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TCC Brain Bowl team finishes as state runner-up

Tallahassee, Fla. (May 3, 2016) – Since the National Football League started its wild card system in 1970, only 10 wild card teams have made it to the Super Bowl. Those are long odds, daunting to any team. However, if Tallahassee Community College’s Brain Bowl team felt they were at a disadvantage when they made it into the Florida College System Activities Association State Championship Tournament as a wild card entry, they did not let it show.

 

The team brought home a second place trophy from the tournament held April 14–16 at Pasco-Hernando State College, winning 10 of 11 matches to advance to the final against eventual champion State College of Florida-Manatee.

 

Team members included Maribeth Curci, Landon Glover, Melekot Ferrede, Dylan Johnson and Nathaniel Henry. Curci is a graduate of SAIL High School, Glover of Wakulla High School, Ferrede of Leon High School, and Johnson of Lincoln High School. Henry is an alumnus of Dothan High School in Alabama. The team is coached by David Proctor, professor of history. Partial scholarships are available to Brain Bowl team members.

The TCC team was competing in its first state tournament since 2004. According to Proctor, it is especially difficult to get into the state tournament coming out of the Panhandle region, which includes some of Florida’s strongest Brain Bowl teams. “That’s why the wild card provision was instituted some years ago,” he said.

Team member Nathan Henry said that although the team was a wild card entry, their goal was always to finish in the top three. He attributed the team’s success to playing extremely well at the right time, combined with a bit of luck as far as the questions that were asked. He pointed out that although all of the team members are science or math majors, they also have other interests that allow them to answers questions in areas like literature and mythology.

Henry recently graduated from TCC and will enroll at Florida State University in the fall to study computer engineering. Although FSU does not have a Brain Bowl team, he would like to start one.

TCC was one of the original colleges that founded FSCAA Brain Bowl in 1982, and TCC won the state championship in 2000. Proctor joined the coaching staff in 2004, and he has handled coaching duties solo since 2005.

 

In addition to this year’s success at the state tournament, TCC was also invited to the national Community College Championship Tournament in both 2015 and 2016.

 

For information, call (850) 201-8152 or write to PROCTORD@tcc.fl.edu.

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