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Edison remains in first but Huron is gaining ground after both win Round 5 matches

• Dec 28, 2017 at 11:00 AM

Edison High School remains the leader in the Firelands Challenge following the fifth-round matches.

However, second-place Huron High School gained seven points on Edison and now trails by 18 points. Perkins gained four points on fourth-place Monroeville

Here are the top five, with their cumulative scores: Edison (280 points), Huron (262), St. Paul (207), Monroeville (199) and Perkins (189).

Danbury, Norwalk and Willard remain in striking distance of making the playoff round with cumulative scores of 172, 171 and 170, respectively. The playoff round takes place between the teams in third, fourth and fifth place at the end of the regular season. The top two schools receive a first-round bye and advance to the championship round, where they are joined by the winner of the playoff round.

Bellevue, New London, Sandusky and Saint Mary Central Catholic posted their highest scores of the season during the fifth round.

Huron earned the highest score in this round with 47 points. In its match with Clyde and Lakota, the Huron team answered eight out of 10 team questions and both of the toss-up questions to secure its victory.

Firelands Challenge Round V match results are as follows:

• Huron 47, Lakota 20, Clyde 14

• Monroeville 34, New London 33, South Central 5

• St. Paul 37, Sandusky 23, Port Clinton 18

• Edison 40, Margaretta 36, Western Reserve 22

• Bellevue 38, Norwalk 29, St. Mary 24

• Perkins 38, Willard 30, Danbury 28

The Firelands Challenge Program is made possible with generous support of area civic organizations and businesses. Tenneco Inc. of Milan is a major sponsor this year. Other sponsors include: Buckeye Broadband, Firelands Regional Medical Center, Johns Manville, Norwalk Rotary Club, R&D Equipment Inc., Schlessman Seed Company, Whirlpool Corporation, and the Willard Rotary Club. The support of these groups is greatly appreciated.

The Firelands Challenge Program is sponsored by the North Point Educational Service Center. The center is a regional educational services provider that supports and assists 27 school systems and more than 38,000 students in north central Ohio.

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