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Chaska Hawks
Chaska, MN
Club President None
Coaches Tucker Besel (2018-present)
State Championships MNHSQB League: 1992, 1993, 1999, 2000, 2003, 2004, 2009
Science Bowl: 2003, 2004, 2006
KMO: spring 1992, spring 1993, spring 2003
Knowledge Bowl: 1992, 1993, 1995, 1997, 2003, 2009, 2012
National Championships none
National Appearances PACE: 2009
HSNCT: 2005, 2007-2019
NAC: 2006
Program Status Unknown
School Size Unknown

Chaska High School is a public high school in Chaska, Minnesota. Its quiz bowl team is a noted spawning pool for University of Minnesota quizbowl players. The program was founded by Jan Baker in the 1980s and led to prominence by Chris Lenius in the 2000s. The 2006 Chaska team placed second at the 2006 NAC and the 2009 team tied for 7th at 2009 HSNCT. That team also also attended the program's only PACE NSC.

Chaska Hawks roster

Seniors (Class of 2020)

  • Parker Bakke (C)

Juniors (Class of 2021)

  • Isaac Baych
  • Rand Bovard (A)
  • Stephen Carlson
  • Brenden Lane
  • Jamie Lyman (A)


Sophomores (Class of 2022)

  • Eliana Hanson
  • Reilly Melville
  • Connor Paulson

Freshmen (Class of 2023)

  • Tim Hagen

Other Players

  • Tucker Besel


  • Naomi Jones

Other Notable People

  • Chris Lenius (advisor)


(C) Captain

(A) Alternate Captain

Top Players

Following is a list of the top ten quiz bowlers in Chaska history that was compiled in 2019. This list was created with emphasis on both accomplishments while playing for Chaska as well as accomplishments elsewhere in players' careers.

1. Sam Peterson - Hands down, the greatest player in Chaska history. His career records for practically every statistic are nearly unbeatable, and he led the team to its best-ever finish at a HSNCT. Sam went on to play for Harvard, and is fondly remembered by the Chaska program as its greatest son.

2. Rob Carson - Rob didn't play much in NAQT-sponsored tournaments for Chaska, so his statistics are somewhat incomplete. However, he was the driving force behind the 2006 Chaska team that is generally considered the best in school history. Rob's biggest achievements came in college with the University of Minnesota, where he won the 2011 ICT. He now works for NAQT, and was a member of Team Humanity against QANTA at the 2016 HSNCT.

3. Andrew Hart - As with Rob, Andrew's high school statistics are incomplete, but he was an important piece of the 2006 Chaska squad. With the University of Minnesota, he won the 2009 and 2010 Underclassmen ICTs, as well as the 2011 ICT with Rob. Andrew is the University of Minnesota's career points leader, and he is now NAQT's Director of Writer Development.

4. Jeffrey Lyman - Probably the second-best player if you only count competitions with Chaska. Jeffrey is second-place all-time for Chaska to Sam Peterson in points, powers, tossups, and points per twenty tossups heard (he's also second in negs, if that matters). His career spanned the years immediately following Sam's graduation, which were a period of great success for Chaska, and he eventually passed the torch to the class of 2013, whose members are further down this list.

5. Jacob "Coby" Oertel - Another standard-bearer for Chaska, Coby was one of the best players on very good mid 2010s teams that competed locally but never got over the hump nationally. He sits third in Chaska history in tossups and career points and now attends the University of Minnesota.

6. Emily Goldberg - Along with Mark Meier, she led the 2013 Chaska team to a third-place finish in the 2012-13 MNHSQBL. Emily sits second in Chaska history in tossups heard, third in games played, fourth in career points and tossups, and fifth in powers. She is also unquestionably the best female player in Chaska history.

7. Sean Zipse - The second head of the two-headed monster that was the class of 2017, Zipse started his career slowly but grew to become sometimes spectacular, including a pair of 25-power Run for the Roses. However, he also has 32 career negs at HSNCTs, and racked up another 18 at the 2017 NAQT Minnesota State Championship. Sean is third in Chaska history in powers and fourth in negs.

8. Mark Meier - Along with Emily Goldberg, Mark contributed heavily to the class of 2013's very good team. He was also involved with a Knowledge Bowl event to raise money for cancer research, which was started after then-Chaska player Tommy Costello was diagnosed with cancer. Mark is first in Chaska history in tossups heard and games played, fourth in powers, and fifth in tossups and career points.

9. Andrew Guyton - Andrew played during the mid 2000s, so he only competed in five NAQT-sponsored tournaments for Chaska. However, he was pretty darn good when he did play, being a solid player on the 2006 team starring Rob Carson and Andrew Hart. Andrew went on to play for Macalester College, where he was likely the best player in team history.

10. Daniel Wyre - One of the many solid rank-and-file players that Chaska has made a program out of developing, Wyre is considered the "best of the rest," beating out T.J. Kegel, Josh Hagen, Rory Bartels, and others for this spot. He played in 17 tournaments for Chaska in the early 2010s, and sits sixth in Chaska history in points, sevenths in tossups, and eighth in powers.

Chaska alumni

There are several noted Chaska alumni in the college quizbowl community, including:

Other alumni include:

Chaska tournaments

In 2007, Chaska hosted a mirror of the Titanomachy tournament, which was attended by several teams on the Saturday before ACF Fall. Drake, consisting of Brendan Byrne, won the tournament over a Minnesota team featuring Rob Carson and Gautam Kandlikar.

NAQT Minnesota State Championship Champion
Preceded by
Succeeded by
(inaugural season)
St. Thomas (MN)
NAQT Minnesota State Championship Champion
Preceded by
Succeeded by
Eden Prairie
Eden Prairie

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