Vermont-NEA Scholars' Bowl

Kickoff Tournament

ESSEX JUCTION, Vt. -- Rice Memorial High School stormed from the fifth seed with three straight playoff victories to capture the Vermont-NEA Scholars' Bowl Kickoff Tournament at Essex High School on Sept. 16, 2000.

Rice posted only a 3-2 record in the preliminary round but defeated a chimera team from Burlington and Colchester, Champlain Valley, and Hanover (N.H.) in the ladder-play playoffs to take the title. The Little Indians (6-2 record) averaged just 98.1 points per game (5th) in the five-minute toss-up and bonuses, five-minute all toss-ups format but won close games all afternoon. Rice beat Champlain Valley 85-65 in the semifinals before rolling to a 175-60 win -- its highest point total of the day -- in the final against Hanover.

Hanover (6-2 record) beat previously undefeated Burlington in the semifinals to secure second place. Burlington (7-1 record) was third with a chimera team from Mt. Anthony and Rice (4-3-1 record) fourth. Champlain Valley (5-2-1 record) went 4-0-1 in the preliminary round but wound up fifth.

A total of 12 teams from eight Vermont schools competed in the tournament, which coincided with the state coaches meeting.

Statistical Results

Rank Team Overall Record Prelim. Record Playoff Record PPG
1 Rice Memorial (champions) 6-2 3-2 3-0 98.1
2 Hanover 6-2 4-1 3-0 129.4
3 Burlington 7-1 5-0 2-1 160.6
4 Mt. Anthony/Rice* 4-3-1 2-2-1 2-1 86.9
5 Champlain Valley 5-2-1 4-0-1 1-2 110.0
6 Thetford II 4-4 3-2 1-2 72.5
7 Colchester 4-4 1-4 3-0 106.9
8 Thetford I 3-5 1-4 2-1 69.4
9 Burlington/Colchester* 3-5 3-2 0-3 44.4
10 BFA-St. Albans/Rice* 2-5-1 0-4-1 2-1 81.9
11 BFA-St. Albans 1-6-1 1-3-1 0-3 56.9
12 Thetford III 1-6 1-3 0-3 48.1

* - Chimera Teams


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