03/14/12 On Saturday March 3, the Eagles Quizbowl Team defeated Harrison High School of W. Lafayette in a rematch of last year’s Class AAA final to capture back-to-back State Championships. Culver was the smallest school competing in the large school division featuring public schools with more than 1000 students and private schools with more than 400 students. Both Harrison and Culver had a perfect 8-0 record heading in to the best-of-three final after defeating Penn, Zionsville, Avon, Columbus North, Indianapolis-Ben Davis and South Bend teams St. Joe’s, Clay, and Riley.

After defeating Harrison 480-405 in game 1, the Eagles fell to Harrison 400-470 in game 2, forcing a decisive game three. The Eagles left no doubt in Game 3 however, easily defeating Harrison 535-340 behind tournament MVP Andrew Van Duyn’s 105 points. Culver and Harrison are the only Indiana teams ranked in the national top 150, with Culver currently at #32 and Harrison at #67. Culver’s record on the season improved to 63-17. The Eagles are now preparing for the History Bowl National Championship in Washington, DC on April 29, the Midwest Championship at Northwestern on May 19, and the National Championship in Atlanta May 26-27. Complete State Championship results and stats can be accessed at http://faculty.culver.org/~coill/Quizbowl/2011-2012%20Season/2012%20Rotary%20STate%20Indiana%20AAA_standings.html. National rankings can be accessed at: http://hsqbrank.wordpress.com/2012/02/12/top-150-high-school-quiz-bowl-rankings-update-feb-12/.

Attached photo: The Culver Eagles Quizbowl team celebrates their 2012 Class AAA State Championship From left to right: Head Coach Phil Blessman, Team Captain Andrew Van Duyn ’12, John Van Duyn ’14, Adam Freymiller ’13, Jonathan Weitgenant ‘12