Six teams represented Burnsville-Eagan-Savage School District 191 in a Quiz Bowl tournament at Shattuck-St. Mary's on Nov. 11 and each team finished in the top 10 of their respective divisions with two qualifying for national championships, according to Coach Les Moffitt.
The Burnsville High School A team finished 5-2 in a tie for fifth place, qualifying for the national championship on Memorial Day weekend in Atlanta. Participants and their scoring finish included Nick Schatz (17), Matthew Fischer (21), Justin Jasperse (31) and Ethan Tinklenberg (116 out of 141 students). The BHS B team finished 4-2, barely missing qualification for nationals, in a tie for ninth place. Participants and their scoring finish included Joe Schatz (14), Wyatt Andrews (55), Zander Gorton (91) and Aradhana Menon (117). The BHS C team finished 3-3, participating in the underclassmen division, short a person, and finished in a tie for fifth place. Wyatt Isakson on the C Team had the fourth highest individual score out of all the participants in the underclassmen division, winning an individual trophy. Additional participants and their scoring finish included Nate Trussell (20) and Luke Trussell (48 out of 51 students).
Eagle Ridge Middle School stole the show, according to Moffitt. The school was a perfect 8-0, winning the tournament and qualifying for the middle school national championship on Mother's Day weekend in Chicago. Eagle Ridge defeated Spectrum (a charter school in Elk River) teams three times and Mounds Park Academy (a private school in St. Paul) teams twice. Erik Gorton had the highest individual score of any middle school participant, winning an individual trophy. Other participants in the order they finished in individual scoring included John Goettl (17), Jasper Strayer (23), Allan Habiger (35), and August Tinklenberg (39 out of 44 students).
Nicollet Middle School went 5-3 and earned third overall in the tournament, winning a trophy for their placement and just missing the cutoff for qualifying for the national championship. Calvin Hume, Keegan McDevitt, and Cameron Passon finished 9th, 10th and 11th, respectively, in overall scoring, just missing the cutoff for individual trophies. Other participants in the order they finished in individual scoring included Alex Stanek (20), Matt McGuire (34) and Hadley Alt (38).
Metcalf Middle School went 2-3 and finished in sixth place out of 10 teams, the highest finish for a team of sixth graders in the tournament. Metcalf narrowly missed the playoffs with a 10-point loss on the last question in a round against eighth graders from Mounds Park Academy A. Collin Boyum had the seventh highest individual score in the middle school tournament, earning an individual trophy for his efforts. Other participants in the order they finished in individual scoring included Matt Trussell (14), Noah Leipnitz (27), Timmy Trussell (33) and Josh Trussell (36).