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Carpentersville dodgeball tournament raises funds for local charities

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  • Members of team Tropic Thunder Nick Bernardino of Cary, left, and Peyton Day of East Dundee, both 17, scoop up balls to whip at The Ball Dodgers team during Carpentersville IAFF Local 4790's fourth annual dodgeball tournament Saturday at Dundee-Crown High School in Carpentersville.

       Members of team Tropic Thunder Nick Bernardino of Cary, left, and Peyton Day of East Dundee, both 17, scoop up balls to whip at The Ball Dodgers team during Carpentersville IAFF Local 4790's fourth annual dodgeball tournament Saturday at Dundee-Crown High School in Carpentersville.
    Laura Stoecker | Staff Photographer

  • Mike Grezenko of Lombard and team PA Crimson twists to avoid being hit but gets nailed seconds later during a game at Carpentersville IAFF Local 4790's fourth annual dodgeball tournament at Dundee-Crown High School in Carpentersville on Saturday.

       Mike Grezenko of Lombard and team PA Crimson twists to avoid being hit but gets nailed seconds later during a game at Carpentersville IAFF Local 4790's fourth annual dodgeball tournament at Dundee-Crown High School in Carpentersville on Saturday.
    Laura Stoecker | Staff Photographer

  • The Ball Dodgers, left, take on Tropic Thunder at Carpentersville IAFF Local 4790's fourth annual dodgeball tournament at Dundee-Crown High School in Carpentersville on Saturday. Forty teams were competing.

       The Ball Dodgers, left, take on Tropic Thunder at Carpentersville IAFF Local 4790's fourth annual dodgeball tournament at Dundee-Crown High School in Carpentersville on Saturday. Forty teams were competing.
    Laura Stoecker | Staff Photographer

  • Justin Becker of West Dundee winds up to whip a ball at team Tropic Thunder during the dodgeball tournament at Dundee-Crown High School in Carpentersville on Saturday. He is a member of The Ball Dodgers, made up of 2012 alumni of Dundee-Crown.

       Justin Becker of West Dundee winds up to whip a ball at team Tropic Thunder during the dodgeball tournament at Dundee-Crown High School in Carpentersville on Saturday. He is a member of The Ball Dodgers, made up of 2012 alumni of Dundee-Crown.
    Laura Stoecker | Staff Photographer

 
 

Forty teams competed at the fourth annual Carpentersville Professional Firefighters IAFF Local 4790 dodgeball tournament at Dundee-Crown High School in Carpentersville on Saturday afternoon.

Teams comprised of six players took to four courts as 10 games were played simultaneously from 12 to 5 p.m., with winners advancing, hoping to reach the grand championship game.

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Art Carrillo, a firefighter/paramedic with the Carpentersville Fire Department was one of more than 30 volunteers running the tournament and says it grows each year.

In 2013, 32 teams were registered. Registration was open to the public as well as firefighters, who came from local departments like West Dundee but farther ones as well, including Franklin Park, Addison and Oak Park.

"Not many people have a dodgeball tournament," Carrillo said. His tips to players? "Duck, dodge, dive ... and dodge!" he adds with a laugh.

Brothers David and Mike Grezenko of Lombard brought a team representing their company, PA Crimson Fire Risk Services Inc., to participate for the second year in a row. "We had so much fun last time that we decided to come back again this year," Mike Grezenko said.

Money from the event will be donated to a local charity yet to be decided. Information is at iafflocal4790.org.

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