2019 WBL Scholastic Bowl Tournament results
More than 110 high school students competed
Defiance took home top honors in the varsity division and Shawnee the junior varsity division at the Western Buckeye League Scholastic Bowl Tournament held Fri., May 3, 2019, at The Ohio State University at Lima. Shawnee won the runner up slot in the varsity division and Kenton in the junior varsity division.
The winning varsity team from Defiance included Connor Black, Ethan McCabe, Brandon Morgan and Xavier Payne. The team finished with an 8-1 record. The runner-up varsity team from Shawnee included Abel Aebker, Matthew Ayers, Aidan Casey, Jacob Hirshfeld, Reed Malcolm and David Stirn. Shawnee also finished with an 8-1 record, but lost in head-to-head competition with Defiance 10-9 after three rounds of sudden death elimination.
The winning JV team from Shawnee included Colten Drexler, Dylan Felter, Peyton Meredith, Josh Moritz, Landin Schumacher, Minh Duc Tran and Ryan Zheng. The team finished with a 7-1 record. The runner-up JV team from Kenton included Claire Bailey, Grace Collins, Taylor Harshfield, Helen Huang, Lily James, Noah Ketcham, Zane Preston, Katie Sturgeon and Trenton Yoder. Kenton finished with a 6-2 record.
The Defiance coach is James Kerr. The Shawnee coach is John Young. The Kenton coaches are Robin Hughes and Avery Collins.
The WBL Scholastic Bowl All Tournament Team was chosen by the coaches and made up of one member from each school. The 2019 All Tournament Team members are Natalie Crowe from Bath, Gage Seals from Celina, Connor Black from Defiance, Molly Wright from Elida, Kelsey Flowers from Kenton, Tyler Cantrell from Ottawa-Glandorf, Reed Malcolm from Shawnee, Luke Schloemer from St. Marys, Emma Rutkowski from Van Wert and John Doll from Wapakoneta. Wapak’s John Doll and Defiance’s Connor Black were also on the All-Tournament Team in 2018.
High school teams from around western Ohio went head-to-head in the round-robin scholastic bowl tournament. Varsity and junior varsity teams from Bath (Daniel Grime and Ryan Schadewald), Celina (Hal Hoover), Defiance (James Kerr), Elida (Shelby Cluts and Darren Sharp), Kenton (Avery Collins and Robin Hughes), Ottawa-Glandorf (Joe Jahnz), Shawnee (John Young), St. Marys (Chad Doll), Van Wert (Anita Zuber) and Wapakoneta (Adam Friemering) competed. Coaches’ names are in parentheses.
The competition is hosted and sponsored by The Ohio State University at Lima.