KINGSWOOD QUIZ BOWL TEAM WINS LAKES REGION TOURNAMENT
Kingswood High School’s varsity quiz bowl team soared to victory in the annual Lakes Region regional tournament sponsored by the NH Quiz Bowl League on Saturday, March 21st at Concord High School. The team (including senior veteran players Michael Bloomer, John Langer, Ken Morrill and Patrick Coughlin, and junior Samantha Wood) won nine out of ten matches, besting Plymouth High School and host Concord High School, each of which took eight out of ten. Nineteen other teams participated in this tournament, but only Kingswood, Plymouth and Concord were eligible for the regional title. The junior varsity team (juniors Ryan Shannon and Matt Bean, and sophomores Max Gilpatrick and Brodie Deshais) also turned in an impressive total of six wins.
The New Hampshire Quiz Bowl League, under the direction of William Murphy at Hanover High School, sponsors five such regional tournaments each year, leading to a state finals match in April. This year’s regional winners, in addition to Kingswood, were Merrimack (southern), Phillips Exeter (seacoast), Hanover (western), and Lisbon (north country). The League, which includes over seventy participating schools statewide, also holds three “at large” spots for teams achieving the highest number of overall wins each season. This year the at-large winners were Bishop Guertin, Portsmouth Christian Academy and Pinkerton Academy. These eight schools will now meet on Sunday, April 12th in Concord for the state finals match.
Kingswood has sponsored its quiz bowl program for the past 12 years under coach John W. Struble of the English department. This is the fourth time it has won the NHQBL Lakes Region tournament, following victories in 2006, 2008 and 2012. The team has also participated eight times in NHPTV’s Granite State Challenge, most recently against Merrimack H.S. this season. It is open to any Kingswood student and has grown this year from a half-dozen players to almost twenty, with the addition of a dozen promising underclassmen. Later this semester the varsity team will face off against five faculty members in its annual KRHS Faculty Challenge.