Ducis Rodgers, 6abc Action News Sports Director, Announces Scrabble Tournament Winners!
Thank you to everyone who participated in this first ever March Scrabble Madness Tournament! The tournament was inspired by a suggestion from a VEP tutor, Larry Jilk, whose daughter, Linda Jilk, has hosted similar annual in-person events in Roanoke, Virginia. VEP thought a Scrabble tournament, with the connection between words and games, would be a fitting way for our community to spend time together as we stay physically — but not socially — distanced, just a little bit longer.
Ducis Rodgers, 6abc Action News Sports Director, was our guest emcee at the close of this year’s tournament. Click here to watch Ducis’ remote broadcast announcing this year’s prize winners!
We had a number of boards submitted and over 50 participants! Five awards were handed out – ranging from highest score to lowest score, best Spring word, most original word and youngest player. We had many impressive words played – including a three-way tie for most tiles used in one play; three participants used all seven tiles in one play! Some of our favorite spring words included zinnia, swing, aloha and nest. Some of our other favorite words were ay, xi, biped and yak. Our lowest scoring play was the word “to” for 3 points.
And the 2021 Prize Winners are…
Lowest Scoring Game: Randall H.
Youngest Player: Rockney W.
Most Original Word: Livi H. (“azo”)
Best Spring Word: Janet Z. (“aloha”)
Highest Scoring Game: Martin M.
All participation fees, in addition to the support of our Double Letter sponsor, Lutz and Travers accounting firm, and prize donations from local businesses, enable us to support our active tutors and students with books, access to online subscriptions and other learning materials for free. Thank you to all who participated or donated!
2021 Double Letter Tournament Sponsor:
Lutz & Travers Accounting Firm
2021 Prize Donations:
Sunshine Letter Co.
The Kennett Bookhouse
Finally, an extra special thanks to Ducis Rodgers for serving as our emcee for this inaugural tournament! Be sure to check out Ducis’ daily, live-from-home Scrabble messages on 6abc Action News at 6:00 and 11:00 pm every weekday to see how easy mixing and crossing words can be!