Maggie Walker Clips Mason’s 2 1/2 Year Win Streak
George Mason High School’s scholastic bowl team went 6-1 at the 2A East Region tournament last Saturday at Maggie Walker Governor’s School in Richmond, earning the team a spot at the state tournament on Feb. 22 at The College of William and Mary. Mason finished second to the host team, ending a two-and-a-half-year win streak for the Mustangs. The last time Mason’s scholastic bowl team lost was to Clarke County High School on Nov. 21, 2011.
Mason was dominant in every game except the loss to Maggie Walker, a national quiz bowl power and perennial AAA finalist until being reclassified as 2A for this year. Mason beat Prince Edward County High School 310-80, Goochland High School 325-85, and Robert E. Lee High School 285-130 before losing to Maggie Walker 280-140. Mason then beat Clarke County 300-150 to set up a game against the only other one-loss team left, Nandua High School. After falling behind early, GM’s team came roaring back to dominate Nandua 310-120 to guarantee second place and a spot at the state tournament. They then finished the round robin format, defeating Riverheads High School 280-165, to finish the day 6-1 and take the runner-up spot in the 2A East Region.
The team was led in scoring by its seniors Alex Warren and Elinore McLain, with scoring help from senior Matt Earman and junior Jarman Taylor. The team is coached by Jamie Scharff.