KINKORA – It may come as a surprise to a lot of people, but the sport of dodgeball is very popular at the high school level.
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Kinkora High School’s Trojan Tropics recently won the .E.I. high school intramural dodgeball championship tournament at Colonel Gray High School recently. Team members are, from left: Blaise Roberts, Gareth McIver, Joel MacIsaac, Isaac Jay and Kevin Noonan. Back row: Peter Wynne (coach), Greg Beckingham, Marshall Mayne, Ben Milligan, Blake MacKenzie and Jarad MacLean.
“People think dodgeball?,” said Kevin Noonan, assistant captain of the Trojan Tropics team from Kinkora Regional High School (KRHS). “It was actually one of the most intense sports we’ve played.”
Along with the Kinkora entry, teams from five other high schools – Westisle, Bluefield, host Colonel Gray, Charlottetown Rural and Montague – competed in the six-team P.E.I. high school intramural dodgeball championship tournament.
“It was an amazing experience,” said Noonan. “Colonel Gray did a heck of a job putting on a good show.
“They had strobe lights, fog machines, they introduced all the teams and players. They’d shout your name, you would run through the fog and strobe lights and everyone was cheering.”
When the dust had settled, the Trojan Tropics defeated a team from Bluefield 2-1 in the best-of-three final to emerge as champions.
“They beat us in the first one (game), but we were able to take the next two from them,” said Noonan. “It came down to the third and final game. We had one guy throw up after the game because he was going so hard.”
The Trojan Tropics had three players remaining on the floor when the deciding contest was clinched.
Both teams started each four-minute match with eight players. For players to be eliminated, they had to be hit by the ball or catch a ball.
“At the end of the four minutes, whoever had the most players left was the winning team, or if you got all eight players from the other team out,” offered Noonan.
“We went into it with eight players on our team, but every other team had upwards of 10 or 15 players on their team, so we were at a disadvantage the whole time.”
Overall, the Trojan Tropics played 12 games and finished with a record of 9-3 (won-lost).
Dodgeball is growing in popularity at Kinkora Regional High School.
“The dodgeball intramural program is a popular event for the students during lunch hour at KRHS,” said school athletic director Trent Ranahan.
“All grade levels are in involved, and everyone is encouraged to join a team.”