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Pokemon battle takes over St. Charles library

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  • Aaron Rogalski, 9, of West Chicago concentrates on his next move during the second annual Pokémon Tournament. The tournament for third- through eighth-graders was held Friday at the St. Charles Public Library.

       Aaron Rogalski, 9, of West Chicago concentrates on his next move during the second annual Pokémon Tournament. The tournament for third- through eighth-graders was held Friday at the St. Charles Public Library.
    Brian Hill | Staff Photographer

  • Two of the participants battle during the second annual Pokémon Tournament held Friday at the St. Charles Public Library Friday.

       Two of the participants battle during the second annual Pokémon Tournament held Friday at the St. Charles Public Library Friday.
    Brian Hill | Staff Photographer

  • Jackson Grohe, 9, of St. Charles, left, and Aaron Rogalski, 9, of West Chicago work the Wii controls while they battle during the second annual Pokémon Tournament.

       Jackson Grohe, 9, of St. Charles, left, and Aaron Rogalski, 9, of West Chicago work the Wii controls while they battle during the second annual Pokémon Tournament.
    Brian Hill | Staff Photographer

 
 

With the lights turned on low and the sound turned up, a Pokemon battle overtook a room Friday at the St. Charles Public Library as kids from all over the area came to the second annual tournament.

Aaron Rogalski, 9, of West Chicago, who had never been in an organized Pokemon tournament, was all smiles after he won one of the rounds he was in. "It's great" he said.

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The tournament was played on a Wii system on a large projection screen making it easy for everyone to see the outcome of the battles and for Expert Pokemon Judge Gabriel De La Cruz, 21, of Naperville, make sure everything was going smoothly.

"It's a fun way for kids to interact with each other and also a great way for them to be creative," he said.

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