Joshua German| Reporter
East Central College’s Scholar Bowl Team went to compete in Nationals, or the 2019 Community College Championship Tournament, in Orlando from March 1-2. It was a very competitive tournament, and there were a total of 24 teams from across the country competing. We were able to compete in this tournament because of our victory at NAQT Kentucky Community College Sectional.
We took a group of eight people to Orlando. On the starting team we had students Jackie Ambrose, Devon Kerckhoff, Jeremy Robey (our captain) and me. Our alternatives were Gwendolen Minks, Kathy Minks and Rianna Talbott. Kathy was very supportive and provided a lot of food for us throughout the trip.
Gwendolen Minks say that everyone “should check out our Facebook page”, which she created during the trip and contains a lot of information about the trip. You can find it on Facebook as “East Central Scholar Bowl”.
Our first day of competition began at 5:30 p.m. at Valencia College. We started with an informal scrimmage against the only team from Oklahoma, who we would never get to face in the tournament. Our first few matches were against Chipola’s C team, Stata College-Manatee and Wallace State, all of which were very decisive victories in our favor.
Our fourth match was against defending champions Valencia A, who would go on to win second place overall and we lost pretty definitely there. Our last match of the day was against Coastal Alabama South’s A team, which was a closer match, but we ended up victorious and with a record of 4-1.
The next day we had to get up early to compete at 9:30 a.m., we were placed in the highest bracket, with all of the best teams in the same bracket as us, so we knew it would be a tough day. All of our losses were very close in points, with the exception of DeAnza who would end up the winner of the whole tournament. We had close losses to Tallahassee, Chipola B and Chipola A. We had a narrow victory to Broward, and a pretty conclusive victory to Jefferson A, the team we beat to qualify at Sectionals.
With a record of 6-5, we secured secured sixth place, the last place to receive a trophy in the tournament. It will be displayed in the Learning Center along with all of the other trophies Scholar Bowl has won and will win in the future.
Individually, out of 114 competitors, I placed 15th, Devon Kerckhoff placed 31st, Jeremy Robey placed 37th and Jackie Ambrose placed 44th.
Overall, I am very happy with our achievements and I cannot wait to see what the future of East Central College’s Scholar Bowl team will achieve!
If you are interested in Scholar Bowl, our practices are held in the Learning Center every Monday and Thursday from 4-6 p.m.
You can contact us via our Facebook page East Central Scholar Bowl, or by emailing Jeremy Robey firstname.lastname@example.org, Devon Kerchhoff email@example.com or our advisor Joel Doepker firstname.lastname@example.org.