Braedon Martin, Bailey Schmidt, and Mason Poepperling pose with their medals after taking 2nd place at the recent Canton-Galva Scholars Bowl tournament. (Photo by Emily Graham)

The Buhler Hgh School Scholars Bowl team brought home its first medals of the season on Monday, Jan. 14 when the 3-person JV team of Bailey Schmidt, jr., Braedon Martin, soph., and Mason Poepperling, soph., placed 2nd at the Canton-Galva tournament.

Normally, a scholars bowl team consists of 5 players, but because of schedule conflicts, only 3 were available to attend on Monday. “Scholars Bowl kids are involved in lots of things,” Coach Emily Graham said.

“It was pretty tough with only three people, but that really made it easier to communicate,” Schmidt said.

“I honestly felt like we had a lot riding on us, being a smaller group, and I also felt like the other teams might have looked down on us because of it. However, none of that mattered to us because we pulled ourselves through it and ended up doing better than any 5 person team I’ve ever been a part of,” Poepperling said.

This year’s full team has 16 members: Aaron Ensz, Allison Bomgardner, Riley Bridges, Amallia Geuy,  Braedon Martin, Seth Manche, Harrison Morris, Jimmy Nguyen, Mason Poepperling, Paddy Qiu, Bailey Schmidt, Jacquiline Spahr, Emma Staab, Isaac Tice, Carver Terrell, Ethan Wray.

Next up for the team will be the AVCTL League tournament, scheduled for Wednesday, Jan. 23, here at BHS.

“We have the happy task of hosting it this year,” Graham said.

One challenge has been finding adult volunteers to act as judges and moderators. As of Friday morning, Graham said she only lacks 2-3 people to fill all the necessary round slots.

“It will not be a late night! Judging and reading questions are both very easy positions, let me assure you,” Graham said.

The league competition will start at 4:15. Five rounds are planned, each consisting of just 16 questions in categories such as world languages, social studies, math, language arts, fine arts, and current events.

If you are interested in volunteering, please contact Graham or assistant coach Anneliese Reinert.