Auburn scholastic bowl team in championship form

CHAMPAIGN – The Auburn scholastic bowl team showed that it is a major threat to win the school’s third IHSA state championship by knocking off the defending champion this past weekend.

Auburn won the Illinois NAQT State Tournament held at the University of Illinois this past Saturday.

The NAQT is an invitation-only competition where schools are invited based on competitions throughout the year.

The Knights rolled through the first 10 rounds undefeated. In round 11, the team of seniors Ethan Strombeck, Leif Verace, Lilly Chavez and sophomore Justin Abel knocked off the squad from the Illinois Math & Science Academy of Aurora. IMSA has won five of the past seven IHSA Class 2A state titles.

In round 12, the Knights advanced to take on Lincolnshire Stevenson, which won last year’s 2A state title. Stevenson knocked off Auburn, 455-350.

Still, with an 11-1 record, Auburn advanced to the finals along with Stevenson. Needing to win both matches, Auburn edged Lincolnshire, 375-365 and 375-340, to win the NAQT for the eighth time in the tournament’s 15-year history.

The Knights will compete in the Masonic State Tournament in Bloomington this weekend and host the IHSA regional at Auburn on Monday.

Auburn has won two state scholastic bowl titles (2008 and 2015) and finished second six times since 2003.

Posted on 02.25.19