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Timothy began their road to State by winning Regionals on Monday, March 6. They defeated Beacon Academy (420-180), and Beecher (370-170). They won Sectionals on Saturday, March 11 by defeating Armstrong (410-170), Paxton-Buckley-Loda (310-170), and Dwight (460-180).
State Finals took place on Friday, March 17 where they won the pool play at the IHSA State finals by defeating Byron (350-220), Piasa (Southwestern) (150-140), and Riverdale (290-230). They defeated Williamsville (360-170) in the afternoon to claim the State Title.
This is the first time that TC has won a sectional championship, so needless to say, the first trip to the state tournament. The top 8 schools (out of the statewide 250) face off in two pools of 4 at the state tournament.
The team finished the season with a record of 46-6. Earlier in the season they placed 4th at the Kickoff tournament at Homewood-Flossmoor High School and 1st place in the Scholar Division at the Fremd High School tournament.
Team members include Nick Alvarez, Seth Buikema, Will DeMey, Trevor Hoogendoorn, Jacob Houseman, Thomas Jenkins, Daniel Kuiper, Anna Miller, Carl Miller, and Nathaniel Yurschak.
Seth, Jacob, and Daniel were named to the All-Sectional team, and Daniel was named to the 1st team All-State. Daniel will be honored at a banquet in Bloomington-Normal on Saturday, April 8.
Scholastic Bowl is sometimes described as "Team Jeopardy". Two teams of five players each face off while a moderator reads questions on a wide variety of academic subjects. The first type of question is a "Toss-up" in which the student who "buzzes in" fastest has the first chance at answering and earning points for his or her team. No discussion between students is allowed for toss-ups. Students are not penalized for wrong answers, but a wrong answer generally gives the opposing team extra information and thinking time before "buzzing in". Questions that allow communication between teammates are called bonus questions. Most matches last about 45 minutes, with each toss-up followed by three bonus questions. The biggest advantage is that the team that gets a toss-up correct gets the first attempt at all three of the next bonus questions.
Congratulations to the team and coach Carlton Rink on this historic win!