Quiz Bowl Team District Runner Up
On Monday, Apr. 10th, the high school Quiz Bowl Team competed at Sutherland in the ESU 16 District Quiz Bowl Tournament. This was a double-elimination, bracket-style tournament. Fifteen teams competed including Sutherland, Paxton, South Platte, Mullen, Arthur, Wallace, Perkins Co., Thedford, Maxwell, Stapleton, North Platte St. Patrick's, Ogallala, Hershey, Brady and McPherson County.
Perkins Co. finished as the DISTRICT RUNNER-UP and earned the opportunity to compete at the All-Class State Quiz Bowl Tournament (to be held in Holdrege on Wednesday, Apr. 26th).
PC defeats Wallace 45-25
PC defeats Arthur 30-10
PC defeats Sutherland 35-30 (we got the bonus right on the last question to win it)
PC loses to Brady 45-50 (they got the bonus answer right on the last question to win it)
PC defeats Sutherland 45-10
PC defeats Brady 30-10
(**Teams have to lose twice to be eliminated and since that was Brady's first lost, we had to turn right around and play them again.**)
PC loses to Brady 20-30
ESU 16 District Team Placings
1st - Brady (*qualified for State*)
2nd - Perkins Co. (*qualified for State*)
3rd - Sutherland
Team Members Include: Kenyon Gaar, Chris Terry, Jaci Kurkowski, Jack Kohl, Zach Malmkar, Karen Ruiz, Nathan Kemling, Bryce Grothman, Jacob Woodmancy (Team Captain) and Matthew Wendell.
SIDE NOTE: In the 12 years that I've coached HS Quiz Bowl, my teams have always included seniors. This year's team is made up of juniors and freshmen. This means that every time we head into a competition, we are at a disadvantage in categories like American Gov't, World Literature, Calculus, Physics, and Trigonometry (since they are, generally, senior-level courses). Any time we get a question right in one of those categories - I consider it a big bonus. The fact that they can compete - and compete at such a high level even WITHOUT some of that "senior knowledge" - speaks volumes about how strong they are in the other content areas. Kudos to all PC Staff Members for teaching these students, and teaching them well!