Cavalier Mountain Academic Conference Competition teams celebrated a second consecutive championship season with an informal ceremony at Shoney’s in Hillsville on April 26.
The CCHS Science MACC team finished first in regular season and captured top honors in the SuperMACC competition. Carroll’s Math MACC team finished first in regular season and the Social Studies team placed second in the Western Division regular season.
Carroll was fifth in All Around and seventh in English in the Western Division. Narrows took first in English and Graham was first in Social Studies. In the Eastern Division, Blacksburg was first in science and second in Social Studies. Eastern Montgomery was first in Math and Radford was first in social studies.
The members of the Cavalier Math MACC team are Moe Kieda, Mickayla Mabe, Adrienne Dunevant, Daphne Frogel, Kim Kern, David Sellers, Benjamin Wood and Karaline Wheatley.
C.J. Richardson served as the captain for the science team. Other members of the team included R.J. Baber, “Izzy” Largen, Autumn Gravely, Drew Reavis, Jessica Rasco, Megan Culbreth, Kayla Cueva, Clinton Richardson and Wesley Perkins. According to Largen and Richardson, this is the second year the team has won regular season Western Division, the third year winning regular season and second SuperMACC win.
Richardson received the Jodie Goad Award by the CCHS Class of 1994. It is given by his classmates and friends to honor Goad being a champion of academics. Goad died in his twenties after being diagnosed with a brain tumor. According to Dalton, part of the decision was based on Richardson’s willingness to always learn something new and his drive to go above and beyond. Another goal of the Award is to highlight the long tradition of MACC competition at CCHS. The recipient, who is typically a senior, is selected by the coaches.
“This season was a roller coaster. It was really up and down. C.J. and I were the only two who had been on the team before,” said Largen. “So we started out rough (losing the first two matches of the season). We thought we were doomed. We’d always been undefeated and when we started losing matches it was miserable.”
Richardson said the team “brought it back” though, when the two settled in as leaders following a vacuum left by strong, senior players graduating last year.
“We had to step up and be those players and we weren’t really used to it,” Largen recalled. “And we had a whole new team basically. The team had been together for two years pretty much. We’d had the same team for two years in a row.”
Richardson said this season had been “very different.” Instead of the same people on a team he found himself in a new role with new people. (Richardson and Largen started in MACC in the ninth grade, making this their fourth year. It went down to the wire for this season’s victories.’
“We had lost two matches and everyone, the two teams above us hadn’t. We worked our way up and by the last match we were in third place (eight teams compete),” said Largen. Richardson said the team felt there wasn’t any way the two teams ahead of them could lose because they were tied for first with one loss, four wins and four matches left in the regular season.
As it shook out both teams suffered losses, allowing Carroll to advance by virtue of having more accumulated points into a three-way tie, forcing a head-to-head face-off. This ended in a tie, so the matter was decided on earned points. The team members agreed the tension didn’t kill the fun in competition from them.
“I really didn’t know anyone on the team except Izzy, Jessie (Rasco) and R.J. (Baber),” said Richardson. The group said the team members had to rely on each other in areas of expertise and learning to rely on each other. Largen said by the end of the season the team was in sync with her and Richardson looking up the results online when they were released after 8:30 p.m. simultaneously and then calling each other. In SuperMACC, Carroll downed Giles 60-30 in round one and beat Graham 60-28 to capture the win.
New team members said they particularly enjoyed going against people who you knew were smarter with more experience, so even one correct question felt like a personal victory. Math team member Daphany Frogel said “it was pretty exciting” for the team to advance to SuperMACC play. Karaline Wheatley said the team was “blessed with a really good start,” allowing them to keep up the momentum. The other members of the Cavalier Math MACC team are Moe Kieda, Mickayla Mabe, Adrienne Dunevant, Kim Kern, David Sellers and Benjamin Wood.
They said everyone on the team (which competes without a calculator) had to know a bit about everything. This allowed them to be multi-use players in a variety of situations. Frogel said competition allowed her to get better and faster at math. All members of the team except Wood will graduate this year.
The members of the Social Studies MACC Team are Kaylan Gwyn, Malachi Shuman, Maverick Lineberry-Jennings, Jake Landau, Raven Beck and William Towe. Shannon Dalton served as head coach and coached English, Rachelle Rasco coached science, Kim Kern was the math team coach and Stephanie Wright was social studies coach.
The members of the English MACC Team are Amanda Shoemaker, Ashley Frost, Jacie Newman, Erin Bowman, Houston Dixon and Elizabeth Combs. Dalton credited local MACC successes to its volunteer support.
“We’ve had so many great volunteers over the years,” said Dalton, who likened it to a litany of talent and alumni and community members always ready to help. “Other districts always ask us how we are able to get so many volunteers. They (volunteers) are always ready and willing to step us and help us.”
She pointed out the addition of Virginia High School League’s “Scholastic Bowl” competition amounts to a double season for MACC participants, offering two different types of competition. Dalton said Carroll was the only team in the District to have two teams finish first. (A two out of Five chance in the Western Division).
David Broyles may be reached at 276-779-4013 or on Twitter@CarrollNewsDave.