&larr 2009
Nationals 2010

The Church at Briargate, Colorado Springs, CO

Greg House: Greg has been involved in Bible Quiz since 1980. He quizzed for one year as a senior in high school, then went on to coach, officiate, and write official questions. At the end of this season he will have coached 16 times at national finals, winning 5 national championships at 3 separate churches (both records), and finishing 2nd twice. His 1999 team won the national championship and both individual titles, also setting records for team average (278.48), margin of victory (243.70), individual average (Kent - 152.17), and individual quiz outs (Kent – 22). His 2003 team set a record at national finals – it was Orange Hills A/G’s third win at national finals, all of which were undefeated, and all 3 wins happened within a 4 year period. At nationals, he has coached 2 individual high scorers (Kent Piacenti & David Dorey) and 4 individual competition champions (Dan Smith twice, Kent Piacenti, and Peter Brown). He says his favorite Briargate coaching experience was watching his “rag-tag” 2005-06 team constantly progress in skill, knowledge, and friendship together, finally ending with Molly Pace answering her final BQ question ever with the verse that contained our team name and clinching the national championship. His favorite/most nerve-wracking Briargate coaching moment(s) were watching Andrew Kelley win four games on the last question at nationals in 2007 to clinch the national title.
Evelyn Oss: Evelyn Oss has been involved in Bible Quiz since 2007 as a novice team coach, and one of the best ones I have ever worked with. In 2009 & 2010, her team was the regional champion. Her three daughters (see below), have all participated in both Novice and Teen Quiz. This year the Briargate team is composed entirely of her three children and she very active as the assistant coach by holding extra practices, listening to quoting, and driving the church van on all our trips. The truth is that without her my back would not have held up to finish out the quiz year.

Ellen Oss: This will be her third year to quiz at national finals. She has received her NMA and is the team captain. Her favorite quiz moment this year was defeating the Wagner boys three games in a row in the Gold Cup individual competition to be the individual competition champion.
Amie Oss: This will be her first year to quiz at national finals, having moved up this year after an undefeated record and high scorer honors in novice quiz at the Southwest regional finals in 2009. She has received her NMA. Her favorite quiz moment(s) this year were winning both District and Regional Finals as the “underdog” team.
Caroline Oss: This is the first year she has ever quizzed, starting the year in novice quiz and moving up to the top team in February to quiz with her sisters. Starting on the top team in February, Caroline memorized 2nd Corinthians in time to receive her NMA. Her favorite quiz moment this year was quizzing for the first time ever in the A division at the South Texas Invitational and finishing individual 10th high scorer.

Team History
Starting as a church “plant” from Radiant Church in 2001, Briargate has sent a team to national finals both that year and every year since. Winning the national championships in 2001, 2004, 2006 and 2007, Briargate holds the record for most championships. Briargate’s win in 2007 tied Colorado for the record for state wins with California at 7 each, and was the 18th year that a team from the Southwest Region won national finals, besting the next place region by 11 championships. From 2001 through 2010, Briargate has sent a total of 17 teams to national finals and holds the following national finals records:

Most National Championships
Most National Championships by a single quizzer (David Dorey with 4)
Second Most National Championships by a single quizzer (Molly Pace with 3)
Longest Individual Winning Streak by a quizzer (David Dorey won 54 consecutive games at national finals from 2001 – 2004)
First ever mother-daughter win at national finals (Jodi Heugel won in 1977 and her daughter, Jordan Schneider, won in 2001)

Most exciting match this season
Beating Fort Collins, CO in the last round at regionals to determine the regional champion.

Favorite contest
Is there really any way to pick just one? Our favorites are when the rebutting team clearly did not understand our contest and their rebuttal backs up what we just said – it’s even more powerful than saying “no rebuttal.”

Favorite Question
Joey Bohanon’s “Statement and Question” questions are usually the most weirdly funny. Lamest question – verse with four dashes – come on, I personally wrote about 8000 of 12,500 questions for the official writing team the last time we covered these books – when you start writing non-chapter analysis punctuation questions, you know you have burned out writing on these books. Our “punctuation concordance” will not be forthcoming since I know Richard Ely is a much better writer.

Favorite verse from Corinthians
Every time I teach these books (this is my 4th time), I make sure that my favorite verse ends up being the team’s favorite verse:

1st Corinthians 10:13: No temptation has seized you except what is common to man. And God is faithful; he will not let you be tempted beyond what you can bear. But when you are tempted, he will also provide a way out so that you can stand up under it.

This verse shuts down all the crying about being unable to stand up under temptation. No more excuses, the devil DIDN’T make you do it, and it certainly should be the end of hearing that “no one could stand up under that kind of pressure.” This, along with Hebrews 4:14-16, must give us the confidence to know beyond a shadow of a doubt that we can stand against sin anytime we want to – the only problem that remains is the “want to” part. Anytime we “want to”, we can find grace to help us in our time of need and be sure that our spiritual nature triumphs over our sinful nature:

Hebrews 4:14-16: Therefore, since we have a great high priest who has gone through the heavens, Jesus the Son of God, let us hold firmly to the faith we profess. 15For we do not have a high priest who is unable to sympathize with our weaknesses, but we have one who has been tempted in every way, just as we are—yet was without sin. 16Let us then approach the throne of grace with confidence, so that we may receive mercy and find grace to help us in our time of need.

Tournaments attended this year
Gold Cup
Missouri Classic
South Texas Invitational
River Classic

Favorite non-quiz related moment this year
O.K., the 1-10 funniest moments would be too embarrassing for the girls to make public, so here goes with #11: My team cried for weeks before regionals about the fact that we just HAD to go to the beach while at regional finals, even though it was not on our schedule (the beach is only about 10 miles straight down the freeway from where we held the competition). When we arrived at our hotel (only about 8 miles from the beach), we were meeting with quizzers and parents about our schedule, when everyone needed to be up, etc., and I was mobbed by the quizzers literally begging, with false tears I might add, to go to the beach, saying, and I quote verbatim: “It just isn’t a trip to California if we don’t go to the beach and build a sandcastle.” I told them it was cold, really windy, and the sun would already be set by the time we reached the beach after dinner, but they insisted. After dinner, with the sun still setting against the 30-story building across from our restaurant, we jumped into the van and headed for the beach. When we arrived they looked so happy and jumped out of the van in a mild jog for their promised “utopian euphoria.” I was back in the van no less than 30 seconds later. The wind was gusting up to 55 mph, blowing sand like crazy and the wind chill put the temperature somewhere around 35-40 degrees. After about 5 minutes, they all sprinted back to the van. I locked the doors and asked them if they had built a sandcastle, which they had not. I told them to go back and fulfill their “California-Dream Sandcastle” before I would let them back in, and if they didn’t, they would be guilty of lying about their motives. It was clearly not their funniest/happiest moment, but I certainly laughed about it for a long time. And NO, I didn’t force them to head back to the sand, after about 3 more minutes outside I decided I wanted to go back to the hotel and let them back in the van. No one will give me the photo for fear of where I will publish it. However, a thousand words is worth a picture.

What opportunities has your team had to use Bible Quiz outside of the church?
The girls are tireless promoters of other teens joining BQ, living what they have memorized and learned from the Scriptures, and volunteering their time and effort in the community for the homeless, hungry, and needy.