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Dodgeball tourney draws nearly 50 competitors
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Xavier Simmons really steps into his throw at the dodgeball tournament at Milner Recreation Center Tuesday afternoon. - photo by Bethany Porter

Milner Recreation Center held a dodgeball tournament Tuesday as a part of its spring break activities for kids.

McMinnville Parks and Recreation program coordinator Michael Benusches is helping keep kids active over spring break by coming up with different activities throughout the week.

“Justin Scott brought the idea up of spring break activities and I kind of ran with it and developed the five different activities we will have throughout the week,” said Benusches.

On Monday, they held a 3-point contest and free throw contest for kids ages 6 to 18 and had a good turnout. The dodgeball tournament was Tuesday and had nearly 50 participants.

“We had 20 kids show up for the 3-point contest and free throw contest and today we have somewhere around 45 for dodgeball,” said Benusches.

The kids were divided into five teams of eight and each played 10-minute dodgeball games. Benusches explained the rules to the kids before the game and refereed each game. Benusches said he was having a good time officiating and thought the kids were enjoying it as well. 

Each day of spring break there will be different activities for youth ages 6 to 18 to participate. The cost to enter the activities is $2 and children under 12 will need guardian supervision.

Wednesday there will be a cornhole tournament starting at 1 p.m. They will be having a 5 v 5 Nerf battle from 1 to 3 p.m. on Thursday. They encourage participants to bring their own Nerf gun and ammo from home because they have a limited number and the Rec Center. 

On Friday there will be a 3-on-3 basketball tournament starting at 1 p.m.