“Both my teams went 3-0, which was nice,” Iversen said. “They were ranked second and third going into the afternoon. The only thing that was bad about being ranked second and third was they had to play each other after each won quarterfinal matches.”
It was a pretty close match, but at the end the seniors pulled away a bit, Iversen said.
The seniors played Oneonta in the finals.
“It was a great match,” Iversen said. “Cooperstown had a little bit of a lead going into the fourth period and Oneonta stormed back with five questions left and a five point game. This meant one question would put you over the top. One of our players, Tommy Franck pulled two clutch questions and that got us the win. It was a real nail-biter.”
On the way home from the national competition last year, Jacob Miller, who is captain of this year’s squad, said he hoped to get back to so the team could improve on its record.
“We did go three-and-three, which is respectable considering it was the first time quizzing for many of the team members,” he said.
“One thing we learned from this competition, and probably from other sports, is we do not like to lose,” he continued.
The National Academic Championships are held at three locations — New Orleans, Washington D.C. and Chicago.
The plan is to send both teams to D.C. depending on approval by the Board of Education, Iversen said. The D.C. competition is held from May 31 to June 2.
He said he plans to keep an all-senior team when competing at the national level.
“They are a very well-balanced team,” he said. “They cover all the areas pretty well between the five of them.”
The younger team will be able to get more experience and playing time that way too, Iversen said.