Penn State Spring Academic Bowl 2018 Wrap Up

Last Saturday the 17th, fifteen teams were on hand to compete at Penn State University, leading into the late push of the last few tournaments of the regular season. Stats are here.

Camp Hill finished first place, which is the first time in a long while they have claimed a tournament victory, an overdue and well deserved honor. Lit and myth ace Sydney led the way with an impressive 17 powers and 61 points per game, and this was also a 30+ ppg event for Alex and Ben. Keep an eye on this school that always seems to improve as the year goes on going into SSNCT and nationals season. Otherwise, State College controlled their backyard, with their B, E, and A teams finishing 2nd-4th. The star of the show was the E team’s Pabitra, who in an amazing breakout performance scored 105 points a game with 20 powers sprinkled in. Though he has not played much, he could be an X factor for State College. On A, team captain Lily challenged herself by playing solo, and B meanwhile deployed a typical balanced attack.

5th and 6th places went to Huntingdon A and B. Their gradual improvement is really evident, and I have a feeling they are not done. Max had a few impressive buzzes in my room which have stuck. A group of teams from State College, Westmont Hilltop, and Kane rounded out the consolation games. Teddy from Kane A merits mention, deploying his history specialty to the tune of 67 ppg.

This was a small but fun event that brought a lot of good questions to a central Pennsylvania audience up for the learning. I had a lot of fun, and I am excited for these teams, many of them smaller schools, to continue to thrive.

-Ben

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