The Odyssey of Ben Murphy

Story by: Andrew Allen

After four years of playing and being president of the Delta College Dodgeball team, Ben Murphy has left the team to pursue other interests.

What do those interests include? Playing for Saginaw Valley State University’s team.

“I had four great seasons at Delta College,” Murphy said.

“It was just time for me to move on. I graduated from Delta back in April of 2007. I stayed last year because my job required me to take classes there and to play dodgeball.”

While there Murphy saw his team reach three consecutive national final-four appearances and set a single season wins record in the NCDA in the 2008 season with 17 victories.

“We had a special group of players these last three seasons,” he said. “My time there will be something I will never forget.”

As for whether he is going to miss running a team that he founded back in 2004, Murphy isn’t going to deny it.

“There is no question that I’m going to miss being at Delta,” he said. “In fact I already do. But I am already having a lot of fun and learning to play with a bunch of great new teammates.”

There was also something that he wasn’t quite used to when he fist took the court for SVSU.

“I can just go to practice and focus on playing dodgeball and nothing else,” Murphy said. “I don’t have to worry about who isn’t playing well and who isn’t at practice. I can just focus on my own game and helping my teammates out on the court.”

On Sunday, Oct. 26 Murphy saw his first game action with the Cardinals against Michigan State University.

“It was weird being out there in a different uniform,” he said.

“But I was so excited to get my first kills and catches with a new team it was unreal. I just hope I can keep improving my game so I can stay on varsity for the rest of the season.”

Taking over for Murphy at Delta is David Halloran, who will be entering his fifth season with the team. Halloran served his previous four seasons as a captain and vice-president.

“The team is in good hands with Dave,” Murphy said.

“A big reason that Delta was so successful over the years is because of him. He understands the team concept and the hard work it takes to win dodgeball games more than anyone I’ve ever met.”

Halloran is excited as well to take over the club, and hopes to get the team over the hump and into the national championship game.

“Taking over the team has proven to be something more than just stepping into the shoes of the past president,” he said.

“It’s been challenging, yet very rewarding. The team looks great and I’m excited about the young talent that keeps coming through the door. I expect to be a national contender and I can only see third place as the last option.

You might be wondering on if Murphy is going to be rooting for his former team.

“I really think that SVSU is going to be a great team this season,” he said.

“But if Delta happens to win it all I hope they don’t mind me stealing one of their championship t-shirts.”

GVSU Repeats as NCDA Champions

by Kelvin Koster

The Lakers made it two in a row at this year’s NCDA Postseason Tournament in Columbus, defeating the Buckeyes of The Ohio State University 9-1 in the championship game. The win marks the second straight year GVSU has come back to Allendale proudly equipped with the NCDA championship trophy.

The win in the finals capped off another perfect season for the Lakers, giving them their 14th win against no losses for the year, and extending their winning streak to 25 matches.

Among other accomplishments for Grand Valley this season were first place finishes at the inaugural Kentucky Classic, held in Lexington last November, and at the now well-established Michigan Dodgeball Cup, held in East Lansing this February.

With the #1 ranking intact and a large target affixed to their backs, the Lakers now focus on the upcoming season. GVSU Captain Kelvin Koster is excited for what promises to be the most competitive year yet for the NCDA.

“I was very impressed with the strides some teams made last year. SVSU and BGSU are emerging as contenders for those top spots. As for Delta, those guys have scary arms and work together better than anyone. OSU is always a top team. If we’re going to win this thing again, we’re going to have to work harder than ever this year.”

GVSU is looking forward to another year full of NCDA action, but especially to the 2009 postseason tournament, which will be held on Grand Valley’s campus in Allendale, Michigan next April. GVSU junior Jimmy Stokes anticipates a historic weekend.

“It will be great to have our fans there with us, and I think other teams who haven’t experienced a game here yet will enjoy playing in front a crowd as large and excited as the one we expect to draw.”

With most of GVSU varsity squad returning this season, the team hopes and expects to find themselves in the championship game of next year’s tournament.

GVSU 2007/2008 News

Source: GVSU Student Web Server (most recent at the top)

GVSU Wins Back-To-Back National Championships

GVSU’s Varsity team won the 2008 NCDA National Championship, held in Ohio State over April 12-13. After shutting out DePaul and Bowling Green, GVSU nearly lost to Delta College, edging out a win (3-2) in overtime. GVSU went on to shut out Wisconsin-Platteville and Saginaw Valley and beat Ohio State 9-1 in the final match.

GVSU Rolls Over MSU

Grand Valley State’s Varsity and JV teams both edged out Michigan State’s Varsity and JV teams for a win on March 15. GVSU’s Varsity won 11-0, but nearly gave up a point in the final 5 minutes of the match. JV won 5-2. This extends Grand Valley’s record to 8-0.

Doctor Dodgeball

The Doctor Dodgeball event is on the morning of Friday, March 14 in Holland. Email Alex Soukup if you are interested in participating.

GVSU Wins Michigan Dodgeball Cup

Grand Valley’s Varsity team won the 2008 Michigan Dodgeball Cup on February 3rd, beating Saginaw Valley (9-0), Central Michigan (13-0), and Delta (6-0) to bring the cup home for the third straight year.

Winter Semester Dues

Dues for the winter semester are $20. In order to be considered for the Michigan Dodgeball Cup (February 3) roster, you must have paid by Monday, January 14.

Jerseys

Jerseys will be available to order Tuesday November 13th at 8pm (before practice) and Thursday, November 15 at 9pm. On Thursday we will be having a meeting in Mackinac 1011 to select numbers at 9pm. One jersey and one pair of shorts is $45. One pair of shoes is $45 as well. After this point, you must have a jersey and shorts to be considered for a roster.

Kentucky Classic

Grand Valley brought home both first and second place (Varsity and JV) in the Kentucky Classic Tournament on November 10th. Varsity beat Western Kentucky, Marshall, and Kentucky with a combined score of 36-0. JV lost to Kentucky, but beat Saginaw Valley and Marshall to come in 2nd (behind GVSU Varsity).

Kentucky Invitational

GVSU’s next matches will be at the Kentucky Invitational on November 10th. Other expected teams for the tournament will be Saginaw Valley, Kentucky, West Kentucky, and Marshall. Both GVSU Varsity and GVSU JV will be playing.

Season Opener

In their season opener against Saginaw Valley State, both GVSU Varsity and Junior Varsity pulled out wins. Varsity shut out their opponents 11-0, while JV won with a resounding 8-1.

Dues

Dues are due Sunday September 16 and will be $20 per semester. Dues must be paid to participate in closed practices. Payment of dues awards one participation in closed practices, one grey dodgeball shirt and one athletic bag.

Open Practices

Interested in joining GVSU Dodgeball? Open practices will be held on Thursdays in the Fieldhouse Arena from 9-11PM. 

Scheduled Events 2008

As of 2007-10-07

2008-01-28

Michigan State @ Delta College (Saginaw, MI)
Kent State, Kentucky, Marshall @ Ohio State : Buckeye Invitational (Columbus, OH)

2008-02-18

Delta College, Grand Valley State, Oakland @ Michigan State : Michigan Dodgeball Cup (East Lansing, MI)

2008-04-13

End-of-year tournament @ Ohio State (Columbus, OH)

TBD Events

Bowling Green State v Michigan State
Grand Valley State v Delta College
Oakland v Michigan State
Michigan State v. University Center-Dublin (exhibition)
Multi-team tournament @ Grand Valley State

School year begins, updated rule packet posted

Dodgeball season is upon us! Best of luck to all teams in their first full year for what is sure to be an enjoyable experience. The NCDA also requests that you send photos of games and practices along with any game scores to the League email.

Also, the new rule packet is (mostly) completed, undergoing mostly cosmetic revision.  The only fundamental change is the new 15-second/10-second shot clock.

NCDA Hotspots

The NCDA is especially interested in establishing teams at the following schools:

University of Illinois-Urbana Champaign
Indiana University
University of Louisville
University of Michigan-Ann Arbor
Northwestern University
University of Notre Dame
Purdue University-West Lafayette
Virginia Tech
University of Wisconsin-Madison

If you are a student at one of the schools listed above and are interested in participating in college dodgeball, please view the video below and contact NCDA rep Aleks Bomis.

GVSU 2006/2007 News

Source: GVSU Student Web Server

Grand Valley Wins National Championship

GVSU’s dodgeball team won the NCDA Postseason Tournament in Lansing on April 14-15, going undefeated and having a combined score of 57-1. GVSU’s JV team went 2-1 on the qualifying day – only losing to #1 seeded Ohio State – but were not allowed to compete on the second day.

Postseason Tournament Approaches

Playing times for the NCDA Postseason Tournament [Ed: Nationals 2007] have been announced. Grand Valley’s playing schedule is as follows:

  • 10am — GVSU JV vs. #1 Ohio State
  • 11:30am — GVSU JV vs. #12 Bowling Green
  • 1pm — GVSU JV vs. #9 Marshall
  • 2:30pm — #2 GVSU Varsity vs. #4 Kent State
  • 4pm — #2 GVSU Varsity vs. #7 DePaul
  • 5:30pm — #2 GVSU Varsity vs. #6 Kentucky

Although the GVSU JV team is unranked, they have held their own against #3 seed Delta College, and will be a force to be reckoned with in the tournament.

Laker Invite

The NCDA Laker Dodgeball Invite scheduled for Sunday, April 1st has been canceled.

GVSU Varsity Victorious; Delta JV Pulls Off Win In Overtime

Grand Valley State University routed #3 Delta College 7-0 in Delta’s first trip to GVSU’s Arena Sunday. Delta is the only team to score a point against Grand Valley this season.
In a close matchup between Delta JV and GVSU JV, Delta squeezed out a win. Grand Valley’s JV team tied the score 3-3 at the end of regulation, but Delta proved too much and won in the 10-minute overtime.

GVSU vs. Delta College Match Approaches

#2 NCDA seed Grand Valley gears up to take on #3 seed Delta college in a rematch of the Michigan Dodgeball Cup finals. The event will be held in GVSU’s Arena on March 25th at 6:05pm.

GVSU Announces Tournament

GVSU’s Dodgeball Team has scheduled new games, including a tournament to be held at Jenison High School. New scheduled dates are March 25, April 1, and April 19.

Grand Valley Wins MDC

Grand Valley State University came away with two wins on Sunday (Feb 18) and the rights to the Michigan Dodgeball Cup for another year. The first win came against the #4 seed Oakland University, with the final score being 9-0. The second was a 4-1 victory against the #2 seed Delta College. Select clips, including Grand Valley’s signature piggyback squealer, can be found on Google Video.

NCDA seeks teams to add for next year

Looking for a new game to play next year?  Interested in athletics but don’t necessarily want to go all out with the training, drills or practicing?  Just want to be able to hit someone in the face and get away with it?  You might want to consider creating a dodgeball team at your school. With a network of teams throughout the midwest the NCDA hopes to get more schools involved with dodgeball with each passing year.  Grade schools may be banning it, but college is a whole ‘nother story.  Join hundreds of other students in participating in a great extracurricular activity that everyone can enjoy.

Okay, enough with the sales pitch.  Just check out the highlight video [Ed: missing].  If you think you’d like doing something like this at your school, click on the link to the left for contact information and more about how you can create the newest student organization at your school.

-Aleks Bomis

GVSU Champions at Nationals 2007

When the dust settled in East Lansing on Sunday only one team was left standing.  Ohio State’s 3-year dominance in college dodgeball has officially ended and the iconic scarlet and grey has been replaced with a single color Michigan teams have seen all too much of:

Black.

With an army of supporters and a 9-0 record the GVSU lakers clearly came into their final matchup with the OSU Buckeyes (7-2) on a mission.  A 3-1 decision and one silver trophy later, it’s safe to them to unfurl the “MISSION: ACCOMPLISHED” banners back in Allendale.  Next year’s tournament will be held in Columbus, Ohio.

2006-2007 results:

Bowling Green State University: 0-4
Delta College: 9-4
DePaul University: 0-4
Grand Valley State University: 10-0
Kent State University: 2-2
Kentucky, University of: 2-3
Marshall University: 0-4
Michigan State University: 8-5
Oakland University: 2-8
Ohio State University: 7-2
Saginaw Valley State University: 3-6

Delta College prepared for first ever home game; GVSU announces tournament

In what will arguably be one of the biggest weekends of this season, Ohio State, Kentucky, Marshall and Kent State will compete in Columbus, Ohio in a four-team tournament.

Meanwhile, Delta College, based near Saginaw, MI, will hold its first home game this Sunday against the Michigan State Spartans.  The event will be broadcast locally.  The Pioneers will be fighting to avoid a first round matchup with Grand Valley State University in next month’s Michigan Dodgeball Cup.

Finally, the Grand Valley State Lakers have announced the hosting of a multi-team tournament.  Date is TBD, most likely in the month of March.

– Aleks Bomis

The Big Green: MSU Dodgeball

By Jon Gunnells, Published by The Big Green 01 December 2006

For a moment, the gym is silent. The squeaks of hightops on the freshly waxed gym floor are missing, as are the habitual thuds of playground balls careening into competitors’ bodies. It won’t be this way for long – to an unsuspecting observer, the cavernous room may just be resting from rounds of basketball practice, but another sport is about to take over. Once the officials place the 10 eight-inch red rubber-coated dodgeballs on the half court line, there are only three words that erase the silence and lead to mayhem:Ready! Set! Dodgeball!  Continue reading “The Big Green: MSU Dodgeball”

MSU team to host games at Breslin Center

Michigan State’s dodgeball team successfully negotiated a pair of exhibition matches with MSU earlier today. With a capacity crowd of nearly 15,000, the Jack T Breslin Student Events Center will play host to the most-watched game of college dodgeball later this year.

“Naturally we’re ecstatic,” said President Aleks Bomis.  “Any chance you can play in front of a crowd you want to take.  But I never thought that we would get something like this.”

The Spartans will play either the Oakland University Golden Grizzlies or the Delta College Pioneers Sunday, December 3rd.  February 3rd, 2007 the Breslin Center will house the Ohio State Buckeyes.

-Aleks Bomis