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Scholastic Quiz Team wins league championship

The Bishop McCort Catholic High School Scholastic Quiz Team beat Windber three games to one in the best-of-five Central-Western Scholastic Quiz League championship series Wednesday morning at Richland High School.

Senior quartet Connor Coyle, Hubert Liu, Meghan Smitherman and Missy Murin secured the title with a 95-30 advantage in the fourth game. That game ended with a score of 115-40.

“It means a lot to a lot of these players who were with me since their freshman year, playing JV and then doing varsity,” Scholastic Quiz Coach Michael Schellhammer said. “We’ve had some disappointing finishes the past few years, not going further than the first round of the playoffs. So to have them go through not just [the] semifinal, but also win the championship is really exciting.”

The team’s quick thinking in the second bonus round of the third game allowed them to take a two games to one lead in the series. The bonus rounds are timed for a minute, and the team has to try to answer six questions correctly as best that it can.

“To have the players just understand that they need these points, they need these questions correct in order to get the win and go up two games to one, rather than being down two games to one, was really important,” Schellhammer said.

The Crushers won the first game 120-70 and the third game 110-90. Bishop McCort dropped the second game 100-70.

Bishop McCort was the third seed out of four teams that made the playoffs. The Crushers knocked off top seed Somerset in a best-of-three semifinal series for the chance to face second seed Windber.

Scholastic Quiz League is a competition where teams of four face off answering questions for two rounds per game, with each round consisting of ten tossup questions answered by either team and a bonus round of six questions for each team to answer.

From here, Bishop McCort advances to a regional competition.

“It’s a regional with Bedford County and Blair County,” Schellhammer said.

We congratulate our Scholastic Quiz Team members: Connor, Hubert, Meghan, Missy, and fellow varsity competitor, senior Lauren Pursel, as well as junior varsity players, sophomore Ian Coyle and Divine Mercy Catholic Academy eighth grader R.J. Shayesteh.

We pray for the best for you at your next competition!