JCJC’s Bobcat Math League’s first week sees familiar teams taking the lead

Written By: Teresa McCreery
Email Address: teresa.mccreery@jcjc.edu
Date Submitted: 2017-09-22 21:03:38

ELLISVILLE – Last year’s leaders have started the new season of competition in the Jones County Junior College Bobcat Math League dominating their foes. As every team is rebuilding with new players this year, the 2016 BML Champions Oak Grove, and last year’s 2nd place team, West Jones managed to crush their opponents. Sacred Heart, the 2015 BML Champions showed no mercy for its first challengers by racking up a 58 point lead. The Crusaders’ math coach, Rick Muli came into the season with a cautious optimism.
“Coach Wilson and I had more than fifteen students try out this year for the JCJC Bobcat STEM competition team. We’ve been busy selecting a team while practicing after school. While Captain, Nick Gallardo and senior Sohbian Thriffiley are returning starters, we are fielding a relatively inexperienced group of students who have, however,  put in a great deal of  effort beginning this summer with some online work that was assigned.  I am especially hopeful and pleased with the freshmen who have joined us, including yet another Gallardo, Kate.   The team hopes to return to the playoffs, and advance further than we did last year.   Donna Wilson and I hope that they enjoy the competition, learn something about math, science, teamwork and sportsmanship, and we represent Sacred Heart honorably,” said Muli.
Returning mathletes, the Heidelberg High School Oilers proved they are fighters by tying its opponents, while perennial top team contender, the Northeast Jones Tigers let the Wayne County War Eagles snatch their victory away.   
Also emerging this season are new, Most Outstanding Players with Presbyterian Christian’s Daniel Duran-Hernandez, Wayne County’s Megan Sickinger and Oak Grove’s Olivia Vigerie all earned a 70 percent average accuracy rate.  Eleven more mathletes tied with a 60 percent average accuracy rate during this week’s match-ups.
In the Galileo Division, Sacred Heart begins the season as the division leader with its astounding 76 to 18 victory over the Collins Tigers. Wayne County fought hard to rack up 50 points with the Northeast Jones Tigers on their heels with 44 points.  Next week, the War Eagles will have to soar high above the Crusaders to get another victory when they meet on the JCJC campus in a 4:30 p.m. match on Monday, September 25. The Northeast Jones Tigers should have it a little easier next week going head-to-head with the Tigers of Collins in a “catfight.”
Presbyterian Christian High School’s Bobcats outscored the Wayne Academy Jaguars by 20 points, with a final 47 to 27 score.  The Bobcats will continue their long winning streak as Gates Division leaders despite having a lot of new members.  Heidelberg and Laurel tied with 26 points each in their first meeting, leaving room for Wayne Academy to move up in the ranks next week if the Jaguars can decisively overcome the Laurel Tornadoes. The Oilers face the division leaders which could be a serious test of their abilities. 
The Mustangs managed to maintain their winning ways from last season. Despite a new crew of mathletes, West Jones took command of the competition, trouncing the Quitman Panthers 60 to 23.  The Columbia Academy Cougars took on the Perry Central Bulldogs with the Bulldogs only getting 21 points and leaving the Cougars in second place in the division with 38 points.  All of the Archimedes Division’s teams could easily take the lead in the coming weeks if West Jones stumbles or the other teams learn to adjust to the competition.  
The Warriors of Oak Grove proved themselves as reigning champs and Pythagoras Division leaders, with a decisive 63 to 26 victory over the South Jones Braves.  Raleigh’s Lions roared past the Sylva Bay Saints, 46 to 12.  Next week, the “new” South Jones team should be more comfortable hosting the Lions on their “Reservation,” while the Saints will host the Oak Grove Warriors.
Results are posted on the JCJC Bobcat Math League webpage under “Division Standings/Schedules at: www.jcjc.edu/bobcatmathleague/and on the Bobcat Math League Facebook page: Bobcat Math League - Facebook. 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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