An amazingly deep field of 12 teams competed in the 2013 Kentucky State Championship History Bowl at Oldham County High School in Buckner, KY on Saturday, March 23. With only 3 JV teams, the fields were combined to create two groups of six teams to play the five preliminary rounds. Southwest Ohio champions Northmont and perennial contenders duPont Manual A were unbeaten after the fifth round. Northmont took the #1 seed based on more points scored. Rounding out the field were 4-1 teams Menifee County and Corbin, 3-2 teams Manual B and Blazer, and 2-3 teams St. Xavier and Piarist. All of the 3-2 or better teams qualified to our national championship on April 27-28 in Arlington, VA and Washington, DC…but they weren’t the only ones to get in.
St. Xavier, the #7 seed, qualified by beating Manual A 250-220 in their quarterfinal match. St. X took the lead with an 80-point second quarter, expanded it with 110 points in the third, and held on after only scoring 20 points in the fourth quarter to clinch their national tournament bid as well as a semifinal place against Menifee County, which defeated Manual B 300-210. Northmont held to form by dispatching Piarist 360-120, and Corbin took care of Blazer 290-240.
The semifinals were both decided by scores of 260-250. St. Xavier once again took a first half lead, this time with an 80-20 first quarter, then held by matching Menifee’s scores in the second and third quarters, before holding off another fourth quarter rally to clinch a place in the final by ten points. The Corbin-Northmont semifinal was a completely different match. Northmont held the 80-20 first quarter lead, expanding it in both the second and third quarters, and answering the first tossup of the fourth quarter before Corbin ran off 140 uncontested points to take their only lead, winning by that aforementioned 260-250 score.
The final was just as close. Corbin led 60-40 after the first quarter but just 110-100 after the second. They may regret that halftime lead, as it gave St. X its chance to strike in the third quarter, sweeping their category. Corbin came close, missing one question, but St. X picked up the steal to make that single question worth a 40 point swing. Though Corbin won the fourth quarter battle, 50-40, they lost the war. St. X had come all the way back from a losing preliminary record to win the Kentucky State History Bowl by a final score of 250-230.
Many thanks to Bobbi Templet and Oldham County High School for hosting, and we hope to see all seven qualified teams at our national championships on April 27 and 28 in Arlington and Washington!
|Date||March 23, 2013|
|Registration Deadline||March 21, 2013 7:00pm EST|
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