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Paintballs fly for good cause

REMICH UNDER SIEGE—Relentless, one of five teams comprised of teenagers from around the North Country, separates into formation during Saturday’s third annual Littleton Police Department Paintball Tournament held at Remich Park. Michael Beniash.
July 02, 2009
LITTLETON—Their guns hissed and popped. The ammunition sailed in every direction. For a few hours last weekend, the Remich Park grass was a full-fledged combat zone for armed teenagers.

And the local police didn't seem to mind.

More than 30 paintball enthusiasts came together Saturday to partake in the third annual Littleton Police Department Paintball Tournament, a fun, free and safe event put on by LPD Chief Paul Smith and his fellow officers.

"It's a way we can volunteer our time," said Smith, whose department also hosts an annual Easter egg hunt. "It's good for the community and a chance for us to give back to kids of all ages."

While the participation numbers were far less than the previous two years (because of advertising issues), the five teams in attendance—comprised of five members ages 12-18—fired their semi-automatic paintball guns in an effort to win a handful of stellar prizes donated from local businesses.

On a field stocked with barriers used for deception and protection, the squads first competed in a round-robin format before two semifinal matches and a championship were played. The object of the game was to avoid getting hit with a paintball—closely watched by a handful of judges. The team to first knock out all five opposing shooters wins.

The Compton Wookies, of Haverhill, took first for the third straight year—and then promptly donated the grand prize, a Playstation Portable (PSP) given by Wal-Mart, to the Children's Hospital at Dartmouth (CHAD). The kids also earned gift cards totaling $250.

Runner-up was All These Balls, a team from the Lancaster area. Their prized included paintballs, Co2 and an Applebee's gift card.

The other Haverhill area team, Relentless, was third while Littleton's Smooth Criminals took fourth.

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