What do abbreviations, abnormal psychology, Camelot, Central America, the earth's atmosphere, gladiators, the nervous system, the Supreme Court and the volume of a cube have in common?
They all were subjects of questions faced by quiz bowl competitors during Seneca/Wyandot/
Put-in-Bay/Sandusky Area High School Quiz Bowl League's double-elimination tournament at First Lutheran Church Thursday.
PHOTO BY JILL GOSCHE
Quiz bowl teams from Hopewell-Loudon High School (left) and Clyde High School participate in the tournament’s championship match Thursday afternoon.
Clyde High School finished first in the tournament, defeating Hopewell-Loudon High School, 140-60. Columbian High School finished third after losing to Hopewell-Loudon, 85-75.
Hopewell-Loudon dropped to the consolation bracket after losing to Columbian but came back to defeat Columbian to qualify for the championship match.
"It was intense, just the fact that it was back and forth and everything all day," said David Beleny, a Hopewell-Loudon junior.
Theresa Lucius, Hopewell-Loudon's quiz bowl coach, said she thinks her team's goal was to place first in the tournament. But, she said, the team has had to leave before lunch in the past, and it was good to stay after lunch during this year's tournament.
"It was exciting because we've never done this well before," said Jenna Gosche, a Hopewell-Loudon junior.
Melissa Detwiler, Clyde's quiz bowl coach, said her team's goal heading into the tournament was to place first.
"It was exciting," she said.
During the championship match, Clyde senior Josh Marty scored nearly all of his team's points. Detwiler said it is common for him to keep answering questions correctly.
"He's pretty outstanding," she said.
In the regular season, Clyde had won the league's north division with a 7-1 record, and Hopewell-Loudon had won the south division with a 7-2 record. They are to compete in the Ohio Academic Competition's regional contest April 21.
Fremont Ross High School, Mohawk High School and North Central Academy joined the league this year. Other schools that have teams in the league are Bridges Community Academy and Bettsville, Calvert, Carey, Fostoria, New Riegel, Old Fort, Put-in-Bay, St. Wendelin, Seneca East and Upper Sandusky high schools.