My hiatus from blogging over the weekend was interrupted with this — a trip to the National Academic Bowl Tournament.

This was the second year in a row my team was invited to the Nationals. We won the regional tournament to capture the trip.

Many people didn’t expect us to do well since we lost three seniors from our team, including the National MVP in our best player last year. Even I had my own reservations — telling myself that I’m just happy to be there with such a young team (one senior, two sophomores, and two freshmen).

Guess what? We went undefeated in pool play 7-0, but lost in the semifinals to eventual National Champion University High School from Irvine, CA. We were able to capture third place eventually in the consolation.

People are already telling us to watch out, we’ll be marked next year as both University and the second place team have three seniors and aren’t expected to threaten for the title next year. It’ll be ours, baby!

I’m the coach on the right with the tie in the photo.

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