Sergeant Bluff-Luton Warrior Quiz Bowl

UPCOMING SCHEDULE FOR SBL QUIZ BOWL:

  • THANK YOU TO ALL OF OUR PLAYERS, PARENTS AND STAFF FOR YOUR SUPPORT OF SBL QUIZ BOWL!
    OUR 2016-17 SEASON HAS COME TO AND END AND AN OVERALL
    SUCCESS!  CONGRATULATIONS TO OUR
    STUDENTS AND BEST WISHES TO OUR SENIORS WHO WE WILL MISS VERY MUCH!  WARRIOR STRONG!!

QUIZ BOWL NEWS & RECENT COMPETITION RESULTS:

FIRST EVER SBL MIDDLE SCHOOL QUIZ BOWL GAINS EXPERIENCE AT IQBL MIDDLE SCHOOL STATE CHAMPIONSHIPS!

SBL Middle School's FIRST EVER Quiz Bowl Squad traveled to Des Moines (Waukee, IA) on Sat April 29th for the IQBL Middle School State Quiz Bowl Tournament.
A group of 8th graders began practicing in Feb/Mar as an effort to gain some understanding and experience of Quiz Bowl.  Based on the effort they were putting forth
we decided to enter them in the last remaining Middle School competition for the season, which just so happened to be the State Championships!

The SBL MS bowlers who competed are:  Hannah Meehan, Grant Widdison, Michael McDermott, Dorie Ausborn, Collin Schaar and Joe Zuercher.
We should be EXTREMELY proud of this group as it would have been EASY to fear the best the state has to offer, but they stood tall with confidence and
in almost every match, they gave their opponents a challenge right to the end. The only exception was our last match where we faced off against the eventual
State Champions Ankeny Southview who put together an incredible performance.  EVERY SBL player recorded correct answers during competition and as a
group they recorded their first ever TEAM WIN defeating Western Dubuque and finished 1-4 on the day and averaged over 130 points per match!
CONGRATULATIONS TO THESE QUIZ BOWL WARRIORS!  You faced the fears and battled strong! Can't wait to see what the future holds for you!



SBL HIGH SCHOOL QUIZ BOWL FINISHES 2016-17 SEASON AS MRAC JV CHAMPIONS & MRAC VARSITY RUNNER-UP!

SBL Quiz Bowl finished our season on Monday, 4/10/17 at Sioux City North as we battled in the MRAC Conference Quiz Bowl Tournament.
After 5 regulation rounds, SBL Varsity & SBL JV both finished with 4-1 records (no team went undefeated) to advance to the Varsity & JV Finals.

In the Varsity finals SBL would face off vs. Heelan and after multiple lead changes, fell to Heelan 14-13 (1 question difference) to finish as MRAC Runner-Up!
In the JV finals, SBL would face off vs. SC West. This squad played with confidence all evening and rode that into the finals, finishing as MRAC Conference Champions!

After coaching these students throughout this season I could not be prouder of each and every one of our students and their accomplishments! PROUD WARRIORS!!!

We'd like to thank Mr. Klingensmith, Mr. Herman and both Chris Plendl and Gary Grohs for all of their support throughout the season!!!

SBL JV Conference Champions!

SBL Varsity Conference Runner-Ups!


SBL Quiz Bowl Conference Championship Celebration!

SBL CAPTURES IOWA STATE UNIVERSITY ONLINE VIRTUAL QUIZ BOWL CHAMPIONSHIP!

SBL High School Quiz Bowl squad competed in the online Quiz Bowl competition hosted by Iowa State University on Thu 3/9/17.

       School                                                          Points
1     Sergeant Bluff-Luton                                       479
2     Urbandale High School                                   457
3     Bettendorf High School                                   453
4     Sioux City West High                                     451
5     Woodbury Central High School                       447
6     Tri-Center                                                      447
7     Regina High School                                       443
8     Estherville Lincoln Central High School            431
9     Oskaloosa High School                                  411
10    Logan Magnolia                                             410
11    Roland-Story High School School-R-S             380
12    Emerson Hubbard                                          336
13    Baxter High School                                        311


SBL QUIZ BOWL CAPTURES 4TH PLACE FINISH AT STATE TOURNAMENT IN WAUKEE (DES MOINES) - 3/4/17

SBL Quiz Bowl traveled to Des Moines (Waukee) on Saturday, March 4th to compete for a state championship in the IQBL Iowa State Quiz Bowl Championships.
This tournament represented the toughest questions and competition that the team would face all season long.  SBL finished the tournament with a 4th Place State Finish
behind new State Champion Boyer Valley, Bishop Heelan (2nd) and Gilbert (3rd).

All 4 of the top 4 teams finished the preliminary rounds with a record of 4-1.  As fate would have it, SBL would draw Heelan in the semi-finals for a rematch of the
TV competition championship match from less than a week ago. In the semi-finals it went back and forth in a heated competition. Each match consisted of 20 questions
worth 10-15 points each (depending on the speed of answer) and at the end of 20, SBL would drop a close match by 15 points, 170-155 and would face a very strong
team from Gilbert (3 of their 4 players would finish the competition in the Top 15 in scoring) for 3rd place). SBL should be extremely proud of our students as they
continued to battle to the very end!

Congratulations to SBL seniors Nic Maxfield and Nick Lennon on being nominated for Iowa All-State Quiz Bowl honors.  Nic Maxfield would finish in the Top 10
of all students (#9) and Nick Lennon in Top 25 (#22). Below the photos is a snapshot of where all of our students finished in overall scoring. WAY TO GO WARRIORS!


Pictured above:  Nic Maxfield (Sr.), Hillary Ping (Sr.), Nick Lennon (Sr.) and Ross Gengler (Jr.) with their 4th Place State Award.
To the right is action photo from semi-finals action vs. Bishop Heelan and at bottom is a panoramic photo of IQBL CEO Jay Winter
addressing the teams in the Waukee Theater Arts Center prior to the start of competition.

SBL QUIZ BOWL RECORD SETTING 2ND PLACE FINISH IN IQBL KCAU TV / MORNINGSIDE COLLEGE QUIZ BOWL TOURNAMENT

It was a record setting performance for Sergeant Bluff-Luton Quiz Bowl as SBL wrapped up TV competition in the Iowa Quiz Bowl League KCAU TV / Morningside College Quiz Bowl Tournament on Thursday, March 2nd.  SBL competed in the TV qualifying tournament back in January where the squad finished as the 4th of 16 qualifying teams from a field of 32 teams from around Siouxland.  

SBL began TV competition facing off against Lawton-Bronson where we were given a tough challenge, but escaped to advance. Next up, the SBL squad made up of senior co-captains Nic Maxfield, Nick Lennon, Justin Lang (Jr), Ross Gengler (Jr), Derek Schaar (Sr) and Lyndi Kiple (Sr) would face off against Estherville Lincoln Center where SBL jumped out to a lead and didn't look back.  With that win, SBL would advance to the semi-finals as the #1 overall seed.

On Thursday, SBL would face off against LeMars to earn a spot in the finals and they would have their hands full as LeMars jumped out to a lead and would lead after the first three rounds, but SBL dug deep and would battle back to defeat LeMars 280-260 and advance to the finals to face Bishop Heelan.

 SBL and Bishop Heelan have battled against each other in the finals of multiple tournaments all season long (with each team capturing at least one championship), however, this day would not go our way as Bishop Heelan jumped out to an early lead and would not give up any ground answering question categories that were right up their wheelhouse!  Heelan would take home the IQBL KCAU TV Championship with Sergeant Bluff-Luton Quiz Bowl would finish the competition in 2nd place.

 We are extremely proud of our students, as round after round, we continued to field compliments from coach after coach regarding the sportsmanship and respect that our students demonstrated to their opponents, coaches and moderators. WAY TO GO WARRIORS!!


TV Taped competitions are scheduled to air on KCAU TV 9 as follows:

  • SBL vs. Lawton Bronson - Sat, April 8, 2017
  • SBL vs. Estherville Lincoln Center - Sat May 27, 2017
  • SBL vs. LeMars Community - Sat, June 10, 2017
  • SBL vs. Bishop Heelan - Sat June 17, 2017

 SBL Quiz Bowl added the 2nd place hardware to our trophy cases and on Saturday, March 4th the squad will travel to Des Moines (Waukee) for the IQBL Quiz Bowl State Championships! 


Above is Sergeant Bluff-Luton Quiz Bowl team pictured with Bishop Heelan Quiz Bowl team and Rick Wollman, Morningside College VP of Communications and Marketing.


SBL Varsity Quiz Bowl Squad (L-R):  Derek Schaar, Ross Gengler, Nic Maxfield, Nick Lennon, Justin Lang and Coach Michael Aguirre. (not pictured is Lyndi Kiple)


SBL QUIZ BOWL HAS PHENOMENAL START TO MORNINGSIDE COLLEGE TV COMPETITION!

SBL Quiz Bowl began TV competition with a face-off against Lawton-Bronson in round-1, Our Warriors narrowly survived to advance

by defeating Lawton-Bronson 210-200.  SBL would then advance to face Estherville-Lincoln-Central in round-2. SBL jumped out to an early lead and never looked back as they defeated ELC in round-2 by score of 270-170.
With the wins on Thursday, SBL Quiz Bowl advances to the FINAL FOUR in the IQBL KCAU Morningside College TV Quiz Bowl Competition!!

Congratulations to Nic Maxfield, Nick Lennon, Justin Lang, Ross Gengler, Lyndi Kiple and Derek Schaar!!!

We will receive confirmation soon on who we will face next in the semi-finals sometime next week.


SBL QUIZ BOWL CAPTURES BOYDEN-HULL CHAMPIONSHIP - VARSITY NETS 1ST & 3RD PLACE AND JV NETS 3RD PLACE

SBL Quiz Bowl teams battled hard with 5 teams (2 Varsity and 3 JV teams) in the Boyden-Hull Quiz Bowl Tournament on Sat 1/28/17.  For their efforts they brought home a Varsity Championship and Varsity 3rd Place finish along with a JV 3rd Place finish! 
It was the largest field ever for this event with 20 Varsity teams and 18 JV teams competing. Members of the winning teams are as follows: 

        SBL JV 3rd Place = Derek Schaar, Ethan Kempema and Ben Porter.
        SBL Varsity 3rd Place = Lyndi Kiple, Hilary Ping and Sydney Hardy.
        SBL Varsity Champions = Nic Maxfield, Nick Lennon, Justin Lang and Ross Gengler.

For SBL Varsity, it marked the first win over Bishop Heelan this season. We had faced each other 2 or 3 times this season in various tournaments.


(Back L to R) Coach Aguirre, Ben Porter, Ross Gengler, Derek Schaar, Nick Lennon, Sidney Hardy, Lyndi Kiple, Rachel Barto.
(Front L to R) Alexa Heitman, Justin Lang, Nic Maxfield, Hilary Ping, Joe Lincoln, Abigail Lincoln, Tori Miles.
(Not Pictured) Ethan Kempema, Drew Becker, Haylee Lafrentz, Sebastian Gonzalez, Andrew Johchum, Jordyn Zahner, Alison Winter, Ali Gaul.

(L to R) VARSITY CHAMPIONS:  Justin Lang, Ross Gengler, Nick Lennon, Nic Maxfield

KCAU-TV MORNINGSIDE COLLEGE QUALIFYING TOURNAMENT - SBL QUALIFIES FOR TV WITH BEST SEEDING EVER!

This past Saturday, 1/14/17, SBL Quiz Bowl competed in the qualifying competition for the KCAU /Morningside College sponsored by Iowa Quiz Bowl League. The field consisted of 28 teams from all over Siouxland with top 16 teams qualifying to move on to TV competition. At the end of Saturday's matches, we knew we had qualified for TV, however, we did not have the cumulative results or final seeds.  This is a Varsity only tournament and SBL Quiz Bowl was represented by Nic Maxfield (captain), Nick Lennon (co-captain), Justin Lang, Ross Gengler, Lyndi Kiple and Derek Schaar.  This squad turned in a phenomenal performance and finished the day as the 3rd seed overall, which is the BEST EVER finish for an SBL squad in at least the last 10 years!!!  CONGRATULATIONS to these WARRIORS!!!  First up for SBL, we will tape our first round match vs. Lawton-Bronson in TV competition in mid February. 


SBL QUIZ BOWL QUALIFIES FOR PACE (PARTNERSHIP FOR ACADEMIC COMPETITION EXCELLENCE) NATIONAL TOURNAMENT

Congratulations!  Your Quiz Bowl team, Sergeant Bluff-Luton, has qualified for the PACE National Scholastic Championship (NSC) thanks to a top performance at Briar Cliff University Quiz Bowl Tournament on 11/5/2016.  The PACE NSC is a high school quiz bowl tournament taking place on June 10th-11th, 2017 at the Hyatt Regency O'Hare outside of Chicago.

SBL CAPTURES JR VARSITY CHAMPIONSHIP & SBL VARSITY FINISHES 2ND @ MOC-FLOYD VALLEY on SATURDAY 11/12
 

For 3rd weekend in a row, SBL traveled north to compete in one of our favorite tournaments of the season, the MOC Floyd Valley Dutch Invitational Quiz Bowl Tournament. This tournament is one of the most organized and smoothest flowing tournaments we participate in. It is also one of the largest fields of competition we face, with 18 Varsity teams and 14 Jr Varsity teams competing.

 

In this tournament, there are 4 regulation matches with 3 rounds per match: 20 toss-up questions worth 10 points each, 20 toss-ups with first 5 correct answers being awarded a 4 part bonus question worth up to 20 more points) and finally a lightning round worth 10 points each). The top 4 teams in each bracket qualify for the sudden death semi-finals and winners advancing to the championship matches.

 

After regulation rounds, SBL Varsity finished the morning with a perfect 4-0 record and the #1 overall seed as they scored a staggering 1485 points (371 pts per round avg.) to advance.  SBL Jr Varsity had an equally impressive morning finishing 3-1 in regulation, good enough for the #3 seed with 840 points (210 pts per round avg.).

 

In regulation rounds, SBL Varsity defeated West Sioux, Hartley-Melvin-Sanborn, MOC-Floyd Valley and Cherokee to advance to semi-finals where they faced off with a strong Lawton-Bronson squad. In the semi-finals, SBL led after round-1, fell behind after round-2 and battled back to narrowly advance with a score of 300-280 over Lawton-Bronson.  In the finals, SBL Varsity would face off against the #2 overall seed, Unity. And with almost an identical performance, SBL fell behind in round-1, battled back in round-2 and in the Lightning round came up just short to drop a heart breaker by score of 240-250 to Unity.

 

SBL Varsity-1 was co-captained by seniors Hilary Ping (9 answers) and Lyndi Kiple (2 answers), with senior teammates Nic Maxfield (26 answers), Nick Lennon (35 answers) and junior, Justin Lang (10 answers).

 

After regulation rounds, SBL Jr. Varsity had defeated MOC-Floyd Valley, Woodbury Central, Harris-Lake Park and dropped a close final match to Hartley-Melvin-Sanborn to finish 3-1. The JV squad advanced to the semi-finals to also face Lawton-Bronson where they easily defeated L-B 310-170 to advance to the finals where they would face the #1 overall seed for the championship. In the finals, SBL JV took advantage of their depth and balance to capture the championship by score of 265-200.

 

SBL Jr. Varsity was captained by junior, Ross Gengler (18 answers) and included teammates Ethan Kempema (9 answers), Rachel Barto (10 answers), Sebastian Gonzalez (4 answers), Alexa Heitman (2 answers), Sidney Hardy (3 answers), Haylee Lafrentz (16 answers) and Drew Becker (1 answer). 

 

CONGRATULATIONS TO WARRIOR QUIZ BOWLERS ON A SENSATIONAL PERFORMANCE AND FOR REPRESENTING SERGEANT BLUFF-LUTON THROUGH YOUR DEMONSTRATION OF RESPECT AND SPORTSMANSHIP AND TEAMWORK! 

Warrior Quiz Bowl will be on the road to Paulina for the South O’Brien Wolverine Quiz Bowl Tournament on Dec 10th. You can follow SBL Quiz Bowl online throughout the season via our Facebook page, Twitter @SBLQuizBowl or via our website under the sblschools.com High School main page. LET’S GO WARRIORS!

 

SBL JV
(Front) Sidney Hardy, Haylee Lafrentz, Alexa Heitman, Rachel Barto
(Back) Drew Becker, Ross Gengler, Ethan Kempema, Sebastian Gonzalez


SBL Varsity
Nick Lennon, Nic Maxfield, Hilary Ping, Lyndi Kiple and Justin Lang


Semi-Final Competition SBL vs. Lawton Bronson



HISTORY & TRADITION OF QUIZ BOWL AT SERGEANT BLUFF-LUTON

SB-L Quiz Bowl has undergone a few changes in the past few years and has evolved into an exceptional program that we are all very proud of.  We have team members who have a variety of knowledge levels across many different areas of interest, as well as members who participate in extracurricular activities from football,  softball, cheerleading, basketball, dance, volleyball, choir, track, cross-country, wrestling, theater… you name it!   

What makes someone a successful Quiz Bowl team?  Individuals with DIFFERENT interests while wanting to have fun and while supporting and pushing team members to excel beyond what they never thought was possible!   The SBL Quiz Bowl team has an outstanding history and had another great season last year, playing very well in several tournaments and adding a few more tournament trophies to the Quiz Bowl case and we’re looking forward to another great year of competition!  But each year, we lose a group of seniors that we need to replace with new bowlers!

Quiz Bowl offers students a chance to shine in a fun, competitive environment that typically includes one practice per week. There are approximately 5-6+ tournaments between October and April (most on Saturday's).  We practice as a group each week and placement on a Varsity or JV team for tournaments is NOT solely determined by grade level or Quiz Bowl experience, but rather by accumulating practice points during our weekly practices, number of teams participating and players who are able to attend our tournaments.  Practices are held on Thursday evenings from 6:30 – 7:15p (JV) and 7:15 – 8:00p (Varsity) in Mrs. Zarbano's room.  Bus transportation is always provided to and from our tournaments.

If you’d like to know more about SB-L Quiz Bowl, please join us for one of our practices send me an email or give me a call with any questions:  aguirmic@sblschools.com or 712-251-6567. 

Hope to see you then!

Michael Aguirre
SBL High School Quiz Bowl Coach


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