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2013 Indiana State Championship
(16 March 2013)

Saint Joe Completes Sweep

Twenty-four teams from around the state participated in the 17th annual Traditional Quiz Bowl State Championship. Hotly contested throughout the day, it was South Bend Saint Joseph who took the title by defeating defending champ Harrison in the final by a score of 300-285 to finish with a perfect record for the day.

This is the first traditional state championship for Saint Joseph, having finished runnerup four previous times. However, this is the first year any team has swept all three available state championships, since the Indians had already won the Frosh/Soph state championship and the Rotary State Championship.

Saint Joe announced early it had come to play, with a first-round high score of 460 against Southport. But the first round contained some close shaves: Clay slipped by Brebeuf by 30, Fishers escaped against Zionsville by 10, and Center Grove nipped Park Tudor by 5.

In the second round, it was Harrison who made a splash by putting up 480 points versus Penn. Fishers had a second close game, beating Hamilton Southeastern by 30. North Central won against Michigan City by only 25, and University emerged a 5-point winner against Clay.

Among the undefeated teams, Saint Joe crushed Fishers 355-200, and Harrison dispatched North Central 400-215. However, University had a more difficult time against Center Grove, but came out on top by 20. Park Tudor recorded a second straight blowout after their narrow loss back in the first round. More incredibly, four games were decided by 5 points: Delphi over Crown Point, Hamilton Southeastern over Avon, Portage over Southport, and Penn over Noblesville.

As it usually does, the fourth round proved pivotal. Assured of making the playoffs, Saint Joe battled Harrison to a win. University finished a perfect morning by beating Zionsville; the latter, however, had scored well enough to be the top team with a 2-2 record, grabbing the last playoff spot. In what were essentially elimination games, then, Center Grove won over Michigan City, North Central dropped Fishers, Park Tudor got by Hamilton Southeastern, and, in a hard-fought battle of league foes, Adams won over Penn. The other notable result was Lawrence North beating Clay by 5 points, the second time that day Clay lost in that manner.

Zionsville's reward for making the playoffs was a date against top-ranked Saint Joseph, and it didn't end well for Zionsville, as Saint Joe prevailed. Park Tudor reversed their first-round loss against Center Grove. North Central put the brakes on University's run, winning by 60. And Harrison survived a fourth-quarter comeback from Adams to get to the semifinals.

Surprisingly given the narrow margins all day, neither semifinal was close, as Saint Joe and Harrison were both seriously motivated to make the final. Saint Joe held Park Tudor to half of its normal average to get to the final, and Harrison blocked North Central's upset bid to make it through.

And so an epic final unfolded. Saint Joe had beaten Harrison in the morning and also two weeks prior at the Rotary State Championship; Harrison had beaten Saint Joe at the beginning of the year at the North White Kickoff, the only time Saint Joe varsity had lost to a team in-state. The two teams traded leads, with Harrison leading at the end of the first quarter and Saint Joe leading at the end of the second. Both teams scored 80 points on their respective sixty-second round categories, so the last quarter would decide the issue. With two questions to go, Saint Joe clinched the win and their first championship in this tournament ever.