Northeast Jones earns wild card spot in JCJC’s Math Super Bowl

Written By: Teresa Martin
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Date Submitted: 2012-11-08 09:56:35

ELLISVILLE – After a morning of calculating math problems in the Jones County Junior College Bobcat Math League Shoot-Out, Northeast Jones narrowly captured the last wild card spot in the Math Super Bowl competition by answering the very last question correctly. The Tigers beat the War Eagles 15-14 when Kyle Keller accurately responded in the 15th round.

“I was excited and anxious at the same time going into the last question because it was 14-10,” said Keller.  “I’m so glad I answered the question quickly and correctly!”

Northeast Jones captured the Division “X” title and won the right to face Division “Y” winners, Wayne County after a day of Shoot-Out matches with fifteen high schools: Bay Springs, Collins, Heidelberg, Laurel, Mt. Olive, Mize, Perry Central, Raleigh, Sacred Heart, Sylva Bay Academy, Taylorsville, Wayne Academy, and West Jones.  However, the Tigers were going into the final round with only 104 total points to the War Eagles’ 177 points and Wayne County took the early lead in the final round of play by answering the fourth and fifth questions correctly along with a two-point bonus question. 

“It was very intense!” said Northeast Jones Senior Jacob Knight.  “We were consistently answering questions all day but it was a little scary in the end.”

Other “Shoot-out” winners include Taylorsville who came in 2nd place with 137 points in Division Y competition and Laurel was runner ups in Division X with 84 points. Sacred Heart came in 3rd in Division Y with119 points and Bay Springs was in 3rd place with 69 points.

Twenty teams began competition in September vying for the opportunity to play in the JCJC Bobcat Math League, Super Bowl.  Northeast Jones advances to the Super Bowl next Thursday, November 15, at 8:45 a.m. at JCJC’s Fine Arts Auditorium. The Tigers will face the five division leaders, Richton, Stringer, Presbyterian Christian School, Quitman and Seminary in the Super Bowl of Math. Also participating in the Super Bowl will be wild card teams Lawrence County and South Jones High Schools. They earned these positions by producing the highest cumulative points during the regular season. The public is invited to watch the “Super Bowl” and cheer on their home team, at this free event.  Cash prizes, scholarships, and trophies will be awarded to the winners of the final round of competition.


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