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Adair Quiz Bowl Team qualifies for playoff 2nd year in row

Luke Maupin finshes as 6th highest point-scorer in the country

By Brett Reliford

The Adair County High School quiz bowl team wrapped up the 2011 season with another huge success at the National Championships on May 28-29. The team pulled off the rare feat of qualifying for the final playoff rounds for a second year in a row. In addition, Luke Maupin finished as the 6th highest points-scorer in the country.

The team advanced through the 16 grueling rounds of Prelims on Saturday's Day One, which totaled over 11 hours of competition. In those rounds, only one opponent represented a school outside of the U.S's top 40 ranked teams.

"The level of competition our team in particular had to face in the Prelim rounds was unlike anything I would have expected," Coach Brett Reliford stated. "Usually, the draw is much more balanced, but we were facing a top 25 team in the country round after round, it seemed like. I think it's safe to say, the strength of schedule we faced at the tournament could be matched by very few others."

There were 224 teams from across the country qualified for the national championship through qualifying tournaments and state championships across the U.S. throughout the year. Competing team members for Adair County were Luke Maupin, Jake Leibeck, and Ryan Montgomery. Maupin was honored once again as one of the top players in the nation as he finished 6th in overall individual scorers. The field of individuals taking part in the national tournament was just under 900 total.

"One of the most remarkable things about this outcome this year is that we were competing a man down the entire time," Reliford explained. "We were putting three competitors out there against the nation's best four-member teams."

The team racked up upset wins against Torrey Pines (CA), Olmstead Falls (OH), and Carbondale (IL) throughout preliminary play. The team was also one question away from knocking off Top 10 national powerhouse Richard Montgomery High School from Maryland. In addition, Adair was also paired up against last year's national champion and number-three ranked team in the country Maggie Walker Governor's School from Virginia and number-four ranked Bellarmine High School from California. The team even squared off against this year's Teen Jeopardy Champion in prelim play.

The playoffs were held Sunday morning and Adair knocked off Stuyvasen High School from New York City to begin the day. After another strong national championship run, Adair County was eventually eliminated by Ezell-Harding High School on the last question of the match.

Match coverage was recorded and broadcast on Adair County's round two match from prelims was the feature match of that round and can be viewed at the following link: . Other matches from the tournament can be viewed at .

This story was posted on 2011-06-08 14:36:56
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