American Ninja Warrior Junior Kids Season 2 2020, Episode 14
Just one more qualifier episodes left after this in this season of American Ninja Warrior Jr.!!!
Let’s review this season’s format:
-Just like last season, ninjas will compete in three divisions: 9-10 years old, 11-12 years old, and 13-14 years old. They will compete in head to head races.
The qualifying rounds feature four ninjas per division. They will start in a seeding round, with the two fastest ninjas from that round taking on the two slowest ninjas in the knockout round.
The winners of the two knockout rounds move on to the final showdown, where the winner will move on to the quarterfinals.
-New this season: instead of waiting until the end of the season to see all the winners, there will be a quarterfinal round episode after three episodes to determine who goes on to the semifinals.
-With the new format, there will only be three semifinal qualifiers, so the fourth spot will be determined with the two fastest non-winners competing for a wildcard spot.
9-10 Year Old Division (Ninja Mentor: Barclay Stockett)
The course: Shrinking Steps, Little Dipper, Spider Walls, Block Run, Flying Squirrel, 13 Foot Warped Wall (with two hand holds)
Seeding Round: Ryan Cooper vs John David Spatola
It’s “Ninja Coop” vs “The Dude.” Ryan is a baseball player and created ninja trading cards, while John David is a trick shot expert and whose granddad is Coach K, the all-time legendary coach out of Duke.
The pair was even going into Spider Walls.
It was on the third obstacle that Ryan took the lead.
John David kept things close, but “Ninja Coop” kept the lead all the way up the Warped Wall and took the race.
Seeding Round: Daisy O’Brien vs Maddie Evers
Maddie’s hobbies include organizing and gymnastics, while Daisy is a returning ninja who is a singer, dancer, and actress.
Daisy raced out to the early lead.
Maddie came up short of the platform on Little Dipper.
And Daisy, “the Ninjanado,” hit her first buzzer!!!
During the break…
Knockout Round: Ryan Cooper vs Maddie Evers
“Ninja Coop” took the race and advanced to the Final Showdown, while Maddie hit her first buzzer!!!
Knockout Round: Daisy O’Brien vs John David Spatola
John David took a slight lead after the Little Dipper.
That lead increased going into the Flying Squirrel.
But Daisy kept the pressure on to the end of the course.
John David made the platform this time.
Despite a small stumble on top of the Wall, John David hit the buzzer just before Daisy to advance to the Final Showdown.
11-12 Year old Division (Ninja Mentor: Grant McCartney)
The course: Shrinking Steps, Little Dipper, Double Tilt Ladders, Block Run, Wing Nuts, 13 foot Warped Wall (one hand hold)
Seeding Round: Luke Milman vs Nacssa Garemore
Nacssa made the top 8 in the 9-10 year old division last season, while Luke has added two inches since his own run from last season.
Luke stumbled on the first obstacle, but skipping the net on Little Dipper gave Luke the lead after two obstacles.
Nacssa made a huge leap on Double Tilt Ladders to retake the lead.
Luke was close behind as both made quick work of the Wingnuts.
But Luke’s feet caught the edge of the platform and he fell back into the water.
An impressive start by Nacssa as he takes the win in his first race back.
Seeding Round: Lindsey Ferrara vs Seena LoScalzo
It’s the “Blocker Ninja” vs the “Nature Ninja.” Lindsey is a soccer player who trains ninja four days a week, while Seena loves nature and encourages others to get outside.
Both ninjas nearly missed the net on Little Dipper, but both held on in an even race after two.
Lindsey’s foot hit the water on Double Tilt Ladders, but she came out of the third obstacle in front.
Lindsey kept that lead all the way up the Warped Wall. She climbed up despite the wet foot and took the win.
Knockout Round: Lindsey Ferrara vs Luke Milman
The “Afro Ninja” skipped the net again on Little Dipper to take the lead.
That lead only grew on Double Tilt Ladders.
Lindsey slipped and fell trying to keep up on Wingnuts.
And Luke hit the buzzer and advanced to the Final Showdown.
During the break…
Knockout Round: Nacssa Garemore vs Seena LoScalzo
Seena fell on Little Dipper, while Nacssa hit his second buzzer and advanced to the Final Showdown.
13-14 year old Division (Ninja Mentor: Meagan Martin)
The course: Floating Steps, Little Dipper, Crazy Cliffhanger, Block Run, Sky Hooks, 13-foot Warped Wall (no hand holds)
Seeding Round: Anika Pivetta vs Cairo Rosa
Cairo (The Gnarly Ninja) is an active surfer, skateboarder, and skinboarder, while Anika is a coach at her local ninja gym and can do 32 pullups.
Anika raced out to the early lead on the Little Dipper.
That lead grew despite a few stumbles on Block Run.
Trying to catch up, Cairo slipped and fell on Sky Hooks.
Anika hit the buzzer and took the win.
Seeding Round: Sophia Lavallee vs Zachary Osborn
Zachary’s family is originally from Vietnam, while Sophia (whose brother competed earlier this season) took a trip to Costa Rica by herself and practices acroyoga with her brother.
The ninjas were even through two obstacles.
Zachary took the lead on Crazy Cliffhanger.
Sophia caught up on Sky Hooks, where her experience showed.
An impressive single swing on the last hook proved the difference has Sophia made it up the Warped Wall and took the win.
During the break…
Knockout Round: Anika Pivetta vs Zachary Osborn
Zachary hit his first buzzer and advanced to the Final Showdown.
Knockout Round: Sophia Lavallee vs Cairo Rosa
Sophia took a nice lead after the Little Dipper.
Cairo stayed close behind, making up some ground on Crazy Cliffhanger.
Trying to keep up with Sophia’s pace, Cairo slipped and fell on Sky Hooks.
Sophia hit another buzzer and moved onto the Final Showdown.
9-10 year old Final Showdown: Ryan Cooper vs John David Spatola
The first of three rematches in this week’s Final Showdowns.
John David came out fast.
But Ryan caught up quickly as the two ran most of the race dead even.
Ryan came off the Flying Squirrel first and hit the buzzer, advancing to the Quarterfinals!!!
John David’s time was good enough to place him in the 2nd Wildcard spot with one qualifier remaining.
11-12 year old Final Showdown: Luke Milman vs Nacssa Garemore
And these two have best times separated by a single second.
Nacssa had a slight lead after two obstacles.
But Luka made a huge move on Double Tilt Ladders to take the lead.
Nacssa wasn’t done yet, making record work of the Wingnuts.
Nacssa took the lead and hit the buzzer first, advancing to the Quaterfinals with the fastest time in the 11-12 year old division so far!!!
But Luke’s time moved him to the top of the wildcard leaderboard a full nine seconds ahead of the second spot.
13-14 year old Final Showdown: Sophia Lavallee vs Zachary Osborn
The final rematch of the day!!!
The pair was even through two obstacles.
Zachary came off the Crazy Cliffhangers with the lead.
A stumble on Block Run by Zachary brought Sophia back in it.
Zachary has shown great improvement on the Sky Hooks.
And he was the first one off the Sky Hooks in this race.
He took that lead all the way up the Warped Wall and onto the Quarterfinals!!!
Sophia’s time was good enough to hold the 2nd spot on the wildcard leaderboard with one qualifier remaining.
9-10 year old division: Ryan Cooper
11-12 year old division: Nacssa Garemore
13-14 year old division: Zachary Osborn
9-10 year old division:
John David Spatola
11-12 year old division:
13-14 year old division:
Just one more qualifier left this season!!! See you next week.