WNMU Public TV 13, a public service of Northern Michigan University
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New 41st tournament starts Saturday, November 3. 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.

The 2017-18 season Champion was Sault Ste. Marie.
Printable 2018-19 High School Bowl Tournament Ladder
Includes teams and airdates for each game. [46k PDF file download]

Download a 2018-19 High School Bowl Tournament Poster [11x17 PDF File - requires Adobe Reader]

High School Bowl Online Tournament Bracket 2018-19, Season 41

High School Bowl Game Photos
Game photos are generally available for download about one week after the game airs, beginning in November.

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 41 is underwritten by:

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

production funding is also provided by 21 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, Upper Michigan Community Credit Union, Delta County Credit Union, Federal Employees of Chippewa County Credit Union, Great Lakes First Federal Credit Union, Baraga Community Federal Credit Union, Limestone Federal Credit Union, Iron Mountain/Kingsford Community Federal Credit Union, U.P. Catholic Credit Union, Settlers Federal Credit Union, Chippewa County Credit Union and Integra First 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 Sault Ste. Marie High School, 2017-18 Champions!
Sault Ste. Marie Wins 2017-18 High School Bowl Championship

The Sault Ste. Marie “Blue Devils” played the Ironwood “Red Devils” in the 2018 High School Bowl Championship and won by a score of 250-210. Forty schools from the Upper Peninsula and Northern Wisconsin field teams for Public TV 13's High School Bowl tournament, now celebrating 40 years on the air. Northern Michigan University awarded scholarships to the first and second-place winners, with Sault Ste. Marie receiving $2500 and Ironwood $1500 in scholarship funds to be distributed by the schools.

Sault Ste. Marie's road to the championship began with a win over Negaunee (370-150) in the second round; and in the third round they defeated Republic-Michigamme (390-20). The Blue Devils advanced through the next two rounds with wins over Escanaba (290-200) and Marquette (430-120) to earn a coveted spot in the championship game.

Ironwood began the 2017-2018 High School Bowl season by defeating L’Anse (320-80) in the second round, and Cedarville (350-50) in the third round. They clinched their spot in the championship with wins over Kingsford (220-110) and Westwood (220-120) in the semi-finals.

The Sault Ste. Marie Blue Devils have appeared in the final High School Bowl tournament once before in 2003 when they won against Ewen-Trout Creek.

The Ironwood Red Devils made their fifth appearance in the championship game of the High School Bowl Tournament this year. They have been runners up in the tournament for four years in a row.

Representing Sault Ste. Marie, seated from left, are players Sydney Kuenzer, John Shackleton, team captain Nicholas Natzke and Elaine Anderson. Standing is Coach Paul Pioszak. Players for Ironwood are, seated from left, Rico Braucher, team captain Zane Ozzello, Ian Bentley and Kinley Lyons. Standing are alternates Dylan Taivalmaa and Travis Collins with Coach Steven Boyd. High School Bowl host Jim Koski is standing at lower left.
Harkin Massopust, 2017 Goldsmith Scholarship Winner
John Shackleton on the High School Bowl set.

Sault Ste. Marie Student Wins 2018 Goldsmith Scholarship

Sault Ste. Marie High School Senior John Shackleton has been named as this year's recipient of Public TV 13's Dave Goldsmith Scholarship, awarded annually to an outstanding senior player. John appeared on High School Bowl for four seasons and was instrumental in the Sault Ste. Marie Blue Devils’ 2018 Championship win. John will receive $1500 to use towards his college education.

This year marks the 15th 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 2018 champions the Sault Ste. Marie “Blue Devils”, coached by Paul Pioszak, 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.