Valencia Brain Bowl Player Wins Tournament Singlehandedly

Team sports are just that — for teams.

But when Valencia College’s Brain Bowl team went to Ocala recently to compete in a tournament, they didn’t have enough players to field a full squad.

So the coaches — English professor Chris Borglum, math professor Damion Hammock and math professor Boris Nguyen — asked one player, Cassandra Logan, if she would mind playing alone — as a one-woman team.

Others have done it in the past, though most have been male players (specifically, the Kelson brothers from Chipola College, who have been Brain Bowl maniacs and have made Chipola Valencia’s nemesis for the past five years).

But Logan stepped up and became the first female player in the history of Florida’s Brain Bowl (the state version of College Quiz Bowl) to win a tournament playing solo.

Logan, who’s 25, defeated every team she played, going 12-0 in the tournament, to win the Erik Korray Open at Central Florida College in Ocala on Oct. 24 and 25. Logan was also the individual high scorer for the tournament, averaging 123.75 points per game.

This is Logan’s third year playing for Valencia’s Brain Bowl team. She’s currently completing her Associate in Arts degree and plans to transfer to the University of Central Florida to major in economics.

Logan specializes in questions on literature, the arts, history and mythology. She would prefer not to answer questions related to science and modern politics.

To see Logan and the rest of the Brain Bowl teams in action, don’t miss the upcoming Delta Burke Invitational (named for one of Valencia’s most famous former students). The Invitational will be held on the West Campus on Friday, Nov. 14, from 5 to 11 p.m., with the second-day matches on Saturday, Nov. 15, from 8:30 a.m. to 2 p.m.