SCF, Manatee-Sarasota Brain Bowl Team Takes Tournament Win

(Bradenton, Fla., Nov. 3, 2016) — Brain Bowl season has started and the team at State College of Florida, Manatee-Sarasota (SCF) has taken an early tournament win. The SCF Brain Bowl team composed of David Espinal (captain), Damien Bobrek, Lacey Anderson and Nate Havlik won the Erik Korray Brain Bowl Tournament at College of Central Florida in Ocala after defeating Chipola College in a head-to-head match. SCF and Chipola College ended the tournament with 9-1 records.

Espinal placed fourth in individual statistics. He earned 19 “powers” for the team, meaning he buzzed in early on a toss-up question with the correct answer.  He also correctly answered 27 other toss-ups. Bobrek, a State College of Florida Collegiate School senior, placed 23rd with 6 powers and 20 toss-ups. Anderson, competing in her first tournament, placed 31st with 4 powers and 8 toss-ups (including the last question of the tournament).  Havlik, also in his first tournament for SCF, placed 33rd with 3 powers and 12 toss-ups.

Brain Bowl is an academic competition with teams of up to four players buzzing in on questions covering literature, music, art, social sciences, natural sciences, mathematics, philosophy, and religion.  Florida has traditionally had the strongest teams in the country, consistently placing in the top ranks nationally.

The team competes Nov. 10-11 in the Delta Burke Tournament at Valencia College in Orlando. SCF won that tournament two years ago, and placed second to a New College team last year. 

Assistant professors Christina Dwyer and Phil Travis coach SCF’s Brain Bowl Team. For information, contact Dwyer at

 Damien Bobrek, Nate Havlik, Lacey Anderson and David Espinal (captain)

Damien Bobrek, Nate Havlik, Lacey Anderson and David Espinal (captain)

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