Falcons bowl over competition



Coaches Dave Bernasconi and Mary Jo Chambers think nothing of mixing up a variety of combinations of team members for scholars bowl meets.

The 15 students on the Hays Middle School squads are similarly talented -- a fact the Falcons have proven by finishing first or second at all four of their meets thus far this season, with different lineups each time.

At their own meet with eight other schools Monday, the Falcon seventh-graders went 8-0 to claim the gold medals in the Pool B.

HMS kept plenty of hardware at home, as the Falcon squad competing in Pool A finished third with a 6-2 record.

Displaying their depth in one particular round, every single member of the Falcon A team answered a question correctly.

The HMS team that went unbeaten Monday was made up of seventh-graders Blade Goering, Lacey Gregory, Henry Jiang, Dhir Patel and Mark Schuckman, and sixth-grader Cameron Karlin. Others who have participated in other meets this year but who helped put on the meet Monday were seventh-graders Eric Adams and Ethan Tschanz and sixth-grader Brittani Park.

Monday's A team was made up of mostly eighth-graders -- Madison Crees, Sam Crowley, Alex Feyerherm, Hannah Norris and Mkilar Otte. But the sixth team member on this particular day was as seventh-grader, Brendan Chapman.

Having a seventh-grader or two compete on the A team is nothing new for the Falcons.

"They're going to be up there next year," Bernasconi said of this year's seventh-graders. "So I want them to get that experience this year."

Results of the A pool were: 1. Dodge City Middle School, 7-1; 2. Larned, 6-2; 3. Hays Middle School, 6-2. Other records were Russell/Ruppenthal, 5-2; WaKeeney, 4-4; Scott City, 3-5; Thomas More Prep-Marian, 3-5; Ness City, 2-6; and Dodge City-Comanche, 2-6.

B Pool results were: 1. Hays M.S., 8-0; 2. Ruppenthal, 6-2; 3. Scott City, 5-3. Other records were: TMP, 5-3; Dodge City M.S., 4-4; Comanche, 4-4; WaKeeney, 2-6; Larned, 2-6. Ness City did not field a team in the B pool, so each round against Ness was considered a win.