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“Chucking it” for Charley

Sometimes there is no escaping being hit during the "Chuck it Dodgeball Tournament." David Samson / Forum News Service1 / 4
"Duck Dynasty" fans watch the action at Cheney Middle School. David Samson / Forum News Service2 / 4
Sixth-grader Lauren Diemert deflects a shot last Tuesday, March 19 at Cheney Middle School. David Samson / Forum News Service3 / 4
West Fargo sixth-graders from left, Lauren Diemert, Claire Spaeth, Courtney Boll and Izzi Nankivel celebrate their game win during a dodgeball match at the “Chuck it Dodgeball Tournament” at Cheney Middle School in West Fargo. David Samson / Forum News Service4 / 4

A benefit for freshman Charley Weber was held on Tuesday, March 19, at Cheney Middle School.

Weber – along with his friend, Dustin Stedman – was in a serious snowmobile accident on Dec. 31, in which Charley suffered a traumatic brain injury.

Charley returned to school for the first time for a half-day last week.

Charley’s mother, Michelle, is the West Fargo STEM Center principal and his father, Jeff, teaches Phy. Ed. at Cheney Middle School and driver’s education at the Sheyenne 9th Grade Center.

The event featured inflatable games from Games Galore, a silent auction and “Chuck It” dodgeball tournament.

“We‘ve received wonderful feedback from everyone that attended,” said Cory Herrmann, a Cheney Phy. Ed teacher who helped organize the event. “Through the community’s generous support we were able to raise over $12,000 in just a few hours.”

The Dakota Medical Foundation’s Lend a Hand program is also adding $5,000 in matching funds.

The dodgeball tournament featured adult and youth divisions. There was also a contest held to determine which team wore the most unique uniforms.

“Overall the tournament was a huge success that could not have been achieved without the help of a few key individuals,” Herrmann said.

Those individuals, according to Herrmann, include Kevin Froeber, Nancy Wentz, Jayne Petersen, Fiona Brendemuhl, Sarah Larson, Lisa Woodbury, Cheryl Schindler and Lucy Spaeth, all of whom had a hand in organizing the event.

“After seeing the community’s overwhelming support it is easy to say that we will likely organize this event on an annual basis,” Herrmann said.