February BOTM: Cory Heitmann

2022 Ohio Dodgeball Cup Winner and Assistant Captain for the UC Bearcats

The Baller of the Month for February is Cory Heitmann, Assistant Captain of the Cincinnati Bearcats! Helping lead the Bearcats to an undefeated 6-0 record and the Ohio Dodgeball Cup in the month of February, Cory answers some hard hitting questions, and gives a look ahead for UC at Nationals.

To watch his interview, click on the link below:

Baller of the Month January 2022: Tony Stumpo

As has traditionally been the case with the NCDA’s Baller of the Month Award, January is awarded to an alumni player that is making an impact in the sport.

This year, we recognize former Michigan State player and current member of Grand Rapids Kraken: Tony Stumpo. Stumpo has continued to play the sport outside of the NCDA, and has given back greatly to the league as a notable commentator. In 2022 alone, Stumpo has been on the livestream commentating games at the Grand Valley Gauntlet (January) and Michigan Dodgeball Cup (February).

Check out the full interview above with our January Alumni Baller of the Month!

Baller of the Month December 2021: Derrek Kemper

The long wait is over! Derrek Kemper of THE Ohio State University is your Baller of the Month for December. The Rookie sensation for the Buckeyes is a Power house thrower, and already has the catching ability and court awareness of a multi-year veteran. Derrek has proven himself to be a huge asset to the talented Buckeye roster thus far. We talked all things Dodgeball, including his go-to tournament meals!

April BOTM: Towson’s David Guare

I had the pleasure of interviewing one of Towson’s Captains, as well as 2019 National Champ, David Guare for his much deserved Baller of the Month award. We talked about this past season, what’s on the horizon for him personally as well as Towson dodgeball, and got answers to some of the content team’s most pressing questions.

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BOTM: 2019 February

Wow, what a month for College Dodgeball, right? Cleveland State hosted their first tournament, Akron hosted the third annual WAR two-day tournament, both the Michigan and Ohio Dodgeball Cups were hosted. AND The BEAST and Zanderthon Throw-down both went off without a hitch. With over 20 of the active league members playing in tournaments in February it was a daunting task to pick the Baller of the Month for such a stacked month. That makes this player that much more impressive.

Congratulations to your February 2019 Baller of the Month, Josh Lyons from the University of Akron.

Josh has been a staple of the Akron Zips Dodgeball Club since their inception in 2014 and for good reason. Season by season he continues to improve in every aspect of the game, from catching to throwing and helping lead the team to a 15-7 season thus far. Josh has proven time and time again that he is the unsung hero of the Akron program, until now. Below is the interview that I conducted with Josh.

Josh Lyons is one of Akron’s top performers consistently. This is him pictured at The War III hosted by Akron.
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BOTM: 2018 November

For the month of November, we awarded Zachary Parise of the University of Kentucky with the Baller of the Month title. Zach just finished his career in the NCDA with the Summit Street Slugfest in Kent, where he showed out for his last tournament. Below is the interview that I conducted with him.  Continue reading “BOTM: 2018 November”

BOTM: 2018 October

October’s Baller of the Month: Jordan Watt of Towson University

Towson University has burst onto the scene this fall, with an impressive 9-0 record to start the year.  This is in large part thanks to October’s Baller of the Month: Jordan Watt.  Watt has made himself a household name in the NCDA over the past few years, as his extremely strong arm has become a key part of Towson’s offense.  As we wrap up the month of October, I had the chance to chat with Towson’s star player: Continue reading “BOTM: 2018 October”

BOTM: 2018 May

Aaron Krafft – GVSU Assistant Captain

GVSU won their 6th-straight National Title a few weeks ago.  Junior Aaron Krafft has his best performance of the year at Nationals, and it was enough to earn him Baller of the Month!  I chatted with Aaron about everything from his mindset, to his favorite dodgeball memories, to which Disney movies he thinks are the best.  Read our interview below:

Kevin Bailey: First off, congratulations on wining Baller of the Month.  How does it feel to cap off the season with a National Title and a well-deserved BOTM distinction?

Aaron Krafft: Thanks, Kevin. Winning the National Title this year was unlike any other year because of what we went through this season to get there. Outside of MDC, we never played to our potential but at Nationals we played better than I thought was possible. As far as BOTM goes, I’m honored to be chosen because I know there are lots of others worthy of the distinction.

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BOTM: 2018 April

It is that time of the month again to look at the performances of players throughout the league and determine who is the Baller of the Month.  The board looked at various criteria and a number of deserving players and the content team decided on University of Wisconsin- Platteville’s very own Will Martin. Continue reading “BOTM: 2018 April”

BOTM: 2018 March

Evan Eschenburg – JMU

After a series of matchups and polls on Twitter, JMU’s Evan Eschenburg was the people’s choice, coming out on top over seven other talented and well-qualified dodgeballers.  Throughout his career, Eschenburg has embodied what it means to be a true JMU dodgeballer, which lead to him being one of the captains for this season.  Without a doubt, he has made a bigger name for himself this season and could even be placed in the league MVP discussion.  I had a chance to talk to him to congratulate him and pick his thoughts on dodgeball, JMU, and Fortnite.

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Women’s March Madness Baller of the Month Bracket

We are happy to announce that this month, along with our Men’s Baller of the Month bracket, we have put together a bracket with 8 of the top female ballers in college dodgeball for you to vote on.

The voting will take place on Twitter, and will begin later this week (Thursday afternoon) following the conclusion of the men’s bracket.  Below is the list of finalists, along with the official bracket showing each first round matchup.  Check our Twitter later this week for the first poll! Continue reading “Women’s March Madness Baller of the Month Bracket”

March Madness Baller of the Month Bracket

Happy March everyone.  As we have done in the past, the Baller of the Month for March will be determined through a “March Madness” bracket.  We have narrowed our list of candidates for BOTM down to the 8 most deserving, and will now leave it up to you to determine the winner!  Before we get into the matchups and voting procedure, here are your 8 finalists:

  • Nick Hazergian (SVSU)
  • Evan Eschenburg (JMU)
  • Jordan Watt (Towson)
  • Tyler Paalman (Kent)
  • Wayne Shortt (VCU)
  • Reid Manger (BGSU)
  • Alex Jonauskas (GVSU)
  • Ethan Kraus (UCF)

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