BIC Quiz Bowl team state bound

Tuesday, March 23, 2010

The Buffalo Island Central High School Quiz Bowl Team took first place at the 2A Regional Tournament held in Rector on Saturday, March 13. They were undefeated for the day. BIC now advances to the State Tournament in Hope on April 10.

Buffalo Island Central High School Quiz Bowl Team are, from left: Front -- Katherine Clowers and Ana Meza. Middle -- Patty Qualls, coach, Timothy Neal, scorekeeper, Nathan Whitlow, Colby Qualls, captain, and Amber Rolland. Back -- Calvin Wallace, Hayley Parker. Colby Qualls was MVP of the Regional Tournament. (photo provided)

There were five schools in the regional competition -- BIC, Riverside, Rector, Walnut Ridge, and Sloan Hendrix. After three preliminary rounds of academic questions, BIC was seeded first going into the afternoon session. They then played and defeated Rector to get to the finals. The final round of day was BIC and Riverside. BIC defeated Riverside for their first place win.

Colby Qualls, captain of the team, was named MVP of the 2A Regional Tournament.

BIC also competed in an invitational tournament held at Arkansas Northeastern College in Blytheville on Feb. 26. There they went up against teams from all divisions including Riverside, Jonesboro, Westside, Gosnell, Crowley's Ridge Academy, Manila, Cooter, Caruthersville, and Greene County Tech. After being undefeated in the morning round, they were again seeded first going into the afternoon. They finished fourth losing to Jonesboro.

Members of the team are Colby Qualls, Calvin Wallace, Amber Rolland, Nathan Whitlow, Ana Meza, Katherine Clowers, and Hayley Parker.

Timothy Neal is the scorekeeper. Patty Qualls is the coach. For the ANC tournament Lestisha Qualls served as judge with Debbie Olive serving at the Regional.

"This team has worked really hard this year," Patty Qualls said. "They give up their time after school at least once a week to practice as well as all the knowledge preparation time some of them put in. It is amazing to me what they know."

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