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February 28, 2017


Cowley AEC team fares well at national tournament


Cowley AEC team fares well at national tournamentThe Cowley College Academic Excellence Challenge team had an opportunity to compete at the national tournament February 24-25 in Bloomington, MN for the third consecutive year.

The Cowley AEC team entered the national tournament in 24th place and left the national tournament in 20th place. The team from Valencia College (FL) placed first.

“I am very proud of our team,” Cowley AEC team sponsor Mark Flickinger said. “They were focused and fought hard. They finished ranked 20th out of 60 plus community college teams even though only 24 teams participate in the National Tournament.”

On Friday, the first evening of preliminary games was based on seeding by the tournament director, where schools played a six-team round robin, during rounds one through five. Cowley won one and lost four. 

At the end of the tournament, Cowley learned that the four teams they lost to in the preliminary rounds were the third place team, State College-Manatee, sixth place Jefferson, 13th place Central Alabama, and 15th place Tallahassee. Cowley defeated Bevill-Fayette which placed 21st.

On Saturday Cowley entered the playoff rounds, where they were rebracketed by the win-loss record of the preliminaries. Cowley enjoyed the competition, and its team of four members won three and lost three.

Cowley AEC team member Chase LaPorte said it was a fulfilling honor to represent Cowley College on a national stage, while Jesse McCabe enjoyed the opportunity to compete against the best in the nation.

Harvey Baker said it was a blessing to represent Cowley at nationals.

“I hope future AEC students will have this opportunity. I am sure they will with the support of Cowley College and sponsor Dianne Flickinger,” Baker said.

Away from the competition, Cowley team members spent the majority of their time at the Mall of America. They also visited the Minnesota Valley National Wildlife Refuge, a 14,000-acre National Wildlife Refuge located just south of the city of Minneapolis.

“It was an amazing competition and had plenty of wonderful moments off to the side,” Daltin Brock said.

With 119 students competing at the national tournament, Cowley’s Chase LaPorte placed 35th, Daltin Brock placed 38th, Harvey Baker finished 55th and Jesse McCabe ended up 104th.

On Saturday, March 4, the Cowley AEC team will compete at the Regional Tournament at Allen College in preparation for the Kansas AEC Championship on March 31-April 1 in Salina at Kansas Wesleyan University. 

“Last year we placed second, and our goal is to place first this year,” Dianne Flickinger said.