JCJC’s Bobcat Math League teams launch into action

Written By: Teresa McCreery
Email Address: teresa.mccreery@jcjc.edu
Date Submitted: 2015-09-18 21:32:59

ELLISVILLE – High school mathletes wasted no time battling for the first place spot in the first week of Jones County Junior College’s Bobcat Math League competition. As the fourth season begins, the four new teams to the League didn’t get a warm welcome from the League’s high school math teams. The Leagues’ perennial winners easily rose to the top-of-the ranks in their respective divisions. 

In the Einstein Division, Sacred Heart secured the top spot beating newcomers, Wayne Academy 86 to 9. Helping the Crusaders with the win was mathlete Matthew Gallardo who scored a perfect, 100-percent on his individual performance. The Mustangs of West Jones stomped on their new opponents, Heidelberg High School with a 32-20 win. Wayne County’s War Eagles had a tough time with the Cougars of Lawrence County, suffering a 29-44 loss to the Lawrence County Cougars. Wayne County secured the third place position in the Einstein division while Lawrence County also landed in third place in the Euclid Division based on their cumulative points compared to their division’s teams.
The Red Devils of Stringer whipped up a big win against the Seminary Bulldogs, 108 to 15 and secured the first place slot in the Euclid Division. The Laurel Tornadoes handed the Bay Springs Bulldogs a 44-21 loss in this first week of competition. 
As expected, the Oak Grove Warriors of the Fibonacci Division wasted no time taking the top slot. The Warriors slaughtered newcomers, the Greene County Wildcats, 118 to 18. Oak Grove scored the most cumulative points overall in a match with two mathletes, Allen Huang and Peter Liang performing perfectly with 100-percent accuracy. The Perry Central Bulldogs chewed up the Heidelberg Academy Rebels with a 21 to 7 victory which was good enough to take the second place in the division. The Richton Rebels also began the season wounded with a solid win by the Northeast Jones Tigers of the Pythagoras Division, 58 to 13. 
The Tigers of Northeast Jones are first place in the Pythagoras Division with the Columbia Academy Cougars on their heels. Columbia Academy defeated the Mt. Olive Pirates with a 39 to 20 triumph. Collins’ Tigers jumped past the Sylva Bay Saints with a narrow win, 21 to 15.
The Bobcats of Presbyterian Christian High School had no trouble trouncing on BML novices, the Enterprise Bulldogs in their first match of the season. PCS’s 100 points sent Enterprise packing with its 32 points. Taylorsville’s Tartars turned out a win against Quitman’s Panthers, 47 to 10. In third place in the division, the South Jones Braves narrowly escaped the jaws of defeat from the Raleigh Lions, winning, 25 to 23.
Perfect scorers, Matthew Gallardo of Sacred Heart, Key’Shawn Johnson of Stringer, Allen Huang of Oak Grove and Peter Liang of Oak Grove share the Most Outstanding Player title with a four-way tie amongst the perfect scorers. Five students tied with 80-percent accuracy in their competitions. 
Next week’s matches won’t get any easier for the four newcomers as Heidelberg faces Sacred Heart, Wayne Academy will duke it out with county rival, Wayne County, Enterprise will try to knock off South Jones and Greene County will try to get a win from Mt. Olive.
Results will be posted on the JCJC Bobcat Math League web page under “Division Standings/Schedules at: www.jcjc.edu/bobcatmathleague/ and on the Bobcat Math League Facebook page. For more information about the Bobcat Math League contact Dr. Jessica Bunch (JCJC Bobcat Math League Commissioner) at 601-477-5422 or email at jessica.bunch@jcjc.edu.


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