Wednesday: Naperville in front of Championship Division

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By Robert Carter

ST. LOUIS, MO—The first day of play in the main round robin stage of the 2021 AG Teen Bible Quiz Nationals is complete, and the Calvary Church “J” team of Naperville, Illinois is in front of the Championship Division competition after nine games.

The team, coached by former quizzer Jolene Papendick Powell (the “J” in the team name) and one of two Calvary Church teams at Nationals, has an unblemished 9-0 record so far. They are two games ahead of four teams tied for second place at 7-2: Deeper Church “Ponraj Family,” Burien, WA; Trinity Church “Trinity One,” Cedar Hill, TX; Colorado Springs, CO Assembly “The Brookbanks,” who are the defending champs from the most recent finals in 2019; and Central Assembly, Houston, PA.

In the individual standings, Shreanna Powell of Naperville “J” leads the way with an average of 122.8 points per game. Joshua Barajas of Cedar Hill is second with a 117.2 average, and Zachary Ponraj of Burien is third with 114.4. The three quizzers are the only ones in the division to score more than 1,000 points for the day.

In the Challenger Division, Living Water Bible Church of San Diego, CA is atop the 19-team standings by a half game with a 7-1 record. There’s a four-way tie for second with 7-2 records between Atlanta Tamil Church, Norcross, GA; Braeswood Assembly, Houston, TX; First Assembly, Lexington, KY, and The Bridge, Mustang, OK. Gideon Thomas of Lakeview Church in Indianapolis leads the individual scorers with an average of 105.6 points per game.

Play continues with eight rounds of quizzing on Wednesday, followed by the final two rounds on Thursday. Playoffs will only be held to break ties for first place in either division.

The full standings after Tuesday play:


PosTeam / ChurchW/LPtsAvgQ/O
1Calvary Church “J,” Naperville, IL9/02180242.219
2 Deeper Church “Ponraj Family” Burien, WA7/21855206.116
 Trinity Church “Trinity One,” Cedar Hill, TX7/21745193.913
 Colorado Springs, CO AG “The Brookbanks” 7/2171019012
 Central Assembly, Houston, PA7/21570174.411
6Bethel Church, San Jose, CA6/3148516511
 Ramsey Family, Springfield, MO6/31475163.911
  Trinity Church “Terrifying Sights,” Cedar Hill, TX6/31205133.910
9Redeemer Church, Utica, NY5/41385153.911
10Living Hope Worship Center, Swedesboro, NJ4/51150127.87
 Carolinas Christian Assembly, Charlotte, NC4/51095121.79
 Journey Life Church, Holt, MI4/51085120.57
 Cedar Park, Bothell, WA4/5960106.76
14Bellevue Church, Bellevue, WA3/61040115.57
 First at Firewheel, Garland, TX3/61015112.88
16Calvary Church “S,” Naperville, IL3/6975108.37
17Radiant Life Church, Dublin, OH2/71000111.16
18Word of Life Assembly, Springfield, VA1/81075119.46
 New Life Assembly, Sparta, WI1/863570.55
 CrossPoint AG, Portage, WI1/849054.42


PosQuizzerTeam / ChurchPtsAvgQ/O
1Shreanna PowellNaperville, IL “J”1105122.89
2Joshua BarajasCedar Hill, TX “Trinity One”1055117.28
3Zachary Ponraj Burien, WA “Ponraj Family”1030114.48
4Nigus DawitSpringfield, VA915101.76
5Seth RobertsonHouston, PA89098.97
6Sheldon PowellNaperville, IL “J”86095.69
7Rachel BrookbankColorado Springs, CO82591.75
8Samuel JebarajSan Jose, CA80088.96
9Toby HillSwedesboro, NJ76585.04
10Sam ClinstonBellevue, WA76084.46
11Cameron RamseySpringfield, MO)76084.44
12Alex JarrellBothell, WA67074.45
13Graham HoffmannUtica, NY65572.87
14Camden HaneyCedar Hill, TX “Terrifying Sights” 65572.85
15Kaitlyn RamseySpringfield, MO65072.27
16Zane BrownGarland, TX64571.76
17Jayden NimakoDublin, OH64571.74
18Shawn TimothyNaperville, IL “S”59566.13
19Darcie HarrHolt, MI55061.12
20Hadassah BrookbankColorado Springs, CO52057.84


PosTeam / ChurchW/LPtsAvgQ/O
1Living Water Bible Church, San Diego CA7/11365170.612
2Atlanta Tamil Church, Norcross, GA7/21775197.212
 Braeswood Assembly, Houston, TX7/21380153.39
 First Assembly, Lexington, KY7/21155128.35
 The Bridge, Mustang, OK7/21020113.38
6Covenant Life Church, Cary, NC6/2935116.97
7Praise Church, Garfield, NJ5/31055131.99
 Open Bible Church, Rapid City, SD5/3900112.56
 Life Church, Germantown, WI5/362077.55
10Lakeview Church, Indianapolis, IN5/4985109.47
11Calvary Church, Greensboro, NC4/453566.93
12Atlanta Indian Prayer Fellowship, Marietta, GA4/51220135.510
13Kinport Assembly, Cherry Tree, PA5/366082.56
14Calvary Assembly, Ozone Park, NY2/737541.73
 Sioux Falls First, Sioux Falls, SD2/730533.92
 New Life AG, Frankfort, IN2/723526.1 
 First AG, Louisville, OH2/721523.9 
18Calvary AG, Marinette, WI1/774593.16
19Deeper Church “Imitators”, Burien, WA0/813516.9 


PosQuizzerTeam / ChurchPtsAvgQ/O
1Gideon ThomasIndianapolis, IN950105.67
2Precious Cyrus-DavidHouston, TX935103.96
3Shreya JoyMarietta, GA83092.27
4Samuel DevasahayamNorcross, GA82591.77
5Kyli LaddRapid City, SD78587.26
6Elizabeth LiSan Diego, CA74582.86
7Ronald GeorgeNorcross, GA65072.23
8Ryan SchiebelGarfield, NJ64571.75
9Tabitha NirmalCary, NC64071.15
10Janet AnSan Diego, CA62068.96
11Micah SherryCherry Tree, PA57063.36
12Christian AlapatiMustang, OK56562.86
13Hannah AlapatiMustang, OK45550.62
14Camille LawrenceMarinette, WI44549.45
15Josiah LaakkonenLexington, KY43548.33
16Victoria VillegasGarfield, NJ42046.74
17Sarah LinLexington, KY40044.41
18Chris Immanuel JohnMarietta, GA39043.33
19Andrew LaneGermantown, WI38542.84
20Chidinma KanuHouston, TX37541.73