By ROBERT CARTER
COLUMBUS, Ohio - Those crazy Canadians from Oklahoma have done it again.
Owasso, Okla. Assembly of God came through in the Final Four championship match to defeat arch-rival Victorious Life Church of Wesley Chapel, Fla. 200-160, earning their fourth national Assemblies of God Teen Bible Quiz national title at the 50th annual renewal of the tournament, which took place at the Hyatt Regency Hotel.
With the victory, Owasso ties Church at Briargate of Colorado Springs, Colorado for the most national championships by a single church. Owasso - a team comprised largely of the Wagner family, who are natives (and still citizens) of Canada - also won in 2008 and 2009, when the top team after round-robin play was declared the champion, and also last year in the Final Four bracket formet, which was instituted in 2010. They placed second that year after being atop the round-robin standings, but Wesley Chapel won the championship game.
Praise Assembly of Garfield, N.J. placed third by winning the consolation finals over James River Assembly of Ozark, Mo.
In the individual scorring race, Wesley Chapel's Abby Rogers prevailed for the third consecutive year, tying the national record for most individual scoring titles with Kent Piacenti in 1997-99 (Piacenti tied for first with Jeremy Horn of Shreveport, La. in '97). Rogers, who just finished her freshman year in high school, scored 2,400 points over 19 games of round-robin play, and quizzed out in every game except one - the one which her team lost to Garfield on the last question.
Daniel Wagner of Owasso placed second with 1,995 points and 16 quiz-outs. Joseph Chacra of Pocono Community Church in Mt. Pocono, Penna. was third, and Kyler Sederwall of Garfield was fourth.
The 50th Annual Teen Bible Quiz National Finals concludes Thursday with the individual tournament, the quoting bee, and the awards ceremony. The latter will be streamed online live at bq.ag.org.
Robert Carter is the statistician for the Teen Bible Quiz National Finals, and the sports/digital editor of The North Jefferson News in Gardendale, Ala. He attends Garywood Assembly in Hueytown, Ala. (John A. Loper, Jr., pastor)