• September 25, 2016

Throwing down the gauntlet again

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Posted: Friday, September 23, 2016 4:30 am

BELTON — The challenge has been read and the gauntlet thrown down for a second time in this season of the Dodgeball Challenge sponsored by the Harker Heights Rotary Club.

The Belton City Hall team, who call themselves “Straight Outta Belton,” accepted the challenge Sept. 12 as read by challenge coordinator Evan Hodson.

Belton IT Director Chris Brown, the most towering member of the city staff, stood head-to-head with Hodson, then picked up the gauntlet at the proper time.

The 12 members of the team who had emptied out of their offices and gathered on the front steps let out a loud “growl” at Brown’s response.

Hodson said, “What I noticed was as the Belton team boiled out of their offices onto the front steps was an air of intimidation and the variety of weaponry that had been selected, including a baseball bat, lampstand, Lysol spray and a beautiful arrangement of flowers.”

The challenge planners’ whole idea is for all teams to have a whale of a good time.

Much of the fun begins early as teams meet to give themselves names.

A few of the 18 team names available now include Wrench Throwers, Dodging Dental Divas, Harker Heights PD-ONO50, Chiro Cuties and Heights Dodge Fathers.

Matt Bates, director of Parks and Recreation in Belton, said even though they came out 0-4 last year they wanted to participate in the event again because it was well run and there was little wait time between competition.

“Besides it was loads of fun,” Bates said. “It was a great time of friendly competition between cities and businesses.”

The challenge will take place Oct. 1 at Harker Heights High School.

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