HARDYSTON, NJ –Sparta Middle School seventh and eighth grade boys teams won the Sussex County Academic Bowl Championships at Hardyston Middle School.

It was the first time the seventh grade boys competed.  The team of Akshat Iyer, Cole Luizzo, Liam Rust and Thomas Dean were tied in the final round.  They then answered the last two questions to win 13-11.

The eighth grade team of Evan Fischer, Lorenzo Rendina, Alan Yeung, Ian Manske and Karthik Selvaraja took first place and won the overall championship. 

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Sparta Middle School teacher and advisor Jason Kopp said, “They built on their extremely successful day winning at night.”

Their final score was 32-18, the first win for Sparta since 2005. 

“The quest for a repeat begins now,” said Kopp encouraging students to submit names of interested students for next year’s teams.