MHS teachers and grads win Brain Games
Times-Mail newspaper, June 1, 2018
BEDFORD — Rodney Fish and Family, a team comprised of Mitchell High School teachers and alumni, defended its 2017 Brain Games title by winning its second straight championship in Brain Games XVII Thursday night at Little Theatre of Bedford.
The team defeated Inklings Bookstore in the championship game, 130-90.
Fish and Family eked out a win over Samuel Arp, Attorney at Law, 150-140, to advance to the finals.
The game was tied at the end of regulation, 130-130, but the MHS team won the best two out of three in the tie-breaker, with MHS choir teacher Josh Landers knowing the month and year of President Lincoln’s assassination to win the game, 150-140.
Inklings doubled up the Bedford Hiking Club team, 180-90, to advance to the finals.
Arp defeated Ferguson-Lee Chapel of the Thorne-George Family Funeral Homes in the opening game, 150-120. The teachers beat the Bedford Rotary Club, 220-150, Inklings beat Bedford Federal Savings Bank, 140-100, and the Hiking Club defeated the Bedford Evening Lions, 170-90.
The championship game was tied at 10-10 and 20-20, but Fish and Family jumped into the lead when Ben Embry knew Kareem Abdul-Jabbar’s birth name was Lew Alcindor and also knew Matthew was the first book in the New Testament.
Inklings pulled to within ten points a couple of more times, the last being 50-40 when Wes Carpenter knew Rod Stewart sang, “If you want my body and you think I’m sexy …”
The MHS teachers then stretched the lead to a game high of 50 points, 100-50. The closest Inklings would get the rest of the way was 30 points when Lacy Hawkins knew James Watt was famous for perfecting the steam engine, but Landers knew Emily Dickenson was a reclusive poet who was virtually unknown when she died in 1886.
Brain Games is an annual fundraiser for the Lawrence County Museum of History.