Tilghman, McCracken tie in first WKAA competition

McCracken County academic team members (from left) Sydney Woodard, Noah Ellis, Ella McBee and Mason Wooten consider a response to a question Thursday. The host Mustangs beat St. Mary 25-8 and tied defending WKAA champion Paducah Tilghman 20-20.

DAVID B. SNOW | The Sun

Paducah Tilghman High School and McCracken County High School tied 20-20 in their first head-to-head meeting Thursday in West Kentucky Academic Association competition after each team beat St. Mary High School. The three-team competition was held at MCHS.

Before the teams met head-to-head Thursday, PTHS beat St. Mary 26-3 and MCHS beat the Vikings 25-8. The three teams make up District 2 in WKAA play.

In WKAA, two academic teams of four players each compete against each other in a question-and-answer contest using a variety of subjects, similar to the "G.E. College Bowl" that aired nationally from the 1950s through the 1980s. Contests consist of 12-minute halves.

PTHS is the defending WKAA high school champion, having won the season-ending West Kentucky Academic Bowl last March.

The WKAA -- which competes at the high school and middle school levels -- is a means of helping students prepare for Governor's Cup quick recall contests held in January through March.

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