BELOIT - The Turner High School civics team, proudly known as the Underdogs, competed in the Wisconsin Newspaper Association (WNA) Foundation's Civics Games regional competitions on Saturday in Madison. Although they didn't win, the team plans on returning to the competition next year.
"I think the boys had a lot of fun. They were obviously upset with the loss, but overall it was a great experience. They did well, and I was really proud of them. They said they wanted to do it next year and was a great experience," said Shane Cassidy, a politics and advanced placement government and psychology teacher.
Nearly 100 students from 25 schools participated. Turner's team consisted of Ryan Sennett, Trey Griinke, Tyler Wallis and Brady Riedel.
Competitions were held at UW-Eau Claire, Barron County, UW-Green Bay, UW-Madison and UW-Platteville. Turner competed in Region 3 in Madison.
In Region 3, Madison Memorial and Waunakee were selected to advance to the finals.
Turner played against Parkview and tied, but then lost to a tie breaker question when those with Parkview hit the buzzer first.
Turner then had a nail-biting round with Lake Mills and lost to them.
Ten teams - the two top-scoring teams from each region - advance to the Wisconsin Civics Games championship on Feb. 23 at the Wisconsin State Capitol in Madison.
Each member of the state championship winning team will receive a $2,000 scholarship to a Wisconsin college or university.