One Win in the Books

The Register Guard (Eugene, OR), March 4, 2012 | Go to article overview

One Win in the Books


Byline: Jack Moran The Register-Guard

Talk about a Cinderella story.

The 12th-seeded Veneta Elementary Mad Readers - a team made up entirely of fourth-graders - won the Oregon Battle of the Books elementary level regional tournament on Saturday at North Eugene High School.

The small-town squad dispatched foes from several schools in Eugene and Springfield on its march to the championship, knocking off The Super Nerds from Springfield's Yolanda Elementary in the tourney's final round.

The competition uses a "quiz show" format to test students' knowledge of 16 books included on this year's state Battle of the Books list.

The top four teams in Saturday's regional competition now advance to the state tournament in Salem on April 14.

Mentioning that he'd heard "some negative remarks" about his squad's chances during Saturday's early rounds, Veneta's Josiah Lorenz said he's confident the Mad Readers will make a deep run in the state tournament.

"We showed them all today," 9-year-old Josiah said after his team's 83-62 win over Yolanda, the tournament's No. 8 seed.

Fifty teams of third-, fourth- and fifth-graders representing elementary schools from throughout Lane County competed Saturday.

All but 16 of those four-student teams were knocked out in the event's early rounds.

The remaining squads advanced to what amounted to a single-elimination tournament, with teams seeded based on their overall performance in their first three matches of the day.

Students who participated in the event spent the past few months reading and re-reading the 16 books being used in this year's Battle of the Books competition.

The list includes such favorites as "Charlotte's Web" and "The Mouse and the Motorcycle," as well as a number of lesser-known titles, including the biography "Who Were the Beatles?"

"They know these books inside and out," said Judy Peterson, who in addition to working as the Fern Ridge School District's media specialist serves as the Mad Readers' coach.

Veneta Elementary's own "fab four" will be joined at the state tournament by teams from Springfield School District's Yolanda and Centennial elementary schools and Eugene School District's Awbrey Park Elementary.

Separate regional and state Battle of the Books tournaments are scheduled for middle and high school students. …

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