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Dodgeball Kicks Off Basketball Season
Erik Buggs, Richie Edwards, Vashil Hernandez put on their games faces with four students at Valpo Hoops Dodgeball Challenge Saturday night.  Photo by Michele Loudermilk.
Erik Buggs, Richie Edwards, Vashil Hernandez put on their games faces with four students at Valpo Hoops Dodgeball Challenge Saturday night. Photo by Michele Loudermilk.

Tuesday, October 25, 2011
by ValparaiZone

The Valparaiso men's and women's basketball teams may have already begun their practice schedule, but Saturday night, they were on the floor of the ARC for a completely different reason.

The teams participated in the inaugural Valpo Hoops Dodgeball Challenge, in which students got to mingle with players and kick-off the 2011-2012 basketball season by playing dodgeball. Two basketball players were added to each team of five students to create an interactive atmosphere that united the student body.

With music and free food, the event had a great turnout as students jumped at the chance to play alongside their fellow student athletes. But the students weren't the only ones to enjoy the event.

"The players loved the event, the students seemed to like it, and I'll tell you the coaching staff was really getting into it, they had been practicing all day," said newly anointed Men’s Basketball Head Coach Bryce Drew.

After several rounds of competition, the team Cat Daddy, assisted mainly by men's basketball players Jay Harris and Richie Edwards, won the student division and competed against the coaches. Throughout the event several students and athletes took the competition to a whole new level by creating one-of-a-kind costumes. In particular, new assistant coach Roger Powell Jr. had the most memorable attire of the night.  He was fully furnished in a "Dream Team" USA basketball warm-up jacket, short shorts, and the most popular accessory of the night, the sweatband.

Ultimately, the coaching staff defeated Cat Daddy. After the matchup, assistant coach Jake Diebler challenged his men's basketball team to a dodgeball match. Eventually, it came down to a one-on-one duel between the trash talking Coach Luke Gore and shooting guard Ben Boggs. Boggs made a phenomenal catch while lying on his stomach after deflecting it in the air four times to give the victory to the players and give a proper end to the night's events.

Be sure to come out to the basketball season openers as a Crusader men kick-off their season with an exhibition against Hillsdale College on Saturday, October 29 at 7:05 at the ARC and the women begin their season with an exhibition against Huntington at the ARC on Tuesday, November 1 at 7:05.