The Chariton A Academic Team traveled to Waukee for the Second Annual Iowa Masonic Academic Bowl on Saturday, March 7. Chariton A finished in second place of the small school division for the tournament and earned a check for $700 to be used to fund the entry fees for tournaments for the Chariton Academic Team in the future.

Chariton A team members were Dicen Blum, Logan Caudill, Chantel Hixson, and Mark Pyatak.

The Iowa Masonic Academic Bowl is unlike any other competition that Chariton is involved in through their school year. First of all the moderators, scorers, and timers are all Masons from around the state of Iowa that volunteer their day for this activity. Secondly, there is prize money for the winning teams, with the money going to the budget of each academic team to cover expenses.

Lastly, this competition is divided into five rounds with different types of questions.

The Iowa Masonic Academic Bowl was separated into two divisions; large school and small school. Chariton was one of the larger schools in the small school division. The small school division was then separated into two pools of four teams each.

Chariton was placed into Pool A along with Underwood, IKM-Manning, and Albia. During the morning rounds of pool play Chariton finished in second place a 2-1 record.

After the morning rounds the teams from Pool A and Pool B would compete against teams across pools based on how they finished the morning rounds.

In their first match in Pool A, Chariton A defeated Underwood, 180-40. Hixson and Caudill led the team with 30 points apiece and Pyatak added 20 points.

Chariton got off to a slow start and trailed for the first three quarters of the match. Chariton was able to grab the lead on some teamwork questions late in the match and took a 150-130 lead going into the final four questions.

Pyatak then answered the first of the last four questions to guarantee a tie in the match. Hixson answered the next question to secure the victory for a Chariton. “This was a match that could have gone either way and our players came through with some clutch answers. It was ironic that this was such a close match because we would later meet Underwood in the championship match,” Coach Tim Curnutte said.

In the second match of Pool A, Chariton A defeated Albia, 190-130. Caudill led the team with 40 points while Hixson added 10.

“Logan Caudill was fantastic for this match and helped lead Chariton in answering the teamwork questions in round two and four,” Coach Curnutte said.

In their third match in Pool A, Chariton A lost to IKM-Manning, 200-130. Both teams were unbeaten with the number one seed on the line for the afternoon rounds. IKM-Manning jumped out to an early lead and Chariton A was never able to catch up.

“Chantel Hixson was outstanding in the match and scored 40 points for us, but no other player answered any toss-up questions correctly,” Coach Curnutte said.

Chariton advanced to the eight-team tournament that would decide what place each team finished in. In the quarterfinals Chariton, the second seed from Pool A, faced the third seed from Pool B, Central Lee of Donnellson, and beat them 180-140. Hixson led the team with 40 points while Caudill had 30 and Pyatak had 10.

Read the March 19, 2020 edition of the Chariton Herald-Patriot for the rest of the story.

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