(l. to r.): Alex Kling '16, Lysa Vola '13
& Marty Clarke '14
The Ephs advanced to the championship round of "Schooled," NESN's academic challenge/reality show vs. Providence College after defeating Amherst and Harvard.
The Eph team of senior Lysa Vola, junior Marty Clarke and freshman Alex Kling used the same "formula" they used so effectively in the first two rounds to defeat Providence on the Providence campus and claim the title.
In all three competitions the Ephs trailed by a point with two points left to contest, that is if they won the next point, and all three times the Ephs came out victorious.
It all started back on September 12 and 13 in Paresky when NESN hosted casting calls for Ephs interested in participating on the "Schooled" show.
Williams was one of the eight schools in New England out of the region's 230 institutions of higher learning invited to participate in the 2012 "Schooled" tournament.
From the 20 plus students at Williams who completed an academic challenge and participated in a video interview, NESN selected senior Lysa Vola, junior Marty Clarke and freshman Alex Kling to represent the Ephs.
The Ephs' first opponent was in the quarterfinal round was Amherst College. The competition was held here on campus with Lasell Gym, Chapin Hall and Weston Field serving as locations. Trailing by one point with two scoring opportunities left the Eph team rallied on Weston Field to defeat the Lord Jeffs and advanced to the semifinal round.
Harvard was the opponent in the semifinals and the Crimson traveled to Williams. The competition started in Griffin 3 and then moved to the Freshman Quad and after the first two series of academic challenges the match was tied.
The Ephs and the Crimson then moved on to Griffin 7, where again the Williams emerged victorious by capturing the final scoring event.
The Williams team then took to the road and traveled to Providence to take on the defending champions from Providence College to decide the 2012 "Schooled" champions.
Each Eph team member will receive $5,000 and the use of the NESN luxury box for a Red Sox game in May 2013. The trip to Fenway Park is particularly meaningful to Marty Clarke who pitches for the Eph nine and is a Red Sox fan.