Congratulations to the 7th grade Scholars Bowl team on their 2nd place finish at the league tournament today!
The team started off pool play by beating Troy 60-25 with Brayden Poell and Lillie Weiser answering questions correctly. They then knocked off Doniphan West 80-40 with Poell, Weiser, Jadyn Haskin, and Isaac Wegner all scoring points. Finally, the Buffalo scholars wrapped up pool play undefeated with a 90-50 win over Axtell to win Pool B with a 3-0 record.
The Buffaloes went on to the tournament portion of the meet and first met the #2 team from Pool A, Centralia. Poell, Haskin and Alyssa Rager all scored in the semifinal round as Onaga avenged an early-season loss to the Panthers, winning 60-30.
The Buffaloes then went on to the championship match where they met perennial Scholars Bowl power Sts. Peter & Paul. Onaga jumped out to an early lead with points coming from Poell, Rager and Weiser, but a late surge by the Trojans tied things up 60-60 with one question left. Neither team knew who played in last season's World Series, so the match ended in a tie, creating the need for a tiebreaker question. SPPS answered the randomly-selected language arts question before the moderator had even finished asking it, giving SPPS a 70-60 "overtime" win.
With 23 7th grades out for Scholars Bowl this year, it was an especially competitive season. It was a hard way to end the tournament and the season for the youngsters, but the future looks bright for the class of 2026! Keep up the hard work!