This article was written by junior Monica Chavan.
For their home opener against Avon, the Academic Team had a record 7 spectators. The crowd – some of whom was costumed for Halloween – split between three rooms to lessen their intimidating presence, but still managed to be the sixth-man for the Blazers. The Varsity team unfortunately lost 48-49 in a tightly contested match, but the rest of their season looks bright. The Junior Varsity team won 50-24 and began their quest to go undefeated for a second straight season. The third team racked up an impressive 41-9 victory against an undermanned Avon team, some of whose players missed the bus on the way to Carmel.
Among many new additions to the team is Quiz Master Jake Thurman. Mr. Thurman is replacing Mr. Derek Thomas, the Quiz Master of previous years. Mr. Thurman has so far enjoyed his title as Quiz Master. He said about the job, “By far the most enjoyable power that the Quiz Master possesses is the ability to silence any and all criticism… It’s very satisfying”. When he was asked to rate how exciting he finds Academic Team matches, Mr. Thurman responded, “I would definitely say the matches are a 10 out of 10. The match begins with a delightful array of snacks and friendly banter, but the intensity revs up as the competition begins… the entertainment never stops.”
Mrs. Nancy Webster and other spectators also commented on the weirdness that Academic Team matches sometimes present. Mrs. Webster was surprised by the “juxtaposition of the intense questioning and mathematical figuring… [over] all those crazy snacks.” Ms. Ashley Crockett-Lohr was a bit shocked by the novelty of the competitive activity, “I’m not used to sports where you can eat during a match or meet, so this opened my eyes to a new and exciting form of competition.”
Last Tuesday, November 5th, the Academic Team traveled to Western Boone. The Varsity team quickly rebounded from the last week’s loss and racked up a 73-23 victory led by junior Monica Chavan with 18 points. The JV team continued to display their dominance and won 78-7. Junior Neil Chavan had 23 points, senior Andrew Lupton had 15, and junior Alex Rosebrough chipped in 11. The Varsity team is now 2-1 in league competition; the JV team is 3-0.
The Academic Team’s next home match is on Thursday, December 12th against Zionsville High School. Matches take place in Mr. Bradley’s room, Room 102, and typically start around 4:15 pm. Any spectators who can contain themselves from shouting out the answers to questions during the match are welcome to attend. The Trailblazers will also compete on WTHR’s The Brain Game again this year, so stay tuned for information on when those matches will air.