ANSONIA– The Ansonia High School Varsity Quiz Bowl Team placed first in the Three Rivers Conference (TRC) Quiz Bowl with a 9-1 record and in the Darke Preble Montgomery League (DPML) this year.
Coach Tyler Studebaker is in his seventh year as coach for the Quiz Bowl team.
“Every single year, we take second or third,” the coach said. “So, getting first place at both was pretty exciting.”
Captains of the varsity team areConnor Jones, Erick Lee and Preston Holton and other members are Matthew Lee, Ryan Ward, Marissa Shook and Brayden Drees. Holton and Connor are seniors; Marissa and Erick Lee, juniors; Brayden and Matthew, sophomores; and Ryan Ward, a freshman.
Members of the junior varsity team are Joseph Hood, a sophomore, and Sophia Aultman, Rachel Hood and Gunner Diegel, freshmen. Joseph and Sophia are captains.
The varsity team has yet to participate in the state regionals April 9, and if they win, they will go to the finals at state competition on April 30.
“What makes our team so great is because of how diversified we are,” Studebaker said. “Math is our biggest missing link.”
Holton said his favorite subjects are government and American history; Brayden, math and science; Matthew, geography and the lightning round; Connor, math and world history; Marisssa, science; and Erick, fine arts and literature.
The varsity team practices three times a week for about an hour in Studebaker’s classroom, with the coach asking Ohio Academic Competition questions.
Marissa, the only female in the group, was asked how that felt.
“It’s a lot of fun but a little crazy sometimes,” she replied.
In TRC competition, there are six teams with everybody playing each other twice for 10 games, according to Studebaker.
At the DPML, there are 11 teams, playing a little more than 10 games. The JV team at Ansonia is included here.
“Holton did great in the TRC recently,” the coach said. “It’s high-level stuff.”
According to the coach, four students compete at a time at a match, and all seven of Ansonia’s team members will compete in every match at a competition.
Studebaker teaches world history, technology and psychology at Ansonia. He is one of six children of Dr.
John Studebaker of New Madison and Beth Dutro of Greenville.
He has been married to the former Megan McCarty for 12 years. They were high school sweethearts and graduated with the class of 2008 from Tri-Village High School. She is a school psychologist, now associated with Dayton Public School, but had been at Northridge.
“My favorite thing to do is play documentaries on the phone while doing household chores,” he said. “I enjoy math, history, science and she likes psychology and fine arts and especially literature.”
When the job of coach for the Quiz Bowl came up, he felt that it was “up his alley.”
“I also coached bowling for six years. This is my first year without coaching it,” he said. “I still coach junior high boys track.”
When they go to matches, the team members board a school bus, but Studebaker said he drives the seven-seater bus the school has when it just involves the varsity team.
Studebaker said he enjoys teaching and coaching at Ansonia.
“I don’t think I will ever leave,” he said. “We plan to set down roots in this community.”
Ansonia school, he said, hosts some of these matches.
He expressed his appreciation to his parents John and Beth Dutro; Superintendent Jim Atchley; Jim Robison; the Ansonia Academic Boosters; and teachers in the rooms where matches are held when competition is at home.