RANDOLPH,NJ- Stratton-Oakmont isn’t just the firm name from “The Wolf of Wall Street.” At Randolph High School this week, it was also the name of the “St. Paddy’s Day Dodgeball Tournament” champions.
Thirty-two teams of students, alumni, teachers, parents, administrators and others gathered in the RHS main gym and the festivities began at 7 p.m.
This “FUNdraising” event was to support the many sports programs that are held at the high school. A $200.00 prize was awarded to the winning team to be donated to a charity of their choice, along with T-shirts and a lot of pride. Proceeds will go to various Randolph athletic programs.
“The finals were awesome because of the spotlight and the crowd was hype (sic),” said senior Mike Talbert, who was one of 10 students on the winning squad. “The team we played was very good, I’m not going to lie, but they didn’t have the hustle or heart that we bring to the table.”
Fellow senior Patrick Archer said the event was “definitely worth” his first time playing. Plus, “We had to defend our home court.”
This was the fourth year of this event, and it has quickly become a tradition in the Randolph community.
“It’s really fun to see everyone go all out and compete against each other all for a good cause,” said senior and soccer player, Dana Shalit, “Especially against the teachers, there is such a sense of rivalry, but it’s really funny to watch.”
The winning team was comprised of the aforementioned Archer and Talbert, as well as Ryan Mahoney, Barry Lynch, Greg Moserowitz, Jamie Berlin, J.P. Southren, Jesur Bek, Kevin Leary and Chris Woodbury.
“It's a rare opportunity for students and adults go head to head as peers in an outrageously fun environment,” said Susan Matos, the event organizer.