Champions? Kirshner (12) and Robinson’s (12) Spikeball win contested

Claire Goldberg

“This spikeball tournament was the biggest sporting event of the season,” Dean of the Class of 2022 Dr. Glenn Wallach said. On Thursday during I period, Jaden Kirshner (12) and Chris Robinson (12) beat Logan Dracos (11) and Lucas Alexander (11) in the finals of the school-wide spikeball tournament planned by Kirshner. The event was the culmination of a week-long competition that involved 110 Upper Division (UD) students.

The teams played three games to 21 points: Dracos and Alexander won the first game and Kirshner and Robinson won the last two games.    

The second game came down to match point, where Alexander had the serve. After Alexander won the point on the serve, Robinson called a redo because he thought Alexander was too close to the net. Robinson and Kirshner won the redo match, which ultimately led to their win. 

However, after watching Jake Federman’s (12) video of the initial play, the junior team believed there should have been no redo and that they should have won the game, Dracos said. 

Kirshner coordinated the event because of his love for spikeball, he said. “It’s a way to decompress during school, so I had no problem organizing it.” 

About 90 students and faculty members crowded around the net to watch the game. “The crowd made the whole game so much more intense,” Justin Scherer (11) said. “There was an ‘oh’ and ‘ah’ after every play.”

The event was the “perfect combination” of earth arching competitive sports and supporting the school, Justin Burrell (11) said. “It’s really great having people of all grades come together for the first time in a while.”

Wallach came to support Dracos and Alexander as their dean, he said. “I don’t know a lot about spikeball, but action and teamwork makes it really entertaining.”

Max Resnick (12), who lost to Dracos and Alexander in the quarterfinals, said spikeball is the perfect game because it’s easy to learn and can be played at an intense level. “Everyone has an inner layer of competitive competitiveness,” Resnick said. “That comes out when you’re playing against people you know and your friends.” 

Watching the game helped Sammi Strasser (10) learn new spikeball skills, she said. “It’s way more intense than any of the games I play with my friends.”