Scholar Bowl

Moderators: Mr. Scott Timmermann and Mrs. Emily Timmermann

IHSA Accomplishments
2016 Third in State
2001, 2002, 2004, and 2006 IHSA Regional Champions

South Central Scholastic Conference Accomplishments
2010 Champions

Scholar Bowl is an IHSA sanctioned activity for which all Mater Dei students are eligible.  The Scholar Knights compete at the varsity, junior varsity, and freshman levels.  A scholar bowl match consists of head-to-head competition between teams who answer questions relating to various topics including English, history, mathematics, and science.  The fall season culminates with the South Central Scholastic Conference Tournament, while the spring season culminates with IHSA playoffs.

At Mater Dei, a student may join Scholar Bowl at any time during the season.  While many students elect to play all year, other students elect to play during the off-season of the other activities in which they participate.  During the season, the team practices on Wednesdays from 3:00 pm to 4:00 pm.

2016 - 2017 Scholar Bowl Schedule

October 3Scholastic Hi-Q: Flora7:00 pmSIUC
November 1Cumberland, Mt. Olive
and Staunton
4:30 pmHome
November 8Bunker Hill and
Metro East Lutheran
4:30 pmBunker Hill
November 15Cumberland, Hillsboro
and Litchfield
4:30 pmLitchfield
November 21Scholastic Hi-Q: tba7:45 pmSIUC
November 28Scholastic Hi-Q: tbatbaSIUC
November 29Cumberland, Gillespie
and Hillsboro
4:30 pmHillsboro
December 1Collinsville, Granite City
and Mascoutah
4:00 pmHome
December 3SCSC Tournament9:30 amSouthwestern (Piasa)
December 8Central (Breese), Civic
Memorial (Bethalto)
and Fr. McGivney (Maryville)
4:00 pmFr. McGivney (Maryville)
January 5Belleville East, East Alton-Wood River
and Highland
4:00 pmHighland
January 10Central (Breese), Columbia
and Triad
4:00 pmTriad
January 12Belleville East,
Highland and Triad
4:00 pmHome
January 19Alton, Belleville West
and O'Fallon
4:00 pmO'Fallon
January 26East St. Louis, Jerseyville
and Metro East Lutheran (Edwardsville)
4:00 pmMetro East Lutheran
February 2Althoff (Belleville),
Gibault (Columbia)
and Marquette (Alton)
4:00 pmAlthoff (Belleville)
February 9Columbia, Fr. McGivney (Maryville) and Metro East
Lutheran (Edwardsville)
4:00 pmColumbia
February 23Metro East Quad League Championship4:00 pmBelleville West
February 28Clinton County
3:30 pmHome
March 4Illinois Masonic Academic Bowl State TournamenttbaBloomington High School


Latest News for Scholar Bowl

Extracurricular Activities Fair

Members of our various extracurricular activities shared information with their peers during our annual Extracurricular Activities Fair on Wednesday, September 6.  This fair provides our students, especially freshmen and transfer students, with an opportunity to receive information and to sign up for the activities in which they are interested.

Freshman Annis Byram (standing) is pictured signing up for Scholar Bowl after receiving information from members Abigail Kay (left) and Abigail Brandenburger (right) during our annual Extracurricular Activities Fair.

(left, from left) Freshmen Myah Helmkamp, Emma Hemker, Sophia Sabo, Sarah Lipski and Reed Braundmeier are pictured receiving information from Student Council members Abby Arentsen (right, back) and Caroline Kenow (right, front) during our annual Extracurricular Activities Fair.

Scholar Knights Earn Second at IHSA Sectional

On Saturday, March 11, the Scholar Knights entered the round-robin IHSA Class 2A Sectional, held at Mt. Vernon High School, with the hopes of earning a second straight trip to the IHSA State Tournament.  In round one, against the O’Fallon Panthers, Ethan Schumacher set the tone early by answering the first two toss up questions.  The Knights held a 220-30 lead at half time, which they extended to an impressive 400-180 final score. In round two, the Knights faced the Alton Redbirds. After eight questions, the Redbirds held the lead; but the Knights seized it at question nine and did not relinquish it again, winning 430-120.  Mater Dei’s final opponent was the Carbondale Terriers.  With the teams tied after four questions, a run by Carbondale resulted in the Terriers leading 230-140 at halftime.  The Knights, trailing by as much as 120 points at one point, staged a comeback and cut Carbondale’s lead to 290-280 with six questions remaining.  While the match was still in reach prior to the final question, Carbondale converted to defeat the Knights 360-290.

Ben Logullo led the team with a total of sixteen toss ups, followed by Ethan Schumacher (10), Nick Toennies (8), and John Hund (5).  Jaden Meadows and Drew Potthast also contributed to the efforts.

With the loss, the Scholar Knights and coach Mr. Scott Timmermann finished their season with an impressive 69-5 record.

Scholar Knights Win Class 2A IHSA Regional

Pictured with the IHSA Class 2A Regional plaque are Scholar Knights (front, l to r) Alex Rivera, Ben Logullo, Ethan Schumacher, Nick Toennies, John Hund; (back, l to r) Alex Norris, Minh Le, John Hilmes and Anthony Lepore.

On Monday, March 6, the Scholar Knights won the IHSA Class 2A Scholar Bowl Regional, a single-elimination, eight-team tournament.  With an impressive 67-4 record, the Scholar Knights, under the guidance of moderator Mr. Scott Timmermann, will now compete in the round-robin IHSA Class 2A Scholar Bowl Sectional on Saturday, March 11, at Mt. Vernon High School.

In the opening match, Mater Dei faced the Mt. Vernon Rams.  After only nine questions, the Knights held a commanding 260-10 lead, which they extended to defeat the Rams 410-170.  In the semi-final match, the Mater Dei took on the Mascoutah Indians.  The Knights claimed the lead on question four and never relinquished it, winning 350-190.  The championship match against the Belleville West Maroons proved more difficult, as the lead see-sawed between the two teams throughout the match.  Entering the second half with a 160-90 lead, Mater Dei lost the lead after three questions and trailed Belleville West 250-240 with two questions remaining.  In the nail-biting conclusion, Ben Logullo and John Hund converted the last two toss ups and the Knights won 310-260.

Ben Logullo led the Scholar Knights with nine total toss ups, followed by Ethan Schumacher (8), John Hund (7), Nick Toennies (6), Amber Litteken (3), John Hilmes (1) and Alex Norris (1).  Minh Le, Anthony Lepore and Alex Rivera also contributed to the victories.

Scholar Knights Compete at Masonic Academic Bowl State Tournament

On Saturday, March 4, the Scholar Knights competed in the 34th annual Masonic Academic Bowl State Tournament.  While the Knights finished third in pool play with a 3-2 record, they did not advance to the playoff for the state title.

In round one, the Knights faced their South Central Scholastic League rival Piasa Southwestern.  After twenty-five questions, Mater Dei led 150-130, but could not maintain the lead as Piasa avenged their December loss to the Knights, winning 230-170.  In round two against Macomb, the Knights were back on track, extending their 170-50 lead at halftime to a final score of 300-150 for the victory.  Mater Dei faced the defending IHSA State Champions, Chicago Latin, in round three.  The Knights stayed within striking distance, trailing 150-130 through twenty-four questions, but Chicago Latin converted fifty points on a bonus and went on to defeat Mater Dei 240-150.  In round four, the Knights once again bounced back and were victorious against Farmington with a final score of 250-130.  In the pool play finale, Mater Dei faced Williamsville, the number one seed in the IHSA Pleasant Plains Sectional.  Williamsville nursed their lead throughout the first half, but the Knights seized the lead at question twenty-two and finished with a 220-200 victory.

Ben Logullo led the Knights with a total of sixteen toss ups, followed by Ethan Schumacher (9), John Hund (7), Nick Toennies (3) and Jaden Meadows (1).  Alex Rivera, Alex Norris, John Hilmes, and Minh Le also contributed to the team’s 3-2 success.

Scholar Knights Win Clinton County Tournament

Pictured after winning the Clinton County Scholar Bowl Tournament are Scholar Knights (front, l to r) Alex Rivera, Ben Logullo, Ethan Schumacher, John Hund and Nick Toennies; (back, l to r) John Hilmes, Minh Le, Drew Potthast and Anthony Lepore.

On Tuesday, February 28, the Scholar Knights won the annual Clinton County Scholar Bowl Tournament with a 3-0 record against Carlyle, Central, and Wesclin.

In match one against the Carlyle Indians, the Knights outpaced the Indians to win 390-10.  In match two, the Scholar Knights faced the Central Cougars.  Trailing after the first four questions, the Knights claimed the lead at question five and never looked back, winning 430-150.  In the final match, the Knights took on the Wesclin Warriors in a much-anticipated rematch after the Knights won the Illinois Masonic Academic Bowl Championship following a narrow victory over the Warriors.  Leading 210-100 at halftime, the Knights remained strong in the second half and won 410-240.

Ethan Schumacher led the Scholar Knights with sixteen toss ups, followed by Ben Logullo (7), Nick Toennies (6), John Hund (5), John Hilmes (1), Anthony Lepore (1), Jaden Meadows (1) and Alex Rivera (1).  Minh Le, Becca Moss and Drew Potthast also contributed to the victories.

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