by Greg Akers
Knowledge Bowl, Match 6: Westminster Academy Defenders vs. Immaculate Conception Wildcats. Aired December 5th, 2009.
Westminster Academy (Red)
Josh (Captain), Senior
Katie (Captain), Senior
Round One: Westminster 60, Immaculate Conception 70
Round Two: Westminster 80, Immaculate Conception 70
Round Three/Lightning Round: Westminster 60, Immaculate Conception 30
Total: Westminster 200, Immaculate Conception 170
The Game: This was the tightest match since the FACS/Marion conflagration earlier this season. The score was tied going into the Lightning Round (each team capitalizing on 3 of 8 bonuses), and neither team really took control of the last round. The match decision probably came down to sheer volume as much as anything, with Westminster guessing 15 times in the final frame (and getting 6 right — four from D.J.) and Immaculate Conception ringing in only 9 times (and getting 3 right — all from captain Katie).
It all made for compelling TV. Westminster advances to meet CBHS, scheduled to air on March 6th, 2010, if I've interpreted the broadcast schedule correctly.
For the Record: I picked IC to win. I am now 3-3 on the year. It seems I'm not a regular Nostradamus.Ted Dekker's Skin. Dekker is a NYT bestselling author of Christian-themed sci-fi/horror books. D.J. enjoys flying gliders at Lawrence Field, Arkansas.
On the Immaculate Conception side, Katie's the editor of The Immaculata and is eyeing med school long-term. CQ CQ CQ: Madeleine is into ham radio and got her license when she was 10. Elana performs Athenian dance. Colleen is looking at going to college at UT-Chattanooga.
Malaprostagisms: Oscillation, session, somnambulism, Karzai, Manu Ginobili, Kirstie Alley
Dr. Richard Ranta, Renaissance Man: After we get to know the kids, Jaggers and Knowledge Bowl judge Ranta hold brief palaver where Ranta tells about some other nonprofit/initiative/community effort he’s involved in. It’s quite funny, en masse, getting a handle on all of the things Ranta participates in.
This week we found out that Dr. Ranta is part of the Grammys selection team. He's been involved in the awards-nomination process for over 25 years. Is he the person to thank for the Grammy nominations for Memphis-connected Robert Gordon and MGMT? [The latter being a duo including Andrew VanWyngarden, son of Flyer editor Bruce VanWyngarden. Read more.]
Tune in next week: We'll have another doubleheader, with Raleigh-Egypt Pharaohs vs. ECS Eagles and Covington Chargers vs. SBEC Trojans.
Previously on Knowledge Bowl:
Match 5: St. George's vs. CBHS
Match 4: Hutchison vs. Germantown
Match 3: Marion vs. FACS
Match 2: Bartlett vs. West Memphis Christian
Match 1: Houston vs. Kingsbury
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