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 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 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.
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.)
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
Munising Defeats Gwinn
The Munising “Mustangs” played the Gwinn “Model Towners” in the first round of High School Bowl and won by a score of 230-50. Munising will advance to the second round when they play North Central in Game 28, scheduled to air on February 15.
Representing Munising, seated from left, are players Elliot Potila, Oden Horne, team captain Maci Cornish and Joe Potila. Standing is coach Eric Lynch and alternates Carly Lindquist and Caitlin Britton. Players for Gwinn are, seated from left, Hunter Uhlbeck, team captain Tia Nordeen, Angel Griggs and Chris Packard. Standing are alternates Hendrik Johnson and Jacob Patterson, along with coach Dan Turecky. High School Bowl host Jim Koski is standing at lower left.
North Central Defeats Manistique
The North Central “Jets” played the Manistique “Emeralds” in the first round of High School Bowl and won by a score of 230-210. North Central will advance to the second round when they play Munising in Game 28, scheduled to air on February 15.
Representing North Central, seated from left, are players Gabrielle Lucas, Wyatt Riley, team captain Zach Strahl and Dakota Schwark. Standing is coach Matt Stein and alternates Dawson Brand and Peyton Murray. Players for Manistique are, seated from left, Madison Schwartz, team captain Katie Troyer, Sophia Ziemba and Elle Pugh. Standing are alternates Sam MacKinnon and Tiana Colgrove with coach John Ziemba. High School Bowl host Jim Koski is standing at lower left.
Westwood Defeats Norway
The Westwood “Patriots” played the Norway “Knights” in the first round of High School Bowl and won by a score of 290-90. Westwood will advance to the second round when they play Bessemer in Game 29, scheduled to air on February 22.
Representing Westwood, seated from left, are players Jacob Mattson, team captain Hunter LeClair, Gavin Scott and Ian Pohlman. Standing are alternates Brita Anderson, Ella Maki and coach Catherine Lange. Players for Norway are, seated from left, Allison Olson, Richard Heigl, team captain Ian Steigerwald and Anna Karkanen. Standing is coach Chris Berndt and alternate Nathan O’Brian. High School Bowl host Jim Koski is standing at lower left.
Bessemer Defeats Lake Linden
The Bessemer “Speedboys” played the Lake Linden “Lakes” in the first round of High School Bowl and won by a score of 340-80. Bessemer will advance to the second round when they play Westwood in Game 29, scheduled to air on February 22.
Representing Bessemer, seated from left, are players Teddy Wittla-Sprague, team captain Tad Rowe, Adam Mazurek and Eliza Stone. Standing is alternate Hubert Molina and coach David Rowe. Players for Lake Linden are, seated from left, William Lyons, Carter Crouch, team captain May Amelia Shapton and Alyssa Burton. Standing are alternates Isaac Codere, Ciona Beaudoin and coach Andy Crouch. High School Bowl host Jim Koski is standing at lower left.