TICONDEROGA - The Ticonderoga High School quiz bowl team finished fourth the Post Star Academic Bowl this year, the fourth consecutive year the Sentinels have made it to the semi-final round of play.
Playoff matches were held at Queensbury High School, where the top eight teams in the field of 24 who participate in the competition met to challenge their intellects with the toughest questions of the season on current events, American history and government, science, literature, pop culture, art, music and mathematics.
In the quarterfinals match, the Sentinels fell behind in rounds 1 and 2, but they came back in round 3 and dominated in round 4 to defeat Queensbury's B team, 225- 175.
After a dinner, the semi-final matches got under way. While the Ticonderoga-Hudson Falls match was close through the first three rounds, the Hudson Falls team proved too quick in round 4, winning 255-215.
The 2009-2010 Sentinels were led by veteran players Ben Chapman, Adriana Clark, Tory Walters and Andrew terSteege.
In December, the Sentinels also participated in the Vermont NEA's PHAT III Tournament with two teams and won the small school trophy for the second year.
Christy Faucher, Ben Chapman and Adriana Clark lead the scoring for the Sentinels in PHAT III play.
While four seniors will be graduating this June, including captain Ben Chapman, the Sentinels now have a strong foundation of 12 underclassmen that will start the 2010-2011 season with experience and enthusiasm: Adriana Clark, Tory Walters, Keeley Andrushko, Andrew terSteege, Hannah Herbst, Markie teRiele, Ashley Costello, Anita Zhang, Hayli Carlson, Alan Zhang, Riley Chapman and Michael Fuller.
"The motto of Ticonderoga's team has always been 'We play for the ice cream,' but they also have a tradition of excellence, and the 2010 team is no exception," said Deb Breitenbach, team coach.