INdiana Quiz Bowl
St. Joseph's High School of South Bend defeated Culver Academies two games to one in the final of the Rotary Large/Private School Championship to claim the $500 first place prize and 2010 set of the Encyclopaedia Britannica. In the small school division, North White High School defeated North Miami, also by two games to one, to claim identical prizes. The runners-up both received checks for $300, with third-place teams Clay and Argos taking home $100 checks.
With a winter storm pummeling Indianapolis and the central part of the state, a few of the southern teams who had registered for the tournament, including Northwestern, Pioneer, and Fort Wayne Northrop, had to cancel their trip, but nineteen schools braved the cold to compete, making this the largest number of Indiana schools ever represented at one quiz bowl tournament (aside from the 2009 State Championship which featured 22 schools). This is also the first time a small public school division was established at any Indiana tournament, hopefully heralding an era of increased recognition and participation for small schools.
All teams played nine round robin teams before the two top teams in each division faced off in the final series. In thrilling matches in both divisions, the eventual runners-up took the champions to the limit... Culver Academies even had the lead in the Large/Private School division with only three questions to go before St. Joe pulled ahead for the victory.
After the final game, and the awarding of the prize money and encyclopedia sets to the top teams, top individual performers in the preliminary rounds were recognized. Each of the all-stars as well as other top performers received book prizes sponsored by Encyclopaedia Britannica and the New York Times. Apart from the prizes for top performers, several raffle prizes were also awarded, including gift certificates to the Edgewater, City Tavern, and Coffee Company in Culver, Christo's and Ponderosa in Plymouth, and Pizza Hut and The Lunch Box in Fort Wayne. Oliver Ford also provided a cruise for two which was won by North Miami coach Andrew Turner. Culver Academies provided a buzzer system, won by Kouts High School, and, in preparation for the tournament, Matt's Buzzers, Ancilla College, the Catherine Kasper Life Center, and Eberly Investment of Argos combined forces to provide buzzer systems for Bremen and Fort Wayne Northrop.
|St. Joseph's||300||335||285||325||310||410||270||245||295||9-0||SJ won best-of-three playoff,
|North White 1||225||285||250||270||425||250||310||350||370||9-0||North Miami beat Argos in one-game playoff, 90-40;
NW beat NM in best-of-three playoff, 180-215, 245-145
|North White 2||80||230||90||160||245||100||150||180||165||7-2|