Quiz Bowl competes in first meet of season at Eudora

The team missed advancing to the semifinals after tying with Spring Hill for the second seed in pool play

Sydney Parker, JAG managing/copy editor

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Quiz Bowl competed at its first meet of the season at Eudora High School on Wednesday, Nov. 15. The team consisted of six students: seniors Jameson Isaacsen, Madeline Myrick, Landon Butler, Nora Lucas, Tom Colling and junior Nathan Sheehan.

In order to prepare for the first meet, the team practiced three times a week starting in September. Isaacsen, who also served as the team captain, felt his teammates went into the tournament believing in their abilities to perform.

“We were felt pretty strong going into the tournament,” Isaacsen said. “We work hard and prepare hard, so we were pretty confident.”

The team finished pool play with a record of 6-2, tying with Spring Hill for the second seed. Because Spring Hill won head to head, however, the team earned a three seed in their pool and barely missed making the semifinals since only the top two teams from each pool advanced.

Despite not making it to the final rounds of the tournament, Sheehan believed the team performed well overall.

“I feel like we did well on math as well as some of the other categories,” Sheehan said. “I also think we did well on scoring points, even though the results didn’t really show it.”

According to Isaacsen, the team needed to improve on answering questions in a way that avoided penalties.

“I think we need to work on our timing and not interrupting the speaker,” Isaacsen said. “It cost us points this tournament.”

Being new to the varsity Quiz Bowl team, this tournament provided Sheehan with an opportunity to become more comfortable with competing at this level.

“This was our first tournament, but it gave us new people more experience,” Sheehan said.

Isaacsen hoped that the team would take the results from the tournament as motivation to improve.

“We took away our first loss, which is important because it tells us that we have to get better,” Isaacsen said.

The team’s next meet will be on Tuesday, Nov. 28 at DHS.

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