Manistee High School takes second place at WSCC Quiz Bowl

SCOTTVILLE — When it comes to school rivalries, none have been as strong as the one between Manistee and Ludington.

It doesn’t matter what the sport or competition is when these two school districts face off, because it is a sure bet they will be going all out to win. That was exactly what happened on Friday when they met in the annual West Shore Community College High School B/C Quiz Bowl.

Ludington was able to register its third straight championship by defeating Manistee 155-35 in the championship round of the double-elimination tournament. Friday’s championship was the 14th in the 25 year history of the WSCC High School Quiz Bowl. Manistee High School has won the second most titles with six championships over the years.

Students are challenged with some difficult questions in math, science, geography, literature and language, current events, history and theater. Students have mere seconds to react, and come up with the correct answers.

The Manistee, Mason Lake and Oceana intermediate school districts help put on this annual event. Staff members from the college also volunteer their time to serve as moderators, judges and timekeepers.

Ludington showed their strength early in the tournament when they scored a 110-30 win over Hart in opening-round play. The other first round play saw coach Lee Gramza’s Manistee High School team toss a 130-0 shutout over the Shelby Tigers.

Manistee’s starting lineup consisted of Daniel Gutowski, Alex Johnson, Andrew Hilliard and Chris Blevins. Other team members Destiny Blake and Miranda Graves.

The Mason County Central Spartans drew a first round bye, and had to meet the Ludington Orioles in their first match. Ludington advanced to the winners bracket round by powering to a 175-40 win in that match.

Hart then kept alive its hopes moving into the loser’s bracket of the double elimination tournament to meet the Shelby Tigers. Hart rumbled to an easy victory 150-40 in that match.

That set the stage for the first meeting between the Chippewas and the Orioles. Ludington started strong, and never looked back, taking the match 150-50.

Manistee still had hopes of coming back for a second meeting with the Orioles at that point in time. They first waited while Hart defeated Scottville, 80-50, and then turned the tables on the Pirates, trimming them 150-45.

However, the Orioles were just too much to overcome and they defeated Manistee retain the WSCC traveling trophy.

Next week, the Class D tournament will begin play with Bear Lake, Pentwater, Manistee Catholic Central, Brethren, Walkerville, Mason County Eastern and Onekama battling it out.

Bear Lake is coached by Lavon Jonson and they will be seeking their first ever championship since the Class D Division was added in 1997. Team members include Jaimey Ferguson, Samantha Mullet, Alex Dutton, Josh Ide, Tyler Groenwald, Miranda Hengy, Katelyn Adams, Emileigh Ferguson and Madeleine Smeltzer.

The Brethren Bobcats have won five championships over the years and Mike Jura’s squad this year consists of seniors Aaron Hillsamer (captain), Danielle Brenner, Dylan Richardson, Cameron Smith, Brendan Wayward, juniors Joe Riggs, Alex Marsh and sophomores Moriah Miltgen and Lucas Richardson.

Manistee Catholic Central has also won five championships over the years. Coach Matt LaMore will field a team that includes Gabe Toczynski, Jaime Sierra, Jarred Janicki, Kimmy Patulski, Mike Drew, Logan Hansen, Makayla Sanchez, Chris Buswinka and Jeremy Bigalke.

The Onekama Portagers are three-time WSCC champions and coach Kathy Joseph will have a first team consisting of Emily Barnard, Elizabeth Bergren, Curtis McKenney, Clarie Harvey and alternates Alex Barto, Dan Kinn, Kayla Feil and Katie Harrison.

Local teams will see action staring at 9 a.m. when Manistee Catholic plays Pentwater. Brethren will play Walkerville at 9:30 a.m. and Onekama will square off with Custer at 10 a.m. Bear Lake will open play at 10:30 a.m., playing the winner of the MCC and Pentwater match.

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Posted by Ken Grabowski

Ken is News Advocate’s education reporter. He coordinates coverage for all Manistee County schools and West Shore Community College. He can be reached by phone at (231) 398-3125 or by email at kgrabowski@pioneergroup.com.

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