Canandaigua MasterMinds marks best year ever

The MasterMinds team of Canandaigua Academy had its best year this past season, for which members were recognized Thursday by the Board of Education.

MasterMinds is a quiz bowl-style team competition for high school students.

“It’s really an academic competition,” said Superintendent Jamie Farr. “It’s really focused around problem solving and thinking skills.”

Science teacher Jason McLaughlin, who has been coaching the team for the last six or seven years, confirmed its finished second “in a narrow defeat to arch rival Victor,” out of 59 schools in the Greater Rochester Area.

“That still constitutes our best finish ever and I want to thank the board for letting us share that good news with everyone,” McLaughlin said, introducing the team, all varsity members: Nik Gjonbalaj, Harvest Savo, Robert “Philo” Gray, Nate Hodge, Reagan Patrowicz and Jack Baker. Also on the team, but not at the meeting, is Erich Jones.

Patrowicz said the team usually plays 12 games a season, but only had 10 this year because of two no-shows.

“We won all of our games with over 3,000 points, which put us in the top five, and then we played a double elimination tournament,” she said.

Canandaigua beat Lima Christian School, Webster Schroeder and Pembroke and then lost to Victor, which Patrowicz said put them on the other side of the bracket. They went on to beat Greece Arcadio and Fairport in win-or-go-home games. In the final round, they beat Brighton and handed Victor its first season loss, but lost to the Blue Devils in the winner-take-all finals, finishing second overall.

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