Don’t stop ballievin captures local dodgeball championship

Rob Wagenmaker was sick of being part of the forgotten team, the bridesmaid but never the bride, second place.
Nich Wolak
Apr 9, 2014

That pain went away late last month, as Klingel Homes’ Don’t Stop Ballievin (DSB) won the NORA dodgeball championship.

“We've been second in everything, dodgeball, softball,” the Grand Haven resident said. “It's fun to win (our) first championship for NORA.”

It was a pressure-filled last night for DSB as they entered with an identical record as DB Gangstas/Alaskan Pipeline. On top of that, their best player, Adam Vanoeveren, had a bad elbow.

But in the championship sports tradition of greats like Kirk Gibson and Willis Reed, Vanoeveren played through the pain.

DSB’s final game against the Rock Lobsters came down to a two-on-two matchup, with Adam and brother Ian representing DSB.

The brothers used their family connection to eliminate the Rock Lobsters, Ian taking out the first opponent, and Adam making the final out.

“He played hurt the entire (time),” Wagenmaker said. “I don't think he threw until the last game, so it was cool for him to step up.”

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