WNMU Public TV 13, a public service of Northern Michigan University
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High School Bowl airs weekly, October through April, on Channel 13.1 Saturdays at 8 pm ET, and Mondays at Noon ET.
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. 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 outstanding senior is awarded the Dave Goldsmith Scholarship.

For the second year in a row, the 2016-17 season Champion is Houghton.
Printable 2017-18 High School Bowl Tournament Ladder
Includes teams and airdates for each game. [44k PDF file download]

High School Bowl Online Tournament Bracket 2017-18, Season 40

High School Bowl Game Photos 2017-18, Season 40
Game photos are generally available for download about one week after the game airs, beginning in November.
Game Photos from Last Season 2016-17

Purchase High School Bowl DVDs:
Programs from recent seasons are available on DVD for $19.95, which includes shipping. Call 800-227-9668, or 227-1300 during regular business hours (8 am-5 pm ET weekdays) and order by phone with your credit card. Please let us know the school name and broadcast date of the program you want to purchase when you call. Or download our video order form. (Programs prior to 2008-09 season are not available.)
High School Bowl Season 40 is underwritten by:

The Ray & Peg Hirvonen Foundation
and Janice Mills of Bark River
and The Donald & Audrey Anderson Foundation

production funding is also provided by 17 Upper Peninsula Credit Unions:
TruNorth Federal Credit Union, U.P. State Credit Union, Tahquamenon Area Credit Union, Soo Co-op Credit Union, Delta County Credit Union, Integra First Federal Credit Union, Upper Michigan Community Credit Union, Great Lakes First Federal Credit Union, Michigan Tech Employees Federal Credit Union, Gogebic County Federal Credit Union, Limestone Federal Credit Union, Baraga County Federal Credit Union, Iron Mountain - Kingsford Community Federal Credit Union, Peninsula Federal Credit Union, U.P. Catholic Credit Union, Northern United Federal Credit Union and Marquette Community Federal Credit Union

and by Petrucelli and Waara, Attorneys at Law

in partnership with The Regional Educational Service Agencies & Intermediate School Districts of the Upper Peninsula
Game 3939 photo, Houghton vs Ironwood
Congratulations Houghton High School, 2016-17 Champions!
Houghton Wins 2016-17 High School Bowl Championship

The Houghton “Gremlins” played the Ironwood “Red Devils” in the 2017 High School Bowl Championship and won by a score of 330-190. Forty schools from the Upper Peninsula and Northern Wisconsin field teams for Public TV 13's High School Bowl tournament, now celebrating 39 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 Lake Linden (370-70) in the second round; and in the third round they defeated Calumet (360-80). The Gremlins advanced through the next two rounds with wins over Negaunee (320-150) and Marquette (290-180) to earn a coveted spot in the championship game.

Ironwood began the 2016-2017 High School Bowl season by defeating Brimley (270-140) in the first round, Ishpeming (290-60) in the second round, and Gwinn (410-60) in the third round. They clinched their spot in the championship with wins over Manistique (280-100) and Chassell (300-110) in the semi-finals.

The Houghton Gremlins have appeared in the final High School Bowl tournament game a total of thirteen times. They were runners-up four times and have won the High School Bowl Championship nine times. Their most recent appearance in the championship game was in 2016 where they won against Ironwood.

The Ironwood Red Devils made their fourth appearance in the final game of the High School Bowl Tournament this year. They were in the High School Bowl Championship just last year when they also competed against Houghton.

Representing Houghton, seated from left, are players Noah Gershenson, team captain Harkin Massopust, Anne Desrochers and Leo Holden. Standing are alternates Cecelia Ware and Kate Desrochers with Coach Bill Martell. Players for Ironwood are, seated from left, Corissa Mattson, Ian Bentley, team captain Zane Ozzello and Rico Braucher. Standing are alternates McKenna Anderson and Madison Clausen with Coach Steven Boyd. High School Bowl host Jim Koski is standing at lower left.
Harkin Massopust, 2017 Goldsmith Scholarship Winner
Harkin Massopust on the High School Bowl set.

Houghton Student Wins 2017 Goldsmith Scholarship

Houghton High School Senior Harkin Massopust has been named as this year's recipient of Public TV 13's Dave Goldsmith Scholarship, awarded annually to an outstanding senior player. Harkin appeared on High School Bowl for four seasons and captained the Houghton “Gremlins” to the Championship two years in a row! Harkin will receive $1500 to use towards his college education.

This year marks the 14th 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 2017 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.