By Taylor Boyd
The annual dodgeball tournament sponsored by Patrick County High School’s (PCHS) prom committee is set to return on Saturday, March 4.
The event will be held at the PCHS gymnasium. Doors open at 6 p.m. and the first whistle blows at 7 p.m.
Trey Cox said this is the first dodgeball tournament held since 2017. The gymnasium “is always packed. There’s not many empty seats,” he said.
Cox said the tournament usually raises anywhere from $3,000 to $5,000 to cover the full cost of the Junior/Senior Prom.
“It’s all for the prom. Every dime goes toward the prom except for the overhead costs like concessions and to pay deputies for security,” he said.
The single elimination style tournament will have three divisions: fifth to seventh grade age, high school age, and adult age. “So, we’ll have three different league champions,” Cox said.
The first 16 teams in each division to sign up will get to compete. Each team will consist of eight members.
Because the tournament has not been held in so long, Cox hopes there will be a good turnout.
Due to Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) guidelines, the school division was unable to hold the prom during the last two years, and it was held by parents.
With changing COVID-19 guidelines the school will return to hold the annual prom. Cox said it is set to be held on Saturday, April 23.
“We’d like to see everybody come out to support it. I mean it’s for our kids and their prom, so it’s all for them and the school gets nothing from it,” he said.
Team registration packets can be picked up at the high school during school hours. Registration is $40 per team.
Masks will be required when entering the building unless the mask mandate is lifted or changed before then.
The cost for admission is $5 per person with children under three admitted for free.