The Burnsville High School Quiz Bowl team continues to be a prominent player in the quizzing circuit, and it is quite evident by the success they’ve had in tournaments in January and early February.
The BHS Quiz Bowl team won the inaugural Winter Invitational for Zealous Academic Recall Duelists (WIZARD) at Shattuck-St. Mary's in Faribault on Jan 9. There were six teams total, including one from St. Thomas Academy and Rochester, and two from Shattuck. The two Burnsville teams placed first and fourth. Burnsville A defeated St. Thomas twice in the playoff round to win the double elimination tournament. Blake Andert, a junior, won the overall individual scoring championship. Jacob Moe, a senior, placed sixth. Justin Jasperse, a sophomore, placed eighth. Each of them won an individual trophy for their achievements. Ultimately, Burnsville had seven of the top fourteen individual scorers.
The following weekend, the Burnsville Quiz Bowl team took part in and won the Tenth and Ninth Grade Education November Tournament (TANGENT) on Jan. 16 at Eden Prairie High School. Again, two Burnsville teams competed and placed first and fifth (tied) out of 10 participants, including Rochester (2nd), Wayzata (3rd & 4th), St. Louis Park (5th), Orono (5th) and Spectrum (9th/10th). Each of the BHS participants were sophomores. Matthew Fischer won the overall individual scoring championship. Justin Jasperse finished 13th, and Bailey Pekar and Victor Sanchez tied for 15th after the preliminary rounds.
On Jan. 30, Burnsville High School hosted GEMSTONE (General Education Middle School Tournament Offering Neverending Edification). Twenty teams participated, and Mounds Park placed first and second. BHS students volunteered for the tournament, which included reading for each round, keeping score and tabulating results in the control room. The team earned money for hosting and staffing the tournament. Proceeds will go toward the costs of competing at the National Championship in Dallas, Texas, over Memorial Day weekend.
Additionally, two Burnsville teams participated in the Academic World Quest tournament at the University of Minnesota on Feb. 3. A total of five juniors participated in the competition, which focused on international and current events. Final results have not yet been confirmed.
On Feb. 4, Burnsville hosted the third night of the south division's Minnesota State High School Quiz Bowl League. With having five of the 40 participants in the division, the BHS A team went 4-0 to finish as the top seed of the division and had a 12-0 overall record –– its first undefeated finish in league history. The B team went 2-2 and finished with a 9-3 overall record, which tied it for fourth in the division and 24th overall out of 131 teams in the state. The C team went 2-2 to finish 7-5 overall and 45th out of 131 teams. The D team went 3-1 to also finish 7-5 and placed 50th out of 131 teams. Lastly, the E team went 2-2 to finish 3-9 and placed 113th out of 131 teams.
Mitchel Fischer, a senior, finished 21st in the league in individual scoring. His younger brother Matthew Fischer, a sophomore, finished 30th overall. Blake Andert, a junior, finished 38th. Connor Hume, a junior, finished 73rd, and Spencer Robinson, a junior who is relatively new to Quiz Bowl and only participated in one league event, finished 99th. BHS had five students in the top 100 out of more than 700 students.
Burnsville High School also competed Saturday, Feb. 13 at Roseville's Run for the Roses tournament. There were more than 60 teams competing in this event.
Upcoming events for the BHS Quiz Bowl teams include the League Championship on Thursday, Feb. 18 at 4 p.m. and the Conference Championship on Thursday, Feb. 25 at 6 p.m. Both events will take place at Burnsville High School.