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NCMS Scholars' Bowl Teams Win at Royal Valley

By: Addy Holthaus and Katie Wilson

March 09, 2019

    The Nemaha Central Middle School Scholars' Bowl team traveled to Royal Valley on Thursday, February 28. The Royal Valley meet was their third meet of the year. The Thunder team ended the meet very successfully, winning two championships.

    To start things off with the eighth grade A-team, they had two very big competitions. The first two competitors were Riverside A and Royal Valley A. Losing both, by 10 and then 30, respectfully, they needed a victory, and that’s exactly what happened. The NC A-team came back with two victories against Holton A and B. Beating Holton A by 50 in pool play, and Holton B 70-60 in the semi finals. They then advanced to the finals where they would meet again with Holton A. After battling hard they lost 50-45, finishing with sixth place.

    Over on the eighth-grade B-team side, they achieved two wins over Riverside B and Royal Valley B, beating both by over 50. Their next competition was Holton. They suffered a loss but by only ten. Next for NC was the semi-finals. This time around they met up with Royal Valley A, beating them 60-30. Winning the semis advanced them to the finals, where they challenged  Riverside A. Coming out with a 60-45 victory, the Nemaha Central eighth-grade B-team was awarded first place.

    “It was a really fun meet, and overall I think we did awesome,” said Lilly Schultejans.

    The next two teams to compete were the seventh A and B teams. Just like the eighth grade, the seventh grade A-team had the same two competitors to start. After losing to Riverside A, 45-50, and Royal Valley A, 30-60, they needed to make a comeback. Holton was going to be the next competition in the final round of pool play. The Thunder team beat Holton 30-10 and went on to the semi-finals. In the semis NC A met NC B, making it very competitive, because who doesn’t want to beat their own friends. After a challenging round, the NC A-team came out short with a 50-40 loss. Next was the consolation round where they again met Royal Valley A. Being a hard team to beat, NC couldn’t hang on with Royal Valley, losing 10-50. At the end of the meet, NC A-team came out fourth in the seventh-grade bracket.

    Finally, it was time for the seventh-grade B-team. The first team up was Riverside B, with an easy win of 55-30. Although Riverside was easy, NC had a bye the next round and played a round against empty chairs, preparing them for Holton B. Again, the Thunder B-team dominated with a 60-20 win. Next, they played the NC seventh-grade A-team in the semi-finals. After beating the other NC team, the seventh grade B-team continued to the finals. In the finals, Holton B came back in Thunder territory. In a very close round, the NC B-team came out with a 45-40 win, placing first on the seventh-grade side.

    “After a long bus ride, we competed hard, and came out with a win,” said Silas Ulmer.

    Great job Thunder, and good luck at the NC Invitational!

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