Mountain View takes second round of Scholarship Challenge
After dominating in the first two rounds of Scholarship Challenge, the teams from Waverly and Mountain View high schools faced off for a highly anticipated final match in Saturday's second qualifier.
However, Waverly proved to be no match for the strong Mountain View Eagles, who prevailed 250 points to 40 to move forward in WATS/WAVR Radio's quiz-style competition, which pits teams of high school seniors against one another to win money for their schools.
The Mountain View team, hailing from Kingsley, Pa., was unstoppable Saturday, breaking ahead of a tied game against fellow Susquehanna County team Elk Lake High School to secure a first-round win, 170 points to 80. The Eagles, captained by Benjamin Maitland, then defeated New Covenant Academy of Mansfield in a high-scoring match, 210-130.
The Waverly Wolverines were equally successful in the team's first two matches, first defeating Mansfield and then the Canton Area High School team of Nick Spano, Anthony Nybeck, Vanessa Bonnell and Seth Martin.
The Waverly team, led by captain Jacob Hazen, led Canton 80 points to zero in the first two rounds, pulling ahead even further in the third to win the match, 220 points to Canton's 20.
In the final match, the Mountain View High School team continued their dominant streak, leading Waverly throughout the match. The team - also including Owen Flannery, Stephanie Virbitsky and Caity Tague - begins practicing at the beginning of the school year, said advisor Charleene Martens.
The team has come close to winning the grand prize of $3,000 and the Kwasnoski Cup, but has never won, Martens said.
"We take this seriously," she said. "We want the cup to come home to Mountain View this year."
Ann Phinney-Foreman, who advises the Waverly team along with Michelle Shaw, congratulated Mountain View on their victory. "We hope they continue to do well and are the ultimate winners of Scholarship Challenge," she said Saturday.
In addition to Hazen, Jeff Czebiniak, Madison Seymour and Tim Ellis also competed for Waverly, who received $350 as Saturday's runners-up.
Mountain View will move on to compete against Wellsboro High School and the winners of the next two preliminary rounds in the Scholarship Challenge finals, scheduled for March 9 at the Patterson Auditorium on Guthrie's Sayre campus.
Amanda Renko can be reached at (570) 888-9652; or email: firstname.lastname@example.org.