Afternoon of fun aids Litchfield Education Foundation
Madness in the Middle was the winner of the Retro Dodge Ball Tournament at Litchfield High School on Saturday. Team members are, from left, Kevin Harris, Kyle Harris, Paige Young, Brian Mongeau (with daughter, Katie), Jake Gioia and Ryan Ford. Below, the team celebrates one of its wins. John McKenna photos
It was an afternoon to remember at Litchfield High School on Saturday as the second annual Retro Dodge Ball Tournament was held to benefit the Litchfield Education Foundation.
Twenty-two teams participated and more than $10,000 was raised for LEF, which funds enrichment programs in the town's schools. An after-tournament party at the Litchfield Saltwater Grill was a success as well. Restaurant owners Andy and Brooke Stowers donated 20 percent of the party's proceeds to the LEF.
The tournament was organized by Matt Terzian and Jay Bolton of Two Old Dads, LEF President Michele Saunders, Stacy Morgan and Dave Reynolds. Everyone had a blast and vowed to return next year to do it all over again.
The winning team was Madness in the Middle, which included high school staff members Brian Mongeau, Kyle Harris, Paige Young and Jake Gioia, and Ryan Ford and Kevin Harris. The team outlasted Alan Landau's Litchfield Athletic Club in the championship match. LAC ousted the defending champs, the Intermediate Incredibles, in the final game in the loser's bracket to advance to the title match.
Basketball officials Jon Torrant and Scott Gray donated their time to officiate the tournament.
Tournament organizers were, from left, Stacy Morgan, Dave Reynolds, Michele Saunders, Jay Bolton and Matt Terzian.
Three of the teams made up of teachers and staff from Litchfield schools.
The Center School squad received a trophy for having the best uniforms.
Local crooner Ian Campbell sings the national anthem.
Stacy Morgan, a tournament organizer, pays tribute to the Litchfield High students who volunteered.
Litchfield High Principal Kristen Della Volpe was with a team of administrators.
Superintendent of Schools Sherri Turner lets it fly.
John Bongiorno of the Possum Queen team.
Balls of Glory gets ready to rumble.
Brian Mongeau of Madness in the Middle.
Litchfield Education Foundation President Michele Saunders played for the Beastie Ballers.
Tournament organizer Matt Terzian likes what he sees.
The defending champs, the Intermediate Incredibles, made a strong run before bowing out.
Tournament organizer Jay Bolton takes aim.
Matt McDevitt of the Center School Dodgeballers.
Center School Principal Abe Ammary, center, and some of his Center School Dodgeballers.
John Borgiono reacts after being plunked.
Shannon Gollow of the Center School team.
Daniel Tyrell of the Village People.
A nimble Craig Yard of the Litchfield Athletic Club avoids being sidelined.
Alan Landau of the Litchfield Athletic Club lets it go.
Matt Terzian resembled Sonny Bono.
Former Litchfield High athlete John Pickert played for Balls of Glory.
Ryan Taylor of Duck Duck Goose gets nailed.
Adam Piechowski of the Intermediate Incredibles was a deadly shot all afternoon.
Litchfield Athletic Club's Alan Landau taunts an opponent.
Scott Gray and Jon Torrant, in the background, were the officials.