Savio Quiz Bowlers Excel at Falcon Fest
On Saturday Oct 1st Savio sophomores Nicholas Huth, Matthew Meskill, and Jonathan Shoemaker teamed up with freshman Connor Buchanan in the JV high school division of the Falcon Fest Quiz Bowl tournament at Fulmore Middle School in Austin. It was the first tournament of the year for the Eagle Quiz Bowlers and Connor's first ever Quiz Bowl event.
The Savio team was impressive from the start posting a 4-1 record in the preliminary rounds, winning by an average score of 331-189. The noteworthy preliminary matches were against the three LASA teams in the event, with the Eagles posting a 330-115 victory over LASA B in the day's first match. The third match of the day was against LASA A. It was back and forth thru the first half of the match. Connor powered a question about the Bruce Lee film "Enter the Dragon", and after the team picked up 20 of the 30 bonus points the Eagles led 155-150. But the second half belonged to the LASA A squad as they outscored Savio 180-70 to claim the win.
The preliminary match against LASA C was also a tale of two halves, just like the match against LASA A. The LASA squad seemed in control with a 140-60 halftime lead. But Matthew caught fire, getting six out of the first seven tossups to start the second half, including three powers, giving the Eagles a 275-180 lead going into tossup number 18. LASA closed the gap to 275-215, but Jonathan powered a question on electronegativity to slam the door shut, and the Eagles prevailed by a score of 310-250.
At the end of the preliminary rounds, Savio, LASA A and LASA C all had identical 4-1 records. Bonus conversion average was used to break the tie, so going into the playoff round LASA C was seeded first, Savio second, and LASA A third. The high seed earned the Eagles a bye until the semi-final round. In the semi-finals they faced the one team who had beaten them in the prelims, LASA A. It was again a tight battle thru the first half with Savio in the lead 155-145 at intermission. In the second half the Eagles were able to build a lead of as much as 50 points, but the LASA team kept coming back and closing the gap. LASA finally caught the Eagles to take a 275-260 lead going into toss-up 18. But Matthew once again put his foot down, closing out the game by getting the last three toss-ups and giving the Savio squad a 350-275 victory and sending them into the championship match.
Their opponent in the championship match was number one seeded LASA C team. The first half of the match could not have gone much better for the Savio team. The LASA team negged on two of the first three tossups and the Eagles jumped out to an early 95 to -10 lead. Savio's lead grew to 175-30 going into toss-up number 10. But the LASA team powered that toss-up and took all 30 bonus points to pull to within 100 at 175-75 at halftime. Unfortunately for the Savio team, this match was also a tale of two halves, and the Eagles were on the wrong end of it this time. Their lead evaporated in the second half as the LASA squad took five of the first seven toss-ups of the second half, and pulled ahead by a score of 245-225 on toss-up number 17. With three toss-ups remaining, it was still either team's match to win. But the LASA squad was just too strong as they powered two of the last three toss-ups and grabbed 80 of the 90 bonus points. Final score LASA C 365 Savio 225.
In spite of the championship match loss the Eagles had a great day. A 5-2 record, including three wins over LASA teams, is an achievement to be proud of. Matthew Meskill led the scoring for the Savio team with 57.86 points per game (11 powers and 4 NEG5's) and was also the number two scorer overall in the tournament.