Eastwood whizzes win quiz bowl PDF Print E-mail
Written by MARIE THOMAS BAIRD, Sentinel Education Editor   
Wednesday, 12 March 2014 10:42
Elmwood's Aaron Crislip (left) rubs his head near teammate Adam Lewallen during a championship match against Eastwood at the 2014 Junior High/Middle School Quiz Bowl hosted at the Wood County Educational Service Center. (Photo: Enoch Wu/Sentinel-Tribune)
Third time was not a charm for Elmwood's middle school elementary quiz bowl team.
For the third year in a row, Elmwood took runner-up in the league's quiz bowl tournament held Tuesday.
Eastwood won the tournament, 60-32.
"It made my final year awesome, said David Deniston of the Eastwood team. "It's pretty exciting."
"It's amazing," added teammate Elizabeth Arntson.
Elmwood entered the tournament ranked first of seven teams, and Eastwood ranked second.
Earlier in the season, Elmwood beat Eastwood, 102-74.
But beating them again didn't happen. Eastwood out-scored their opponent each of the three rounds.
"They just came in to play and have fun," said Diane Swartz, in her last year as Eastwood's coach. "These kids get so excited."
Swartz, who has led the team for 10 years, will retire from teaching next year.
Teams faced questions on authors, the solar system, Greek gods, mythology, math and more.
Many times, the math questions stymied both teams.
"I think they're a bit harder because these are the championships," said Katie Smith, coach for the Elmwood team.
Evan Frankfather, of Elmwood, pointed out "it's not ninth-grade math" which he is taking as an eighth-grader.
His team members included Lizzy Hardy, Joey Laborie, Kadin Mahler, Aaron Crislip, Ben Armbruster, Dakota Clementz and Adam Lewallen.
"It's been difficult for math all year," agreed Swartz.
Both teams have mostly seventh-graders who may decide to face each other again next year.
Eastwood's David Deniston (left), Jack Chappuies (middle) and Tabitha Escalante (right) deliberate during a rebuttal in a championship match against Elmwood at the 2014 Junior High/Middle School Quiz Bowl hosted at the Wood County Educational Service Center.
Eastwood's team also included Alissa Ray, Jack Chappuies, Tabitha Escalante, Catherine Wasylyshyn, Tatam Houtz and Erik Fertig.
Elmwood had a bye going into the tournament, then defeated fifth-place Woodmore, 80-16, in the semifinal round.
Woodmore beat fourth-ranked Lake in the quarterfinals to advance.
Gibsonburg, ranked third, beat North Baltimore, ranked sixth, 44-32, to advance to the semifinals where the team was beat by Eastwood, 82-42.
Eastwood made it out of the quarter finals by beating Bowling Green Christian Academy, ranked seventh, 88-24.
Last Updated on Wednesday, 12 March 2014 15:08

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