High School Bowl is Public TV 13’s most popular local production. Since 1977, teams from area high schools have been going head-to-head in a battle of knowledge. Four-person teams answer questions about history, science, literature, geography, art, music, math, and many more subjects. The tournament includes 40 schools, and is played in a 39-game format with an 8-game “Play-in Round.”
40 teams from across the Upper Peninsula compete in the single-elimination tournament. Our 2013 Champion is Superior Central, the smallest school to ever win the tournament!
Every year, Northern Michigan University awards $2,500 and $1,500 in scholarships to the first and second place teams, respectively. Additionally, one student is awarded the Dave Goldsmith Scholarship.
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Superior Central Wins 2012-13 High School Bowl Championship
MARQUETTE, April 13, 2013‚ The Superior Central Cougars played the Houghton Gremlins in the 2013 High School Bowl Championship and won by a score of 280-240. Forty schools from the Upper Peninsula field teams for Public TV 13's High School Bowl tournament, now celebrating 35 years on the air.
Northern Michigan University awarded scholarships to the first and second-place winners, with Superior Central receiving $2500 and Houghton $1500 in scholarship funds to be distributed by the schools.
Superior Central's road to the championship began with a win over Norway (410-90) in the play-in round; and in the first round they defeated Crystal Falls (300-80). The Cougars advanced through the next three rounds with wins over West Iron County (280-150), Hancock (390-160), and Escanaba (250-190) to earn a coveted spot in the championship game.
Houghton began the 2012-2013 High School Bowl season by defeating North Central (240-60) in the first round, and Kingsford (330-130) in the second round. They clinched their spot in the championship with wins over Iron Mountain (280-240) and Bessemer (360-120) in the semi-finals.
The Superior Central Cougars made their first appearance in the final game of the High School Bowl Tournament this year. They are the smallest school to ever win the tournament. This was tenth time the Houghton Gremlins have made it to the finals. They were in the finals most recently in 2008 when they won the High School Bowl Championship, defeating Negaunee.
Representing Superior Central, seated from left, are players Mark Heinonen, Amy Burley, team captain Josh Elsenbroek, and Mitch Anderson. Standing are alternates Monica Bergren, Cassie Crooks-Luepke, Jessica Johnson, and Katy Monty with Coach Shannon Hancock. Players for Houghton are, seated from left, Nikhill Rao, team captain Maria Sliva, Ian Hyslop, and Brianne Hiltunen. Standing are High School Bowl host G.G. Gordon, judge Dwight Johnson, Houghton alternate Thomas Page, Houghton Coach Bill Martell, and timekeeper Katlin Connin.
Iron Mountain Student Wins Goldsmith Scholarship
MARQUETTE, April 13, 2013 – Iron Mountain High School student Henry Hakamaki has been named as this year's recipient of Public TV 13's Dave Goldsmith Scholarship. Henry, a senior, appeared on High School Bowl for four seasons and captained the "Mountaineers" to the quarterfinals of this year's tournament. Henry will receive $1000 to use towards his college education.
This year marks the 10th presentation of the Dave Goldsmith Scholarship, established by the family of the late High School Bowl host after his death in 2002. Dave was the host of WNMU-TV's popular local program for 24 years. The Dave Goldsmith Scholarship is awarded annually at the conclusion of the High School Bowl season to an outstanding senior contestant who is planning to attend college in the fall.
The Goldsmith Scholarship is presented in addition to the $2,500 High School Bowl scholarship awarded to the school of the tournament winners, and $1,500 scholarship awarded to the second place school. This year's recipients were 2013 champions the Superior Central "Cougars", coached by Shannon Hancock, and runners up the Houghton "Gremlins", coached by Bill Martell. These scholarships are awarded to the schools by Northern Michigan University, to be used for any student's attendance at NMU.
High School Bowl
is underwritten by
The Sam & Elinor Benedict Fund
The Ray & Peg Hirvonen Foundation
production funding is also provided by
Eighteen Upper Peninsula Credit Unions:
Ishpeming Community Federal, U.P. State, Tahquamenon Area, Marquette Community Federal, SIR Federal, Michigan Tech Employees Federal, Soo Co-op, Settlers Federal, Peninsula Federal, U.P. Catholic, Northern United Federal, Great Lakes First Federal, Iron Mountain-Kingsford Community Federal, Delta County, Menominee County Federal, Munising Community, Norway Community, and Torch Lake Federal
and by NewPage Corporation
in partnership with
The Regional Educational Service Agencies & Intermediate School Districts of the Upper Peninsula