On Saturday, April 14th, the varsity Scholar Bowl team competed in the district tournament hosted by New Haven High School. After pool play, the first round of competition, Kingston, Crystal City, and New Haven were all tied at 2 wins and 1 loss. The tie was broken by the average number of points per game. After the tie breaker, New Haven was in 3rd place. The team lost in the semi-finals against Kingston. Belle won the first place district title.
In order to earn a spot on the All-District Scholar Bowl team, competitors must be in the top 6 members to answer the most toss up questions correctly. Junior Martin Lewis received 6th place and sophomore John Hughes received 4th place on the All-District Scholar Bowl team.
Jared Pruessner, the coach of the New Haven team, was the tournament director who coordinated the competition. He stated, “I was very thankful for all the help we had from students, teachers, and other staff members. They did a great job and we couldn't have had the tournament without them. There is a lot to do as a tournament director during the course of the tournament and I look forward to different schools hosting next year so I can focus more on working with my team.”
Mr. Pruessner reflected, “Overall I was pleased with how the team did. Obviously we would have liked to win the district title like last year, but the team did their best. I knew it would be tough without our seniors, but I thought John, Martin, and Cece did a good job stepping up in their absence. Sam, Casey, and Bradley were also able to contribute and that was impressive given that it was their first year playing.”
Junior Martin Lewis commented, “Coach was a little frantic because he had a lot on his plate, but I thought we did pretty well. The semi-final round had some pretty tough questions, even coach was surprised. After the first half, the score was only 80-60.”
Cecelia Malone, another junior, commented, “I was proud of how our team did considering we did not have our seniors. There were several good teams to compete against but I think we did our best!”
Congratulations to all the members of Scholar Bowl and Mr. Pruessner for a great season!