By Cedric Vitug
Bonita Vista High School hosted the Academic League finals on Nov. 3 against Olympian High School. OHS’s varsity team won with the final score of 41-184.
“OHS historically has a very strong team. They consistently win by a very large margin. I know that all the students are nervous about it,” varsity advisor Jason Good said prior to the match.
According to senior and varsity team member Jeanne Lee, OHS beat BVH with the score of 256-56 last year. This year, the varsity team decided to practice more thoroughly before the two rounds.
“[Reviewing certain topics] definitely helped this time around. We have a lot of people that are good at science and math, but generally most of the questions are history and literature. I think it was nice that we were able to practice those,” Lee said.
The varsity team placed first in their division and advanced into the second round of the playoffs with a bye. The varsity team remained at the top of the North Metro league after defeating Eastlake.
“We had a lot of restructuring this year. To get first place in the division was a very good thing. We haven’t done that in a couple of years,” Good said.
The first toss up question of the match was answered incorrectly by BVH. OHS took a three point lead by answering that question correctly and accumulated 12 points before BVH was able to gain their first three.
“The biggest issue was that we have this huge discrepancy between people who are overconfident and people who have little-to-no confidence. It definitely does take practice,” Lee said.
Bonita called five timeouts to change the placement of student. Halfway through the match, the score was 25-97 with OHS still in the lead. Despite the BVH varsity team being behind, senior and varsity co-captain Isaac Lira thought communication among the team helped them in the match.
“I think we had a quicker reaction time. A more aggressive approach to buzzing in helped us get questions we might have lost if we had waited,” Lira said.
With five minutes left in the match, Bonita was still behind with the score at 38-161. The team was able to answer a few toss up and bonus questions before the final score was called.
“Even if we did technically lose against OHS, more than anything, it was a win to be able to compete and just to have fun. It’s just another motivator for people to keep participating in Academic League,” Lee said.
This loss for the varsity team meant that they are no longer in the tournament and no longer eligible to compete for the county playoffs. Despite the season being over for them, they plan on having a staff versus students scrimmage this month.
“Most of the varsity team will be graduating this year, and while I am sad to see the team I captained officially end on a loss, I have faith that my co-captain Gilbert Neuner, can build a varsity team as strong as the one we had this year,” Lira said