WC East Academic Team Advances to County Final

The brainy Vikings topped Phoenixville and neighbor Rustin for the right to move on.

West Chester East will be among the three teams competing for the Chester County Academic Competition championship, the Chesco Intermediate Unit announced.

The championship will take place at the Technical College High School Brandywine Campus in Downingtown on March 14 starting at 7 p.m. The winner will represent Chester County at the state competition.

East will be joined in the Chesco final by the Conestoga and Unionville academic teams. Three junior varsity teams will also advance to the championship: Downingtown East, Conestoga and West Chester East.

WCE advanced by merit of its victory in the tournament's semifinal round, where it topped Phoenixville and West Chester Rustin. The subject areas included literature, math, science, American and world history, geography, and current events.

Though it was a hard-fought match, first-ranked West Chester East was able to gain an early lead and hold on to it throughout. The final score was West Chester East 140; Phoenixville 75; West Chester Rustin 95.

West Chester East senior and team captain Mihir Yavalkar is confident in his team’s chances going into the finals.

“Last year, we made it to the finals as well and lost in a tiebreaker at the end of the match against Devon Prep so we know what it feels like to reach the finals and feel that kind of pressure. But I think this year is going to be our year – I think we have a really good shot,” said Yavalkar, who added that he is proud of the fact that his JV team will also be joining them in the finals.

The championship matches can be seen live on CCIU’s Internet television network on March 14 beginning at 7 p.m. by visiting http://ccitv.cciu.org.
In case of inclement weather, the semifinals will be held on March 18 at the same time and location.

To view all teams scores for the season or to view historical information on the competition, visitwww.cciu.org/AcademicComp.


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