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Posted February 2, 2011

The Seven Lakes Academic Decathlon team successfully defended their Regional Championship this past weekend, Jan. 28 – 29 at Morton Ranch High School. The Spartans, defending Regional and State Champions, defeated the state runner-up from last year and cross-town rival James E. Taylor High School by 3,000 points.

“This was a solid win for our program and that was our first goal of the year, successfully defend our Regional Title,” says John P. Irish, Seven Lakes AcaDec head coach. “We have four weeks to get ready for state, and we are going to need every day of that period in hopes to repeat as the State Champion.”

The Spartans enter the meet ranked no. 2 in the state behind Dobie High School, but that doesn’t concern the team as they head into the state meet.

“We’ve been in that position every time we’ve won state,” says Irish. “In 2008 when we won our first state championship, we were the no. 2 ranked team in the state and last year when we also won the state title. We feel ok at the no. 2 spot at this point in the season.”

Individually the Spartans dominated the meet, by having eight of their nine students finish in the top five. The scholastic team of Iana Ivanova, Matt Bernhard, and Victoria Tejeda finished first through third place, respectfully.

“Our scholastics have been our most consistent group this year, they have dominated at every meet we’ve been at,” says Irish.

The varsity team of Cesar Ortega, Mario Gutierrez, and Elizabeth Liberman finished second through second respectfully. And the honors team, Jonathan Xu, Sirus Jesudasen, and Catherine Tran, finished third, fourth and sixth respectfully.

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