The Hornets are a team that first competed in the Marble League Showdown 2019 and finished second. The team was the winner of the first Fan Team Contest in that same year. They also competed in Marbula 1 Season 1 and the Marble League 2020, where they finished last in both.

Team Members

Stinger, Wasp, Vespa, Hive, and Yellowjacket are the original and current members of the team. Stinger became team captain upon the team's formation.

2019 Team 2020 Team
Stinger Captain.png Stinger Captain.png
Wasp Wasp
Vespa Vespa
Hive Hive
Yellowjacket Yellowjacket
Color Meaning
Team Member
Reserve Member
Injured

Members timeline

Coaches

Coach From To Events G S B Tot. Honors
Swarm 6 March 2019[1] present 32 0 2 1 3 ML Showdown 2019 - Runners Up

History

The Hornets' original 2019 logo, designed by Spark11 (the team's creator).

The Hornets come from the Eastern European city of Buzzkill, the westernmost city within the Buzznya region.[2] The five current members of the team grew up there. Stinger and Wasp have known each other since childhood. They met their future teammates at the Hornets, Vespa, Hive and Yellowjacket, at individual marble races. Their coach, Swarm, is the father of Vespa and a former athlete. Each member of the team is seen as vitally important to the others.

Vespa, the only female member of the Hornets, is known for her marble racing experience, and that earns her the nickname "Speed Queen", which she finds fitting. Wasp is very loyal to the team, and especially to his best friend Stinger, having competed together for many years. He can also be aggressive, but it stems from a passion for marble sports and a drive to avoid losing. Hive is outgoing, funny and friendly with other teams. He doesn't let poor performance get to him, and he guides the team forward towards better results.

Yellowjacket, the reserve and youngest member of the Hornets, has never shown his age through his energy and competing with other marbles. Stinger, the team captain, is the one who holds the team together, setting an example for fellow team members to follow. He is one of the most decorated marble athletes, and his self-control in times of pressure inspire his teammates to remain hopeful and follow in his footsteps.

The Hornets confronting a Bumblebee over their performance in a race

The Hornets were one of the first teams in the Bug Circuit, a regional marble racing tournament in Eastern Europe that started in 2011. The inaugural competition was hosted by the Bumblebees. The Hornets emerged victorious and claimed their first championship, beating the host team by a narrow margin. This marked the start of the Hornets' friendly rivalry with the Bumblebees, who also happen to hail from Buzznya.[2]

Over the next two years, the Hornets proceeded to keep up with their performance in the Bug Circuit. The team came in third in the 2012 competition, hosted by the Centipedes and won by the Ladybugs, who finished third last year. The Scorpions stood ahead of the Hornets in the final standings. In the 2013 competition, hosted by the Moths, who eventually came third, the Hornets scored another top three overall finish, finishing second behind the Dragonflies.

The Bumblebees had failed to challenge the Hornets for the past few years, but that changed in 2014. The year's competition was hosted by the Snails and had a snow theme. The Bumblebees managed to win their first Bug Circuit after years of inconsistent performances beforehand, and were joined by the Cockroaches and the Grasshoppers for the top three. The Hornets were sure disappointed that they did not make it into the top three. But they were not daunted and decided to put this behind them.

The Hornets were selected to host the 2015 Bug Circuit, which boosted their morale greatly. In fact, the team went on to dominate the competition, but things didn't always go the way they were hoping. During one of the races, Stinger was doing poorly. The Hornets fans started crying "Bzzzzzzzz" at Stinger, which eventually became their signature cheering chant as it helped him win the race. This, in turn, helped the Hornets win their second Bug Circuit championship, ahead of the Ants and the Tarantulas. They had become the first team to win a Bug Circuit season as the hosts, the feat they had prevented their rivals from achieving four years earlier.

Unfortunately, the Hornets faltered in the 2016 Bug Circuit, and missed out on the top three, while the rival Bumblebees came in third right ahead of them. Ever since then, the Hornets became even more determined to give their best. In fact, the team succeeded in redeeming their disappointing 2016 performances by winning the 2017 Bug Circuit, earning their third championship.

The Hornets after winning a Bug Circuit

In 2018, the Bumblebees announced they would be leaving the Bug Circuit to compete in the Hubelino Tournament 2018, replacing the now-retired Team Phoenix. That year, the Grasshoppers also left to train Grasshopper for Sand Marble Rally 2018, and the Tarantulas returned after spending two years helping Tarantula in the Sand Marble Rally. The Hornets remained in the 2018 Bug Circuit, finishing second, but felt something was missing following the departure of their rivals.

When the fan vote for the Marble League Showdown 2019 was announced, the Hornets decided to apply. They used their experience in the Bug Circuit and their rivalry with the Bumblebees to rally support from the marblebase. This, coupled with dominant social media presence, led to the Hornets winning both rounds of fan voting. In the latter round, they won by a whopping two-thousand votes. The team, along with the Turtle Sliders, were admitted to Marble League Showdown 2019. However, they decided not to go watch Marble League 2019 so they could focus on training for the Showdown.

Thanks to Hive's networking and continued friendship between the Hornets and the Bumblebees, both teams eventually met each other for the first time in two years. During their joint training session, the Bumblebees revealed that they had also qualified for the Showdown due to their victory in the Hubelino Tournament 2018. The Hornets also trained with some other Showdown teams as the competition got nearer. They arrived at the Seven Seas Stadium six weeks before the Showdown started and trained all the way up to the night before the first event, the Sand Rally.

The Hornets had a great start to the Showdown. Vespa stayed in the top four throughout the entire Sand Rally event and finished second. The team earned a second silver medal in Event 2, Collision, rising to the top of the standings. This was followed by Funnel Race, the only event the team failed to medal in, coming in 6th. It was also the only event where the Bumblebees had beaten them. However, by this point, the Hornets already had enough points to secure their place at the Marble League 2020 Qualifiers. They concluded the Showdown by finishing in second overall, following their bronze medal in Event 4, Balancing. The Bumblebees also qualified in seventh.

As the Hornets prepared for the Qualifiers, they received an official invite from the JMRC to take part in Marbula One 2020. Since the team have yet to participate in a Marble League championship tournament, they saw the invitation as an honor, so they accepted it and chose Vespa and Hive to represent them. In fact, Marbula One would be a great place for the Hornets to learn of some of the other teams they have yet to go up against. They were also selected to host the fourth Grand Prix at their track, the Hivedrive.[3]

The Hornets competed in the Marble League 2020 Qualifiers. When the first event, Balancing, came, the Hornets had two finishers, for a score of 350. That was good enough for them to come in 6th overall. The next event was Funnel Endurance, where they were represented by their captain, Stinger. He was placed into Heat 1, where he scored a 2:02.70, 5th in the heat, and 11th overall, dropping them down to a decent 8th place.

The Hornets were confident going into the next event, Block Pushing. They were paired into Heat 2 With the Balls of Chaos, and they came up short to the team, at a 54.9, not a great run. They came in 19th and only gained one point, dropping them all the way down to 16th.

They had to come out with a good finish at this next event. Wasp was chosen to represent the team, and he was sorted into Heat 2, with the Crazy Cat's Eyes, Team Momo, and the Indigo Stars. Wasp finished with a time of 5.292, good enough for 2nd in the heat. Overall, the Hornets finished 8th, and the entire team was wondering whether it would be enough to qualify. But in the end, 12 points saw them through to 8th place, 10th place overall, and a spot in the Marble League 2020.

Marble League Showdown 2019

Main article: Marble League Showdown 2019

The Hornets qualified for the Marble League 2020 Qualifiers.

Event Participant Final Result Placing Points Overall Standing
Sand Rally Vespa 2:13.67 2nd 15 2nd
Collision All Runner Up 2nd 15 1st
Funnel Race Stinger 1:21.76 6th 6 3rd
Balancing All 364 cm 3rd 12 2nd

Marbula One Season 1

Main article: Marbula One Season 1

The Hornets took part in Marbula One Season 1. Their team consisted of Vespa and Hive.

Although the team had shown promise back in the 2019 Showdown, they could not live up to the expectations. Vespa, despite being nicknamed "Speed Queen", failed to score any points in the entire season, only edging out Mary on the individual championship due to slightly better finishes. Hive wasn't much better, only netting 8 points, all from just two races. The team would finish last in the team championship, 17 points behind the next-lowest team, the Limers.

Season Entrant SAV ORA MOM HOR GDK TBO RSP MNW Points Total
S1 Vespa 13th 11th 14th 15th 31st (0) 16th (8)
Hive 9th 7th 14th 14th 29th (8)
Grand Prix Participant Qualifying
Position
Time Place Points Overall
Standing
Vespa
Standing
Hive
Standing
Savage Speedway Vespa 8th 5:36.77 13th 0 13th 13th -
O'raceway Hive 7th 5:25.71 9th 2 12th 25th 17th
Momotorway Vespa 16th 5:47.61 11th 0 14th 28th 19th
Hivedrive Hive 13th 5:38.23 7th 6 14th 29th 19th
Greenstone Hive 9th 6:11.16 14th 0 16th 30th 22nd
Short Circuit Vespa 7th 5:34.94 14th 0 16th 31st 26th
Razzway Vespa 11th 5:40.58 15th 0 16th 31st 29th
Midnight Bay Hive 12th 8:03.57 14th 0 16th 31st 29th

Marble League 2020

Main article: Marble League 2020

Qualifiers

The Hornets qualified for Marble League 2020.

Event Participant Final Result Place Points Overall Standing
Balancing All 350 cm 6th 14 6th
Funnel Endurance Stinger 2:02.70 11th 9 8th
Block Pushing All 54.9 cm 19th 1 16th
5 Meter Sprint Wasp 5.292 sec. 8th 12 10th

Main Tournament

Event Participant Final Result Placing Points Overall Standing
Balancing All 264 cm 12th 4 12th
Halfpipe All 56.61 sec. 7th 9 10th
Funnel Endurance Vespa 1:59.52 12th 4 12th
Newton's Cradle Stinger & Hive 90.75 cm 15th 1 13th
Long Jump Wasp 78.70 cm 16th 0 16th
5 Meter Hurdles Vespa 8.816 sec. 7th 9 14th
Block Pushing All 76.80 cm 8th 8 14th
Triathlon Stinger 33.07 sec. 4th 12 11th
Sand Mogul Race Yellowjacket 8.688 sec. 13th 3 12th
5 Meter Sprint Wasp 6.552 sec. 16th 0 15th
Black Hole Funnel Hive & Vespa 68.51 sec. 11th 5 15th
Relay Run All 8.881 sec. 8th 8 15th
High Jump Stinger 38.5 cm 6th 10 15th
Team Aquathlon All 19.03 sec. 10th 6 13th
Collision All Heat Loss 11th 5 14th
Marble Marathon Hive 10:48.88 14th 2 16th

Results

Marble League Results

Year Events Medals Result Points
G S B Tot.
2019 Did not participate
2020 16 0 0 0 0 16th 86

Marble League Showdown Results

Year Events Medals Result Points
G S B Tot.
2019 4 0 2 1 3 2nd 48
2020 Did not participate

Marbula One Results

Season Grands
Prix
Medals Result Points
G S B Tot.
S1 8 0 0 0 0 16th 8
S2 Did not participate

Team Members' Individual Scores

Marble League

Marble Competed in Individual events
participated in
Medals Won Total Individual Points
Hive Marble League 2020 Newton's Cradle (2020)
Black Hole Funnel (2020)
Marble Marathon (2020)
0 gold medals
0 silver medals
0 bronze medals
8 pts
Stinger Marble League 2020 Newton's Cradle (2020)
Triathlon (2020)
High Jump (2020)
0 gold medals
0 silver medals
0 bronze medals
23 pts
Vespa Marble League 2020 Funnel Endurance (2020)
5 Meter Hurdles (2020)
Black Hole Funnel (2020)
0 gold medals
0 silver medals
0 bronze medals
18 pts
Wasp Marble League 2020 Long Jump (2020)
5 Meter Sprint (2020)
0 gold medals
0 silver medals
0 bronze medals
0 pts
Yellowjacket Marble League 2020 Sand Mogul Race (2020) 0 gold medals
0 silver medals
0 bronze medals
3 pts

Marble League Showdown

Marble Competed in Individual events
participated in
Medals Won Total Individual Points
Hive Marble League Showdown 2019 0 gold medals
0 silver medals
0 bronze medals
0 pts
Stinger Marble League Showdown 2019 Funnel Race (2019) 0 gold medals
0 silver medals
0 bronze medals
6 pts
Vespa Marble League Showdown 2019 Sand Rally (2019) 0 gold medals
1 silver medal
0 bronze medals
15 pts
Wasp Marble League Showdown 2019 0 gold medals
0 silver medals
0 bronze medals
0 pts
Yellowjacket Marble League Showdown 2019 0 gold medals
0 silver medals
0 bronze medals
0 pts

Italics - As reserve member

Marbula One

Teammate Competed In Races Participated In Medals Won Total Individual Points
Hive Marbula One S1 2020 O'raceway Grand Prix
2020 Hivedrive Grand Prix
2020 Greenstone Grand Prix
2020 Midnight Bay Grand Prix
0 gold medals
0 silver medals
0 bronze medals
8 pts
Vespa Marbula One S1 2020 Savage Speedway Grand Prix
2020 Momotorway Grand Prix
2020 Short Circuit Grand Prix
2020 Razzway Grand Prix
0 gold medals
0 silver medals
0 bronze medals
0 pts

Gallery

Trivia

  • The team shares a rivalry with the Bumblebees.[3]
  • Their fans' "BZZZZZZZ" chant is similar to the O'rangers' signature "OOOOOOOO" fan chant.
  • The Hornets won both rounds of the fan team contest vote, and won the second round by nearly 2,000 votes.[3]

References

  1. Spark11A (6th March 2019). Entering the Hornets! (Marble Showdown). Reddit.
  2. 2.0 2.1 Stynth (12th June 2020). RetRollSpective – Bumblebees. Marble Sports.
  3. 3.0 3.1 3.2 Stynth (6th March 2020). RetRollSpective – Hornets. Marble Sports.
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