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NCMS Kicked Off Their Scholars' Bowl Season

By: Trista Peterson and Emilie Strahm

February 28, 2019

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    The Nemaha Central Middle School 7th and 8th graders kicked off their scholars’ bowl season by traveling to Sabetha. Coaching the scholars’ bowl team this season are  Mrs. Betty Peterson and Mrs. Laurie Stallbaumer. The team is made up of thirteen 7th-graders and eleven 8th-grade participants, but due to basketball games only seven 7th graders and eight 8th graders attended.

    This year the scholars’ bowl team is entering a new league, the Big 7. With the new league comes new formatting for how the scholars’ bowl meets run. At this specific meet, there were 4 schools: Hiawatha, Sabetha, Riverside, and Nemaha Central. Each school will have a 7 Team 1, 7 Team 2, 8 Team 1, and 8 Team 2. First they will have pool play competition, and then the top 2 teams from each pool would move onto the tournament in both 7th grade and in 8th grade.

    The Nemaha Central 8th-graders started off the pool play with their Team 1 barely beating Sabetha 1, 50-40. They had a tough match against Hiawatha falling 90-30, but rising back against Riverside 1, 90-30. After pool play, the NC 8th Team 1 earned the second seed going into the tournament.

    The NC 8th grade Team 2 had a clean sweep against all 3 teams, beating Sabetha 2, 60-40, Sabetha 3, 50-40, and Riverside 2, 80-30. After 8th Team 2 had a clean sweep, it gave them a good advantage in the tournament as the first seed.

    The Nemaha Central 8th-grade teams met in the first tournament play match.  NC Team 2 defeated NC Team 1 by 2 questions, 45-25. The NC Team 1 played in the consolation match and took the victory against Sabetha 2, 50-40 in a tie-breaker question.  The NC Team 2 played in the championship match but sadly fell to Hiawatha in a tough loss, 80-50.  The two 8th grade teams left Sabetha with NC Team 1 taking 3rd place, and NC Team 2 claiming 2nd place!

    “We did pretty well and a team of 8th graders placed 2nd, so we were successful!” said 8th-grader Owen Carpenter.

    The 7th-grade NC Team 1 kicked off the pool play a little timid with just 3 participants, losing to both Sabetha 1 and Hiawatha, 30-50 and 20-40 respectively. However, they were able to pick up a win against Riverside, 60-10, but were not able to make it to the tournament.

    The 7th-grade NC Team 2, like Team 1 had a rough start losing to Sabetha 2, 20-60. After the first match though NC Team 2 was able to get things straightened out and came out of the pool play with 2 wins against Sabetha 3, 50-40, and Riverside, 60-50. This placed NC Team 2 second in their pool.

    After the great start in pool play, NC Team 2 faced off with the first seed, Sabetha 1, losing 30-50. NC Team 2 was headed to the consolation and suffered another tough loss 30-60. NC Team 2 walked out of Sabetha earning 4th place in the 7th-grade tournament.

    Seventh-grader Samantha Holthaus stated, “It was very fun to work as a team with my classmates!”

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