Scholars bowl prepares for regionals

Scholars bowl finished its regular season Monday with a 5th place finish at the Mid-East League tournament. The team went 2-3 in pool play, losing its three matches by a total of 40 points, or four questions.

“It was a tight competition, despite what our record looked like,” coach Brendan Praeger said. At the end of round-robin pool play, Rock Creek and Silver lake were seeded one and two, with three teams tied for third place. Wabaunsee won the tie breaker based on win-loss differential.

In bracket play, the team lost a close match to Rossville, before defeating St. Marys. “I think we could have won any of the matches based on our knowledge, but the other teams beat us to the buzzer a couple of times,” Praeger said. 

Junior Heather Baker led the team with 130 points. She’s also the season leader for the Chargers with 615 points over six meets. Austin Spellman and Jackson Frey each scored 30 points. AJ Grutsch added 20 and Shawn Moser added 10.

Rock Creek won the league title, going 7-0 and defeating Silver Lake 120-20 in the championship.

The team now prepares for regional competition, which it will host at WHS February 2. Sixteen teams from Northeast Kansas will compete at the regionals, with the top 3 teams advancing to the state tournament. “I think we have a lot of potential, since we have students who are good in each category,” Praeger said.

WHS looks to return to state for the first time since 2019.

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