The Albany Herald’s Billy Lemon presents The Christine Blaylock Middle School Academic Bowl Trophy to Robert Cross Middle School Team Captain Scott Dawson Jr. on Wednesday. Robert Cross beat Albany Middle in the final round and a tiebreaker round to earn a spot at Regionals next month in Americus. Albany Middle, Radium Springs and Merry Acres also earned spots. (Staff Photo: Terry Lewis)
Dougherty Middle Schools 2013 Academic Bowl
Robert Cross Middle School wins the Christine Blaylock Cup as the Dougherty County School System's district champion at the annual Dougherty Middle Schools Academic Bowl. Robert Cross, along with runner-up Albany Middle, Radium Springs and Merry Acres, will represent the DCSS in the regional competition in January. The Cup was presented by Albany Herald Circulation District Manager Billy Lemon. (Video: Jim Hendricks)
ALBANY — Robert Cross Middle School saved its best shots for last.
After losing 120-110 to Albany Middle School in the semifinals of the Dougherty County Middle Schools Academic Bowl, Robert Cross team coach Ethelene Kimber had a heart-to-heart meeting with her team. The impromptu prep talk worked as RCMS beat AMS 230-40 in the final, necessitating a tie breaker to determine a winner. Robert Cross prevailed in the tie-breaker 180-35.
“After we lost to (Albany Middle) we went outside of the room and talked about the other team’s quick buzzers, and how it was just a wake-up call,” Kimber said. “I told them we also had buzzers and we needed to hit them too.”
Following Robert Cross and Albany Middle in the standings were Radium Springs and two-time defending champion Merry Acres. All four schools advance to the regional Academic Bowl competition, which will be held Jan. 11 in Americus.
Academic Bowl Coordinator Roderick Pollock was pleased with the day’s competition.
“I imagine most of you folks have heard about ‘Are You as Smart as a Fifth-Grader,’” he asked the audience before the start of the final rounds. “Well, now you can see if you are as smart as a middle-schooler.”
Kimber a sixth grade reading and English teacher, said she was proud of her team.
“We have a very young team,” she said. “The future is very promising for this bunch. I am really proud of them.”
Members of the Robert Cross team include Scott Dawson, Jr. (team captain), Talyia Griffin, Anna Paduano, DeAnna Reid, Edbonie Benefield, De’Ideja Greene, Hector Grimaldo Arias, George Darrisaw, Nigel Jackson, Mauricio Recendez, Will Jones, Katelyn King, Kyia Haines, Ryan Moore, Joshua Breasette, Justin Clements, Clarence Jones, Yasmine Jones, ShaCamryn Malone and JayRah Griffin. Team coaches were Kimber, Scott Dawson Sr., and Clarence Washington.