scholar bowl A team photo
Members of the HHS Scholar Bowl A Team gather with the runner-up plaque from the Houston Fall Invitational. From left: Coach Jason Pounds, Andy Durham, Devon Sawyer, Ben Cook and Alex Swallow. Credit: EMILY HONEYCUTT | HOUSTON HERALD

The Houston High School Scholar Bowl A Team took second place Saturday, Nov. 6, at the Houston Fall Invitational.

In hosting their first competition of the season, the Tigers were outscored by only defending Class 3 state champion Fair Grove in the 15-school, 24-team competition. Three HHS A Team players earned individual medals for finishing in the top 15, as junior Ben Cook took fifth with 55 points per game, junior Andy Durham placed ninth with 49 per game and senior Devon Sawyer came in 12th with 43. Senior Alex Swallow was the A Team’s other player.

Cook, Durham and Sawyer are returning players from the HHS team that took third in the Class 3 state playoffs last spring. Sawyer is Houston’s captain this season.

Houston’s B Team placed 9th, with junior Emily Honeycutt earning a medal by finishing 15th with 40 points per game. Other HHS B Team members were Tyler Lawson, Xander Riggs and Lilly Scheliga.

Each squad can have four students compete at a time, and substitutions are allowed.

The HHS Scholar Bowl program is guided by history teacher Jason Pounds. Next up for the Scholar Tigers is a 30-team event Saturday (Nov. 13) at Clever.

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