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Louisiana quiz bowl team heads down the home stretch

Posted on Tuesday, May 2, 2017 at 3:00 pm

The Louisiana Bulldogs are trying to end their quiz bowl season with a bang.
The team traveled to New Haven on Wednesday, April 26, to compete in sectionals.
The Bulldogs started off slow, losing 350-330 in their first matchup but did not falter the rest of the way, defeating their next two opponents by scores of 490-420 and 460-240.
Michael Powers led the way for Louisiana by averaging 23.7 tossups per game.
Tyler Hopkins had three tossups during the competition. Bryan Grant had two tossups and Marin Powers added her own tossup.
With the victory, the team advances to the MSHAA Class 2 State Championship at the University of Missouri-Columbia on Friday, May 5.
After clenching their opportunity to compete for a state title, the team ventured to Chicago for the NAQT Small School National High School Championship on Saturday, April 29 and Sunday, April 30.
The competition was 12 preliminary rounds; Louisiana had byes in rounds four, six and 12. The team went 6-3 in the preliminary round.
In round one, Louisiana defeated South Side (Pennsylvania) 280-255; in round two defeated Waverly (Ohio) 325-130; in round three lost to Glasgow A (Kentucky) 460-310; in round five defeated Maroa-Forsyth (Illinois) 315-280; in round seven drafted West Point B 240-200; in round eight defeated Riverton (Illinois) 290-135; in round nine defeated Lakeland (Pennsylvania) 280-195; in round 10 lost to Moblerly (Missouri) 280-205; and defeated Ottawa Hills B 320-145.
With the 6-3 record, Louisiana advanced for the playoff round on Sunday, April 30.
In round 13, the Bulldogs lost to Southwestern A (Illinois) 380-150. Louisiana then faced South Side in an opening round rematch with the Bulldogs winning a second time by a score of 315-155.
Louisiana exited the competition with a 320-245 loss to Orchard Farm (Missouri).
The team finished 19th out of 96 schools.
Michael Powers led the team with an 87.05 points per game average, placing him fourth overall individually and a Tournament All-Star award.

The 2016-17 Louisiana Quiz Bowl team is, back row from left: Malia Jolly, Amanda Sencenbaugh, Maria Guttierez, Abby Moore, Marin Powers, Tyler Hopkins, Brandon Chatman and Caleb Elder. Front row, from left: Michael Powers, Bryan Grant and Brett Weimer.