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Schoolyard game still lives

by Chris Landsberger Modified: April 18, 2013 at 12:31 pm •  Published: June 2, 2011
Marcy Levy-Escobar at Santa Fe South High School Oklahoma City, Tuesday, May 24, 2011. Photo by John Clanton, The Oklahoman
Marcy Levy-Escobar at Santa Fe South High School Oklahoma City, Tuesday, May 24, 2011. Photo by John Clanton, The Oklahoman

I guess I thought that my brother and I, with the help of some neighborhood kids, had invented Wall Ball. We’d play against a friend’s garage door in our suburban neighborhood back in the 80′s. I hadn’t thought much about it since then, so I was surprised to see the game being played during lunch behind Santa Fe South High School in Oklahoma City.

The rules are fairly simple: A player throws a tennis ball or racquetball against the wall, when it bounces back someone else has to catch it or wait for it to bounce and then field it. If that player bobbles the catch and drops the ball, or if the ball hits him, he has to run and touch the wall before another player can get to the ball and throw it back to the wall.

The kids at Santa Fe South had two balls in play at one time, which made for an intense game. Here’s a couple of pictures I made from the court while I waited for another assignment to get started.

Marcy Levy-Escobar at Santa Fe South High School Oklahoma City, Tuesday, May 24, 2011. Photo by John Clanton, The Oklahoman
Marcy Levy-Escobar at Santa Fe South High School Oklahoma City, Tuesday, May 24, 2011. Photo by John Clanton, The Oklahoman
Marcy Levy-Escobar at Santa Fe South High School Oklahoma City, Tuesday, May 24, 2011. Photo by John Clanton, The Oklahoman
Marcy Levy-Escobar at Santa Fe South High School Oklahoma City, Tuesday, May 24, 2011. Photo by John Clanton, The Oklahoman

-John Clanton

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by Chris Landsberger
Assistant Photography Editor
Chris Landsberger is a native of Oklahoma and, as a photographer, has been able to travel coast to coast and everywhere in between to cover news for the last 13 years. He has been a part history that included coverage of Oklahoma City bomber...
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