The final week of regular season of Frederick County’s Academic Tournament ended in fitting fashion Feb. 14. The two statistical leaders won the first two matches, and the night ended with a crowd-pleasing competitive match.
The first match of the night featured the three winners from last week’s matches. Urbana High School jumped out to a narrow lead on the topic of Valentine’s Day and romance. All three teams were perfect in the second round, the only time in the night that happened. After three rounds, Urbana held a one -point lead on Walkersville High, and a three point lead over Oakdale High. In the math round, Walkersville eked out a win over the strong third-round team from Urbana, creating a tie at 12 points. The last two rounds were all Walkersville, winning them the regular season title. Final score: WHS 20, UHS 11, OHS 9.
If Frederick High was disappointed knowing they could not catch Walkersville for the regular season title, they did not show it, jumping out aggressively in the first round. They had no trouble with their focus on the surprise topic of Washington and Lincoln, buzzing in eight times, and led 3-1 over Linganore High after one. Linganore tied Frederick’s correct answers in round two to trail 8-6, but it was Frederick’s night as the Cadets won every round and finished going away in the match. Final score: FHS 21, LHS 13, CHS 5.
The final match of the night had the thrills associated with the Academic Tournament, with the outcome in doubt and all three teams showing their knowledge and skill. Tuscarora High took the lead with a strong first round on the surprise topic of ghosts. Brunswick High also did well, only two points behind. Tuscarora High and Middletown High both earned four of six points in a challenging team round, and in the math round, Middletown and Brunswick eked out points. After three rounds, all three teams had won a round and the score was THS 8, BHS 7, MHS 5.
Brunswick took the lead in round four, gaining four and looked like they might coast to the win with their strong round five team. But Middletown came after the leaders in round five, and with Tuscarora also gaining points, they made it tough on Brunswick to defend their lead. The exciting match ended with a tie: THS 11, BHS 11, MHS 10.
Looking ahead to the Feb. 21 playoffs, both Walkersville and Frederick are the statistical favorites in their matches, but as they have both lost two games this year, upsets may be in the making. The teams will play three matches, and the winners of each will play in the final game to crown this season’s Tournament Champion. The matches start with a play-in game between Tuscarora and Catoctin at 5:45 in the Frederick High School Auditorium, 650 Carroll Parkway, Frederick.
For more information, visit www.fcps.org/academics/academic-tournament.