H-L team nabs Quiz Bowl title

Hopewell-Loudon High School Quiz Bowl team took the title from defending champions Tiffin Columbian High School in the league tournament Thursday with a 165-95 win.

The 2013-14 Seneca/Wyandot/Put-in-Bay/Sandusky Area High School Quiz Bowl had its double-elimination tournament at the former Lincoln Elementary School building.

The Hopewell-Loudon team includes coach Theresa Lucius; freshman Kevin Fruth; sophomores Maria Faber and Michelle Wilfong; juniors Alex Beleny, Jenson Nutter, Waleed Salem, Anson Tran and Alex Wood; and seniors Colton Feathers and Jarid Gelinas.

“It feels really good to win,” Nutter said. “All of our hard work has paid off.”

Nutter said the worse part about the day was the waiting and suspense. He said the best subject for him is science.

The last question the team scored on was: “Only a slice through which plane of a bilaterally symmetrical organism will divide it into roughly mirror image?”

The answer given by Tran, a “sagittal plane.”

Hopewell-Loudon’s last tournament win was in the 1993-94 season. The school’s team placed second in the 2011-12 season.

Beleny said he was happy to win and see Hopewell-Loudon place again.

Columbian had its first loss of the season to Hopewell-Loudon in the winner’s bracket. Columbian went on to defeat Clyde High School, 65-25, to take on Hopewell-Loudon in the final match.

“We are so excited to win this year,” Lucius said. “We practice with old test questions and books that we have available.”

Lucius said the team practices every Wednesday and once a month on Monday.

“This is a great bunch of kids.”

For the season, Hopewell-Loudon took first place in the South Division with a 8-0 record. New Riegel High School placed second with a 6-3 record and Mohawk High School placed third with a 6-3 record. When New Riegel and Mohawk faced off, New Riegel won, which is why they placed second although their records were the same.

Columbian took first place for the Central Division with a 9-0 record. Seneca East High School placed second with a 7-1 record and Calvert Catholic High School placed third with a 4-4 record.

North Division winners are Clyde High School in first at 8-1, Put-in-Bay in second at 7-1 and Fremont Ross High School in third at 5-2.

“It was a great tournament,” Columbian coach Len Donaldson said. “It is nice to have the Lincoln building to utilize in such a manner. It is disappointing that we didn’t finish first, but we lost to a better team.”

Area teams are to compete in the regional tournament in April.