For the second-straight year, Rend Lake College’s College Bowl team is competing in the state championship tournament. The team is made up of, FROM LEFT, Jim Dreas of Ashley, Richard Pigg of DuQuoin, Coach Joe Ervin, Bryan Carter of Benton and James Ledbetter of West Frankfort. Not pictured are Josh Bullock of Royalton and Zach Cash of Waltonville. CLICK HERE for a larger image.
PALOS HILLS, Ill. – Rend Lake College took third overall at the College Bowl State Championships today at Moraine Valley Community College in Palos Hills, Ill. Sophomore Jim Dreas of Ashley scored the fourth-highest amount of points among all competitors at the tournament and received a medal for his performance.
“I think if he had known he was going to be recognized for that, he wouldn’t have answered a single question,” RLC Coach Joe Ervin joked about his soft-spoken team member.
Bryan Carter of Benton served as team captain for RLC, which went 2-4 overall to beat another 2-4 team, Morton College. RLC took third over Morton based on its aggregate score of 720-590. Host Moraine Valley took the title with a 5-1 record.
Rend Lake upset eventual runner-up Oakton Community College 155-100 in one of their matches. The Lake lost 145-80 and 160-95 to Moraine Valley and fell 175-115 in its other match against Oakton.
“There were some really strong teams,” Ervin said.
The team – Dreas, Richard Pigg of DuQuoin, Carter, James Ledbetter of West Frankfort, Josh Bullock of Royalton and Zach Cash of Waltonville – is heading home with a plaque and medals.
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INA, Ill. – For the second-straight year, Rend Lake College’s College Bowl team is competing in the state championship tournament. The team is going head to head with the best in the state, today at Moraine Valley Community College in Palos Hills.
RLC rolled the competition at the regional in March, beating John A. Logan College 85-35 and Shawnee Community College 75-20. Last year, RLC finished in a three-way tie for second at state. They will be looking to improve on that this go around.
“I think the team is better this year than the team last year,” said their coach, Joe Ervin, an English instructor at RLC who resides in Texico. “I think we are stronger and well-balanced, and from where I’m sitting we have a good chance to win it this year.”
The team is Jim Dreas of Ashley, Richard Pigg of DuQuoin, Bryan Carter of Benton, James Ledbetter of West Frankfort, Josh Bullock of Royalton and Zach Cash of Waltonville.
Each member brings his own strength to the well-rounded team. Dreas is the history, science and literature guy; and Pigg specializes in computer science and obscure pop culture – just ask him about the “Barbie” question he nailed at a meet this year. Carter’s good at science, chemistry, sports and pop culture; while Ledbetter brings linguistics and history to the table, and Cash is strong in mythology and agriculture.
When asked how he prepares for basically every question in the universe, Ledbetter replied, “We are students of the world. That ... and PBS.”
“I find that I learn more if I’m not trying to learn,” Carter said. “I just play Smash Brothers Melee, and I’m still good at scholar bowl. It’s fun and Joe is the coolest guy every.”