Frederick County Public Schools’ Academic Tournament has completed their fifth week of competitions. The tournament showcases area high school students’ academic acumen and knowledge.

The match specialty topic of Halls of Fame was met with mixed results by the teams. No team is undefeated this year and every team has lost multiple times.

The opening match began strong for Gov. Thomas Johnson High School and Tuscarora High, but Urbana High took the lead by winning the second round and the math round. Tuscarora dominated the specialty round on Halls of Fame, winning six points and entering the final round just one point behind Urbana. The Hawks turned in five critical points in round five to hold off the Patriots and the Titans for the win. It was Urbana’s third win of the season and moved them into fifth place. The final score was TJ 12, Urbana 16, Tuscarora 12.

Brunswick was the first team of the night to dominate. Showing they are a force to be reckoned with in both knowledge and speed, the Brunswick Railroaders answered five questions on the surprise first round topic of rainbows, then steamed through the match winning rounds three, four and five, ringing up the highest point total of the season for any team with 32. There are only 56 total points in a match. Brunswick’s 2019 team dominated the championship. This win moved the 2020 team into second place.

Frederick High saw Brunswick’s challenge and answered promptly, scoring six points in the opening round on the surprise topic of rivers. Linganore High had a perfect round two, but Frederick’s math team helped them win the third round. Oakdale High’s team buzzed in eight of the 10 Halls of Fame questions, but missed three. They won the round but it was not enough to put them into contention. With this win, Frederick has won four matches in a row and taken over first place. The final score: Frederick 21, Linganore 12 and Oakdale 7.

The final match was between first place team Walkersville High, Oakdale High and Catoctin High School. Oakdale jumped out of the gate winning the first round on animation. Walkersville and Oakdale tied in round two and the WHS Lions crept closer with a strong math round. Round four was critical as Walkersville beat Oakdale to the buzzer but missed four questions, and the Oakdale Bears, buzzed in twice and and answered correctly. The Oakdale Bears played a strong final round. It was an impressive win by the Oakdale team. The final score: Walkersville 11, Oakdale 21 and Catoctin 11.

Matches continue each Friday night in 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 Feb. 7 match will have teams play according to their seed. The opening match will feature four teams for the first time. The anticipated match between Frederick, Brunswick and Walkersville looks to be one of the best of the year, with the regular season crown at stake.

The rankings, from first to 10th place: Frederick, Brunswick, Walkersville, Linganore, Urbana, Middletown, Gov. Thomas Johnson, Oakdale, Tuscarora and Catoctin.

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