Every year for 47 years, when winter slows outdoor activities, Northwest Ohio Bible Quiz gets youth motivated with Bible knowledge inside area churches.
Teams represented Baptist, Community, Evangelical Anabaptist, House Church, Mennonite, Missionary and Youth For Christ, along with many team members who attend churches of even more denominations.
“Charged”, a North Clinton Bible Quiz team, won the final area tournament, Sunday,
March 13. After winning its first match, “Charged” lost an exciting double overtime match with a House Church team, “Royal.”
“Charged” then advanced with five straight wins, including the final two over the other House Church team, “Right,” which had won the winners’ bracket.
A big surprise of the tournament was a young junior high team, “Royal,” which finished the regular season 3-19-2.
On Sunday, “Royal” put together three straight wins in the winner’s bracket, followed by its only losses to “Right” and a rematch with “Charged.”
“Royal” then won the third place playoff in a match that went down to the last question with “The Mob,” Pettisville Missionary, which took fourth.
“The Mob” had members Mason Babcock, Aaron King, Isaac Norr, and Weston Ruffer.
Taking the four-team Barnabas bracket and fifth overall was “Hearts of Faith,” North Clinton, with Derek Aeschliman, Cara Foor, Hannah and Logan Richer, and Mindy O’Neill.
“Centurions,” of host church Central Mennonite, won the four-team Paul’s bracket with Justice Beck, Dallin Beltran, Lucia Rodriquez, Isabella Ruiz, Daniel Schroeder and Lynne Stuckey.
Also noteworthy was “The Other Mob,” Pettisville Missionary, which won four matches Sunday with Triston Atkinson, Joselyn Estrada, Jordan Eyers, Samuel Myers, and Sam Ruffer.
After three months of studying Acts 6-28, eight teams of area quizzers will travel to Kidron to participate in a 75- team triple elimination tournament at Central Christian High School, Saturday and Sunday, March 19-20.
Making quiz possible this year were over 40 adults who serve as coaches, quizmasters, judges, scorekeepers, and assistants, many of whom were themselves once Bible quizzers.
Overseeing the all-volunteer program is John Dinius, area coordinator.