By Joshua Huff, sports editor
TRUSSVILLE – The Hewitt-Trussville junior varsity scholar’s bowl team partook in the 2020 ASCA Junior Varsity State Championship this past Friday and finished in the top 10 of a competition that pitted the Huskies against 18 of the top teams in the state.
At the event, the squad of Juliana Eberhardt, Wei Wei Guo, Madison Morris, Laura Phillips and Sarah Prince finished with a 2-3 record with victories over UMS-Wright and Oak Mountain. The Huskies lost to James Clemens, East Lawrence and Bob Jones. Two of those three losses came by a combined score of just 40 points (280-300, East Lawrence; 280-300, Bob Jones).
Rounding out the top 5 was:
The varsity scholar’s bowl team will head into the 2020 ASCA High School State Championship for the third consecutive season.
The championship is scheduled for March 17, 2020.
In addition, the team also qualified for the 2020 NAQT High School National Championship Tournament in Atlanta, Georgia. That tournament will be at the Hilton Atlanta on May 22–24, 2020. In 2019, the tournament field consisted of 336 teams with the top 48 teams receiving team trophies and the top 40 all-stars receiving individual awards.
Special thanks to Coach Hunter for speaking to the Scholars Bowl team about having a championship mindset as we head into league play! We are ready to go! @HT_GIRLS @HewittAthletics pic.twitter.com/S7YoMiY5ga
— HTHS Scholars Bowl (@HTScholarsBowl) January 16, 2020
The varsity team of J.P. Campbell, Evan Moore, Sarah Prince and Juliana Eberhardt enters postseason play coming off of a second-place finish in Pool A of the ASCA High School District Tournament (Birmingham) at Jefferson State Community College.
The six-team Pool A field consisted of teams throughout the Birmingham metro area.
Hewitt-Trussville went 4-1 at the meet with victories over Helena, Mountain Brook, Altamont and Oak Mountain. Its lone loss was to Spain Park, which captured Pool A with a 5-0 record.
The scholar’s bowl is described as a version of Jeopardy! Josh Haynes said in 2017 – Haynes established the program in 2013.
Matches consist of toss-up questions, bonus questions and lightning rounds. Toss-ups test how quickly individual students can respond with the right answer. Bonus questions require teams to work together to agree upon the right answers to four question. Lightning rounds ask teams to answer 20 related questions in two minutes.