Three of the four playoff teams were from Kentucky, and the Final Four featured high-scoring games. Winburn (KY) defeated Ockerman (KY) 385-295; Rogers International (CT) overcame Beaumont (KY) 405-335.
The Winburn vs. Rogers game was a classic. Winburn dominated early on, sporting a 100-20 lead after the first period. They extended that lead to 95 points after sweeping the PAINTING bonus. After answering this question midway through the final period, they once again led by 95: “This nation has borders with all but two of its continent’s other nations. It grows one-third of the world's coffee beans and is the world's leading supplier of oranges and sugar cane. Name this South American country with a threatened rainforest.” (Ans. Brazil) That’s when Rogers’ Bennett Schindelman caught fire. He added 100 unanswered points, answering questions about Osama bin Laden, Troy, the Shah of Iran, and this current events question: “President Trump will allow lawsuits over US properties seized in which Caribbean nation?” (Ans. Cuba) Bennett’s valiant effort fell just short. The final score was Winburn 285, Rogers 280.
Hawken School, winners of the first Elementary National Academic Championship in 2017, brought three teams this year, and all of them made the Final Four. Like Hawken, Brandeis (KY) has participated in all three Elementary Championships. Brandeis A defeated Hawken A 375-275 in the first playoff match, while Hawken B beat Hawken C.
Brandeis, in the final match, sported a 90-20 lead after the first period. They extended that lead to 85 points in the bonus round. In the Sixty Seconds Round, Hawken managed 10 points to Brandeis’ 30 on Hawken’s category, BODIES OF WATER, then advanced 80-20 on their category, WORLD HISTORY. Each team answered seven correctly during Stump the Experts. The final score was Brandeis 410, Hawken B 245.
Three of the four teams in the Elementary playoffs were Alabama teams. St. Paul’s A (AL) was defeated by Rosa Parks (KY) 360-255, and St. Paul’s B (AL) was bested by Opelika (AL) 365-160. Not only was this Opelika’s first trip to Nationals – it was their first year to have a Scholar’s Bowl team!
The key to Opelika’s triumph in the finals was their sweep of two bonuses: PRESIDENT TRUMAN and CHERRIES. The final score: Opelika 345, Rosa Parks 260.
Opelika finished 8-0, and as the only undefeated team joining us in DC, Chicago, and Orlando, was crowned national champions.