MORROW — On Saturday, November 19, the Northmont High School Academic Challenge team won its second tournament in the past four weeks, capturing the championship of the Little Miami Academic Challenge tournament.
The team of Kara Combs, Molly Buchanan, Caitlin Hoyng, Betina Dobles, and Athena Dobles was placed into the champions bracket for preliminary play, facing five other teams who had already qualified for OAC regionals. The other three preliminary brackets featured teams that had not already qualified.
Northmont won easily against Walnut Hills, Cincinnati Country Day and Tippecanoe, and then knocked off two state ranked teams, Miami Valley School and Beavercreek to win the division.
This placed Northmont into the Final Four tournament, where the T-Bolts easily beat Piqua (102-40) and Ross High School (94-45) to win the tournament title. After competing in a home event on December 3, Northmont will travel to Chicago, Illinois and Atlanta, Georgia for events over winter break.
Also on November 19, Northmont’s Middle School Academic Challenge team competed in its first tournament in seven years, traveling to Olentangy Liberty High School in Columbus. The team of Samantha Street, Sean Scranton, Zach Weeks, and Amara Nwanora took on nine other middle schools, all with considerably more experience than the young Northmont squad.
Despite this, Northmont posted a 6-3 record on the day, losing two of the three match losses on the last question. The team narrowly missed out on qualifying for the NAQT Middle School National Championship tournament in Dallas in April. The team will compete again at Detroit Catholic Central High School in a middle school event on December 10.
Northmont will host its annual NAQT format Academic Challenge tournament on December 3 at Northmont High School. The tournament will run from 8 a.m. until 4 p.m. This tournament will draw 28 of the top academic teams from the state of Ohio, as well as from neighboring Indiana and Kentucky. Anyone interested in seeing the team in action or volunteering to keep score at the tournament is welcome to attend. Contact Academic Challenge advisor David Jones at firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.