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Academic team scores second in state

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Academic team posing with their second place trophy.

Academic team posing with their second place trophy.

Academic team posing with their second place trophy.

Cora Adams, Memorial Staff Writer

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On Feb. 3, the Edmond Memorial Academic team successfully won second place at their state tournament, a close competition against the Choctaw Academic team, only losing by 50 points.

“We were so excited!” said head coach Katie Klossner. “At state, all teams are really good so it was awesome to compete against them.”

The competition was tough, but the academic team had the numbers on their side. The academic class consists of approximately 25 students and six of those people are on the tournament team. While the “starting 4” are the strongest and most frequently played members in the team, this small group contributes massive amounts of points and support.

“We are one of the most consistently good teams in the state,” said senior starting four player Jared Haymore.

The varsity team isn’t the only powerful competing group for Memorial. Included in their own special team are the ‘froshmores’, a special underclassmen team that has continued to place highly in contest.

“We got third at the Freshman-Sophomore state contest last year, and almost all of our squad from that year is returning so we have a strong chance at taking home the state title this year,” said assistant coach Jordan Gotcher.

This latest competition at state has brought the opportunity for Memorial to compete at Nationals for the fourth year in a row.

“We have been extremely successful at the state level competitions, with our varsity team taking runner-up at the state tournament and both our froshmore teams qualifying for their state competition on March 3,” Klossner said.

This state runner-up team is now working hard for their chance to compete at the National Academic Quiz Tournaments (NAQT), hosted this year in Atlanta, Ga. on Memorial Day.

 

Contact Cora Adams at [email protected]

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