Galva, ROWVA fall in regional championship matches Monday to Riverdale and Sherrard, respectively

Mercer County won the battle of wits, going undefeated in nine 45-minute matches to go 9-0 and win the championship of the Lincoln Trail Conference Scholastic Bowl Tournament at Black Hawk College East Campus Feb. 24.

More than 100 students from the 10 LTC member high schools competed in the all-day event, which pitted teams against each other for answers to questions in such areas as geometry, earth science, pop culture, history and other subjects.

Second place went to Annawan, which won a tie-breaker with ROWVA. Both ended the day with records of 6-3, but Annawan was given the higher placing based on their head-to-head match score, which the Braves won 300 to 230.

Keegan Brown of AlWood won the individual scoring competition with 650 points 

Mitchell Martin of Stark County was second with 500 points, and Max Santiago of Mercer County was third with 420 points. 

Rounding out the top five scorers were Isaac Asplund of ROWVA in fourth place (370 points) and David Alepra of Wethersfield fifth (350 points).

Medals were presented to the top 10 highest scorers, which also included Andrew Phillips of Mercer County in sixth place (320 points), Wesley Stewart of West Central seventh (300 points), Jacob Culver of Wethersfield and Aydin Matney of Annawan in a tie for eighth (280 points.), Knute Larson of Galva ninth (270 points), and Nicholas Gainey and Hannah Akers, both of Cambridge, in a tie for 10th (260 points).

Schools competing included AlWood, Annawan, Cambridge, Galva, Mercer County, Princeville, ROWVA, Stark County, West Central and Wethersfield.

This was the eighth year BHE has hosted the event coordinated by science instructor Alan Abbott and math instructor Kirk Watson. 

The tournament was conducted by volunteer moderators, scorers and tabulators.


Galva, ROWVA fall in regional title matches

The Galva Scholastic Bowl team advanced to the championship match of the Class 1A Riverdale Regional Monday, but fell to the host Rams 480 to 120 in the title battle.

The win marked Riverdale’s sixth consecutive Scholastic Bowl regional title.

Galva advanced to the regional title match by defeating Rockridge in the quarterfinals (330-270) and Orion in the semifinals (350-210).

ROWVA qualified for the championship match at the Class 1A Sherrard Regional Monday, where the Tigers fell to the host Tigers 430 to 170.

ROWVA earned its title match berth by defeating AlWood in the quarterfinals (370-340) and Abingdon-Avon in the semifinals (320-230).

(Dave Clarke, GateHouse Media Illinois, contributed to this story.)