The tournament was held at Hermann High School and run by the Hermann High scholar bowl coach with the help of volunteers from each competing school. Six of the eight conference schools were in attendance (St. Clair, St. James, Sullivan, New Haven, Hermann, Owensville).
Mr. Pruessner stated, “ The varsity did much better in their game against St. James High School than when the two teams had played against each other.”
Each team, varsity and junior varsity, played a total of five rounds. The rounds all had varied amounts of questions; however, it was always near fifteen questions.
While New Haven’s Varsity team placed third in the tournament, St. James won in the Varsity division. New Haven varsity player Andrew Menke explained, “ I felt the teams did really well, even though varsity didn't really get the place we were looking for.”
New Haven’s Junior Varsity team placed first in their part of the tournament. Also, the teams had three players place individually. Hannah Kruse placed third in varsity; Brady Kruse placed fourth in junior varsity; and Bobby Pruessner placed third in junior varsity. Bobby explained, “For me, conference was awesome. I went in there with the goal to medal, and I more than achieved that, getting 3rd place in Junior Varsity. I was even happier when the team got 1st overall, though.”
Hannah Kruse explained, “My favorite moment of the whole tournament was when I answered twelve out of the fifteen questions in one of the rounds.” However, Hannah’s scariest moment of the day was when,, “I protested a question, and the moderator did not seem too pleased.”
All in all, the teams performed well and seem to have had a good time. Districts will be at New Haven High School on Saturday, April 18. Looking forward, Mr. Pruessner stated, “ I think we have a good chance for a another championship; even though one of our varsity players is gone, I don’t think it will affect the team much because they have all worked very hard.”
-by Risa Allen