New team members find ways to win in JCJC’s Bobcat Math League

Written By: Teresa McCreery
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Date Submitted: 2017-10-05 19:00:09

ELLISVILLE – The majority of the 16-teams in the Jones County Junior College Bobcat Math League faced uncertainty beginning the season. Every team faced finding new team members.  As a result, new leaders are emerging mid-way through the season in every division. 
One of the biggest upsets in the third week of competition came in the match between the Sacred Heart Crusaders and the Presbyterian Christian Bobcats.  The Crusaders blasted the Bobcats 78 to 44. Despite the blow to Presbyterian Christian, the Bobcats will continue as Gates Division leaders because of their 155 cumulative points and the other division teams’ win-loss record. PCS is in third place overall in the BML. Galileo Division leader, Sacred Heart not only leads their division but they also lead the BML in cumulative points with 240. The Oak Grove Warriors’ 202 cumulative points rank them in second place in the League with Archimedes Division leader, West Jones racking up 153 cumulative points for fourth place in the BML. 
Individuals earning the Most Outstanding Leaders honors this week are Sacred Heart’s Benn Dunn and Oak Grove’s Peter Liang tying for the second straight week.  Tying for third place MOP honors are Weslie Blackledge of PCS and Josh Cooper of West Jones, and Remy Poirrier of Sacred Heart and Olivia Viguerie of Oak Grove are tied for fifth place in individual average accuracy rates.
Upsets in three divisions have led to three teams moving up the ranks.  The Heidelberg High School Oilers’ close win over the Collins Tiger team earns them the second spot in the Gates Division.  Because Wayne Academy lost to county rivals, the Wayne County War Eagles 34 to 52, the Jaguars are in third place in the Gates Division.  Laurel’s Tornadoes’ lost to their county rival, the Northeast Jones Tigers with the exact same score as the Wayne County teams, 34 to 52. 
In the Pythagoras Division, the Warriors of Oak Grove crushed the Columbia Academy Cougars, 73 to 22.  The Jaguars’ loss moved them down a notch to land in third place in the Gates Division. Another team upsetting the divisional ranks is the South Jones Braves.  They managed to hold onto the win in their match against the Perry Central Bulldogs, 20 to 12.  Quitman’s 24 to 6 victory against the Sylva Bay Saints moved them up a notch to second place in the Archimedes Division. Just like PCS, the Mustangs of West Jones managed to hold onto their division leader status even though the Raleigh Lions and the Mustangs each earned 32 points.
Next week, as the League enjoys a week off they won’t be able to rest as the season nears the end. Teams will compete again during the week of October 16, with more opportunities to climb the divisional ranks and ensure post-season play.  Most notably will be West Jones and Oak Grove squaring off because a loss could lead to a slip in division ranking. Northeast Jones could be a problem for Presbyterian Christian when they meet on Monday, October 16, because both teams are evenly matched in their win-loss records.  Heidelberg seems to be on the rise but the War Eagles could put a plug on the Oilers’ “gusher.”  South Jones and Quitman are both basking in their rise up the ranks.  The winner of that match-up could land an invitation to the playoffs. Columbia Academy’s Cougars will need to be ready to prove they are worthy of a higher rank and give the Lions of Raleigh a good fight when they meet Tuesday, October 17.
Results are posted on the JCJC Bobcat Math League webpage under “Division Standings/Schedules at: 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 


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