Sunday, January 10, 2016

First Place

Yesterday was another very busy, but also very exciting day. It started with me up at 6:30 to make breakfast burritos. Delaney had his home Knowledge Bowl meet, and I said I’d get the kids breakfast. So I’d made the bacon the night before, but up early to cook eggs, potatoes, and assemble burritos. They came out good and the kids appreciated them. Kendall’s volleyball team had loved them, so I was happy to do them again here.

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I’d agreeed to read quetsions, and had to sit through an hour of training before getting started in room 1. The kids open with a written test, and since I was busy, I had no idea how things went. I assumed Elizabeth would be in room 1 since htey usually are, with their rivals, Fort Morga, who have won every match the last two years, and Elizabeth has never beaten them in their history.

Sure enough, Delaney and his team filed in, with Fort Morgan behind, and Vista Peak as the third team. It was close in the first half of the round, 25 questions, but EHS was ahead by a few at the turn. Delaney was on fire, getting lots of questions, and they finished the round up 5 or 6. I found out at the break that EHS had won the written round, which isn’t something I’d seen before, so they were up 8.

Meanwhile Tia had to take Kendall to practice and then race back to watch. The second round was liek the first, with EHS winning by a few, and up 11 halfway through the oral rounds. A good mix of people answering, but certainly Delaney is leading the team.

The kids were excited, and maybe a bit cocky, as they struggled in the third round. Weld Central had moved into the room, and they actually helped, taking 10 of the questions. Elizabeth, however, only had 8, and Fort Morgan closed to within 3. The kids were quiet, but not too disappointed. They were still up, and we’d had some buzzer issues in the third round. They felt that was the problem, and were ready for the last round.

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It’s hard for me to pat much attention to the teams when I’m reading. I have to watch things too carefully on the paper. The first 25 was close, but then Delaney and EHS came alive, getting 3 or 4 in a row and a smattering of questions to win going away. They were up by 10 points at question 49, and then Delaney got the last question, a Physics question to seal the win. Their teacher actually started crying from the win, and told us Delaney was amazing. She was really glad to have him on the team.

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A fantastic win for the kids, all of whom were quite proud of their win. A few were celebrating then, but Tia and I had to head back to feed and get ready for our own night out.

Quite proud of the kids, and happy to see them take a match. Now we’re hoping they do well at the next one in two weeks. I’m sorry I’ll miss it, but I’ll be coming back from the UK. However I’ve marked off quite a few other matches, and hope to make most of the rest this season.

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