WNMU Public TV 13, a public service of Northern Michigan University
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Congratulations Houghton! 2019 HSB Champs! 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 Houghton High School, 2018-19 Champions!
Houghton Wins 2018-19 High School Bowl Championship

The Houghton “Gremlins” played the Bessemer “Speedboys” in the 2019 Championship of High School Bowl and won by a score of 250-130. Forty schools from the Upper Peninsula and Northern Wisconsin field teams for Public TV 13's High School Bowl tournament, now celebrating 41 years on the air. Northern Michigan University awarded scholarships to the first and second-place winners, with Houghton receiving $2500 and Bessemer $1500 in scholarship funds to be distributed by the schools.

Houghton's road to the championship began with a win over Negaunee (370-170) in the second round; and in the third round they defeated Westwood (270-180). The Gremlins advanced through the next two rounds with wins over Calumet (230-160) and Hancock (340-160) to earn a coveted spot in the championship game.

Ironwood began the 2018-2019 High School Bowl season by defeating Stephenson (160-60) in the second round, Chassell (220-150) in the third round, and Manistique (390-60) in the quarterfinals. They clinched their spot in the championship with a win over Marquette (220-140) in the semifinals.

The Houghton Gremlins have appeared in the final High School Bowl tournament game a total of fourteen times. They were runners-up four times and have won the High School Bowl Championship ten times. Their most recent appearance in the championship game was in 2017 when they won against Ironwood.

The Bessemer Speedboys made their second appearance in the final game of the High School Bowl Tournament this year. They won the High School Bowl Championship in 2015 when they competed against Ironwood.

Representing Houghton, seated from left, are players Brian Knewtson, George Manson, team captain Kate Desrochers and Kevin Beaghan. Standing is Coach Rebecca Keyes. Players for Bessemer are, seated from left, Tad Rowe, team captain Andy Aspinwall, Devon Byers and Eliza Stone. Standing is alternate Sydney Wittla-Sprague with Coach David Rowe. High School Bowl host Jim Koski is standing at lower left.
Harkin Massopust, 2017 Goldsmith Scholarship Winner
Andy Aspinwall being interviewed in WNMU-TV Studio B.

Bessemer Student Wins 2019 Goldsmith Scholarship

Bessemer High School Senior Andy Aspinwall has been named as this year's recipient of Public TV 13's Dave Goldsmith Scholarship, awarded annually to an outstanding senior player. Andy appeared on High School Bowl for four seasons and was instrumental in leading the Bessemer Speedboys to the 2019 finals. Andy will receive $1500 to use towards his college education.

This year marks the 16th 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 2019 champions the Houghton “Gremlins”, coached by Rebecca Keyes, and runners up the Bessemer “Speedboys”, coached by David Rowe. These scholarships are awarded to the schools by Northern Michigan University, to be used for any student’s attendance at NMU.