Sectional Champs

The ECHS Scholastic Bowl team had their best finish in school history with an IHSA Class 1A Sectional Championship. Front row: Molly Swardstrom, Torrie Smith, Micah Henson, Emma Wiseman and Assistant Coach Sarah Swardstrom. Back row: Coach Will Swardstrom, Aaron Brown, Max Short, Zoe Barnes and Jack Krouse.

For the first time in school history, Edwards County High School’s Scholastic Bowl team claimed the title of Sectional Champs. 

The Lions won the IHSA Class 1A Regional Title last Monday at home, then traveled to Fairfield on Saturday for Sectional play, taking on fellow Regional winners Robinson, South Central, and Teutopolis. After a super close first round win over Robinson, the Lions cruised to two more wins and a Sectional title.

“I’m just super proud of these kids,” Head Coach Will Swardstrom said of his team. “We’ve gone through a lot the last couple of years. We had a historic season last year and then the bottom fell out right before we had a chance to really prove ourselves. This year, we weren’t even able to play in person until about a month ago, but we just picked right back up where we started. I’m disappointed this is the end of the road with this team, but it was the best possible outcome with the hand we were dealt.”  

Unfortunately, due to COVID-19, the 2021 state series has already been cancelled, leaving the Lions as one of the final eight teams in the state this year. 

Last season, Edwards County had a 45-25 record and an IHSA Regional title before COVID-19 cancelled Sectionals and the rest of the season. That team had no seniors, so Edwards County was eager to finish what they’d started last year. A shortened season this year put Edwards County at 10-1 for in-person matches heading into Sectional play on Saturday.