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NCEMS Scholar's Bowl Teams Compete in Big 7 League Tournament

By: Lilly Schultejans

March 09, 2019

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    After only a few weeks of competing in meets the Nemaha Central Middle School Scholars' Bowl Team traveled to Jeff West on Tuesday, March 5 for the Big 7 League tournament. Both the 7th and 8th-grade teams were only allowed to bring one team. The 8th-grade tournament team members were: Lilly Schultejans, Cooper Hajek, Ella Larkin, Gracyn Lierz, Owen Carpenter, and Jillian Stueve. The 7th-grade team consisted of Joe Korber, Abe Hilbert, Holden Bass, John Langill, and Silas Ulmer. The tournament would just be a round robin with everyone playing each other. The placings would depend on first records, then points. After several practices and meets, both teams were prepared and excited to compete in the tournament.

    To start off the tournament for 8th-grade, they played Royal Valley. After a close game, the Thunder fell to Royal Valley 50-60. After a tough loss the Thunder went head to head against Hiawatha, a team they had never beat before. After another gut-wrenching match, the Thunder defeated the Redhawks 70-55. For their third round, the Thunder faced Jeff West. The Thunder easily beat the Tigers with a score of 100-30. Coming off another win, the Thunder team was ready to play Sabetha. The Thunder pulled ahead early to secure the win with a score of 55-35. After moving to a brand new room, the Thunder team was matched against Holton. Although gaining an early lead the Thunder ended up falling to the Wildcats 80-70 on the final question. Up next for the Thunder team was Perry-Lecompton. The Thunder had a slow start which resulted in an 80-35 loss to the Kaws. For their final round, the 8th-grade were facing Riverside. The Thunder finished up the season with a 30-80 loss and finished 7th in the tournament. The tournament might not have ended up the way the Thunder had wanted, but they still had a great 2019 season.

    "It may not have turned out the way we wanted it to, but we still tried out best," said Gracyn Lierz.

    While the 8th grade was competing, the 7th-grade was also playing in another hallway. The 7th grade started the tournament with an 80-10 win over Royal Valley. After an easy win, the Thunder didn't let up. The next round they defeated Jeff West 70-30. They then played Hiawatha. After a close match, the Thunder were able to pull ahead with a 70-55 win. The Thunder played another close round with Sabetha in the next round. The Thunder did end up winning with a score of 40-35. After two close wins, the Thunder shut out Holton with a final score of 100-0. But it wasn't going to be that easy, the next round was against Perry. After 16 questions the game was tied at 60. The tiebreaker that was drawn was science, which was correctly answered by Holton handing the Thunder their first loss of the tournament 60-70. To finish up the tournament the Thunder got another close win against Riverside 50-40. The 7th-grade team finished 2nd, which was a great way to end an awesome season.

    John Langill said, "We did well and we tried our best."


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