Frederick County Public Schools’ Academic Tournament has completed their fourth week of competitions. The tournament showcases area high school students’ academic acumen and knowledge. Each match features three teams competing in five rounds. Round 1 is a competition round of 10 questions with a theme or recurring focus. Round 2 is an individual school round with six questions from a variety of topics. Round 3 is a competition round with 10 questions, five of which are math. Round 4 is also a competition round with 10 questions from a previously announced category, which was Shakespeare for Jan. 24. Round 5 is also a competition round with 20 questions on a variety of topics.

The first match of the evening featured Oakdale, Linganore and Brunswick and started with Brunswick taking a short lead, winning the first three rounds including a strong math round. Linganore crept closer in the Shakespeare round and pulled even dramatically closer on the last question of the match. Linganore and Brunswick shared first place with 16 points each.

The second match included Tuscarora, Urbana and Middletown. This thrilling match featured several lead changes and quiet gasps from the crowd. Tuscarora followed last week’s furious Round 5 with a strong first round, leading by two. Middletown took the lead in the second round with a perfect six for six, but only led by one over Tuscarora and two over Urbana. Urbana took the lead by one point in the math round, and extended the lead by winning the Shakespeare round. In the final round, Middletown and Tuscarora flirted with catching Urbana, but couldn’t quite catch them at the finish. Seven incorrect answers mixed with 12 correct answers made the last round a real roller coaster. Urbana narrowly won with 16 points followed closely by Tuscarora and Middletown, who tied with 14 points each.

The third match of the evening featured Frederick, Catoctin and Walkersville. Frederick High was able to squeak past a hard charging Walkersville team by building a lead through the first three rounds. Ahead 11-6 after three rounds, the Cadets tied in the Shakespeare round. In the final round, the Lions buzzed in 15 times to shrink the lead, but the Cadets kept their cool to knock off the first-place team.

The final match of the night included Gov. Thomas Johnson, Walkersville and Middletown. This match seemed less in doubt than much of the evening, but TJ and Middletown started strong. Walkersville built a small lead by the end of the second round 10-9-7. Winning Round 3 extended their lead. Middletown won the Shakespeare round to pull within three points, but Walkersville’s ferocious fifth round team ran away with the match, posting 13 points in the final round and earning an impressive 28 points for the match. Middletown finished second with 14 points.

Currently Walkersville is in first place, followed closely by Linganore, Frederick and Brunswick.

Matches continue each Friday night in January and February beginning at 6 p.m. in the Frederick High School auditorium, 650 Carroll Parkway, Frederick, and are free and open to the public. The announced category for Jan. 31 is Halls of Fame — questions on the players who are enshrined in the major sports Halls of Fame: the National Football League, Major League Baseball, the National Basketball Association, and the National Hockey League.

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