CBA Academic Team Wins State Championship
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CBA Academic Team Wins State Championship

The Corn Bible Academy academic team traveled to El Reno on Saturday for the academic team state tournament, and after six hours of near continuous play, the Crusaders left as state champions.

2018 marked the fourth consecutive state tournament appearance for CBA, along with a third place finish in 2003, second place finish in 2004, and a fourth place finish in 2005. This year, 86 teams began the season in Class A, and the Crusaders finished as the last team standing.

CBA began the tournament facing off against Covington-Douglas. Corn’s starting lineup of Kimberly Javorsky, Chant Collins, Drew Geisler, and Daniel Rempel all significantly contributed in route to a 220-110 victory over Covington Douglas. However, the remainder of the day’s competition quickly proved to be much more difficult. Advancing to play powerhouse Drummond in the second round, the Crusaders quickly found themselves facing a massive 90 point deficit at the end of the first quarter. Unable to recover, CBA ultimately fell by a crushing score of 160-320.

“At that point we were hoping and praying for a chance to be on the medal platform with even a fourth place finish,” said Coach Joyce Creed.

Kicked down to the loser bracket, Corn next played Coleman. After a rocky first quarter of toss-up questions, CBA tied the game at a measly 50 points at halftime. Following the third quarter, the game remained tied at 90. Fortunately for Corn, Coleman only answered one out of ten questions correct concerning Oscar-winning film adaptations in the final sixty-second round, paving the way for another CBA victory.

Feeling lucky for having survived the third round, the Crusaders were finally able to get their groove back following a short break for lunch. In their next game, Corn took a commanding 50 point lead by the end of the first quarter, setting the stage for an eventual 210-170 victory over Le Flore.

Other than Drummond, the fifth round of the tournament pitted CBA against their toughest opponent of the year, Kremlin-Hillsdale. The opponents jumped to a quick 70-30 lead by the end of the first quarter, but CBA refused to give up. The Crusaders fought back and managed to close the deficit to only 10 points by the start of the final sixty-second round, which once again worked in CBA’s favor. Despite having their choice of three categories, Kremlin chose “Polygon Diagonals” and only answered one question correct. Only needing three correct responses to win the game, CBA chose “Chemistry Terms” from the two remaining categories. Answering six out of ten correct, the Crusaders easily lived up to the challenge and advanced to the championship round.

“I was very happy with the way we played because we never let ourselves get down,” said Daniel Rempel. “We always kept our heads up.”

CBA entered the championship round with the daunting realization that they would have to somehow defeat Drummond twice in a row, given that the #1 seeded team had yet to lose on the day. To the astonishment of everyone in the room of competition, Corn began the game on an extreme hot streak, securing a commanding 100-20 point lead at the end of only one quarter. Drummond, however, held their own throughout the next two quarters and cut their deficit in half, but the overconfident team was ultimately too rattled to achieve the comeback victory. CBA won by a strong score of 240-170 and forced a seventh round.

“Only after we won our second game with Drummond did we begin to consider that we could possibly win,” said Chant Collins. “We stepped out into the hall to pray, giving God glory for how far we had gotten and placing the last game in His hands.”

After composing themselves in the hallway during the break, Drummond re-entered the room determined to stop CBA from obtaining another early lead. Although Drummond led with a score of 60-50 by the end of the first quarter, CBA regained the lead by the end of the first sixty-second round by notably answering nine out of ten questions correct regarding vocabulary terms beginning with the letters “ham”. Corn’s momentum carried over into the second half, with Chant Collins impressively scoring 40 points single-handedly during the third quarter of toss-up questions. With a 40 point lead in tow, CBA matched Drummond’s score in the last sixty-second round, thus achieving the biggest upset of the academic team season.

“I’m beyond thrilled with the academic team and their state championship accomplishment!” said Coach Creed. “Each member contributed more and more as the long competition progressed, understanding there could never be a moment to reflect or relax or rationalize a mistake.  Thank you, Daniel, Chant, Drew, Kim and McKenna, for hours of sometimes tedious practice, and for memorizing chunks of information that may never be needed at a game; thank you, patient teachers, for packaging and imparting knowledge - Mr. Thiessen in particular for all of his math coaching."

Junior Chant Collins led CBA in scoring with an average of 38.6 points per game, followed by senior Daniel Rempel with 31.4, junior Kimberly Javorsky with 21.4, and junior Drew Geisler with 7.1.  Sophomore McKenna Thompson also contributed to the team during three of the sixty-second rounds.

“I love what my school teaches, and I am very honored to have represented CBA in October by being the state runner-up in volleyball and now by winning the state academic bowl,” said Kimberly Javorsky. “This has been a rewarding year, and I hope that these successes will intrigue kids to come to CBA so that they can have the same experiences that I have had, not only with sports, but also in learning invaluable life lessons in the classroom.”

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