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Published: 6/29/2013


Memorial dodgeball tournament doesn't duck good cause

Matty's 2nd annual Memorial Dodgeball Tournament was Saturday, June 29, 2013, at Tam-O-Shanter in Sylvania. In 2011, Matt Stevenson died in a car accident at the age of 17. In his memory, Stevenson's family began a free hockey goaltending clinic. To finance the clinic, they embraced Matt's love of dodgeball and have held a tournament as a fundraiser. In 2012 the tournament brought in just under $6,000 to pay for the hockey clinics. This year, 16 teams of up to 10 players each faced off for the title. CLICK ANY PHOTO TO ENLARGE AND START SLIDESHOW

Eric Snyder, of Sylvania, center, sported a memorial shirt for Matt Stevenson. Enlarge | Buy This Photo Eric Snyder, of Sylvania, center, sported a memorial shirt for Matt Stevenson.
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Jeremy Jago, of Oregon, left, and his teammates launch a coordinated offensive strike. Enlarge | Buy This Photo Jeremy Jago, of Oregon, left, and his teammates launch a coordinated offensive strike.
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Brandon Roe, of Marietta, right, relaxes as he waits for the championship round to begin. Enlarge | Buy This Photo Brandon Roe, of Marietta, right, relaxes as he waits for the championship round to begin.
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Nick Saul, of Sylvania, center, is congratulated by his teammates after scoring the match, and round, winning hit. Enlarge | Buy This Photo Nick Saul, of Sylvania, center, is congratulated by his teammates after scoring the match, and round, winning hit.
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Dodgeball players, including Nick Saul, of Sylvania, left, dive for balls at the start of a match. Enlarge | Buy This Photo Dodgeball players, including Nick Saul, of Sylvania, left, dive for balls at the start of a match.
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Arms and balls fly as Chase Welker, of South Toledo, center, dives to avoid being tagged out. Enlarge | Buy This Photo Arms and balls fly as Chase Welker, of South Toledo, center, dives to avoid being tagged out.
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Michelle Stevenson, right, laughs as she competes. Enlarge | Buy This Photo Michelle Stevenson, right, laughs as she competes.
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Michael Stevenson, center, talks with his teammates in between matches. Enlarge | Buy This Photo Michael Stevenson, center, talks with his teammates in between matches.
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Eric Snyder, of Sylvania, center, sends a ball flying at an opponent . Enlarge | Buy This Photo Eric Snyder, of Sylvania, center, sends a ball flying at an opponent .
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The winning team pose for a photo. Enlarge | Buy This Photo The winning team pose for a photo.
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