PACE--6th in U.S.
The Auburn Scholastic Bowl team was in Virginia this past weekend to compete at the PACE National Scholastic Championship. They finished in 6th place out of 96 teams. The team was led by captain Ethan Strombeck and included Lilly Chavez, Leif Verace and Justin Abel. Ethan also placed 1st among all the competitors with the highest PPG of 148.57 in the preliminary rounds.
AHS Takes 2nd at State!
Auburn took 2nd place at the IHSA State tournament in Peoria on Friday 3/15. The team consisted of Captain Ethan Strombeck (12), Leif Verace (12), Lilly Chavez (12), Justin Abel (10), Luca Barba (11), Andy Granath (11) and Henry Thomas (11). Also pictured is Brad Pemberton (Auburn Athletic Director) and coaches Nevagay Abel and Linda Greene. Thanks to all our fans for making the trip and cheering us on!
Three of Auburn's varsity players were named to the IHSSBCA (state coaches' association) All-Sectional Scholastic Bowl Team for class AA schools for the 2018-19 season, and two of them are under consideration for All-State Team honors. [The list of honorees is on the IHSSBCA web site (to access it, go to the home page ihssbca.org and click on awards, then All-Sectional].
1. Ethan Strombeck, senior, team captain, 4 years on the AHS varsity A team.
He is a strong generalist, with special strengths in history, literature and the fine arts. Possibly the best player in the nation in the category of music. This is the fourth year he made the All-Sectional Team. He made the All-State Second Team as a freshman, and All-State First Team in both his sophomore and junior years.
Ethan started playing quiz bowl when he was in sixth grade at Marshall M.S. [Second from L in photo]
2. Leif Verace, senior, 1 year on the AHS frosh-soph team and 3 years on the varsity A team. Leif did not play quiz bowl in middle school, but has studied a lot, including every summer, to develop to a high level of play. His best area is science, but he also is fairly good in the visual arts, and gets questions in several other subjects. He has served as team captain when Ethan could not be there. Leif was named to the All-Sectional Team his junior year. [Second from R]
3. Lilly Chavez, senior, 1 year on the AHS frosh-soph team and 3 years on the varsity A team. Lilly started playing quiz bowl at Marshall M.S. Her strongest areas are literature, mythology, and pop culture. Lilly has also served as team captain when Ethan could not be at an event. This is the first year Lilly is being honored as a member of the All-Sectional Team. [Far L]