Members of the CJ Quiz Bowl team repeated as league champs this season, winning their sixth consecutive title since 2007.
In late January, the varsity team extended its streak of consecutive Greater Catholic Academic League championships by finishing the regular season undefeated. Senior captain Arthur Siwecki has never lost a GCAL title as a four-year competitor.
“This season went wonderfully,” Siwecki said. “We had a few difficult games, but we were able to pull through.”
The team’s toughest match came in week two, said Siwecki, when the Eagles narrowly defeated Fenwick 49-45 on November 15. The Falcons were subsequently the only team CJ lost to in the pre-season GCAL Fall Tournament less than a month prior.
During the nine-week, 11-game regular season, the varsity defeated opponents by an average of 22 points per game.
“We all work really well together and we each have our different areas of specialization, but we aren’t bound by that,” Siwecki explained. In competitions, the varisty team strategically makes use of its five players with timely substitutions. Only four students can compete at a time.
In practice, the members of the varsity, first reserve and second reserve teams mix to challenge each other while simultaneously sharpening skills and building friendships along the way. Practices are held every Tuesday and Thursday morning before school in social studies teacher Jim Sparrow’s room.
“Mr. Sparrow is a wonderful coach, he does a great job,” Siwecki said.
The varsity Quiz Bowl team will compete in a tournament March 10 to prepare for Regionals on Saturday, April 21. The state finals are held at Columbus State Community College on May 5.