Dodgeball Winning Team resized 600The team that won Pope John Paul II High School’s annual dodgeball tournament this year: Coleman Fenton (from left, holding the ball), Michael Young, Graham Shopshire (holding the trophy), Blake Waters, Kevin Marsh and Matt Soucie with honor society advisor Joe Gaudet.

What was the best part of Pope John Paul II High School’s dodgeball tournament in March?

“Winning,” said 17-year-old high school junior Coleman Fenton.

Fenton’s upperclassmen-led team – dubbed Jobe Apostles – got off to a rocky start in the annual event, losing to a freshman squad in its initial game before running the table and going 6-1 to earn the right to be called dodgeball champions.

Though teammates listed red-headed senior Michael Young, 18, as its best player, he shrugged off such notions. “I’m a team player,” Young said. “We all contributed.”

Those contributions went far and above simply throwing red rubber balls at their opponents and dodging those that came their way. Over the past four years students at the high school have used the playground sport as a way to give back to the community.

Both last year and this year students have raised funds for the NOAH Shelter in Hyannis, giving back to those who need help the most – the homeless. This year they were able to raise $570 for NOAH, presenting a check to HAC last month.

The tournament is organized by the school’s National Honor Society. The group’s advisor Joe Gaudet said, “it actually gets exciting. Every year it gets better. We had 11 teams competing this year… It does get competitive and the kids really get into it. Some teams even dress up in costumes.”

This year those outfits ranged from tropical summer shirts to an all-black clad team that called themselves The Ninjas. The students’ creativity only shows that you can have fun supporting a cause that is no laughing matter. And in the end everyone is a winner.