On Monday, October 14, the Academic Team began OSSAA competition with District Seeding. The team earned top honors defeating Howe in a game of 290 to 110 and defeating Hartshorne in a game of 360 to 70. The score of 360 points is a record high score for the Wilburton academic team in OSSAA competition. The team answered over 65% of the questions correctly. The team will enter Regionals with an average score of 355 and predictably the top seat. Regionals will be held in Warner on November 16.
The academic team is captained by senior Gavin. Senior James was the team’s high scorer with 210 points in two games. Senior Andrew had 150 points in two games, Senior Stage had 50 points in one game, and Senior Harsha had 10 points in one game. The team was coached by Lisa Baker. Aaron Milligan and Philip Hawthorne served as the night’s officials.
Twenty-eight students came out for the academic team this year, a record number. The students are divided into a varsity and junior varsity team for conference play. The Blue Mountain Academic Conference season began in August and will continue to November. The teams will play their next conference game in Red Oak on Tuesday, October 22. Currently, the varsity team is ranked first with only one loss. The junior varsity is ranked third overall in the JV conference.
Recently, a three-year wager between Coach Aaron Milligan and Senior James was settled. Coach Milligan hold told James as a freshman that he would shave his beard when James scored 300 points during a night of conference play. Conference meets are made up on three games, so James would need to score an average of 100 individual points in each game. Only 400 individual points are available. Over the past three years, James has come close to achieving his goal of earning 300 points in a night to “get Milligan’s beard” with nights of 280 and 290 points. In week five of competition on September 26, James achieved this feat. He scored 90 individual points against Eufaula, 50 individual points against Red Oak, and an impressive 160 individual points against Talihina. When James and his teammates realized what he had accomplished, they could barely contain their excitement and finish the game.
On Monday, September 30, Coach Milligan made good on the wager and shaved his beard off. All academic team members were able to witness the event. James and Coach Milligan even bagged up the whiskers for future good luck. Coach Aaron Milligan is an incredible academic team coach. He does an excellent job of motivating his players to do their best. He constantly challenges them to reach and set new academic team goals. He is to be admired for the many hours he puts into coaching the team and his incredible sense of humor. He makes many sacrifices for his team, including shaving his beard just weeks be fore his older son’s wedding. The academic team and Wilburton High School is honored to have Mr. Milligan as a coach, teacher, mentor, and inspiration.
Senior team members are Emma, Andrew, Nikkol, Stage, Bridgette, Adam, Christin, Morgan, Captain Gavin, James, Kristy, Harsha, LaShan, and Kurtis. Junior team members are Bryce, Morgan, Shayla, Jordan, MaKayla, Jaden, Shaylee. Freshman team members are Storm, Andrew, Haylee, Danni, Joe, Jaron, Logan, and Cordel.