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WG is runner up at AcaDec

Two years running, the West Genesee High School team takes second at state championship.

Last year, the first-timers shot out of the gate and brought home several medals and it's first trophy from the New York State Academic Decathlon championship, taking second place and blowing other veteran teams out of the water.

This year has been no different as West Genesee has once again brought home a second place title, being upset by another Central New York school for the state title -- reigning champs Cazenovia -- during the Friday and Saturday competition at SUNY Brockport.

"It feels good to come in second," said coach Scott Duda, though he admitted it would definitely be nice to bring home the first place trophy next year and the team will continue working to achieve that.

But, for only having one student return from last year to show rookies the ropes -- the novice team was packed with seniors its first year -- and eight new players, the word has definitely gotten out about the newest group of cool kids.

"We actually had to have kids compete for spots," Duda said.

After last year's near-win, the interest in the team grew. Next year, many will be returning as seniors as there are seven juniors currently on the team.

This year's top medalist was junior Kevan Spencer, who proudly displayed his six medals after the awards ceremony.

"I like the satisfaction of all my hard work, the team's hard work," he said.

Senior Kyle Ivers, who is new to the teams this year, also brought home several medals, but the one he's most proud of is the science medal. Science just comes second nature to Ivers and is his best subject out of the 10 students have to prepare themselves for throughout the year.

The repeat second place win is no less of an achievement for the young team than if they had swept the competition, and the team is proud of being able to maintain their seat.

"I feel like it's a great accomplishment for the team with only one returning decathlete," Spencer said.

As the state competition is scheduled to move every three years, students who make the cut will be traveling next March to Onondaga Community College where the weekend championship will take place. The competition will move again in 2014 to Long Island.

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