NWC crowns quiz bowl winner

LIMA —The battle of the brains raged on Friday as the Northwest Conference Scholastic Bowl Tournament was held on the campus of Ohio State Lima.

Varsity and junior varsity teams competed throughout the morning and into the afternoon in a round robin competition. There were thirty questions per round. Some of the questions were quick answer and some were computation questions. Teams needed a mixture of computational skills, general knowledge and current events to compete well in the competition.

Bryan Albright, Assistant Dean of the Ohio State Lima campus said,”I know our faculty and staff enjoy being readers and scorekeepers and having the best and the brightest students from the Northwest Conferfence here on campus.”

Coming up with correct answers can be complicated in the pressure of a timed competition.

A first-round question that challenged teams’ Australian geography knowledge was “What is the westerrn most state in Australia?” Give yourself a point if you knew the answer was “Western Australia.”

Members of the Spencerville Bearcat team remembered a missed question. Jacob Butrorac lamented about the question about Christmas carols whose answer they now know was “We Wish You A Merry Christmas” instead of “figgy pudding.”

Lincolview won the varsity competition just ahead of Bluffton. The team finished with a 5-2 record and beat runner-up Bluffton in head-to-head competition to decide the tournament.

Lincolview came up with the correct response to the question that broke a tie, “What are the two most common gasses that come up in volcanoes?” (Answers: water and carbon dioxide.)

Lincolnview also dominated the junior varsity competition.

The Northwest Conference Scholastic Bowl All Tournament Team was chosen by the coaches and made up of one member from each school. The 2022 All Tournament Team members are Xander Wells from Ada, Ransom Holman from Allen East, John-Paul Yoder from Bluffton, Levi Schroeder from Columbus Grove, Sam Boroff from Crestview, Jeremy Reynolds from Leipsic, Clayton Priest from Lincolnview, and Ashton Peters from Spencerville.

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Dean Brown joined The Lima News in 2022 as a reporter. Prior to The Lima News, Brown was an English teacher in Allen County for 38 years, with stops at Perry, Shawnee, Spencerville and Heir Force Community School. So they figured he could throw a few sentences together about education and business in the area. An award-winning photographer, Brown likes watching old black and white movies, his dog, his wife and kids, and the four grandkids - not necessarily in that order. Reach him at [email protected] or 567-242-0409.