Wolf’s Eye View: The Quiz Bowl Experience

Alex Oliveri and Ethan Desforges buzz in to answer a question during a Quiz Bowl practice. (Photo By Adam Satterlee)

Alex Oliveri and Ethan Desforges buzz in to answer a question during a Quiz Bowl practice.
(Photo By Adam Satterlee)

(COVINGTON, La.) — Do you enjoy answering questions on random trivia? Then, the Quiz Bowl Team might be the team for you. As a member of the team, let me walk you through the typical Quiz Bowl tournament experience.

On Saturday, Jan. 24, 2015, the four Quiz Bowl Wolves left for Lakeshore High School to compete in their Quiz Bowl Tournament. The team consisted of Christian Jarrett, Nick Isolani, Jordan Edney, and myself. We went to Ms. Allen’s classroom at 8 a.m. to group up. Once we all showed, we took to our cars and stormed Lakeshore.

There were eight teams competing in the competition. There were two Fontainebleau teams, two Pope John Paul II teams, two Lakeshore teams, a Covington team, and our St. Paul’s team.

In one round, there are three different stages. First is the lightning round, which consists of ten questions that anyone from either team can answer. However, if someone answers and gets it wrong, the question goes to the other team for the points, but if the person gets it right, the proctor goes onto the next question.

The second stage lets the losing team pick what subject they want out of two options. Only the captain of the the team can answer these questions, but the team can debate about the answer; however, the team only has 60 seconds to answer them all. The other team can answer whatever questions you get wrong or skip.

The third stage is a bonus with ten questions. Anyone can buzz in, and if they get it right, they get another four questions on the same subject.

Our first match was against Pope John Paul II’s B team, which is their second best team; the final score was Pope 300 and SPS 270. Our next round was against Fontainebleau’s B team; the score was Fontainebleau 270 and SPS 200. I did not really understand how the scoring was happening until I heard another team talking about their score, I asked where the scoreboard was, and I went to go find out what place we were in.  We were fourth. To be in the primary bracket, you had to be in the top four places.

We were excited, because if we won this round, we would be in the primary bracket. Our next round was against Pope’s A team, who was in fifth at the time. All we had to do was beat them, and we would make it to the primary bracket. When the buzzers sounded, the final score was SPS 100 and Pope John 175. We were disappointed, but were hopeful that the score would set us in the fifth place spot, which would still give us an opportunity for third place. 

We were in fifth place, by average scores, and we were playing in the secondary bracket for third place, which was a rematch between us and the Fontainebleau B team. The final score in that round was SPS 175 and Fontainebleau 275. We were sad, but we were hopeful that we could beat Covington to keep us out of last place.

We were now playing for either seventh or eighth place, playing against Covington, and for our pride. The round was painful, with many questions going unanswered, but we came out on top with the score SPS 90 and Covington 10. We felt that we had accomplished something: we didn’t come in last place. That was the best part of the day.

Even though we came in seventh out of eight, we had a ton of fun and learned a lot about how to do quiz bowls, as well as a lot of random facts that will help us crush our opponents in the next tournament.

If this sounds like a great time, come join in on our Quiz Bowl practices on Tuesday mornings at 7:00 a.m. in Ms. Allen’s room.

Luke Avenel and Matt Melancon ask questions from a Quiz Bowl book. Ethan Desforges and Alex Oliveri are poised to buzz in. (Photo By Adam Satterlee)

Luke Avenel and Matt Melancon ask questions from a Quiz Bowl book. Ethan Desforges and Alex Oliveri are poised to buzz in. (Photo By Adam Satterlee)

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