West Catholic Quiz Bowl Team Places 2nd in the State | News
The West Catholic Quiz Bowl team capped off its most successful season in school history by finishing in second place in the Class B Division of the Michigan High School Quiz Bowl State Championship at Michigan State University on April 20 and 21. West Catholic lost in the finals to three-time defending state champion Detroit Country Day.
At the State Tournament, the team posted wins over North Branch, Huron, North Branch (again), Haslett, Ludington, and St. Joseph. The only team to defeat West Catholic in the double elimination tournament was Detroit Country Day, who won in a close match on Friday and then won again in the tournament finals. The 840 points scored by West Catholic in its first match against North Branch were the most points scored by any team in Class B at this year’s tournament.
Competing for West Catholic at the State Tournament were senior Patrick Harwood, juniors Jack Brooks (captain) and Brendan Kosnik, and sophomore Joe O’Brien. The team was coached by Patrick Nugent. Jack Brooks was also honored by being chosen as one of five members of the Class B All State Quiz Bowl Honorary Team.
The team qualified for the State Tournament by winning the Grand Rapids Metro Quiz Bowl League championship in March with a 14-1 record. Other members of the Quiz Bowl team who competed during the regular season were Pete Brechting, Sarah Huber, and Katrina Marks.
Now celebrating its fiftieth year, West Catholic High School was founded by the Diocese of Grand Rapids in 1962. It has a current enrollment of 506 students.