Most Friday afternoons, MCS students gather at the tennis courts to have a showdown; to see who will win dodge ball, MCS style. In this new and improved version, the area of no-mans–land can be expanded throughout the game, leaving no place to hide on the courts (and there are a few other rules). It ends up making a great game of dodge ball, and when you add in competitive teenagers it is bound to be amazing. Thus, it is a very popular Friday OAP.
The game this Friday was particularly intense. After sorting into two different teams, the game commenced. Once one team won three games in a row, the teams were redistributed to allow for more even play. This succeeded, and the following games were much more extreme. But the ultimate game was the third game in.
Both teams had been running about even, with the number of teammates who were out and in. Then things started going badly for Team One. Both teams were losing players left and right until the numbers were down to two versus three; then one versus three when Ali got out. The only player left on the court for Team One was Nick. Both sides were nearly hoarse from screaming encouragement, and offering their own suggestions. Then Nick got one person out, then another. For the last intense part, it was the ultimate dodge ball showdown between Nick and Jack. Almost the entire court was no-mans-land, and each player had one ball. Nick made a break for it, chasing Jack down and then throwing…but missing. Cheers from Team Two, groans from Team One. Jack turned to give his counter attack, and threw…but missed Nick. Cheers from Team One, groans from Team Two. By this time the game was so intense everyone was concentrating completely on what was going on with the game; cheering their teammate on. Both guys ran to collect another ball for throwing, and the same thing happened again, much to the distress of the onlookers. Yet they say third time’s a charm, and for Nick it was. As Jack was turning to get another ball, Nick ran up behind him and gave the winning hit. With cries of glee, Team One raced out and nearly attacked him; the adrenaline still high from watching the exciting game.
After several games, OAP had to end for singers to go to DeComposers. Still with a jovial air, the students walked back to the quad reliving every aspect of the games, especially the showdown between Nick and Jack. Afterwards, Nick said that that game was “the highlight of my athletic career.” And the highlight of the day.
-Georgina Waldman, Washington Boro, PA