U.S. Marine Corps Forces, Pacific


U.S. Marine Corps Forces, Pacific

In Any Clime and Place

Purple Cobras dodge, dip, duck, dive & dodge to championship

By Lance Cpl. Ethan Hoaldridge, | | August 17, 2007

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 The athleticism and aggression of the Purple Cobras defeated “Dem G-6 Bubbas” in the Marine Corps Community Services double-elimination dodgeball tournament at the base gym here, Aug. 10.

The Purple Cobras remained undefeated until the championship series versus Dem G-6 Boys, who already collected one loss from the Cobras earlier in the tournament.

Being a double-elimination tournament, G-6 had to defeat the Cobras twice to win.

Toward the end of the first game Paul “Clutch Time” Bowman was the last man standing for the Cobras and G-6 had three left.

G-6’s Mark Henderson’s lightning-fast throws and Douglas Dixon’s deceiving line of sight, looking one way and throwing another, won G-6 the game, putting the pressure on, with both teams now facing elimination.

“It was a good matchup, and I thought we would win the championship for sure after the first game,” said Dixon.

The Cobras didn’t loose faith after receiving their first loss.

“We got a little too confident and relaxed a little bit,” said Wendell Smith. He claimed the Cobras would stomp G-6 after the rude awakening caused by the loss.

The Cobras came out strong and more focused keeping their throws low and their feet light.

Bowman came through again, hitting the last G-6 Bubba out with a power shot to the knees to clinch the championship.

All participants seemed to have a great time, according to Jim Cosper, the Marine Corps Base Hawaii, Kaneohe Bay MCCS coordinator.

“We hold events like this to give our single Marines and Sailors more fun things to participate in,” said Cosper. “We want to serve them as best we can.”

The next dodgeball tournament will be held at the MCBH basketball gym from 11 a.m. – 1 p.m., Aug. 18.