“It makes the strategy much more manageable,” he explained. “When you don’t know how many points anybody else is getting, it makes you take risks where you might really be putting yourself out. That is what happened to us last year. They had a pretty good score, but decided to go for the gold and tried to double it by betting everything. The missed the question and lost it all and that was it. We were out of the tournament. “
Iversen said he is looking at three other competitions for his quiz team members to participate in this year. They include the Brain Busters in Ithaca on Dec. 8, The Catskill Academic Challenge in Oneonta on Jan. 8 and the Tompkins-Cortland Community College High School Challenge at TC3 on a date to be announced.
The second-year adviser said he plans to bring two or three teams to each competition so more students will get a chance to compete.
“We have a way larger group this year than we have had in the past,” he said. “It is good because I have some very good seniors, but I also have some really good young players. That is nice. It is nice to have some young people kind of nipping at the seniors’ heels.”
The goal, according to Iversen, is to do well enough in the three tournaments to qualify for the national championships. CCS sent a team to Washington D.C. last year and Iversen said he would like to bring two teams this year. National competitions are held in D.C., New Orleans and Chicago — all on different dates.