If there is such a thing as a miraculous finish in scholars’ bowl, Goessel High School experienced it Thursday at the regional meet, hosted by Goessel.
In the third match of the finals, Goessel was playing against Burrton and trailed by 20 points or two correct answers. Adam Meysing was quick on the trigger, interrupting the reader to answer correctly on question 15, getting the Bluebirds within one correct answer to tie the game on the last question. Meysing again interrupted the reader to answer question 16 correctly and tied the match to send the game into overtime.
Neither team answered the first tiebreaker question correctly. On the second tiebreaker question, Meysing answered correctly to give Goessel the win.
In the regional meet, there were 12 teams divided into two pools of six. The top three teams in each pool advanced to a final round of six teams and the top three teams in the final round will advance to the state round Feb. 12 at Southern Coffey County High School in Leroy.
The Goessel team finished second in its pool and then finished third overall to advance to state for the eighth time in the past nine years.
“Meysing has a lot of experience with scholars’ bowl and his quick thinking in the match with Burrton made the difference,” scholars’ bowl coach Wes Schmidt-Tieszen said.
Goessel’s team includes five seniors Meysing, Hannah Franzen, Raney Schroeder, Laird Goertzen, and Michelle Unruh and junior Braden Unruh. The Bluebirds advanced with Centre and Baileyville for the Goessel regional meet.