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Finals: Ozark, MO James River Church wins record-tying fourth national championship

Thu, 06 Jul 2017 - 2:13 PM CST

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.

FINAL RESULTS

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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