Maple Grove High School won the 2017-2018 High School Bowl championship, defeating Falconer Central School 80-42 in the final match.
The championship was recorded at Jamestown Community College and broadcast on WJTN and SE-93 radio.
Falconer took the tournament to a decisive second championship match by defeating Maple Grove 59-56 in the first championship round.
As a result of winning the competition, a Maple Grove senior will be awarded a $1,000 scholarship for each of two years at JCC. The scholarship is provided by the JCC Alumni Association.
The Maple Grove team will compete in the National Academic Championship in Washington, DC in early June. Delta Kappa Gamma, the International Honor Society of Women Educators, will assist the team by providing $250 in travel money.
As runner-up, Falconer will receive $500 in scholarships from the Chautauqua Region Community Foundation.
Maple Grove team members were Michael Krempa, captain, Chase Boardman, Katie Allen, Olivia Pembridge, Will Allen, Reid Wight, Lauren Nelson and Tori Lai. Krempa, Boardman, and Katie Allen were named Players of the Match for the final contest. The team is coached by Jason VandeVelde.
The Falconer team was represented by Nick Pawlak, captain, Josh Bowman, Matt Tsitso, Emily Brentley, Jackson Fowler, Keely Bell, and Matt Gullotti. Pawlak and Tsitso were named Players of the Match for the first championship match. April Binkley coached the Falconer team.
High School Bowl is sponsored by JCC and the JCC Alumni Association, SKF Aeroengine North America, The Weinberg Financial Group, Affinity One Federal Credit Union, Honest Johns Pizza and Wings, The Chautauqua County Humane Society, Pepsi, The Chautauqua Region Community Foundation, and Delta Kappa Gamma, the International Honor Society of Women Educators.
High School Bowl, which has been on the air for 57 years, is produced by the Media One Group of radio stations. Twenty-four teams from southwestern New York and northwestern Pennsylvania competed in this year’s tournament.
Wendy Dyment, a faculty member at Cassadaga Valley Central School, is the moderator of High School Bowl.