On Monday, Nov. 427 Bluejacket “Mathletes” made the trip to Mora to participate in the opening Minnesota State High School Math League competition under 28-year veteran head coach Mike Sorn and assistant coach Matt Solberg. As members of the Rum River Conference of the Minnesota State High School Math League, the Bluejackets scored an impressive 76 points on the day.
A math league meet consists of each individual participating in two timed individual exams, followed by a timed team exam. The sum of all points scored is then totaled for a composite team score. Individual events are A (Algebra 1 topics), B (Geometry topics), C (Trigonometry and Pre-Calculus topics), and D (Algebra 2 and Analysis topics). Each individual event is worth 7 points, so the maximum an individual can score for his/her team is 14 points and the team event is worth a total of 24 points.
The Bluejackets were neck and neck with St. Michael-Albertville throughout the whole meet and held a 7-point lead going into the team event. The Bluejackets scored a strong 14 points in the team event, but the never-say-die Knights scored an impressive 20 points. However, the Bluejackets prevailed and took the meet by a margin of 76-75. Other scores at the meet were Chisago Lakes (43), Foley (40), North Branch (12) and Mora (7).
The leading scorer for the Bluejacket varsity was Chris Fredlund scoring a perfect 14 points. Other high scorers for C-I included Ryan Fredlund (12 points), Amelia Utecht (12), Jon Haseth (10), Tristen Sima (9), Lindsey Moore (9), and Mackenzie Patrick (9.
“I would like to thank our principal, Mitch Clausen, and the other mathematics teachers at CIHS for all their support. I’m really proud of the number of students who had success in their Math League debut, and I’m also proud of our strong returning group. This is a phenomenal opportunity for our math students to improve their math skills and compete against other schools,” said Coach Sorn. His Bluejacket Mathletes are next in action Monday, Nov. 25 at North Branch. – Submitted by Asst. Coach Matt Solberg