Plainview academic team’s four seniors were in eighth grade the last time the school went to the state tournament.


Plainview academic team’s four seniors were in eighth grade the last time the school went to the state tournament.

One of those seniors, team captain Michael Carpenter, is blunt in his assessment of the current team.

“This is the best team we’ve ever had,” Carpenter said.

Their accomplishments for the 2009-10 year have added up.

They won the Lake Country Conference championship and have been the area runner-up, regional runner-up and Edmond Memorial tournament runner-up.

Now they are headed to the state tournament Feb. 6 in El Reno.

“This is our first time to go to state and it’s going to be a nice occasion,” junior Jack Wen said.
However, they are not just going — their goal is to surpass the 2005 team, who placed fourth, and win the championship.

At the area tournament, Plainview lost to the defending state champion Bristow, 240-200.

The team then made their way through the losers’ bracket, beating Sulphur 270-150, Tecumseh 280-140 and Byng 200-180 and qualified for state.

Plainview has developed many rituals as they have made their way to state.

Carpenter, the team math expert, wields what his team mates call “the Magic Pen” at every match. It has brought him luck so far, as he has also been nominated for the all-state team.

At the Edmond Memorial tournament, the team wore Burger King crowns as they competed.

“If we stop at Burger King (on the way to El Reno), I’ll definitely get a crown,” Johnson said.

Yet, the team is not without traditions that go back before them. Unknown to the new generation, Plainview traditionally goes bowling when they make it to state.

“We’re going to a restaurant in Bricktown that has a bowling alley in it,” coach Melinda Wallace said.

There are also plans to have a local bowling party with the Turner team.

Only six members of the Plainview team will participate at the state tournament — Carpenter, Chance Johnson, Theresa Hottel, Katherine Habeck, Jack Wen and Jesse Smith.