April 27, 2015

BY TERI CAMPBELL
Logan Media Services

CARTERVILLE - John A. Logan College recently hosted the Illinois State Scholar Bowl Tournament, and the Volunteers took second place, falling to Lincoln Land Community College who won the title, three games to two.  

Logan scored a convincing victory in game one before dropping the next two games. The Vols then won the fourth game to force a deciding game five where Lincoln Land prevailed.  

Tom Chandler, associate professor of sociology at JALC, is the team’s faculty advisor.

“I’m happy with the way the students played all season and it was great to get a chance to play for the state title,” Chandler said. “We won the regional and qualified for the state tournament last year, but no state tournament was held. This year we got to host it, and we were happy to have Lincoln Land on our campus. It was a good competition.”   

Comprised of Michael Steele from Carbondale, Sierra Richardson of Herrin, Chase Campanella from Du Quoin, Jacob Wiegand from West Frankfort, Troy Johnson of Marion, Sydney Sullivan from West Frankfort, and Austin Tripp of Cambria, the Volunteers put together a stellar regular season, posting a record of 7-1 with an average margin of victory of 70 points per match. Logan also won the regional championship at Rend Lake College this spring, defeating the host school and taking down Shawnee Community College to claim the title.  

Steele, Logan’s top scorer, said each player has different areas of expertise and believes a key to the team’s success is a well-rounded knowledge base.

“At the meets, the questions are always about a variety of topics from history and literature to science and math,” Steele said. “We all have so much versatile knowledge in different subjects. When we come together as a team, we are able to help each other out in areas where we might be lacking as individuals. The way we complement each other and work well together make us a strong team.”

Although they weren’t able to win the state title, the students said it doesn’t put a damper on the season overall.

“We were confident that we would do well and thought we were fully capable of winning the state meet, but it just didn’t work out this time,” Richardson said. “Lincoln Land was the best team we faced this year, and they played really well. It was a very close match. Even though we didn't win, we still had a great season, and we’ve had a lot of fun spending time together in the process.”

 

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