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Edison Wins Firelands Challenge Championship

...Eighth Successive Title.

Sandusky, Ohio.  February 5, 2020 – Going into Wednesday’s match, the Firelands Challenge team from Edison High School held the lead in the Championship Series, but didn’t rest in pursuit of its eighth straight title.  It won Wednesday’s match with 56 points to secure the title once again.  The final scores in the match were Edison 56, Huron 33, and Willard 19.

Following score adjustments after appeals from the second round match, Edison held a 45 point margin over Willard and a 57 point margin over Huron.  Huron kept pace with Edison in the first segment of the final match, but by the half-way point, Edison was in the lead by 10 points.  Edison answered seven of ten regular team questions, picked up bonus points on six questions, and answered both toss-up questions along with five Lightning Round questions.                     

The real battle in the final match was between Huron and Willard to see which team would finish in second place.  Willard was ahead of Huron by 12 cumulative points after the second round.  Willard’s team struggled in the first half of Wednesday’s match with only seven points while Huron picked up 15.  Willard earned 12 more points in the second half, but Huron also picked up the pace with 18 points of its own. 

Huron finished with 33 points to Willard’s 19.  This 14 point margin wiped out Willard’s lead and gave Huron second place in the Championship by two points.  The big swing in points came with the Team Choice category.  Huron answered its Geography question correctly for six points while Willard lost two points when it did not provide the correct answer to its question from the Harry Potter series.

The results of the three Championship Matches (with appeals) and the cumulative scores are:

                                Match I                 Match II               Match III              Cumulative

Edison                       52                           69                           56                            177

Huron                       42                           22                           33                              97

Willard                      33                           43                           19                              95      

The Firelands Challenge Program is supported by area businesses and civic organizations.  At the match, Mr. William Muthig, program coordinator, recognized and thanked the following sponsors for the 2019-20 season:

  • Buckeye Broadband – Sandusky (Gold Sponsor)
  • R & D Equipment, Inc. – Norwalk (Silver Sponsor)
  • Firelands Regional Medical Center – Sandusky (Bronze Sponsor)
  • Clevite Elastomers – Milan
  • Rotary Club of Milan
  • Norwalk Rotary Club
  • Perkins Restaurant, Penn Station, Toft’s on 250 – Sandusky
  • Sandusky Rotary Club Charitable Fund
  • Schlessman Seed Company – Milan
  • BGSU Firelands (Scholarship Sponsor)

Mr. Muthig commented, “This final match wrapped up another competitive season for the program.  Eight straight wins for Edison is a fantastic run.  We can only wait to see what the next season brings.”

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