Riverside Academic Challenge team ends season with a nail biter

On Saturday, April 7, the Riverside Academic Challenge team wrapped up its season with an impressive showing at the state finals competition.  

The team, made up of juniors Adelle Stone and James DesRosier and freshmen Emily Crouse, Haily Rivers, Roger DesRosier, Skylar Tharp and Sam Crouse, battled their way to a second place ranking overall and small schools state champion.

The team played four rounds of competition alternating between 60 questions of toss up and 25 questions of toss up bonus where the team that answers the initial question gets first chance at the four follow up questions.  At the end of these four rounds the Riverside team was top in its bracket, securing

COURTSEY PHOTO Riverside Academic Challenge Team members l-r back row Sam Crouse, James DesRosier, Roger DesRosier. Front row Emily Crouse, Skylar Tharp, Adelle Stone and Haily Rivers.

a place in the championship but was tied exactly with Greybull High School’s team for the small schools state champion title. The two teams played another round of ten questions to determine who would bring home the title.  At the end of the 10, it was Riverside 4, Greybull 2.

The championship round was a head-to-head competition between the smallest school to send a team and the largest school in the state.  Cheyenne East’s team fielded two seniors and a junior against Riverside’s two juniors and two freshman (Sam Crouse and Skylar Tharp).  The final round was a dogfight, with the lead changing three times and with the final scores separated by only one question. 

James DesRosier was chosen as an Academic All State, one of the top five competitors from throughout the season chosen by the coaches based on GPA, knowledge and past performance at meets over the season.  These five players will represent Wyoming in a cross border match against Montana held in Billings this June. 

This marks the end of the Academic Challenge season with Riverside winning small schools champion at every meet and placing in the top three spots in every WAC sponsored meet as well as first in the Big Horn Basin Knowledge Bowl and first in the Yellowstone Academic Tournament in Billings.

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