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High School Bowl GraphicHigh 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. 40 teams from across the Upper Peninsula and Northern Wisconsin compete in an annual 39-game single-elimination tournament with an 8-game “Play-in Round.”

High School Bowl is produced by Bob Thomson and the host is Jim Koski.

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. The 2015-16 season Champion was Houghton.

Watch 2015-16 season games online at wnmuvideo.nmu.edu.

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High School Bowl Online Tournament Bracket 2016-17

High School Bowl Air Dates and Game Photos 2016-17
Game photos are generally available for download about one week after the game airs, beginning in November.

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Congratulations Houghton -- 2016 High School Bowl Champs!

Houghton and Ironwood High School Bowl Teams

2016 HSB Champs Houghton and 2nd Place Ironwood

Houghton Wins 2015-16 High School Bowl Championship

The Houghton "Gremlins" played the Ironwood "Red Devils" in the 2016 High School Bowl Championship and won by a score of 300-170. Forty schools from the Upper Peninsula and Northern Wisconsin field teams for Public TV 13's High School Bowl tournament, now celebrating 38 years on the air. Northern Michigan University awarded scholarships to the first and second-place winners, with Houghton receiving $2500 and Ironwood $1500 in scholarship funds to be distributed by the schools.

Houghton's road to the championship began with a win over St. Ignace (380-50) in the second round; and in the third round they defeated Calumet (350-40). The Gremlins advanced through the next two rounds with wins over Negaunee (310-180) and Manistique (390-40) to earn a coveted spot in the championship game.

Ironwood began the 2015-2016 High School Bowl season by defeating Rudyard (190-110) in the second round, and Norway (280-70) in the third round. They clinched their spot in the championship with wins over Marquette (350-120) and Escanaba (230-220) in the semi-finals.

The Houghton Gremlins have appeared in the final High School Bowl tournament game a total of twelve times. They were runners-up four times and have won the High School Bowl Championship game eight times. Their most recent appearance in the championship game was in 2014 where they won against Sault. Ste. Marie.

The Ironwood Red Devils made their third appearance in the final game of the High School Bowl Tournament this year. They were in the High School Bowl Championship game just last year when they lost to Bessemer.

Representing Houghton, seated from left, are players Benjamin Miller, Ann Desrochers, team captain Harkin Massopust and Noah Gershenson. Standing is alternate Kevin Beaghan with Coach Bill Martell. Players for Ironwood are, seated from left, Ian Bentley, team captain Brett Mattson, Zane Ozzello and Riley Jarocki. Standing are alternates Corissa Mattson and Maggie Meyer with Coach Steven Boyd. High School Bowl host Jim Koski is standing at lower left.

Ironwood Student Wins 2016 Goldsmith Scholarship

Josh Elsenbroek on the High School Bowl setLuther L. Wright High School student Brett Mattson has been named as this year's recipient of Public TV 13's Dave Goldsmith Scholarship, awarded annually to an outstanding senior player. Brett appeared on High School Bowl for three seasons and captained the Ironwood “Red Devils” to the Championship game and second place in the tournament two years in a row! Brett will receive $1500 to use towards his college education.

This year marks the 13th 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 2016 champions the Houghton “Gremlins”, coached by Bill Martell, and runners up the Ironwood “Red Devils”, coached by Steven Boyd. These scholarships are awarded to the schools by Northern Michigan University, to be used for any student's attendance at NMU.

Bessemer Student Wins 2015 Goldsmith Scholarship

Josh Elsenbroek on the High School Bowl setA.D. Johnston Senior High student Molly Wieringa has been named as this year's recipient of Public TV 13's Dave Goldsmith Scholarship. Molly, a senior, appeared on High School Bowl for three seasons and captained the Bessemer “Speedboys & Speedgirls” to win this year's tournament. The Goldsmith family has increased the amount of the scholarship this year, so Molly will receive $1500 to use towards her college education.

Watch an interview with Molly on the High School Bowl Season 37 Review program

This year marks the 12th 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 2015 champions the Bessemer “Speedboys & Speedgirls”, coached by Dave Rowe, and runners up the Ironwood “Red Devils”, coached by Steven Boyd. These scholarships are awarded to the schools by Northern Michigan University, to be used for any student's attendance at NMU.

Marquette Student Wins 2014 Goldsmith Scholarship

Josh Elsenbroek on the High School Bowl setMARQUETTE, April 13, 2014 Marquette Senior High School student Josh Elsenbroek has been named as this year's recipient of Public TV 13's Dave Goldsmith Scholarship. Josh, a senior, appeared on High School Bowl for four seasons and captained the "Redmen" to the semifinals of this year's tournament. Josh previously played for the Superior Central "Cougars" for three years, and was captain of their championship team in 2013. Josh will receive $1000 to use towards his college education.

Watch an interview with Josh on the High School Bowl Season 36 Review program

This year marks the 11th 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 2014 champions the Houghton "Gremlins", coached by Bill Martell with assistance from Julie Antilla, and runners up the Sault Ste. Marie "Blue Devils", coached by Paul Pioszak. These scholarships are awarded to the schools by Northern Michigan University, to be used for any student's attendance at NMU.

Iron Mountain Student Wins 2013 Goldsmith Scholarship

Henry Hakamaki on the High School Bowl setMARQUETTE, 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.

Watch an interview with Henry on the High School Bowl Season 35 Review program

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.

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High School Bowl
Season 38 is underwritten by
 
The Ray & Peg Hirvonen Foundation
and the Donald & Audrey Anderson Foundation

production funding is also provided by
18 Upper Peninsula Credit Unions:
TruNorth Federal Credit Union, U.P. State Credit Union, Tahquamenon Area Credit Union, Marquette Community Federal Credit Union, Michigan Tech Employees Federal Credit Union, Limestone Federal Credit Union, Soo Co-op Credit Union, Chippewa County Credit Union, Peninsula Federal Credit Union, U.P. Catholic Credit Union, Northern United Federal Credit Union, Baraga County Credit Union, Iron Mountain-Kingsford Community Federal Credit Union, Delta County Credit Union, Upper Michigan Community Credit Union, Torch Lake Federal Credit Union, Great Lakes First Federal Credit Union, and Gogebic County Federal Credit Union

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and by Petrucelli and Waara, Attorneys at Law


in partnership with
The Regional Educational Service Agencies & Intermediate School Districts of the Upper Peninsula
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