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January 24, 2017


Cowley AEC team places third at sectional


Academic Excellence ChallengeFor the second straight year the Cowley College Academic Excellence Challenge (AEC) team placed third at the NAQT Kansas Community College Sectional held Saturday, January 21 at Cloud County Community College in Concordia, KS. The team will hope the third place finish will be enough to garner a repeat invitation to nationals in February.

With only the first place teams in sectionals automatically qualifying for nationals the Cowley A team will wait to hear if its D-values gets the squad an invitation to nationals. A D-value is a computation to simulate the points a team would score in a 20- toss-up game against average opponents. It is a system that uses previous statistics to rank the teams that did not automatically qualify. 

“Last year we came in third place (at the sectional) and qualified for nationals, so we are hopeful,” AEC sponsor Dianne Flickinger said.

AEC at Cloud County Community CollegeOnly the top 24 teams in the nation participate at the national tournament.

The Cowley B team went 3-5 and placed 10th out of 13 teams at the sectional tournament, while the Redlands Community College A team went 10-0 en route to earning the automatic bid to nationals.

Helping the Cowley A team win six of nine matches were Daltin Brock (sixth place individually), Chase LaPorte (16th place), Harvey Baker (20th place), and captain Jesse McCabe (23rd place), who answered toss-up questions when it was most needed to win three of the rounds.

The Cowley B team was made up of Aimee Schwintz (ninth place), Dana Risley (13th place), Claryssa Weis (35th place), Edgar Fuentes (42nd place), captain Ashley Simpson (51st place), and Symantha Shelton (51st place).