It takes an army of Harker Heights Rotarians to host their annual Dodgeball Challenge tournament. The event will take place Saturday, from noon to 5 p.m. in the gymnasium at Harker Heights High School.

There are many jobs involved to get the venue ready, like hanging the nets.

Rotarian Evan Hodson told his troops through an email on Monday that instead of hanging the nets the morning of the tourney, everyone should meet Friday evening at 5:30 p.m.

The process usually takes hours to complete, but as he said, “by doing it this way, we don’t run the risk of not having them hung in time.”

A total of 22 teams will fill the court Saturday and be ready to “rock ’em” and “sock ’em.

Some of the first-time teams this year are Harker Heights Elementary, the Interact Club from Harker Heights High, Copperas Cove and Salado going up against several other Bell County teams such as Temple, Killeen, and Harker Heights.

Joe Brown of Copperas Cove may end up as the star player. Reliable sources told the Herald that Brown played football at Ohio State and for the Seattle Seahawks. He also worked for the Harker Heights Parks and Recreation Department and started wheelchair basketball for disabled vets.

Brown received a Purple Heart and Silver Star with the Army Rangers in Iraq.

Harker Heights Chamber of Commerce president and CEO Gina Pence said, “The teams should be worried about Mr. Brown. He’s an awesome guy!”

A new feature this year is that every team will have a professionally made photograph. Rotarians have been designing and building a special backdrop that will also be installed tonight.

The public is invited to see the action in person, and there is no admission charge.

A snack bar will be operated by the Rotary Interact Club from Harker Heights High.

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