ANTWERP - Two local teams represented Seneca/Wyandot/Put-in-Bay/Sandusky Area High School Quiz Bowl League at Ohio Academic Competition's northwest regional contest Saturday.
Hopewell-Loudon High School lost to Patrick Henry High School, 43-24, and to Crestview High School, 46-23. Clyde High School defeated Ada High School, 34-33, and Kalida High School, 35-29, and lost to Bowling Green High School, 46-19, and Centerville High School, 28-26.
Saturday's competition at Antwerp Local School District's building had 14 teams competing.
PHOTO BY JILL GOSCHE
Junior David Beleny (clockwise from front left), junior Jenna Gosche, sophomore Colton Feathers and freshman Alex Beleny compete for Hopewell-Loudon High School in Ohio Academic Competition’s northwest regional contest Saturday. To view more photos from this event, visit cu.advertiser-tribune.com.
Joe Czupryn, the tournament's director, said Bowling Green defeated Findlay High School 29-25 in the championship match of the double-elimination tournament, and both teams are to advance to state competition May 5 at Columbus State Community College.
"It was just exciting (to go)," said Theresa Lucius, Hopewell-Loudon's coach.
Prior to Hopewell-Loudon's second defeat, junior David Beleny said the goal for the team was to win, but if it didn't, it was all right because members were glad to be there. The team was the first from Hopewell-Loudon to participate in regionals in about 15 years.
Hopewell-Loudon finished second to Clyde in the league tournament, and both teams won their respective divisions in the regular season. Beleny said normally, Hopewell-Lou-don's team was in the first round of teams knocked out of the tournament, but it ended in second place this year.
"We're just glad with our successes that got us here," he said.
Hopewell-Loudon's team had practiced at the school in preparation for the regional contest.
Members practiced using old regional questions and in the regional competition format, which is different than the format used in the regular season and league tournament. Beleny said team members still were learning the system Saturday.
"We scored more here than we did at home in practices. ... Practice definitely helped," he said.