We came, we saw, we conquered. Saturday's competition was a fierce one with one close game after the next. The JV Scholastic Bowl team played in the CISL (Central Illinois Scholastic Bowl League) Junior Varsity Tournament over the past weekend, and they put on a quite a show with a 3rd place finish.
Schools represented in the CISL include Maroa-Forsyth, St. Teresa, Taylorville, Springfield SouthEast, Argenta-Oreana, MacArthur, Eisenhower and Mt. Zion. Each of these schools wouldn't normally compete against each other, but the CISL is organized by location instead of IHSA competition classes.
The JV team finished the day with a 6-2 record with Mt. Zion and Maroa-Forsyth being the only losses of the day. In the match with Mt. Zion, the score was tied going into the final tossup, but unfortunately, Mt. Zion took the final tossup and they had a really easy bonus that forced a loss by 30 points.
In the match against Maroa-Forsyth, down by 40 pts. at half time, the JV team fought back and forced and overtime round. In the end, Maroa took us in the final bonus question to win by 20 points.
Every other match was a blow out except for the final round: St. Teresa vs. Sangamon Valley. As St. Teresa's football game began, the distractions from the announcer were in full blast. That didn't stop us from focusing on the task at hand. The final round of play came down to the final question. With St. Teresa buzzing in and getting a wrong answer, our team won by 10 points, essentially sealing 3rd place for the tournament.
At the end of the tournament during awards, JV Captain Spencer Rice accepted the 3rd place trophy on the team's behalf and Sophomore Caleb Incarnato was recognized for placing in the top 5 students of the tournament for tossup questions answered in gameplay.
That is a huge honor for Caleb and Sangamon Valley and we are proud of his growth in Scholastic Bowl.
The CISL Varsity Tournament will be played this Saturday, November 3 @ MacArthur High School, so stay tuned for an update and cross your fingers. We are looking pretty good going into the tournament, coming off of a 3 way tie for 2nd place during regular season play, but a little bit of good luck doesn't hurt.
Story by Mr. Patrick