High School Bowl is WNMU-TV’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 Mike Lakenen and hosted by 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. The 2018-19 season Champion was Houghton.
Season 42 Schedule
Printable 2019-20 High School Bowl Tournament Ladder
Includes teams and airdates for each game.
Download a 2019-20 High School Bowl Tournament Poster
High School Bowl Online Tournament Bracket 2019-20, Season 42
High School Bowl Game Photos
Game photos are generally available for download about one week after the game airs, beginning in November.
High School Bowl Season 42 Underwriters
The Ray & Peg Hirvonen Foundation
and Janice Mills of Escanaba
and The Donald & Audrey Anderson Foundation
production funding is also provided by 18 Upper Peninsula Credit Unions:
TruNorth Federal Credit Union, Marquette Community Federal Credit Union, U.P. State Credit Union, Tahquamenon Area Credit Union, Soo Co-op Credit Union, Peninsula Federal Credit Union, Gogebic County Federal Credit Union, Northern United Federal Credit Union, Torch Lake Federal Credit Union, Michigan Tech Employees Federal Credit Union, Delta County Credit Union, Great Lakes First Federal Credit Union, Baraga Community Federal Credit Union, Iron Mountain/Kingsford Community Federal Credit Union, Embers Credit Union, Settlers Federal Credit Union, Chippewa County Credit Union and Integra First Federal Credit Union
and by Petrucelli and Waara, Attorneys at Law
and by Johnson Controls
in partnership with The Regional Educational Service Agencies & Intermediate School Districts of the Upper Peninsula
Purchase High School Bowl Copies
Copies of programs from recent seasons are available for $19.95. 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.)
Houghton Defeats Sault Ste. Marie in Semi Finals
The Houghton “Gremlins” played the Sault Ste. Marie “Blue Devils” in the semi-finals of High School Bowl and won by a score of 400-140. Houghton will advance to the finals when they play in the championship game, scheduled to air on April 4.
Representing Houghton, seated from left, are players Sam Fang, team captain Kate Desrochers, George Manson and Brian Knewtson. Standing is coach Rebecca Keyes. Players for Sault Ste. Marie are, seated from left, Adam Bundy, David Weber, team captain Sydney Kuenzer and Bonnie Li. Standing is coach Paul Pioszak. High School Bowl host Jim Koski is standing at lower left.
Calumet Defeats Superior Central in Semi Finals
The Calumet “Copper Kings” played the Superior Central “Cougars” in the semi-finals of High School Bowl and won by a score of 280-200. Calumet will advance to the finals when they play in the championship Representing Calumet, seated from left, are players Ben Jackson, team captain Zander Worm, Serenity Snyder and Lowell Torola. Standing is coach David Torola. Players for Superior Central are, seated from left, Kyle Frusti, Josie Valima, team captain Betty Jo Swajanen and Maezie Nettleton. Standing are alternate Diane Augustyn, coach Shannon Hancock and alternate Olivia Millan. High School Bowl host Jim Koski is standing at lower left.
Houghton Defeats Gladstone
The Houghton “Gremlins” played the Gladstone “Braves” in the quarter-finals of High School Bowl and won by a score of 370-120. Houghton will advance to the semi-finals when they play Sault Ste. Marie in Game 38, scheduled to air on March 28.
Representing Houghton, seated from left, are players Sam Fang, team captain Kate Desrochers, Brian Knewtson and George Manson. Standing is coach Rebecca Keyes. Players for Gladstone are, seated from left, Mackenzie Parish, Isaac Berthaume, team captain Sam Jensen and Franklin Thibault. Standing is coach Ryan Barron and alternates Calvin Thibault and Andie Balenger. High School Bowl host Jim Koski is standing at lower left.
Sault Ste. Marie Defeats Bessemer
The Sault Ste. Marie “Blue Devils” played the Bessemer “Speedboys” in the quarter-finals of High School Bowl and won by a score of 200-170.Sault Ste. Marie will advance to the semi-finals when they play Houghton in Game 38, scheduled to air on March 28.
Representing Sault Ste. Marie, seated from left, are players Bonnie Li, team captain Sydney Kuenzer, David Weber and Adam Bundy. Standing is coach Paul Pioszak. Players for Bessemer are, seated from left, Eliza Stone, Adam Mazurek, team captain Tad Rowe and Teddy Wittla-Sprague. Standing is alternate Hubert Molina and coach David Rowe. High School Bowl host Jim Koski is standing at lower left.