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MHS scholastic bowl team wins first title since 2005

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Members of the Middlesex High School Conference 42 scholastic bowl championship team include, from left, Conference 42 Coach-of-the-Year John Porter, junior Matthew Epling, All-Conference sophomore Tyler Radabaugh, sophomore Cole Radabaugh, All-Conference sophomore Benjamin Hunt, and junior Clayton Chandler.

by Tom Chillemi

The Middlesex High School Scholastic Bowl team won the Conference 42 Tournament on Saturday, January 30, at Mathews High School to advance to the 1A East Region Tournament in Luray this Saturday, February 6.

The Chargers were seeded number two in the Conference 42 Tournament, which earned them a first-round bye.

The Chargers’ first tournament opponent was third-seeded Mathews, which finished the regular season only 10 points behind Middlesex. 

The entire match was neck and neck. Middlesex started strong but Mathews came back to lead the first round by 15 points. Mathews gained 20 more points in the second round for a 35-point lead going into the final round.

With their backs to the wall, the Chargers battled back. After the first 11 questions in the final round, they had narrowed the Mathews lead to 20 points. The Chargers then answered three of the last four questions to seal the 155-145 win over the Blue Devils. “My team really came on strong,” said MHS coach John Porter.

Sophomore Tyler Radabaugh, a Middlesex team captain, said, “You wouldn’t believe how much my knees were shaking during the match.”

Read the rest of this story in this week’s Southside Sentinel at newsstands throughout the county, or sign up here to receive a print and/or electronic pdf subscription.

posted 02.03.2016

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