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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
On Thursday, February 23, the Scholar Knights faced their toughest challenge of the season, as the top four teams in the Metro East Quad League squared off in a round-robin tournament to determine the Metro East Quad League Champion.
In match one, the Scholar Knights faced the determined Althoff Crusaders. With the lead see-sawing throughout the match, quick buzzes by the Knights with only three questions remaining propelled Mater Dei to a 310-290 victory. The competition remained difficult for the Knights in round two against the Alton Redbirds. Trailing after the first seventeen questions, the Knights fought back and tied the score 270-270 at question eighteen. Still, the Alton converted the final two toss ups to hand Mater Dei their first five-on-five loss of the season, 310-280. In the final match against the host Belleville West, the Knights trailed 140-110 at halftime. After answering seven of the last ten toss ups, Mater Dei went on to win 270-200.
Following the conclusion of the head-to-head rounds, a three-way tie existed, requiring the use of the teams’ total scores. Per the total scores (Mater Dei 860, Alton 830, Althoff 810), the Scholar Knights won the Metro East Quad League Championship. Ben Logullo led Mater Dei with eleven total toss ups, followed by Ethan Schumacher (6), Nick Toennies (6), John Hund (5), Jaden Meadows (1) and Alex Rivera (1).
The Scholar Knights are now 58-2 for the season. After hosting the Clinton County Tournament on February 28, the Knights will travel to Bloomington for the Illinois Masonic Academic Bowl State Tournament on March 4 and then host the IHSA Regional on March 6.
On Saturday, February 18, the Scholar Knights won the 34th Annual Illinois Masonic Academic Bowl Class 2A Sectional Tournament with an undefeated 6-0 record for the day! In pool play, the Knights defeated the following opponents: Gibault 310-180, Vandalia 320-160, Greenville 290-230, and Nashville 320-170. As a result, they advanced to the four-team single-elimination finals. In the semi-final match, Mater Dei defeated Freeburg 300-180. The Knights then faced Wesclin in the championship. In an exciting match that included a tie and two lead changes, the Knights defeated the Warriors 240-190.
Ethan Schumacher led the Scholar Knights with a total of nineteen toss ups, followed by Ben Logullo (18), John Hund (16), Nick Toennies (6), Jaden Meadows (1), and Alex Norris (1). Taylor Goring and Anna Klostermann also contributed to the victories.
The Scholar Knights, sponsored by the Red Bud Masonic Lodge, will compete in the Illinois Masonic Academic Bowl Class 2A State Championship in Bloomington on March 4. The Scholar Knights, now 56-1 on the season, look to capture the Metro East Quad League postseason crown on Thursday, February 23, where they will compete against Belleville West (host), Alton, and Althoff.
On January 26, the Scholar Knights traveled to Metro East Lutheran High School (MELHS) for matches with MELHS, East St. Louis and Jerseyville. In the opening match against MELHS, Mater Dei converted five of the first six toss ups to jump out to a 140-30 lead. Maintaining the lead throughout the match, Mater Dei went on to win 350-190. In the second match, the Knights faced the Jerseyville Panthers. In the first half, after the Panthers kept pace with the Knights through eight questions, Mater Dei slowly forged ahead and led 150-90 at halftime. In the second half, however, the Knights took command and cruised to a 310-200 victory. In the final match against the East St. Louis Flyers, Mater Dei led 180-30 at halftime and held the Flyers scoreless in the second half, winning 320-30. Ethan Schumacher led the team with eighteen toss ups, followed by John Hund (6), Amber Litteken (4), Alex Rivera (2), Nick Toennies (2) and John Hilmes (1).
Next, on February 7, the Scholar Knights competed for the Catholic Schools Tournament crown at Althoff. In the opening match against Gibault, Mater Dei wasted no time grounding the Hawks, as the Knights led by the maximum score of 120-0 after three questions. Mater Dei continued to dominate throughout the match, leading 210-40 at halftime and winning with a final score of 360-120. In the second match, Mater Dei faced the Althoff Crusaders, who looked to close the gap on the Knights in the Metro East Quad League standings, as the second-place Crusaders trailed the Knights by three games. After Mater Dei led 190-50 at halftime and extended the lead to 330-50, Althoff went on a four-question run to close the gap, which resulted in Mater Dei winning with a final score of 340-140. In the final match, the Scholar Knights faced the Marquette Explorers. After leading 220-60 at halftime, Mater Dei marched to a 320-150 victory. By virtue of their 3-0 performance, the Scholar Knights were awarded the Catholic Schools Championship! Ben Logullo led the team with sixteen toss ups, followed by Ethan Schumacher (8), Nick Toennies (6), John Hund (3), Drew Potthast (2) and Alex Rivera (1). Ethan Guillot, John Hilmes, Mackenzie Horstmann, Minh Lĕ, Anthony Lepore and Jaden Meadows also contributed to the wins.
Finally, on February 9, the Scholar Knights concluded their regular season play in Columbia. In the opener, the Knights faced Metro East Lutheran High School (MELHS). MELHS kept the match close early, as Mater Dei lead 90-80 through seven questions. But in the end, Mater Dei had MELHS outmatched and won 320-120. In the second match against the Fr. McGivney Griffins, after remaining tied after six questions, the Knights found their groove and won 450-110. In the final match, the Knights faced the Columbia Eagles. The Eagles flew out to an early 110-70 lead after six questions, but by halftime, the Knights managed to claim a 150-110 advantage. The Eagles kept within striking distance for much of the second half, but a four-question run sealed the win 330-150 for the Scholar Knights. Ben Logullo led the team with ten toss-ups, followed by Ethan Schumacher (9), John Hund (9), Alex Rivera (3), Jaden Meadows (3) and Nick Toennies (2). Mackenzie Horstmann, Anthony Lepore, Alex Norris and Drew Potthast also contributed to the victories.
The Scholar Knights’ record is now 50-1, which includes a record of 26-0 in Metro East Quad League play. They will attempt to continue their winning streak at the Masonic Tournament on February 18, the Metro East Quad League Championship on February 23, the Clinton County Tournament on February 28 and IHSA Regionals on March 6.
The Scholar Knights rounded out their first semester with a road trip to Father McGivney High School for three Metro East Quad League matches. In the first match, the Knights faced the host Griffins. Ethan Schumacher got the scoring going for the Knights with his knowledge of French literature, as the Knights built a 220-80 halftime lead. The Knights continued to convert in the second half, winning by a final tally of 370-130. Ethan Schumacher, John Hund, and Jaden Meadows led the team with three toss ups each. Ben Logullo tallied two toss ups, while Nick Toennies and Alex Rivera scored one toss up each.
In the second match, the Scholar Knights tamed their cross-town-rival Central Cougars. Central struck first, but the Knights quickly answered and led 190-100 at halftime. In the second half, the Cougars could not close the gap, as the Knights won 370-200. Ben Logullo led the team with four toss ups. Ethan Schumacher scored three times. John Hund, Nick Toennies, and John Hilmes tallied two toss ups each.
In the finale, the Scholar Knights grounded the Civic Memorial Eagles. The Eagles scored the first toss up of the match, but would not convert another until question seventeen, as the Knights led 220-20 at half, en route to a 300-50 victory. Ethan Schumacher and Nick Toennies led the attack with three toss ups each. Ben Logullo and John Hund scored twice, while Alex Rivera added one toss up.
Becca Moss, Minh Le, Anthony Lepore, Drew Potthast, Mackenzie Horstmann, and Alex Norris also contributed to the victories.
The wins improved the Knights’ record to 29-1 on the season and 6-0 in Metro East Quad League play. The Scholar Knights will resume their season in January.
In week three of South Central Scholastic League (SCSL) play, the Scholar Knights buzzed their way to three wins on Tuesday, November 15. The Knights defeated Cumberland (360-190), Hillsboro (390-240), and Litchfield (490-190). John Hund led the Knights with 12 total toss ups, followed by Ethan Schumacher (7), Ben Logullo (6), Zach Honor (3), Nick Toennies (3), Alex Rivera (2) and Drew Potthast (1). Alex Norris, John Hilmes, Anthony Lepore, Mackenzie Horstmann, Minh Le, and Becca Moss, Jaden Meadows and Ethan Guillot also contributed to the victories.
The winning streak continued on Monday, November 21, as the Scholar Knights defeated Murphysboro (470-175) in the quarterfinals of the televised Scholastic Hi-Q Tournament at Southern Illinois University in Carbondale. (Episode air date not yet announced.) Ben Logullo led the team with six toss ups, followed by John Hund (4), Nick Toennies (3) and Ethan Shumacher (3). With the win, the Scholar Knights advance to the semifinals against Carbondale next Monday, November 28.
The Scholar Knights are now 11-0 for the season.