Moderators: Mr. Scott Timmermann and Mrs. Emily Timmermann
2016 Third in State
2001, 2002, 2004, and 2006 IHSA Regional Champions
South Central Scholastic Conference Accomplishments
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 3||Scholastic Hi-Q: Flora||7:00 pm||SIUC|
|November 1||Cumberland, Mt. Olive|
|November 8||Bunker Hill and|
Metro East Lutheran
|4:30 pm||Bunker Hill|
|November 15||Cumberland, Hillsboro|
|November 21||Scholastic Hi-Q: tba||7:45 pm||SIUC|
|November 28||Scholastic Hi-Q: tba||tba||SIUC|
|November 29||Cumberland, Gillespie|
|December 1||Collinsville, Granite City|
|December 3||SCSC Tournament||9:30 am||Southwestern (Piasa)|
|December 8||Central (Breese), Civic|
and Fr. McGivney (Maryville)
|4:00 pm||Fr. McGivney (Maryville)|
|January 5||Belleville East, East Alton-Wood River|
|January 10||Central (Breese), Columbia|
|January 12||Belleville East, |
Highland and Triad
|January 19||Alton, Belleville West|
|January 26||East St. Louis, Jerseyville|
and Metro East Lutheran (Edwardsville)
|4:00 pm||Metro East Lutheran
|February 2||Althoff (Belleville),|
and Marquette (Alton)
|4:00 pm||Althoff (Belleville)|
|February 9||Columbia, Fr. McGivney (Maryville) and Metro East|
|February 23||Metro East Quad League Championship||4:00 pm||Belleville West|
|February 28||Clinton County|
|March 4||Illinois Masonic Academic Bowl State Tournament||tba||Bloomington High School|
Latest News for Scholar Bowl
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.