Promising Start for Quiz Bowl Team
Season opener for Greenies comes just before exams
History Department chair Ben Dowling likened it to a football team running a marathon before a big game.
Dowling and Math instructor Sandy Powers coach the Christ School Quiz Bowl team, which enjoyed one of its best-ever showings at a tournament Tuesday in Gastonia, N.C. The Greenies came in second in their pool with a 3-1 record. Sixteen schools were represented in the trivia competition hosted by Highland School of Technology.
First semester exams began the very next morning for Christ School's contingent of captain Davis Grubb '18, Henry Duggins '20, Jacob Dowler '19, Lux Haney-Jardine '20, Ted Peterson '19, and Wyatt Gildea '19.
"I was a little more anxious than usual for our first tournament. I had some worry because we lost so many good seniors off last year's team," Davis said. "I also knew everyone had been staying up late and studying for exams. Now I think we're looking pretty good."
Indeed, first-place was a real possibility for the Greenies until Tuesday's final question. The answer was University of Alabama football coach Nick Saban.
Quiz Bowl tournaments are a lot like the game show "Jeopardy," without answers having to be asked in the form of a question. There are buzzers for each team, and questions are asked on a variety of topics.
The Quiz Bowl team is a year-round commitment at Christ School. Most of the team's tournaments will occur in the spring. Davis and Wyatt have both been involved with the Quiz Bowl team for four years.
Tuesday's team was not the full roster. The Greenies' numbers were depleted since "Christmas in the Greenie Dome" was held that same night in Mebane Fieldhouse. Christ School's varsity basketball team beat Rabun Gap (Ga.), 68-46.
"It was definitely a challenge (to do the tournament ahead of exams)," Wyatt said. "But we did really well. It was worth it."