SPARTAN SCHOLARS CLAIM HOMETOWN TOURNAMENT TITLE

The third try was the charm for Moberly High School’s scholar bowl team, winning its own tournament in the third year of hosting it. After 12 rounds of competition Saturday, the Spartans defeated Kirksville 400-305 to claim first out of 10 teams in the top division at the Outstate Missouri Academic Rendezvous. Senior Audrey Brandon says the team was glad to take care of Kirksville after the Tigers defeated Moberly for the tournament title at Mexico two weeks earlier.



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Kirksville defeated Moberly in the first round of the round-robin tournament, but fell to Calvary Lutheran and Hallsville later in the day, while the Spartans went undefeated to take the top spot in the advantaged final at 8-1. Kirksville and Hallsville finished tied at 7-2, requiring a play-in game which the Tigers won. Kirksville spoiled Moberly’s advantage to force the second match, which Moberly led wire-to-wire. The two are likely to meet in districts next week, which Brandon says she’s looking forward to having Moberly host.



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Moberly senior Audrey Brandon’s teammate Eric Thompson led Spartan scorers with 52.2 points per match, good for sixth overall in the top division. Samuel Lockwood of Hallsville and Gage Smith of Wellsville were the top two individual performers. In the second division, the Schuyler County Rams won all nine of their matches to win the title there. Maddi Tucker and Schuyler Douglas both earned all-tournament honors for the Rams. Fort Osage C of Independence finished in second, while South Callaway emerged on top of a four-way tiebreaker for third. Knox County’s Zoe Gudehus was the division’s top individual player with 64.4 points per match.

Audrey Brandon:


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