West Point Scholars’ Bowl team finishes fifth in nation

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The 2020/21 West Point High School Scholars’ Bowl team. L-R: Kaleb Perry (10th grade), Brodie Henry (8th), Judd Douglas (10th), Carter Duke (11th), Zeke Cornett (10th), Abigail Roy (10th). (Photo courtesy of Lee Henry) 

WEST POINT, Ala. – The West Point High School Scholars’ Bowl program has routinely been a juggernaut in competition under coach Lee Henry, but the team surpassed its own expectations this year with a fifthplace finish at the national tournament. Without a single senior on the squad, these same students will be able to try again next year! 

Henry, who coaches both the high school and middle school teams for West Point, told The Tribune, “They’ve done so much in the last little bit. Everything was pushed due to COVID, so we’re doing something major every weekend. We had high school county on April 17; we won. We had middle school state last weekend; we got second.  

“This past weekend, we had High School Nationals (West Point competes in the Small Schools division). We placed fifth, which was a shock to us all. We just wanted to get in the Top 20, but we just kept winning in the playoffs. We beat teams that, on paper, are twice as good as we are. Fifth place ties this team with the highest we’ve ever placed. This is the third time we’ve gotten fifth but, each other time, it was with a group of seniors that would be graduating. This year, it was with a junior, three sophomores, and an 8th grader (Brodie Henry, Lee Henry’s son) who was our top scorer.” 

The Middle School County Tournament is this Friday, April 30, followed by Middle School Nationals over the weekend. Look for a county wrap-up next week in The Tribune, and for results from the High School State Tournament coming up in May. 

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