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Young Buzzers Travel to Lakeside; Win Four, Drop Six

by Julian Aramendi

February 19, 2020

The Miltonvale Junior High Scholar’s Bowl team made the trek to Downs recently for the League meet. 

Opening the action against Osborne, the round was scoreless until the wily Bulldogs correctly spelled ‘equinox’; the canine opposition followed up immediately with a successful rhyme.  Georgia Rolph countered with a math answer.  The comeback was not to be, however, as Osborne scored thrice more to make the tally 50-10. The next round was worse, a 90-10 mauling at the paws of the Rock Hills Grizzlies. 

Looking to bounce back, the plucky Warriors faced the Panthers of Pike Valley; Rolph nailed three of the first six questions, giving her team a 30-10 advantage.  The resourceful Kye Chase then answered back-to-back math problems (one could hear the Quake III: Arena Announcer remark, “Impressive” in the distance).  The round ended 70-40 in favor of the Warriors.  Next up were the Thunder Ridge Longhorns.  The bovine foes opened the scoring on the fifth question; team captain Rolph countered with “The Emperor’s New Clothes”, then buzzed in early to get “circle” and take the lead.  The teams traded points until Thunder Ridge got the early buzz-in on the final question to send the game into overtime.  There, Rolph again buzzed in early to answer “Pisa” and claim the round for her team. 

Miltonvale then got a 110-30 drubbing from St. John’s and dropped a 40-30 decision to Beloit; Tipton delivered a 60-25 defeat.  The eighth round saw the Warriors go against the host Knights of Lakeside.  With consecutive answers of “Aloha”, “rind”, and “scalene” the feudal foes appeared well-equipped to rout the invading Warriors.  Ethan Kennedy stopped the armored advance with “volcano”; Rolph then answered three of the last six to give the Warriors a 40-30 victory. 

Warriors met Warriors when Miltonvale faced Glasco.  Kennedy opened the scoring with “FDR” on the first problem; Glasco took the lead with “Shakespeare” and a math answer.  Chase reduced a fraction to simplest form and Kennedy nailed consecutive science questions.  However, with “moose”, “Italy”, and “baseball” Glasco reclaimed the lead 50-40.  Rolph then rang in early on the penultimate question about leap years to knot the tally once more and bring on a winner-takes-all (or-go-to-overtime) question.  Glasco buzzed first to answer “Egypt” and claim the well-earned victory. 

The final battle was against Lincoln.  Despite being named for a president, the Leopards failed to answer the opening President’s Day question.  They did manage to the “Under God” one which came next.  Rolph tied the score back up with “Jaws” before Ethan Kennedy answered consecutive math problems (one of which actually involved math; the answer to the first one was “tweet”; don’t look at me, I didn’t write these!).  The cunning cats tied the score up at 30-30 with a pair of science answers.  With the game in the balance Kennedy answered the fine arts question “Renaissance” to take the lead.  The final question demanded the two franchises which played in the last World Series; neither team ventured an answer, allowing the Warriors to escape with the win. 

For the meet Rolph answered 19 questions correctly out of 65 she attempted; Kennedy was 12 of 19; Chase 5 of 14 at his first meet; Marissa Millikan and Dante Peterson also competed. 


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