Scholar’s Bowl Makes It To State


On Feb. 4, in Wamego, in an event known by few others than the participants, the 4A Regionals Scholars’ Bowl took place. Competing were teams from all over Kansas that fell into the 4A classification; Piper, Bishop Miege, Jefferson West and Topeka-Hayden, all hoping for a chance to later compete at the state competition.

The event worked in a series of two tournaments, each comprised of five rounds. The first round of pool play determines your placing, and whether a team then makes it onto the next. The next is an advanced one, as it includes the best from the original two into one championship pool.

From the first rounds, the top three teams in both pools would move on to the second set. Basehor-Linwood inched by the other teams in its pool, coming in third and cementing their advance to the further rounds.

In these following rounds, Basehor-Linwood emerged 3-2, which tied them with Baldwin, whom they’d just beaten in the final round. Since the Bobcats won head-to-head against Baldwin, they clenched a 4A Regionals Runner-Up title.

The team is coached by math teacher Jessica Booth, who has now made it to state in both of the years of her coaching.

Although we didn’t do as well in regular season, most of the teams we compete against in our area have moved up to 5A, so I was optimistic that we would make it to finals. We lost three of our strongest members last year. Despite that I feel like we have a stronger team this year; they are dedicated and work well together. I am excited to see how we do at state,” Booth said.

The Bobcats will now advance to the state competition on Feb. 11, and this will be their second year in a row to reach this far.