Henderson State University College Bowl Team Awarded Sportsmanship Trophy

February 21, 2001

In its first public competition, Henderson’s new College Bowl team defeated teams from Baylor and Stephen F. Austin at the ACUI Region 12 Tournament held in San Antonio, February 16-18. Although Henderson failed to reach the final round, which pitted the University of Arkansas against the University of Texas in a tense three-game match after both teams defeated Rice and Texas A&M, judges awarded Henderson the tournament’s Sportsmanship Trophy—the only award not given to one of the top four teams.

 The 14 moderators and judges of the quiz-game-style matches select the Sportsmanship recipient on the basis of professional conduct, poise and attitude during the competition. The Henderson team, composed of four freshman and a sophomore alternate player, was the youngest of the 14 teams at the tournament, which often pitted them against juniors, seniors, graduate students, and nontraditional students more than twice the age of Henderson team members.

 In timed matches consisting of 8-minute halves, College Bowl competitors buzz in to answer questions on science, math, history, literature, art, music, theatre, sports and film. Henderson team members were recruited by team captain Don Jackson through a series of informal quiz matches held on campus in the fall.

 Henderson and 2nd-place finisher UA-Fayetteville were the only Arkansas teams to compete in the region, which also includes Texas and Louisiana. The tournament’s first place winner, Texas, will compete in the College Bowl National Tournament at Stanford University in March.

 “I think we showed enormous talent for a first match against far more experienced teams,” said faculty advisor Michael Taylor, who played on the College Bowl for team Florida State University in 1980-81. “They have the potential to become a real College Bowl powerhouse over the next few years.

Taylor adds that two members were among the top 25 individual scorers at the tournament. Team players are Don C. Jackson of Pine Bluff, Matthew Bond of North Little Rock, Justin Acree of Lonoke, Thomas Nichols of Texarkana and James Hafley of Galien, Mich.


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