The 2016 Bible Quiz National Finals event was a huge success and Evangel University was a great host. We are so excited to head out east for 2017, enjoying all that Sandy Cove Retreat Center in North East, MD has to offer! You won’t want to miss it so make sure you have July 1 - 7, 2017 marked on your calendars!
By ROBERT CARTER
For National Youth Ministries
NORTH EAST, Md. — The number four means a lot to the "Flames" Teen Bible Quiz team from James River Church in Ozark, Missouri.
Going into the the final-four playoffs at the 2017 TBQ National Finals, they were seeded fourth in the single-elimination bracket, having survived a tiebreaker situation in the main round-robin phase when the other team involved lost its last-round game by just five points.
And when the national championship game was finished, James River had won its fourth title overall — tied the most from any single church in the 55-year history of AG Teen Bible Quiz. The Church at Briargate from Colorado Springs, Colorado and First Assembly of Owasso, Oklahoma.
James River dominated Thursday's title match, held at the Sandy Cove Christian Conference Center on the shores of Chesapeeake Bay. They defeated Calvary Church of Naperville, Illinois by a 235-135 score. Team captain Hannah Quick led individual scoring with 130 points, and "quizzed out" — answered the maximum of five correct questions, earning bonus points.
Quick was joined by teammates Travis Griessel (who also quizzed out in the final match), Leisl Jansen and Cade Chrastina. Christina Quick, Hannah's mother, served as head coach.
It's the third national title for Hannah Quick, including the 2015 championship in which she famously won it all by answering a question in sudden-death overtime after her brother Daniel tied the game on the 20th and last question of regulation play. Daniel and Hannah were also part of a Junior Bible Quiz team that won a National JBQ Festival championship in 2009.
James River advanced to the championship match by defeating top-seeded Maple Lane Assembly of Deposit, New York 190-140 in the first semifinal playoff. In the other semifinal, third-seeded Naperville beat second seed First Assembly of Lexington, KY 205-55.
In the third-place game, Lexington defeated Deposit by a 205-130 score.
In another historic achievement, a second team from James River, nicknamed "Goals," also won first place in the Challenger Division. It's the first time that the same church has placed atop both divisions since the 40-team format was introduced at TBQ Nationals shortly after the turn of the century. James River defeated Neighborhood Church of Bellevue, Washington in the one-game playoff, taking the lead for good on the final question for a 125-115 victory.
In the individual standings, Hallie Reisenger of Newport, Pennsylvania Assembly placed first in the Championship Division with 2,175 points, an average of 114.5 points per game. Zak Kellock of Dream City Church in Scottsdale, Arizona was second with 2,095 points (110.3 average), and Hannah Quick was third with 1,780 points (93.7 average). In the Challenger Division, Zach Ponraj of Tacoma, Washington Life Center led the way with 1,520 points (80.0 average).
The 55th TBQ National Finals, which began on Monday, concludes Friday with the traditional Adult Quiz tournament, followed by the awards banquet that evening.
CHAMPIONSHIP DIVISION Team Standings
|Pos||Team / Church||W-L||Points||Avg.|
|1||James River - Ozark, MO (The Flames)||17-2||3,490||183.7|
|2||Calvary Church - Naperville, IL (Calvary Church)||15-4||3,235||170.3|
|3||1st AG - Lexington, KY (I Do Not Know!)||14-5||3,065||161.3|
|4||Maple Lane A/G - Deposit, NY (Final Greetings)||13-6||3,290||173.1|
|5||Newport AG - Newport, PA (Torn Between the Two)||12-7||2,985||157.1|
|6||Dream City Church - Scottsdale, AZ (Made the Two Groups One)||12-7||3,090||162.6|
|7||Kuna Life Center - Kuna, ID (Their Destiny is Destruction)||11-8||2,430||127.9|
|8||Cedar Park - Bothell, WA (Those Dogs)||11-8||2,435||128.2|
|9||Muskogee 1st - Muskogee, OK (Muskogee First Assembly)||10-9||2,625||138.2|
|10||Living Hope Worship - Swedesboro, NJ (Depth of Nsyte)||10-9||2,560||134.7|
|11||Cedar Park - Bothell, WA (Obligated to Answer)||9-10||2,285||120.3|
|12||Evangel Temple - Springfield, MO (The Church That Meets in Your Home)||8-11||1,535||80.8|
|13||1st AG - East Lansing, MI (Horseradish, Breadsticks & Pickles)||8-11||1,925||101.3|
|14||Christian Center - Mechanicsville, VA (Fine Sounding Four)||7-12||1,905||100.3|
|15||Central A/G - Houston, PA (Great Endurance)||7-12||1,865||98.2|
|16||Crown Pointe - Lee`s Summit, MO (Crown Pointe)||6-13||2,020||106.3|
|17||Evangel Heights - Sarver, PA (Without Wrinkle or Blemish)||6-13||1,900||100.0|
|18||Word of Life - Springfield, VA (Ambassadors in Chains)||6-13||1,820||95.8|
|19||The Oaks Fellowship - Red Oak, TX (Pure and Blameless)||4-15||1,625||85.5|
|20||Life 360 - Springfield, MO (Exasperated Children)||4-15||1,710||90.0|
Top four places determined by playoff. All other ties broken by head-to-head results from main round-robin play.
Individual Top 15
|#||Quizzer||Team / Church||Total||Average||Quiz Outs||Correct %|
|1||Halle J. Reisinger||Newport AG - Newport, PA (Torn Between the Two)||2175||114.5||15||85%|
|2||Zak Kellock||Dream City Church - Scottsdale, AZ (Made the Two Groups One)||2095||110.3||14||87%|
|3||Hannah Quick||James River - Ozark, MO (The Flames)||1780||93.7||14||79%|
|4||Shreanna Powell||Calvary Church - Naperville, IL (Calvary Church)||1685||88.7||12||86%|
|5||Solomon Stevens||Maple Lane A/G - Deposit, NY (Final Greetings)||1510||79.5||13||76%|
|6||Katrina Dowdy||Living Hope Worship - Swedesboro, NJ (Depth of Nsyte)||1500||78.9||9||72%|
|7||Josiah Schwarz||Muskogee 1st - Muskogee, OK (Muskogee First Assembly)||1500||78.9||9||68%|
|8||Seth Robertson||Central A/G - Houston, PA (Great Endurance)||1475||77.6||11||74%|
|9||Josiah Smith||1st AG - Lexington, KY (I Do Not Know!)||1365||71.8||11||73%|
|10||Tirzah Brookbank||Crown Pointe - Lee`s Summit, MO (Crown Pointe)||1330||70||11||69%|
|11||Celah Convis||1st AG - East Lansing, MI (Horseradish, Breadsticks & Pickles)||1290||67.9||8||83%|
|12||Anna Kelly||1st AG - Lexington, KY (I Do Not Know!)||1290||67.9||8||80%|
|13||Geoffrey Meier||Kuna Life Center - Kuna, ID (Their Destiny is Destruction)||1205||63.4||9||73%|
|14||Nigus Dawit||Word of Life - Springfield, VA (Ambassadors in Chains)||1180||62.1||9||66%|
|14||Madison Holcomb||Evangel Heights - Sarver, PA (Without Wrinkle or Blemish)||1150||60.5||6||75%|
Ties are broken by quiz outs, then by percentage of questions answered correctly.
CHALLENGER DIVISION Team Standings
|Pos||Team / Church||W-L||Points||Avg.|
|1||James River Church - Ozark, MO (Goals)||14-5||2,160||113.7|
|2||Neighborhood Church - Bellevue, WA (Squared Swordfish)||14-5||2,510||132.1|
|3||Trinity Church - Cedar Hill, TX (Those Esteemed as Quizzers)||13-6||2,335||122.9|
|4||Kennebec Valley - Chelsea, ME (Keep in Step)||13-6||2,290||120.5|
|5||Allison Park Church - Allison Park, Pa (Grumbling Stomachs)||13-6||2,180||114.7|
|6||Calvary Church - Greensboro, NC (Embittered Children)||13-6||2,095||110.3|
|7||Tacoma Life Center - Tacoma, WA (Unknown Males)||11-8||2,180||114.7|
|8||Atlanta Tamil - Norcross, GA (Curry Their Favor)||11-8||2,285||120.3|
|9||Bethany Church - Wyckoff, NJ (Glutton Free)||10-9||2,120||111.6|
|10||Orange Hills AG - Orange Hills, CA (God`s Chosen People)||10-9||1,970||103.7|
|11||Bethel A/G - Rapid City, SD (Overflowing with Thankfulness)||10-9||1,880||98.9|
|12||Grant Assembly - Grant, MI (Appearance of Wisdom)||9-10||1,885||99.2|
|13||Maple Lane AG - Deposit, NY (The Untitled Team)||9-10||1,830||96.3|
|14||Christian Temple - Houston, TX (Christian Temple)||9-10||1,605||84.5|
|15||Trinity Assembly - Georgetown, KY (The Other Team)||7-12||1,680||88.4|
|16||Dayspring Assembly - Bowling Green, OH (Irrelevant Information)||6-13||1,500||78.9|
|17||Sioux Falls 1st - Sioux Falls, SD (Wind and Waves)||5-14||1,295||68.2|
|18||Life Church - Wesley Chapel, FL (Thrown into Confusion)||5-14||1,200||
Authors: Robert Carter
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