NORTH EAST, Md. — One team already has a ticket to the top-four playoff bracket at the 2017 Teen Bible Quiz National Finals, but seven other teams are still trying to secure one of the three remaining berths and get a chance to win the national title on Championship Thursday at Sandy Cove Christian Conference Center on Chesapeake Bay.
Maple Lane Assembly of God in Deposit, N.Y. sits atop the Championship Division standings with two round-robin games left to play. With a 15-2 record, they are assured of a playoff spot. Behind them in second place is First Assembly of Lexington, KY with a 13-4 record; one win in either of the round-robin games will put them in the playoffs as well.
Three-time past champions James River Church of Ozark, MO "The Flames" and Calvary Church of Naperville, IL are tied for third with 12-5 records. Behind those two are Kuna (ID) Life Center and Dream City Church of Scottsdale, AZ, tied for fifth with 11-6 marks. Two seventh-place teams, Newport, PA Assembly and Cedar Park Church of Bothell, WA, have 10-7 records and have an outside chance of a playoff spot.
In the Challenger Division, four teams are deadlocked atop the standings with 12-5 records: James River "Goals"; Trinity Church, Cedar Hill, TX; Calvary Church, Greensboro, NC; and Neighborhood Church, Bellevue, WA. The top two teams that emerge after the last two round-robin games will then play in a one-game playoff for the division title.
Live streaming of the third-place and championship matches is planned at Biblequiz.com; click on "Grand Central" on the home page. Live round-robin standings and individual standings are available for the Championship Division here.