick Brunson came out victorious.

The LCB winning team out-dueled manager Gary Chitwood's runner-up squad, the War Dogs.

Ryan Peters and his Yellow Snow team took third.

Cardos, led by Scott Grassel, took fourth.

In the women's division, the Dodgers -- Jade Heglie, Ashlee Koch, Kelsey Palace, Tiffany Klemstine, Sharlie Hall, Tracy Fitzpatrick and Ashee Anesin -- emerged as tournament champs.

Second place was earned by Molly Hunt's Melones Grande.

The Average Joes of Jane McDonald was third and Margie Strickland's Hot Shot Ducks took fourth.

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The Dodgers captured the crown in the women's division championship of the Ruckus on the Rim dodgeball tournament.

With the culmination of the tournament, McMullen said, the department is now considering a follow-up competition.

"The game is growing (in popularity) and we could have another one," she said.

McMullen touts the revamped National Amateur Dodgeball Association rules as making the game much safer for all competitors.

"They are not the same rules as we used to play," she said.

McMullen also said the tournament was a fun way for adults to relive their dodgeball days and also enjoy healthy, stress-free physical activity.

Although some of the adults who entered the tournament had not played the game for years, they remembered it as a sport in which players try to avoid being hit by a ball that opponents throw at them.

Those who got hit were eliminated, and the team with the last man or woman standing was declared the winner.

In 2004, the game enjoyed a resurgence in popularity when the movie, "Dodgeball: A True Underdog Story," hit the big screen.

The plot centered on a group of misfits who entered a Las Vegas dodgeball tournament in order to save their cherished local gym from the onslaught of a corporate health fitness chain.

This past school year, Payson High School hosted a first-ever dodgeball tournament that was a huge hit among the students.

The overwhelming success of that event prompted Payson Parks and Recreation staff to host an adult version.

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