By Daniel Chavkin, staff writer, @dchav96
The Zangsters defeated My Kemp Mill in the finals of Kedma’s annual dodgeball tournament Saturday night in the Armory.
The tournament consisted of 17 teams with eight to 10 members each. Every group played two preliminary rounds before organizers seeded one to 17 and placed the teams into brackets.
“We had a lot of teams participating and a lot of people really enjoying it,” said junior bioengineering major and Kedma Vice President Reuven Rosen. “It’s always been a favorite of the Kedma events.”
Rosen, who organized the event for the first time this year, said the tournament exceeded his expectations.
The event, however, was more than just a competition. It was a way for the community to come together and have fun.
“The best part was seeing the team spirit,” said Kedma’s Education Chair Tova Rosenthal. The sophomore psychology major played on the team My Kemp Mill. “I loved seeing the various team themes, names and costumes. It was great to see people having fun and getting creative.”
“People love competition and being able to get together with a team and dress up,” said Kedma Social Chair Ateret Sultan-Reisler. “It’s what people remember a lot from their semesters in college.”
While Sultan-Reisler didn’t help organize the event last year, the sophomore psychology major said she believes this year’s tournament had areas of improvement from previous years.
“I thought it would take a lot longer than it did,” she said. “I feel like this one was more organized.”
However, Sultan-Reisler said people “stuck around more” last year after their teams were eliminated.
“People were really calm this time,” she said. “It was not as challenging to run as I thought it would be.”
As for the future, Sultan-Reisler said she would like to see more at stake during the tournament.
“I would be interested in a dodgeball tournament for a certain cause,” she said. “We could have it have a fundraiser and we would get the same amount [of attendance] and be able to raise a lot of money.”