Two weeks ago we had our regional finals tournament for Bible Quizzing in Bakersfield California. We were able to field a team in every division and we had 24 quizzers that finished the year strong.
Our beginner team (Alex Santiago, Riley Coggins, Kenley Coggins, Marilyn Booker, and Daxon Reighard) quizzed very well and we are so proud of them and the way they have studied and worked this year. Our junior team (Christopher Santiago, Zane Dillon, Landry Booker, and Nathaniel Mack) also did extremely well and came home with the fourth place trophy. We also had two quizzers on the all tournament team with Zane Dillon as fifth highest score and Christopher Santiago as scoring champion.
The intermediate teams also did great in this tournament.. But despite losing their first game (to Rialto 1) Rialto 2 (Trenton Booker, Oscar Echevarria, Mary Traylor, and Wyatt Dillon) battled all the way back to come home with the second-place trophy. And Rialto 1 (Elayna Booker, Olivia Schnepp, Hannah Molina, and Michelle Chacon) ended up going undefeated through the whole tournament to come home with the first place trophy. Rialto was well represented on the all tournament team with Trenton Booker as fifth highest scorer, Oscar Echevarria was third highest scorer, Olivia Schnepp was a runner-up scoring champion, and Elayna Booker was the scoring champion of the tournament. In the end-of-year awards, Elayna Booker was selected to be the quizzer of the year and Sarah Booker was the intermediate coach of the year.
Rialto’s experienced teams also did very well. Our second team (Danny Tirado, Gabriel Rodriguez, and Dallas Reighard) quizzed well but finished just out of the trophy bracket. Rialto team one however brought home the second place trophy and Natalya Booker was fifth highest scorer and Trystan Booker was the third highest scorer of the tournament. Trystan was also selected to be the quizzer of the year for the experienced division and Larry Booker was the experienced coach of the year.
Even though the regular season is now over, the majority of these quizzes are continuing to study for the national tournament which will take place in Houston Texas immediately before Peak conference. Inland Lighthouse can be so proud of all the quizzers that quizzed this year, even if they didn’t make it to the finals tournament. Every one of these quizzes has learned many, often hundreds, of Bible verses that will be with them the rest of their life. Bible quizzing is a wonderful ministry and we should all be proud of these quizzers and what they’ve accomplished this year.