Pioneer Tennis Announcements

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Coach Lawrence Eyre

Meet the tennis coaches

This year we have two very reputable coaches teaching the Maharishi School Pioneer tennis teams. On the Pioneer girls’ team, we have Coach Lawrence Eyre, who is both a school teacher and tennis pro and has received the Gold Star Award (making him one of only 100 people to receive such an honor). The award is part of the USTA’s 100th anniversary and goes to those individuals who have grown the game of tennis in their communities.

Lawrence has contributed to the tennis community in many influential ways. Whether it’s through officiating, coaching juniors or college-level players, volunteering at adult tournaments, providing tennis in schools, and even starting the first Community Tennis Association in Fairfield years ago.

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Coach Steve Briggs

For the Pioneer boys’ team, we are very lucky to have Steve Briggs who has coached the boys from the 2013 season on. During his six years of coaching the Pioneer boys’ team won the triple crown and had a total of five 2nd place finishes at the state level competition. Steve was a former head coach at the Vic Braden Tennis College in Germany and a Head Tennis Pro at several country clubs including Denver, Colorado, and Moline Illinois. He has also trained two Top 50 ATP tour players as well as numerous sectional ranked junior players. Before he came to coach at Maharishi School Steve was a 3-year varsity member of the team at the University of Arizona.

Match reports

Both of our coaches have been asked to write a report about the match from their point of view. We will be hearing from them after home games and this blog will be updated accordingly. You can also find more photos and scores from our Pioneer Tennis team at the Maharishi School instagram and facebook pages.

Steve Briggs’ Summary

3/30/21

pioneer boys tennis teamThe Pioneers opened the season with a gut churning victory over Mt Pleasant at the Punj Center yesterday.
But first a story from 2018, the last time the Pioneers took the court as a team.
April, 2018, Burlington

Fifteen minutes into Devan Burke’s rookie match as a Pioneer, the former Swedish boarding student complained, “Coach, I have no idea what I’m doing out here.” Devan came from behind to win that maiden match before going on to become one of the winningest players in Pioneer history (2 time district champ, state runner-up in doubles).

The Pioneers are two weeks into the 2021 season and I’ve already told Devan’s story twice. Why? Because every guy on our team is in the same
 boat Devan was in at Burlington’s Dankwardt Park three years ago.
March 30, 2021, Punj Center, Fairfield
Playing in typically blustery March conditions, the Pioneers took the court for the first time since Devan played in the state championship match in 2018.  Our opponent, Mt Pleasant, is a school that has produced a number of quality players over the years.
Every team develops a unique personality characterized by leaders and supporting players, but the identity of our fledgling squad is a work in progress. Just 24 hours before the Mt. Pleasant match, two of our players requested that they play lower on the lineup than their ability suggested, and a third boy wasn’t sure he belonged in the lineup at all. I told the boys, “this isn’t a democracy but I’m okay with adjusting the lineup.” Rather than assume the team lacked confidence, I decided that humility would become part of our team’s core identity.
Sports has arguably generated more cliched phrases than any other walk of American life. Coaches rely on the same trite phrases year after year. One of my favorites is: “Nobody remembers how you start, they only remember how you finish.”
That axiom proved to be the reason James Nyugen earned “Player of the Match”  honors along with his doubles partner, Budhil ThijmJames started poorly in his match and could have thrown in the towel (see how easy the cliches flow) but when he was reminded that the team needed his point, he launched a come from behind victory that proved pivotal to the outcome of the match.
Playing one court over, Pioneer #2 Budhil Thijm got off to the best start of the day, dominating his mammoth opponent, Jack Schimmelpfenig (shining penny) 6-0, 7-5. Big Jack stands 6’4” and weighs nearly as much as James and Budhil combined. Jack, a 2 way mainstay on the Mt Pleasant football team, has great touch for a big guy, but Budhil played with impressive focus as he moved Jack around the court.
At #1 singles, Romil Patel overcame a poor 2nd set to win in 3 sets, and Dominic Dupoux played with a lot of poise for a first timer in his win at #5.
After singles play, the Pioneers held a commanding 4-2 lead and it appeared that we would cruise to victory the way Pioneer teams have for the past 30 years. But the Panthers weren’t ready to head home. Surviving 2 match points, the Mt P  #2 doubles evened the team score at 4-4.
It was up to our #1 team, James and Budhil, to clinch the decisive point. After falling behind 5-2 in the deciding tiebreak, the Pioneers won the final 8 points of the match as daylight faded and spectators’ shivered.
If our inexperienced squad continues to improve the way Devan Burke did, the Pioneers return to the courts after a 3 year absence will be fun to watch.
The Pioneers are in action against a veteran Keokuk squad on April 8th at the Punj Center.
Match Results:

Singles
#1  Romil Patel  defeated  David Nyugen  6-2, 1-6, (10-1)
#2  Budhil Thijm defeated Jack Schimmelpfenig   6-0, 7-5
#3  James Nyugen defeated Owen van Sickel 2-6, 6-4 (10-6)
#4  Jayanta Wegman lost to Levi Graber 6-2, 6-4
#5  Dominic Dupoux defeated  Link Henrickson  7-5, 6-2
#6 William Nyugen lost to  Brian Hyunh 6-4, 5-7 (10-7)
Doubles
#1  Budhil/James   defeated  Nyugen/Schicmmepfenig  9-8 (10-5)
#2  Romil/Jayanta lost to van Sickel/Graber 9-7
#3  Dominic/William   lost to  Henrickson/Hyunh 8-1

Lawrence Eyres’ Summary

4/5/21

pioneer girls tennis teamMaharishi School girls’ tennis team played their first match in two years and won 9-0 versus West Burlington/Burlington Notre Dame at the Punj outdoor courts today.
Team captain Lily Fenton (11)  won her #1 singles match 8-1 and teamed with Ishita Mukadam (9) to win a come-from-behind #1 doubles thriller 8-6.
“Our players adjusted well to windy conditions and found ways to balance their opening day excitement with the need to keep the ball in play.” -Coach Eyre
Other winners for the Pioneers include Vaisnavii Mohanraj (11) 8-3 at #2 singles and 8-5 at #2 doubles with Daira Queveda-Valls (9); Sara Queveda-Valls (10)
8-1 at #3 singles and 8-2 at #3 doubles with Evelyn Ding (10).
Pioneers’ next match will be Monday, April 12, when they host Centerville at 4:15 pm.
Ishita Mukadam won 8-0 at #4 singles
Daira Queveda-Valls won 8-4 at #5 singles
Evelyn Ding  won 8-3 at #6 singles

Steve Briggs’ Summary

4/23/21

On an idyllic April afternoon, Fairfield’s cross-town rivals delivered some quality tennis beneath a brilliant azure sky.

Maharishi School defeated FHS to improve their record to 3-1 for the season.

“FHS played us close, but our boys have been putting in the work and it showed today,” observed Pioneer coach, Steve Briggs. “Doubles has been a work in progress for us. We had 3 new doubles teams out there and the boys had to figure things out on the fly.”
Romil Patel led the Pioneer assault at the top of the lineup, overwhelming FHS 3 year varsity mainstay, Blake Holden. “Romil is finding his game… playing with confidence and that has a domino effect throughout the lineup,” noted Briggs.
James Nguyen played his best match of the season, defeating former teammate, Jeremy Goodale, at #2 singles. “James has such quick hands that sometimes he relies on it too much, but today he was solid everywhere… James served well, played consistently from the backcourt, and won most of the exchanges at the net. We’re really pleased with Jame’s progress. He kept his focus and played with a lot of purpose today,” said Briggs.
Having won all 4 of his matches in straight sets, Budhil Thijm is the Pioneer’s lone undefeated singles player for the season. Once again, Budhil’s intelligent play kept his opponent off balance. “Budhil’s the hardest worker on the team by a fair distance,”noted Briggs. “If he’s not happy with a particular shot, he stays after practice and works on it… every day… weekends too.”
“Our top 3 players push each other in practice because they’re so evenly matched. It’s been great for the team and now that we have Polo Altinski-Ross back in the lineup, I think we’ll see him pushing Romil, James, and Budhil.”
The #4 position proved to be the pivotal match. Polo Altinski-Ross was playing just his second varsity match and his gritty opponent, Garrett Flanagan, kept raising his play as the match reached a critical stage. Leading 6-4, 5-2, Polo discovered that crossing the finish line isn’t always easy, especially when facing an opponent as determined as Flanagan.
 
“Polo had a baptism by fire today and he survived the ritual,” said Briggs. After dropping the second set in a tiebreaker, the momentum shifted to Flanagan’s side of the court, but Altinski-Ross was up to the test, winning the final set super breaker, 10-8. The win gave the Pioneers a commanding 4-2 lead heading into doubles.
“With 3 newly formed doubles teams, we weren’t sure how it would play out, but the teams communicated well. Chemistry is a big part of doubles as is familiarity with your partner. There were a few miscues out there today, but nothing that concerns me,” observed Briggs. “If our doubles continue to improve we’ll be in good shape by May.”
The Pioneers won #1 and #2 doubles in convincing fashion to seal the 6-3 victory for the team.
         
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Singles
#1  Romil Patel  def  Blake Holden  6-1, 6-2
#2  James Nguyen def Jeremy Goodale 6-2, 6-1
#3  Budhil Thijm def Brecken Courtright 6-2, 6-1
#4 Polo Altinski-Ross def Garrett Flanagan 6-4, 6-7, (10-8)
#5 Jayanta Wegman lost to Jace Hannes 6-4, 4-6, (10-5)
#6 Dominic DuPoux lost to Tristan Paton 6-4, 6-3
Doubles
#1 Patel/Thijm def Holden/Goodale 6-2, 7-6
#2  Nguyen/Altinski-Ross def Courtright/Paton 6-1, 6-3
#3 DuPoux/Wegman  lost to   Flanagan/Hannes 6-3, 6-4

The following match report is for an away game, Maharishi School Pioneers versus Keokuk.

Lawrence Eyres’ Summary

4/12/21

Pioneer Girls Top Centerville 6-3
Season record 2-0. Next event: Fort Madison Invitational Saturday, April 17.
“An athletic, senior-laden Centerville squad challenged our young team today. I’m proud our girls raised their level of play and came away with a 6-3 win.” Coach Lawrence Eyre
Team captain Lily Fenton (11) prevailed in a barnburner at #1 singles 8-7 (8-6);
Lily teamed with Ishita Mukadam (9) for an 8-6 win at #1 doubles.
Ishita Mukadam, Sara Valls (10) and Evelyn Ding (10) also posted singles wins for the Pioneers. In doubles #3 team  Sara Valls and Bella Castle (10) trailed 1-4 but roared back to win 8-4 and clinch the team victory for the Pioneers. “I love how our #3 doubles girls battled back–they never gave up.”

Steve Briggs’ Summary

4/25/2021

Waiting for the road construction crew to waive us through on our way to Keokuk delayed but didn’t reverse the outcome of the Pioneers previous match with the Chiefs.

“Having lost a close match (5-4) to Keokuk at home, we knew it wasn’t going to be any easier at their place,” observed Steve Briggs. “They were better 1-4. That was pretty obvious.”
Keokuk has possibly the most idiosyncratic courts on the planet. Often referred to as the ‘Lego Courts,’ the plastic? purple and green surface looks a bit like a two-tone waffle or quirky breakfast cereal from Boulder, Colorado. The surface is both slippery and unpredictable.
 Five minutes into Budhil Thijm’s match against Ivan Lopez, a lanky Spaniard whose family moved to Keokuk for an educational sabbatical, Ivan lost his footing and bloodied his knee.
Crafting clever points, Budhil had built a 4-1 lead when Lopez’ backhand sailed a foot beyond the baseline. Lopez’ mom cheered loudly, causing Ivan to question whether his shot was in. After Budhil confirmed that the shot was out, Ivan cast a bemused smile at his mom, who was grinning ear to ear.
“I looked over at Mamma Lopez,” said Briggs. “She was clapping because it was a great point but Ivan thought she was clapping because he’d won the point. Realizing that his mom was cheering even though he’d lost the point, Ivan cast a bemused grin in my direction, turned his palms up, and started to laugh. It turned out to be the highlight of the match.”
The moment of mirth proved pivotal for Lopez who went on to capture the first set tiebreaker before dominating the second set.
The meet ended minutes before sunset. The disappointment of the Pioneers 6-3 defeat faded faster than the remaining daylight. After raiding a nearby Hy-Vee the Pioneers headed home. Hunger and thirst held at bay, the boys noticed my cottage cheese and wanted to know how long I’d been a vegetarian. “50 years,” I replied. “Why?” my co-pilot asked. I answered with a question. “Did you know that the strongest animals on the planet eat a plant based diet. It’s true… silverback gorillas, elephants, and horses are all grazers.”
After various dietary perspectives were discussed, the conversation turned to global politics. It was possibly the first time the topic has been discussed with calm and clarity since the dawn of man. Had I recorded the conversation most of America would have benefitted.
I’ve never nominated an opposing team’s player or his parent for Pioneer Player of the Match, but Ivan Lopez deserves recognition as does Mama Lopez for their priceless reaction to a lost point.
#1 Romil lost to  Haner 6-3, 6-2
#2 James  lost to  Takes 6-3, 6-1
#3 Budhil lost to  Lopez 7-6, 6-1
#4 Polo lost to  Stoneking 6-3, 6-3
#5 Jayanta defeated Thompson 6-2, 6-4
#6 Dominic defeated Worster 6-2, 6-1
#1  Romil/Budhil lost to  2 & 4 6-4, 6-4
#2  James/Polo  lost to  1 & 3  6-4, 6-2
#3  Jayanta/Dominic defeated 5 & 6 6-7, 6-1 (9)

Steve Briggs’ Summary

4/28/2021

The Pioneers got back to their winning ways with yet another down-to-the wire 5-4 win over US-34 rival Mt Pleasant.
If you like thrillers, you’re guaranteed to find one at the Punj Center. The Pioneers boys team followed the script perfectly, keeping everyone in suspense until the final ball was struck.
“Like our earlier match with Mt Pleasant, four matches went to a deciding tiebreaker,” said Coach Briggs. “Last time we won 3 out of 4 tiebreaks. This time they went the other way.  Even though we didn’t win the close ones, our boys played better today than two weeks ago. We couldn’t be happier with the result.”
“Every meet different guys step up to get big wins for us,” said Briggs. “Today, it was Jayanta and Dominic who earned the deciding point. Dominic and Jay have only played together a couple of times, but they’re learning quickly.”
            
In the singles play, once again Budhil Thijm got the Pioneers on the scoreboard early.  “Budhil matched up well with his opponent last time so we were happy to see that matchup again today. “Romil Patel and Dominic DuPoux earned the Pioneer’s other singles points, sending the match to doubles with the score tied at 3-3.
James Nguyen appeared exhausted after singles, but he and partner Polo Altinski-Ross bounced back from their singles losses to win convincingly at #2 doubles. The Pioneers nearly swept the doubles when #1 team Romil Patel and Budhil Thijm reached match point before losing.
Briggs added: “When I asked James after the match if his tank was empty, he replied, ‘It’s all mind over matter.’ I liked hearing that because we emphasize perseverance.”
The Pioneer Player of the Match is Dominic DuPoux, the lone Pioneer to secure 2 points in the match.

“We had a chance to clinch the match in singles, but Mt Pleasant outplayed us in the third set tiebreakers at #3 and #4,” observed Briggs. “James and Polo battled, but the steady play of their opponents down the stretch made the difference.”

“Dominic demands a lot from himself, but I reminded the boys the other day that even the great Roger Federer has only won 54% of the points he’s played as a professional. You’re not going to win every point. It’s more a matter of winning the key points,” noted Briggs.

The Pioneers are back in action Saturday when they host the Pioneer Invitational at the Punj Center. If you

need a little drama in your life, the Pioneers will be happy to provide it but you’ll need to bring your own popcorn and maybe something to settle the Pioneer coach’s stomach.

Singles
#1   Romil  def  David Nguyen  3-6, 6-3, (10-5)
#2   Budhil  def Jack Schimmelpfenig 6-0, 6-0
#3   James lost to Owen van Sickel 5-7, 6-3 (10-8)
#4  Polo lost to Levi Braber 6-3, 1-6 (10-8)
#5 Jayanta lost to  Lincoln Henrickson 6-1, 6-0
#6   Dominic def Jake Ensminger 6-4, 6-4
Doubles
#1 Romil/Budhil lost to Schimmelpfenig/van Sickel   9-8 (7-0)
#2    James/Polo def Nguyen/Hunh     8-4
#3    Jayanta/Dominic  def Henricksen/Ensminger 8-5

           

 

Lawrence Eyres’ Summary

4/26/2021

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Maharishi School girls’ tennis upped their dual meet record to 3-0 with an
8-1 win at home over Keokuk today. The Pioneers swept singles play and won 2 of 3 doubles matches.
Ishita Mukadam blanked her opponent 8-0 at #2 singles and teamed with Lily Fenton to claim an 8-2 victory at #1 doubles.
“Ninth-grader Mika Rodriguez played three consecutive JV singles matches and won them all.” Coach Lawrence Eyre  “She wins our Marathon Award today.”
The Pioneers will compete at Saturday’s Grayhound Invitational at Dankwardt Park in Burlington.

Steve Briggs’ Summary

5/1/2021

Pioneer Boy’s Tennis Invitational

Gusting winds whipped balls about the court, but despite the testy conditions the Pioneers never took their eye off the ball as they pulled away from the field to win the Pioneer Invitational over Albia, Davis County, and Fairfield HS. The Pioneers racked up a commanding 103 points. FHS finished 2nd with 85 points. Davis County and Albia each earned 56 points on the day.

“Conditions were tricky at best,” said Pioneer coach, Steve Briggs, “30+ mph winds are difficult, but everyone faces the same challenge on days like today. We try to lock into every shot, but it’s not so easy.”
As expected, the best matches of the day pitted the Maharishi Pioneers against Fairfield HS in doubles. In the #1 flight, James and Polo defeated the Trojan duo of Jeremy Goodale and Blake Holden 6-3, giving the Pioneers 1st place with an aggregate of 29 games while FHS scored 26. “Our guys raised their level when it counted and that takes confidence. A week ago the self belief wasn’t where it is now,” said Briggs.
In the 2nd flight of doubles, the Pioneer duo of Jayanta and Dominic also saved their best tennis for Fairfield, narrowly winning 5-4. Fairfield’s team came up with some outstanding reaction volleys and winning serves after the Pioneers had built a 5-2 lead. “Our guys need to be consistently aggressive. In doubles, if you don’t finish the other team will,” observed Briggs. “Closing out matches is a learning process. We’re getting there.”
In singles play, seniors Romil Patel and Budhil Thijm have led the Pioneers all season and they continued that trend today. Romil lapped the field by winning 31 out of a possible 36 games while Budhil lost just 4 games on the day.  “We know what to expect from our seniors,” noted Briggs. “They play solid tennis day in and day out.”
 
The Pioneer Players of the Match are Romil and Budhil in singles and James and Polo in doubles.
 
The Pioneers are in action against Davis County on Tuesday at the Punj Center.
Individual Results 
#1 singles — Romil Patel 1st place
#2 singles — Budhil Thijm 1st place
#1 doubles — James Nguyen/Polo Altinski-Ross 1st place
#2 doubles — Jayanta Wegman/Dominic DuPoux 3rd place
 
Team Results — Total Games Won
Maharishi   — 103
Fairfield  — 85
Davis County — 56
Albia — 56

Lawrence Eyres’ Summary

5/1/2021

All six singles players recorded wins as the Pioneers finished 4th in Burlington’s Grayhound Invitational Saturday.  Lily Fenton brought home silver as runner-up in the #1 singles flight.

Fairfield High School won the team trophy with 18 points. Camanche was 2nd with 14, followed by Davis County with 10, the Pioneers with 9 and host Burlington with 7. Burlington Notre Dame finished sixth.
Maharishi School’ will host the Pioneer Invitational Saturday, May 8 at the Punj Tennis Center.
                     

Lawrence Eyres’ Summary

5/8/2021

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Maharishi School girls’ tennis finished 2nd in the round-robin Pioneer Invitational today at the Punj TennisCenter. Lily Felton (17 games won)  and Ishita Mukadam (19 games won) earned silver medals in their #1 singles and #2 singles flights; the Valls sisters Sara and Daira won 11 games at #1 doubles; Bella Castle, Yeobseca Tafesse and Mika Rodriguez won 11 games competing at #2 doubles.
                                                                       Team standings:
1st Davis County               74 games won
2nd Maharishi School     58 games won
3rd Centerville                  49 games won
4th Albia                             35 games won
“Our young team has been improving with each event this season. We look forward to competing in Burlington Monday [May 10] versus Notre Dame.” Coach Lawrence Eyre
 

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Missing Maharishi School Tennis? We Have Too!

History of Tennis

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Tennis is one of the predominant sports at Maharishi School. Our Pioneer tennis program is renowned in Iowa for 20 State Championships–singles (9), doubles (6) and team tennis (5). Maharishi School is the only Iowa high school to win three Triple Crowns (1999, 2000, 2014) winning State Singles, Doubles, and Team titles in the same year. It’s also true that Maharishi School is the only Iowa high school to win consecutive Triple Crowns–1999 and 2000. Needless to say we love tennis!

Our four indoor courts and our outstanding coaches provide a path to excellence and several of our graduates have gone on to compete at the university level.

On-court success can be measured in another way, beyond wins and losses. We have a proud tradition of exemplary sportsmanship, of demonstrating our school’s Core Values of Respect and Responsibility, even in the heat of competition. That is social and emotional fitness, another factor in a well-balanced, integrated life.

Tennis tournament in Fairfield

Maharishi School didn’t get to have a spring tennis season at all this year due to the coronavirus, so our Head of School Dr. Richard Beall organized a fun and competitive tournament! This way everyone who missed out on the previous season could join together with the addition of teachers, alumni and community members. Here are some pictures of those who participated in the event.

 

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Shristi Attends University of Iowa Hackathon

Shristi attended the University of Iowa Hackathon for high school students at North Liberty High School. This is the first hackathon of UoI for high schoolers. There were seven teams: five teams with four students each, one team with three students, and one all girls team of two students – Shristi and a 9th grader from North Liberty High School whom Shristi met the previous day and formed a group.

All teams were given time from 9:00 am – 4:00 pm to work on their projects and show to the judges at the end of the day. It was a fierce competition because other teams had senior and experienced programmers in their teams who worked on Big Data and Artificial Intelligence projects for this competition.

Suresh Sharma, Shristi’s father, had this to say:

“I was not expecting anything from Shristi’s team because they were competing against bigger and experienced teams. Shristi’s team was clueless when they started and in the beginning had no idea of the project, but finally, they came up with a very creative idea of creating an interactive map of major historical events during a specific period. Seeing the competition I was not expecting top three positions from Shristi’s team. I thought that if they were lucky, they might get a third place. When they announced the award, I was shocked and delighted that they got first place.”

Shristi and her teammate got first place because of the creativity, innovate thinking, and programming skills. It was a simple idea, but the judges hadn’t ever seen this type of thing before because it didn’t exist. The judges strongly encouraged Shristi to keep developing this idea and pitch this to Smithsonian. It was great and very satisfying to see Shristi’s progress.

 

-by Suresh Sharma

 

 

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First of Its Kind for Maharishi School – Esports Victory

ESports Victory

Sage Cenatori is a true pioneer for the Maharishi School, recently bringing home the first place trophy from a tournament held at the WACO high school in Wayland, Iowa. This trophy is unique, not just because it was 3D printed during the competition, but because it was for an Esports tournament. Esports are video games that are played professionally and are generally watched by large audiences online and in person. Over 100 Universities and Colleges now offer athletic scholarships for budding Esport stars such as Sage, and many high school leagues have sprung up all around the country.

The Tournament

The recent tournament at WACO hosted 32 students from 8 different schools at their state-of-the-art Esports Arena. Students competed in a game called Fortnite which involves strategically building and battling their way to be the last player alive. Competitors have to protect themselves from their opponents while posturing for the high ground in a small arena. The battles are short, generally lasting about 5 minutes, but the action is blazingly fast.

Taking Home the Trophy

Drew Ayrit, the tournament organizer said Sage “dominated” the competition as Sage went undefeated through the bracket. Sage took home the first place honors along with his trophy and a specially designed gaming chair from Bytespeed who sponsored the event.

There was a clear buzz around Sage throughout the tournament as spectators and fellow students huddled close to watch as Sage methodically and creatively outsmart and outplay his opponents. Reaction times and hand-eye coordination are only part of the skill set necessary to be victorious. Much like traditional sports, there is a back and forth between opponents as they learn each other’s strengths and weaknesses and decide how to approach each strategically unique situation. No battle is the same and creativity and flexibility are essential to be victorious.

Number One Challenge 

After the tournament, Sage said that “the fear of losing” was his number one challenge and that he didn’t just get used to it or learn how to deal with it but clearly “overcame” it throughout the course of the day.

Sage comes home with a well-deserved victory, and the Maharishi School adds another avenue for showcasing the creativity, intelligence, and mental toughness of their students. Congratulations to Sage for this pioneering accomplishment and hopefully this is the first of many trophies to be brought home to the Maharishi School.
– written by Owen Blake

 

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