Casa Grande High School's Ac Dec team heading to state

It is on to the state championship for the 28th year in a row for the Casa Grande High School Academic Decathlon team.

Casa earned the right to participate in the state tournament coming up on March 15-18 in Sacramento by dominating competition in the North Bay Region event held last weekend in Fairfield. Regional competition featured teams from Marin, Napa, Solano, Sonoma and Yolo counties.

Teams are comprised of students from three levels: honors (grade-point average of 3.75 to 4.00), scholastic (3.00 to 2.74) and varsity (below 3.00).

Ac Dec regional competition


Casa Grande's No. 1 team and the one headed to state includes team captain Sierra Downey, assistant captains Ben Koos, Shibani Dighe and Mary Miguel along with Brian On, Elijah Gerber-Kaim Bradley Skubic, Junyoung Park and Cody Johnson.

As a team, Casa Grande won 65 individual medals, with its No. 1 team finishing first among Sonoma County teams, as well as first in region. Its super quiz relay team was second.

Casa Grande's team two was third in the super-quiz relay.

Casa team captain Downey won the individual gold medal in the Honors Division, scoring 7,703 total points. Up to 100 points are awarded in each of 10 categories.

Teammate On won the bronze medal in the Honors Division with a 7,435 total score.

Casa Grande also took top honors in both the Scholastic and Varsity divisions, with Koos winning the gold medal in the Scholastic Division and Park the gold in the varsity division. Miguel was silver medalist in the varsity division.

Donna Reed, now in her third year of coaching the Casa Grande team after taking over from Richard Pillsbury, the team founder and 25-year coach, said team members really didn't feel all that much pressure as they defended their amazing streak.

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