Buzzing Through the Season
By: Gracie Hart
There’s no doubt that Eureka High School has had success with the change from the Cornbelt Conference to the Heart of Illinois Conference. Teams are succeeding in their seasons and are having impressive records to show for it. Both JV and Varsity Scholastic Bowl seasons haven’t been any different. Up to this point in their season, Varsity Scholastic Bowl has only lost one match in the HOIC and “are positioned very well for the tournament coming up on February 25,” explained varsity coach, Ms. Bertschi.
On Thursday, February 9, the varsity team took on a fierce Blue Ridge team at LeRoy. The match was close, and the winner was determined after a double tie-breaker. After many intense questions and a stress-filled round, Eureka was defeated by one question. Senior Caleb Dalfiume commented, “We were losing to start with, but then came back at the end to tie it and go into overtime. We ended up losing, but it was tight the whole game.”
The varsity team is led by starters, Caleb Dalfiume, Nick Knappenberger, Trevor Smith, Alex Sweeney and Jacob Baldwin with Caleb Dalfiume as the team’s captain. “As a captain, I listen to what the other team members think the answer is and then I choose the one I think is right,” he said. Team members Kelly Knapp, Emma Wierenga, Katie Kruger, Don McFarlin and Sam Metcalfe also contribute to the success of the Hornets in the HOIC.
The teams also participate in the Peoria Area League- a league that includes large schools from Peoria and the surrounding area. The large schools challenge them and help them prepare for top-notch teams such as Blue Ridge in the HOIC. Ms. Bertschi expressed that the teams enjoy “playing against the larger schools like Richwoods and Washington because they really help up our play.”
The JV Scholastic Bowl has also had an impressive season. They recently played in the Roanoke-Benson Rocket Invitational and placed third overall. “It got tense in the last match because we were up against Blue Ridge. It went into overtime and I was actually the one to answer the question to win the match,” sophomore and team captain, Josh Irvin, mentioned. That one question earned them a third place trophy and a win over a top-ranked Blue Ridge team.
In the next couple weeks, both the varsity and the JV teams will be wrapping up their regular season play. The varsity team will compete in both the HOI conference and PAL conference tournament and then will move on to Regionals, but before those meets, they are hosting a home HOI meet this Thursday, February 16. They hope to continue their success in all their upcoming meets and go as far as they can in postseason play. Regardless of their results at the end of the season, it is safe to say that both teams had a great year as a first year member in the HOIC.
Come support the Hornets this Thursday!!