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NW students dodge defeat in community fundraiser

NW Campus Cornerstone students sponsor a dodgeball tournament Feb. 28 as a community fundraiser. Proceeds will go toward building two self-sustaining, solar-powered “dream gardens” for NW Campus and for W.J. Turner Elementary School in Fort Worth. Photos by Haylie Jones/The Collegian
NW Campus Cornerstone students sponsor a dodgeball tournament Feb. 28 as a community fundraiser. Proceeds will go toward building two self-sustaining, solar-powered “dream gardens” for NW Campus and for W.J. Turner Elementary School in Fort Worth.
Photos by Haylie Jones/The Collegian

By Rhiannon Saegert/nw news editor

The NW Cornerstone honors program held a dodgeball tournament Feb. 28 on NW Campus for its community fundraiser.

Team PHED won the double-elimination tournament when physical and health instructor Joseph Maestas caught the ball thrown by his opponent. Maestas said he didn’t even plan on competing until he saw his name on the list.

Jonathan Kurth, right, and a teammate ready themselves for the next throw.
Jonathan Kurth, right, and a teammate ready themselves for the next throw.

“It was a former student of mine,” he said. “He asked me to, and I said, ‘Let me see.’ By the time I came back, they had put me down. I was sort of forced.”

Proceeds from the tournament will go toward building two self-sustaining, solar-powered “dream gardens,” one for NW Campus and one for W.J. Turner Elementary School in Fort Worth. The gardens would contain plant life native to Texas.

Student Joseph Frizzell said he’s no stranger to the game. At the University of Oklahoma, his wrestling team played dodgeball for fun.

Jewel LeBlanc takes a long step forward preparing to throw her dodgeball during the NW charity game.
Jewel LeBlanc takes a long step forward preparing to throw her dodgeball during the NW charity game.

“We used to play every Saturday,” he said. That’s where I got my experience.”

Frizzell’s team, SGA, won its first game against the Ballerz but was later defeated by White and Nerdy.

Student Garrett Floyd said he and a friend formed their own team, but three members dropped the day of the tournament and had to be replaced. Despite this and their early defeat at the hands of team Faculty 2, he said he enjoyed himself.

“Ten out of ten,” he said. “Would play again.”

Rhiannon Saegert

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