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They know the answer – ELC students compete on KTIV Saturday

By Staff | Feb 1, 2008

The studio lights shone brightly on the quiz bowl team from Estherville Lincoln Central High School for the KTIV Quiz Bowl 2008 Competition.

The team traveled to the television station studios on Wednesday, Jan. 23 for the taping. The show airs on Saturday, Feb. 2 at 5 p.m. KTIV co-anchor Matt Breen served as quiz bowl moderator.

Participants included seniors Kyle Anderson, Phil Leffel, Jim Mohler and Joe Woodward. Sophomores Matt Anderson and Cody Jackson are alternates. The team is coached by David Finley, the high school Spanish instructor.

“I am very proud of the Quiz Bowl team this year. I have watched this group of seniors progress and improve throughout their years in Quiz Bowl,” Finley commented.

There were 16 teams who competed on the show and the ELC team was seeded 10th.

The coach and team were mum and wouldn’t share the outcome or team placement prior to the airing on Saturday.

Sharing some highlights from the day of taping included:

n Kyle Anderson: “I loved it when Matt Breen would refer to himself and Dr. Joe (scorekeeper/judge) as the ‘Tarzan to my Jane.'”

n Leffel: “We were pretending to talk and socialize but weren’t really talking while the credits rolled.”

n Mohler: “Watching Matt Breen prepare as the camera was getting ready.”

The trio of seniors (Woodward was unavailable) shared some of the questions with the Daily News which they were successful in answering correctly.

The answers, however, will not be found on these pages. Readers will have to lend support to the team and tune in to channel 4 on Saturday afternoon to hear the answers.

Mohler shared, “I spelled an ‘ology’ word correctly and I was able to answer all of the Bible questions correctly in a bonus round.”

Kyle Anderson added, “I knew the answer to the question on who wrote “The Sun Also Rises’ and “Farewell to Arms.”

Leffel had the correct answer for a science question: “In biology, this term is the role of a particular species.”

This television experience marks the second time for Kyle Anderson and Leffel. It was a first-time experience for the rest of the team.

The seniors who also are four-year Spanish students, said their coach is exceptional. “Mr. Finley has been an inspiration to us on the quiz bowl team and in Spanish class the past four years,” Kyle Anderson said for the group.

They encourage underclassmen to consider quiz bowl participation and talk to Finley about joining the team.

Coach Finley said the 2007-08 Quiz Bowl season has been a very good one for the Estherville Lincoln Central team.

“Fourteen students in grades 9-12 are participating. An ELC team has advanced to the playoff rounds at each of the tournaments we have attended this year.”

The coach noted the varsity team placed 12th out of 60 teams at Algona Garrigan in October.

“They also won the Top Small School award at St. Olaf College, placing 16th,” he said.

In November three teams from ELC traveled to Algona, where the varsity team placed fourth out of 42 teams. Also that month, the junior varsity team competed at the University of Sioux Falls, where they advanced to the Sweet Sixteen.

“December saw the junior varsity team place in the top four teams at Spirit Lake in the JV division. January has been a busy month. The varsity team started by advancing to the quarter finals at North Kossuth. They then earned a berth in the KTIV Quiz Bowl television program by placing 10th out of 37 schools at Morningside College.

The coach and quiz bowl team are encouraging the public to tune to Channel 4 on Saturday to see how they fared against West Bend-Mallard at 5 p.m.

Contact Mary Ann Menendez at (712) 362-2622 or mmenendez@esthervilledailynews.com and visit our photo sharing Web site at cu.esthervilledailynews.com