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BI academic team just edged out of championship
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Team members are (l-r) Deirdre Bhimull, Thomas Baker, Chelsea DeLeon, coach Jamie Wisner, Ashley Huerd, captain Nicholas Wieberg, Jared Peden, Michael Charlton and Daniel Lee. - photo by Photo provided.
The Bradwell Institute Academic Quiz Bowl Team posted another strong performance at the 2007 Savannah Country Day Invitational Tournament in January.
In a 24-team field, boasting many of the more powerful programs from Georgia, South Carolina and Mississippi, Bradwell compiled an overall record of 6-3, earned the number 7 seed, and advanced to the quarterfinals of the playoffs before losing in a heart-breaker to eventual tournament champion Heritage.
Every match consisted of 15 “Jeopardy”-style toss-up questions worth 10 points each, and the correct answer to a toss-up earned a team an additional 30 points worth of bonus questions.
Bradwell rolled to easy victories in the first four matches of the morning, defeating Savannah Christian 200-70, St. Andrews (Jackson, MS) 260-165, Mary Persons 240-60, and Griffin 260-60.
Against perennial AAAAA powers Grayson and Brookwood, the Tigers struggled through their two worst performances of the season and fell by embarrassing scores of 330-95 and 305-90, but regrouped to defeat Cedar Shoals 230-100 and earn the No. 7 seed for that afternoon’s single-elimination playoff.
Brookwood would complete preliminary play as the No. 3 seed, with Grayson earning the No. 4 seed.
In the first round of the playoffs, the Tigers jumped out to a huge early lead and coasted to a 220-50 victory over No. 10 seed Vidalia. Advancing to the quarterfinals, the Hinesville squad then played arguably their finest game of the season against unbeaten No. 2 seed Heritage, the defending AAAA state champions.
Bradwell took a 60-40 lead on question three and stretched it out to 180-105 by beating Heritage to the buzzer on five of the next seven toss-ups (covering such varied topics as the Treaty of Versailles, antinodes, Mt. Olympus, the musical Rent and a mathematical computation).  
Heritage rallied down the stretch, but senior Mike Charlton’s identification of the Gospel of Mark on toss-up 14 gave Bradwell a 210-175 lead with only one question remaining.
Heritage correctly answered the 15th tossup, however, (identifying the Albert Camus novel The Stranger from its plot synopsis) and then answered all three of their bonus questions about hurricanes to pull out a 215-210 victory.
After this narrow escape, Heritage rolled to surprisingly easy victories over Brookwood in the semifinals and Grayson in the finals to win the tournament championship.   
Team captain Nicholas Wieberg, a junior who specializes in social studies and literature, led Bradwell in scoring with 34 correctly answered toss-ups. He was joined in the starting lineup by seniors Michael Charlton (sciences) and Daniel Lee (social studies) and junior Jared Peden (social studies, fine arts). Peden answered six toss-ups in the victory over Mary Persons, while Charlton saved his best performance for last, answering four toss-ups against Heritage.  
Senior Deirdre Bhimull (literature), junior Ashley Huerd (sciences), and sophomore Thomas Baker (sciences) also saw playing time, with Baker performing particularly well.
As a team, Bradwell correctly answered a total of 72 toss-ups, compared to 41 answered by their opponents. For the season, the Tigers’ overall record now stands at 20-6.
Bradwell is coached by Jamie Wisner and Ashley Potter.
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