Liberty Wins Third-Straight Big South College Bowl Tournament


CHARLOTTE, N.C. ( -- Liberty University posted a perfect 6-0 record to capture its third consecutive Big South Conference College Bowl Tournament championship this past weekend in the 7th annual competition, which was held on the campus of Winthrop University.  The victory was also Liberty's sixth overall title in the event's history.  Other students participating in the academic question-and-answer contest came from Big South Conference members Coastal Carolina University, Gardner-Webb University, Radford University, UNC Asheville, Virginia Military Institute and Winthrop University.  The Big South College Bowl competition is an outgrowth of the Conference's Academic Consortium, designed to develop institutional relationships outside of athletics.

In the Big South Quiz Bowl, student teams compete throughout the day in timed head-to-head challenges.  The topics cover a remarkably wide range, covering the gamut from traditional academic subjects to current pop culture and sports.  That array makes well-rounded knowledge among the team members the greatest asset for tournament success.  Teams received wins and losses for each match, with the day's total record meant to decide the winner.

The Liberty Flames Quiz Bowl Team included contributions from Corbin Payne, Jake Rogers, Catherine Hardee, Andrea Teachout and alternate Kaity ShondelmyerKarim Gilbert of UNC Asheville led all individual scorers in the competition with 350 points.  Hardee of Liberty and Steven Kern of Gardner-Webb were second and third, respectively, among individual competitors.

The Big South Conference's Academic Consortium's mission is to develop institutional relationships outside of athletics and to explore ways to share programs and resources to the benefit of students and member institutions.  In addition to developing the College Quiz Bowl into an annual event, the Consortium is planning the Conference's fourth Undergraduate Research Symposium among Big South member institutions in April, also on Winthrop's campus.

2012 Quiz Bowl Final Standings
1. Liberty (6-0)
2. UNC Asheville (4-2)
3. Coastal Carolina (3-3)
4. Gardner-Webb (3-3)
5. Winthrop (2-4)
6. Radford (2-4)
7. VMI (1-5)

Annual Big South College Bowl Champions
2012 - Liberty
2011 - Liberty
2010 - Liberty
2009 - UNC Asheville
2008 - Liberty
2007 - Liberty
2006 - Liberty