Centennial (IL)

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Centennial Chargers
Champaign, Illinois
Club President Jisoo Park
Coaches Andrew Cheun
Emma Delgado
State Championships None
National Championships None
National Appearances NSC: 2011
HSNCT: 2012
Program Status Active
School Size 1396 students (As of 2019), 13 Players on Varsity and JV Teams combined
NAQT Page link

Centennial High School, or Champaign Centennial, is a high school in Champaign, Illinois. Centennial's quiz bowl team has gone to win many tournaments since its creation in 2009. The team was founded and coached by James Garcia from 2009 to 2014. The school ended up becoming one of the strongest teams in Central Illinois and recognized for their strength during that time period. After Garcia moved to Wisconsin in 2014, Mike Sorice replaced him as main coach. Matthew Jodino was the assistant coach for a few years until he was replaced by Andrew Cheun in the 2017-2018 season. Cheun became the main coach for the 2020-2021 season, after Sorice left to teach at Rantoul High School. Emma Delgado filled the position of assistant coach at the beginning of the 2021-2022 season.

(2009-2010 Season)

The inaugural season of Centennial Quiz Bowl began with great success. The team attended a number of difficult events without knowing that the tournaments were for experienced and dominant teams. Some embarrassing losses occurred at the hands of DCC, and Carbondale. After failing to grab any meaningful victories in the first half of the season, the underclassmen attended Davey v Goliath at Loyola and went 9-1 impressing all suburban coaches who didn't even know the team existed at that point. The team then won the Turnabout tournament and obtained a ridiculous drag-racing type of trophy that dominates the trophy case in Centennial High School to this day. After failing to win Masonic Sectionals and running into Chatham Glenwood a few times, the team lost in the first game of IHSA Regionals to rival Champaign Central Despite no postseason, the team began a successful season that would be continued in further seasons.

(2010-2011 Season)

The season held much promise and was the first of two seasons anchored by Elliot Campos, Rick Sheahan, Chris Olsen, Arun Doogar and Tyler Knoblett. With senior captain Michael Olmsted, this team was the first to go to State, both at the NAQT, Masonic, and IHSA levels. The team took second at Kickoff and then did well in the second half of the season despite not coming out in first place during those tournaments. By the time the team reached the IHSA State series, they were in great shape and carried that momentum to a first round victory over Lyons Township by 9 points before losing handily to both Stevenson and IMSA, the eventual 3rd and 1st place teams. In June the team went to Northwestern to play at PACE NSC finishing 51st in the nation facing stiff competition.

(2011-2012 Season)

Though a short history, the next season was the most successful of all Centennial Quiz Bowl teams thus far. Made up of Chris Olsen, Elliot Campos, Arun Doogar, Tyler Knoblett, and Rick Sheahan this team went very far. Starting the season with an impressive performance at UIUC Earlybird, the team took Kickoff by storm going unbeaten and proving themselves again in the Big 12 Tournament. After finishing with both first and second place at History Bowl, the team ran into some roadblocks at tough tournaments like New Trier Varsity, IMSAnity, and Springfield's Giant Tournament where they placed among the best teams, often in the top 4, but lacked the ability to overcome Macomb and Carbondale's hold on downstate dominance. After repeat-winning Masonic Sectionals the team placed 8th at NAQT State with an impressive win over Andrew Wang and New Trier. Centennial upset Chicago Latin at Masonic State to finish in the 5th-6th place range and then cruised through IHSA Regionals and Sectionals. At the State tournament the team played eventual 2nd place Macomb down to the last question after making a couple errors on "Luncheon on the Grass" among others. The team then fell to Buffalo Grove and Carbondale to end the State series at 0-3. The aforementioned top 5 players all went to HSNCT in Atlanta on the funds raised from their sweet trivia night. At HSNCT the team played #4 nationally ranked team Dorman A to the last question without knowing which team they were and hobbled to a disappointing 5-5 record, just missing the playoffs. After finishing among the top teams in the state, ranked nationally, and being the best team in the area, Chris Olsen was named to the All-State team for a third and final time.

(2012-2013 Season)

Following the previous year's success and the departure of 4/5 of the Varsity team, expectations weren't incredibly high for the team. However, despite a sluggish performances early on at UIUC Earlybird and Kickoff, this team rebounded to play well at New Trier Varsity, IMSAnity, the Novice tournament, History Bee and Bowl, Springfield's Giant Tournament, and NAQT State. One of the main reasons for this success was the arrival of Mike Sorice as a Centennial coach. Arun Doogar led the team to Masonic State over rivals Champaign Central and Mahomet Seymour at Masonic Sectionals (for a third time), but decided to ditch Masonic State to take a group of seniors to the Homewood-Flossmoor Tournament. Near the end of this season the team housewrote a trash tournament called CATS LOL which was a bunch of half-packets or pop culture questions. Despite winning IHSA Regionals after overcoming some terrible moderators and White Castle, they fell short to perpetual rival Bloomington during the IHSA Sectionals tournament. One of the highlights of the season was seeing Arun Doogar selected to the All-State team, who is the most recent Centennial player to achieve it.

(2013-2014 Season through 2020-2021 Season)

Major losses of players and Coach Garcia led to the expectations of the team not being able to return to its former successful seasons. The arrival of Mike Sorice as head coach, was able to rebound the team back to decent success and prevent complete annihilation of the team's downfall. The team though has faced many losses in their season at a point where they will most likely not be able to return to the national level. The team was able to significantly improve during the 2018-2019 season by winning Kickoff and Big 12 Tournament. After disappointing results in UIUC Earlybird, ACF Fall, WUFAT IV, NAQT State, expectations for the team to return to their glory days were low. The team improving significantly in Scobol Solo, Masonic Sectionals and winning IHSA Regional comfortably has given a chance for the team to continue to strengthen. Low expectations of this would be soon be repeated in the 2019-2020 season where 3/4 of the Varsity team had departed and lower decent results were acquired in the tournaments. The 2019-2020 season was unfortunately cut short because of COVID-19. The team was limited from playing tournaments in the 2020-2021 season due to the school district's policy against Discord.

Notable Victories

  • IHSSBCA Turnabout 2010 at Armstrong Township
  • Masonic Sectionals 2011
  • IHSA Regionals 2011 at Centennial
  • IHSA Sectionals 2011 at Bradley-Bourbonnais
  • NHBB Central Illinois 2011
  • Big Twelve Conference 2011 at Centennial
  • IHSA Regionals 2012 at Centennial
  • IHSA Sectionals 2012 at Bradley-Bourbonnais
  • Masonic Sectionals 2013
  • IHSA Regionals 2013 at Manteno
  • Twin City Tournament 2013
  • IHSSBCA Turnabout 2014 at Bloomington
  • Masonic Sectionals 2014
  • IHSA Regionals 2014 at Centennial
  • IHSSBCA Turnabout 2016 at Normal
  • Big Twelve Conference 2016
  • IHSA Regional 2016 at Centennial
  • Big Twelve Conference 2017
  • IHSA Regional 2018 at Bloomington
  • IHSSBCA Kickoff 2018 at Mattoon
  • Big Twelve Conference 2018 at Normal
  • IHSA Regional 2019 at Centennial
  • E.I.U Pine Honors 2020 at Eastern Illinois University

Notable Alumni

  • Elliot Campos (2012)
  • Samuel Hall (2012)
  • Tyler Knoblett (2012)
  • Chris Olsen (2012)
  • Rick Sheahan (2012)
  • Arun Doogar (2013)
  • David Fisher (2014)
  • Jarret Leuck (2016)
  • Patrick Minsker (2016)
  • Daniel Olsen (2016)
  • Daniel Lee (2017) (Transferred to IMSA)
  • Aaditya Mehta (2017)
  • Brett Hancock (2019)
  • Amy Paul (2019)
  • Henry Moore (2020)
  • Nick Maurer (2021)

IHSSBCA Individual Awards

All-Sectional Team

  • 2009-2010: Chris Olsen Class AA
  • 2010-2011: Arun Doogar Class AA
  • 2010-2011: Chris Olsen Class AA
  • 2011-2012: Elliot Campos Class AA
  • 2011-2012: Arun Doogar Class AA
  • 2011-2012: Chris Olsen Class AA
  • 2012-2013: Arun Doogar Class AA
  • 2013-2014: David Fischer Class AA
  • 2014-2015: Jarrett Leuck Class AA
  • 2014-2015: Patrick Minsker Class AA
  • 2014-2015: Daniel Olsen Class AA
  • 2014-2015: Jarrett Leuck Class AA (Honorable Mention)
  • 2015-2016: Patrick Minsker Class AA
  • 2015-2016: Daniel Olsen Class AA
  • 2016-2017: Aaditya Mehta Class AA
  • 2017-2018: Brett Hancock Class AA (Honorable Mention)
  • 2017-2018: Amy Paul Class AA
  • 2018-2019: Amy Paul Class AA
  • 2019-2020: Nick Maurer Class AA
  • 2019-2020: Henry Moore Class AA
  • 2019-2020: Jisoo Park Class AA (Honorable Mention)

All-State Team

  • 2009-2010: Chris Olsen (Second Team) Class AA
  • 2010-2011: Chris Olsen (Second Team) Class AA
  • 2011-2012: Chris Olsen (Second Team) Class AA
  • 2012-2013: Arun Doogar (Second Team) Class AA

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