Merrimack Meets Plymouth Regional

Granite State Challenge - Championship

(DURHAM, May 13, 2020) –Tune in to NHPBS Saturday, May 16, at 6:00 pm as the Tomahawks of Merrimack High take on the Bobcats of Plymouth Regional High in the championship game of Granite State Challenge.

Plymouth Regional High is hoping to take home their second championship in a row. Sara Campbell, the coach for Merrimack is hoping to bring home a championship to match the one her husband Bernie Campbell brought home in 2018 as the coach of Salem High. And to make it even more of a challenge, Salem defeated Plymouth Regional for the title that year.

Playing for the Merrimack High Tomahawks are captain Captain Scott Peyton, Alex Jobin, Troy Church, and  Nick Gacharna joined by alternates, Andrew Peyton and Aidan Remick. The team is coached by Sara Campbell and Linda Mandra. Merrimack High enrolls around 1,174 students. Merrimack High defeated Newfound Regional High, the Academy for Science and Design, and Souhegan High School on their way to the championship game.

Playing for the Plymouth Regional High School Bobcats are Captain Rhys Harris, Michael Cathy, Erek Bickford, and Rhianna Herlihy along with alternates Ben Kresge and Mason Earick. The team is coached by Jay Fogerty. Plymouth Regional High enrolls around 634 students and serves Plymouth, Ashland, Holderness, Campton, Rumney, Wentworth, Warren, Ellsworth, Waterville Valley, and Thornton. Plymouth Regional High defeated Dover and Manchester Central, and Bow High School on their way to the championship game.

Granite State Challenge games were pre-recorded in January.

Granite State Challenge is funded by lead sponsor Unitil; with additional funding from NEA New HampshireSafety InsuranceNew Hampshire LotteryHeinemann PublishingCognia, HRCU, and Manchester Community College.

Granite State Challenge features New Hampshire's top high school academic quiz teams as they demonstrate remarkable teamwork, quick thinking, and smarts to beat the clock and buzz in first on this iconic New Hampshire game show. The game emphasizes quick recall of math, science, social studies, language arts, and fine arts facts—along with questions about current events, entertainment, sports, and New Hampshire.

You can follow your favorite team, test your own knowledge with GRANITE STATE CHALLENGE online quizzes, and more at the GRANITE STATE CHALLENGE web page or try your hand at daily brainteasers on the GRANITE STATE CHALLENGE Facebook page.

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