By Coach Stephen Smith
Splish splashing into quiz bowl action over the weekend, the White Cloud Varsity Quiz Bowl team competed at the Swim N’ Win Tournament held at Kalamazoo Christian High School on December 9, 2023. The invitational featured 24 teams hailing from Michigan and Indiana. The White Cloud Indians posted a record of 5-3 against high caliber teams with experience at both the state and national level. While the team finished in 6th place overall, the defending state champions remained in 1st place amongst Class C-D squads, qualifying for NAQT Nationals yet again in the process.
In morning pool play, the quintessential quartet vanquished White Pigeon D 240-10, triumphed over Ionia A 255-55, and dismantled DeWitt B 185-90. The contingent faltered against East Grand Rapids B 145-195 in an incredibly tight match and Grand Ledge 80-210, the eventual tournament champion. Pool time in the afternoon matches started with a tough loss to Saint Joseph A 100-310, a top-rated power from Indiana. The energetic ensemble bounced back and quickly dispatched Holland A 285-70 and secured victory against White Pigeon A 170-120 on the final question.
Senior Captain Brian Schaefer drenched the competition with an impressive 245 points, which led the team. Sam Viher added a cannonball of points with 165, his best performance of the season, and Jarrett Warlick soaked into a groove of 150 points. Wyatt Karnes splashed in with 70 points, providing an amazingly well-balanced team effort for the outing. Look to see the formidable foursome back in action for the CSAA League on January 24, 2024, where they face off against Kent City, Newaygo, and Reed City. The team would like to thank Coach Emeritus Tony McHattie, parents, staff, donors, and all the good people in the community for their support as well.