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, 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.