PRESCOTT VALLEY — For the second time in four years, sports reporter Doug Cook has claimed the Courier Bowl Challenge.
Although Cook sits at 26-12 overall, which doesn't include Tuesday night's Sugar Bowl featuring Texas and Georgia, he has a three game lead over news/sports editor Brian M. Bergner Jr., who is 23-15.
Copy editor Doug Graham is currently in third at 22-16, while senior news editor Tim Wiederaenders and sports reporter Chris Whitcomb are tied for fourth at 21-17.
Cook and Wiederaenders have picked Alabama to win the title next week, while Graham and Whitcomb selected Clemson. Only Bergner had an Oklahoma-Notre Dame matchup, with Notre Dame winning it all.
"The last few years I've really struggled in our bowl challenge, so I thought I'd pick a different championship than everyone else to maybe give myself a chance if I was close in the end. But this year, I did well, so I ended up shooting myself in the foot," Bergner said with a laugh.
Since the 2015 season, The Daily Courier sports department has put on a "Courier Bowl Challenge," with Wiederaenders winning in 2015, Cook winning in 2016, former Courier news editor Ken Sain winning in 2017 and now Cook claims his second title in 2018.