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Marysville Rotary tops kickball league | SLIDESHOW
MARYSVILLE — The Marysville Parks and Recreation Department has hosted an adult kickball league for the past several years as a way for grown-ups to get in some friendly summer competition and exercise to boot.
“It’s a bunch of adults playing a kid’s game,” said Steve Phillips from team Shake N’ Bake, sponsored by Aces Casino. “What’s better than that?”
The Parks and Recreation Kickball League had four teams this year, although according to Athletic Director Dave Hall, there have been as many as 11 teams in a given season.
“My dad’s part of the Rotary and he brought me along. I thought it was the coolest thing I’d ever heard of,” said Cassie Van Loo, from the Rotary team. Van Loo is not new to sports, however, she recently graduated from Arlington High School, where she played volleyball, basketball and golf. And she brought one of her friends along to join the team as well.
“Well, my really good friend Cassie invited me,” laughed Lexi Sarver, also a multi-sport athlete at AHS. “I love it. You don’t realize how hard it is until you start.”
“We’ve been doing this since 2007,” said Hall, of the Kickball League. “It was kind of the new hot thing going on that people were trying elsewhere and it was really successful.”
The four teams, Angie’s Team, The A Team, Shake N’ Bake and the Rotary team, played a double elimination tournament on July 24, the final day of the kickball season. Each team has an average of 15 players.
The A Team and Angie’s Team lost the first round of the tournament and were technically able to go home, but both teams stuck around for a “just for fun” loser’s bracket game.
“It’s just for fun, why not?” said Andrea Kingsford from the Marysville Parks and Recreation Department, and also a member of The A Team. “It’s just a fun way to get out with friends and have a little competition.”
The final matchup was between the Rotary team and team Shake N’ Bake. “We’ve been doing this for four years,” said Brittany Burt of team Shake N’ Bake. “We started in Everett Underground Kickball and then did both for a while, and now we just do the Marysville League.”
The Marysville Rotary team beat Shake N’ Bake 6-2 in the final game and received the kickball championship trophy.
The Marysville Kickball League has finished for the season but is set to start up again next summer. For more information on the Marysville Parks and Recreation adult league sports visit their website at www.marysvillewa.gov.