North Shelby Misses Out On Repeat Title; Linn County 4th

The North Shelby Raiders Scholar Bowl team fell into a deficit against Mound City and were unable to overtake the Panthers despite a late effort, falling in the Class One championship Friday afternoon.  The 290-260 victory for Mound City is their seventh state title in team history and first since 2012, in the process denying North Shelby their third in four years.  Captain Austin Wilson…

North Shelby fell behind early in the first half as Mound City senior Jadon Griffin picked up three of the first four tossups.  The Panthers had an average of 18 points per bonus, posting a 190-120 lead at the half.  The Raiders went on a late run to get within 30, but Griffin’s ninth tossup of the match put the game away.  Wilson had five tossups in the championship bout while Aden Johnston added four.  He reflects on appearing in the state title game all four of his seasons.

Assistant Coach Landon Daniel commended the graduating senior class for continuing North Shelby’s rich legacy of scholar bowl.

Members of the Linn County R-I Scholar Bowl team await the start of their preliminary round contest against North Shelby, at the 2024 MSHSAA Class One State Scholar Bowl Challenge. (Photo by Kyle Hill, Regional Radio)

North Shelby advanced to the championship game with a 2-1 record in the preliminary round-robin pool.  That included a 340-250 victory over Linn County, after the Mustangs had defeated School of the Ozarks.  Linn County would face the Patriots in the third-place match, which saw the Mustangs fall 250-160 and finish fourth.  Still, it was a season to remember for the Tri-County North champions and head coach Angela Wiles.

In Class Two, Calvary Lutheran upended Weaubleau’s bid for a repeat title, as the Lions won their first state title since 2016 with a 390-270 score.  The win is expected to send Calvary Lutheran back to Class Three next season with enough championship factor points for a two-class promotion.  It also places a final trophy in the Cooper County Activities Association’s case, as the almost century-old league will be absorbed into the Show-Me Conference over the summer.  Polo defeated Brentwood 280-230 for third.

West Platte needed the last bonus part to clinch their first-ever state championship, as the Blue Jays clawed back from a late deficit to defeat Hermann 310-300 in Class Three.  The Jays defeated Hermann in the final round-robin match to bring about a three-way tie at 2-1, which was broken by points.  Fordland finished third after defeating St Mary’s South Side of St Louis 260-200.

Classes Four, Five and Six compete Saturday afternoon at Memorial Union on the University of Missouri campus in Columbia.  Mexico is looking to improve on last year’s third-place finish in Class Five.