Quiz Bowl places second in St. James tournament

The team lost to Washburn Rural in finals 75-60

Quinn Franken, JagWire reporter/photographer

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The Quiz Bowl team competed in the St. James tournament Tuesday, Oct. 29. The team was undefeated until the final round, where they fell to Washburn Rural, placing second overall in the tournament.

Junior Manoj Turaga thought the team helped themselves by getting ahead early in the rounds.

“Our biggest strength was that we got off to a great start,” Turaga said. “By having a cushion, we put a lot of pressure on the other team and forced them to make some risky choices.”

Although Turaga thought the team had a great tournament, he could see ways the team could improve in future tournaments.

“I think the team needs to work on its confidence. A lot of times, we had the right answer, but our need for confirmation allows the other team to buzz before us, often causing us to lose rounds,” Turaga said.

Turaga was especially pleased with the teams performance and feels he contributed to their success.

“I think we did a great job. We got second place… which was much better than last year’s outcome, and I feel like I was somewhat involved in the success of the team,” Turaga said.

The loss of the previous Quiz Bowl coach Mary Beth Mattingly may provide extra hardships for the team this year, but senior Joan Downey thinks it could be beneficial to the team.

“I think our biggest obstacle might be hosting our own meet this year,” Downey said. “It’s always a fun time, but this is our first year without Mrs. Mattingly and we all have to take on a little bit more responsibility.” 

The team was undefeated up until the last round, where they kept the score close but could not come through with a win.

“The finals were pretty intense. Washburn Rural is a pretty intimidating team, but I think we did well nonetheless,” Downey said. 

The team will compete in their third tournament Wednesday Nov. 20 at Eudora.

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