Yow wins March Madness cash

BLYTHEWOOD – Joshua Yow, 15, of Blythewood has been named the winner of The Voice’s $200 March Madness Bracket Challenge. While no contest entry chose Virginia to win the Championship, Yow and one other entry, Yow’s neighbor Bobby Armentrout, placed Virginia in the Championship game.  To break the tie, Yow got 43 picks right and Armentrout was one pick short with 42.

This was not Yow’s only Bracket Challenge win this year. He also won the Challenge at his dad’s place of business which he won last year as well.

Asked if his picks were guided by his basketball expertise, Yow, a 6’ 3’’ Blythewood High School freshman, said he doesn’t play basketball. He attributes his win, instead, to “dumb luck” and a few bracket predictions he viewed online. So far those skills have paid off, winning three out of three Bracket Challenges.

Yow said the $200 will come in handy.

“I’ll probably pay off my cell phone with it,” he said.

Aside from Yow and Armentrout, only four entries chose Virginia to play in the Final Four, and only one picked Texas Tech to make it to the semifinal round. No other entries chose Texas Tech or Virginia for the Championship bout.

But never fear, March Madness maniacs, there’s always next year and the hope of an unbusted bracket.