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BHS Quiz Bowl team secures second consecutive conference title and heads to state

Burnsville High School secured its second South Suburban Conference Quiz Bowl Championship Feb. 23.

A Burnsville High School Quiz Bowl team is heading to state competition. Coach Les Moffitt is pictured with students, from left, Blake Andert, Connor Van Dorpe, Nick Schatz and Matthew Fischer.

The school’s Quiz Bowl A Team competed against Apple Valley, Eagan, Eastview, Prior Lake, Rosemount and Shakopee. The A team went 6-0, narrowly defeating second placed Eagan A for its second straight undefeated title.

Next on the schedule for the South Division’s first-seeded Burnsville A Team is the Minnesota High School Quiz Bowl League Championship. The top 16 schools in the state will face off in that competition March 2 at Burnsville High School.

The A Team is comprised of seniors Blake Andert and Connor Van Dorpe and juniors Nick Schatz and Matthew Fischer. All four members of the team were within the top eight individual scorers of the upper division, with Blake Andert medaling at second overall.  

In addition to the varsity team, Burnsville hosted 18 junior varsity (JV) teams that vied for the crown in the lower tier of the tournament. Burnsville B, C and D Teams all went 5-0 to finish in a three-way tie for the JV title — Burnsville’s fourth straight undefeated JV title. Connor Hume was the top overall scorer in the lower division and Justin Jasperse came in fourth. Overall, Burnsville had 13 of the top 25 individual scorers in the under card.

Coach Les Moffitt is “unbelievably proud” of his teams this year. “Going into a tournament with 25 teams and leaving with four undefeated teams, both championships and numerous exceptional individual scoring performances is more than we could have asked to accomplish,” he said.   

For three straight years, the Burnsville High School Quiz Bowl team has qualified to compete at the national high school quiz bowl championship tournament. The team is poised to send two teams to participate in this year’s tournament over Memorial Day weekend in Atlanta. “Last year’s team finished a school-best 53rd overall in the nation,” said Moffitt. “We have improved each year we have attended the National Championship so I look forward to seeing this year’s teams try to better our record.”

Quiz Bowl involves teams of up to four students answering challenging general knowledge questions as quickly as they can in competition with other high school students during a season that lasts from October through May.

Posted: Tuesday, February 28, 2017 - 17:37