Seniors: Matt Barnauskas, Evan Creel-Gould, Paul Hamilton (captain), Mark Karabajakian, Collin Parks, Brandon Roach, Mitchell Vitez

Juniors: Tad Conrado, Kyle Devine, Gerrit Hartwig, Dan Jennings, Joe Williams, Matthew Wolfe

Sophomores: Brendan Beaver, Ryan Doyle, Austin Foos, Ben George, Andrius Gobis, Keith Melong, Connor Nailos, Luke Stevenson, Denis Tchaouchev, Jack Watts, Cole Zaremski

Freshman: John Paul Ahme, Anthony Bianchi, Josh Blossfeld, Joshua Cantie, Raymond Culliton,  Joseph Haddad, Alex LaForest, Steven Lanasky, Ean Maloney, Paul McCubbrey, Sebastian Miner, Griffin Modjeski, Conner Reynolds,  Daniel Ryan, Quinton Schwagle, Kyle Smith

Head Coaches: Christopher Gismondi, Benjamin Herman

Assistant Coach: Anthony Cornish

National Rankings– DCC A #5, DCC B #75

The Catholic Central Varsity Academic Team finished the 2012-2013 season with eight first place finishes, two state championships, a top-10 national finish , and a top-5 national finish, and a computer national championship, while compiling an overall record of 148-34.

The Varsity A Team began the year replacing three of the four starters from the previous year’s NAQT National Runner-Up team.  Responding to the challenge of new head coaches and a nearly entirely new team, the A Team, featuring seniors Brandon Roach, Collin Parks, Paul Hamilton (captain), and Mark Karabajakian, went 54-2 against in-state opponents, with one of those losses coming against the Varsity B Team.

The A Team finished the season by finishing 8th at NAQT’s High School National Championship and 5th at PACE’s National Scholastic Championship; the team’s highest PACE finish since 2006.

The Varsity B Team featuring seniors Evan Creel Gould and Matt Barnauskas, and sophomore Austin Foos and Jack Watts, finished their season with an 88-37 overall record and a 61-9 record against in-state opponents.  The B Team was one of only two teams to defeat the A Team in the State of Michigan this season, and for a third straight year finished second at the NAQT State Championship Tournament.  They capped off the year with a 21st place finish at NAQT’s High School National Championship (making Catholic Central one of only two school to place two teams in the top 25 in the nation) and a 28th place finish at PACE’s National Scholastic Championship.

The JV and Freshmen teams also competed successfully during the season.  The JV Team finished undefeated against JV opponents (20-0) and won an impressive 51 games against varsity opponents.  The Freshmen team went 15-4 against JV opponents with only one of those losses against a non-Catholic Central team, and won 21 games against varsity competition.  This Freshmen team was also the first to qualify and attend a national championship tournament in school history.  The Academic Teams are led by co-head coaches Benjamin Herman (’98) and Christopher Gismondi (’00) and assistant coach Anthony Cornish.


  1. September 15th, 2012: Ezell-Harding Academic Tournament (NAQT IS-118), Nashville, TN.  (1 Varsity team)
  2. September 29th, 2012: QUARK (U of M housewrite), Ann Arbor, MI (1 Varsity team)
  3. October 13th, 2012: Jan Rademacher Memorial Tournament (White Cloud Housewrite), White Cloud, MI (7 teams)
  4. October 20th, 2012: Horatio Nelson Memorial Tournament (MSU/UD Housewrite), East Lansing, MI (2 teams currently – 3 teams waitlisted) RESULTS
  5. November 3rd, 2012: Northern Illinois ACF Fall Mirror (ACF Fall), DeKalb, IL (1 Varsity team) RESULTS
  6. November 10th, 2012: C.W. Thornwaite Academic Tournament (CMU Housewrite), Mt. Pleasant, MI (3 Varsity teams) 
  7. December 1st, 2012:
  8. University of Michigan Autumn Classic Tournament (NAQT IS-120), Ann Arbor, MI (3 Varsity teams ) RESULTS
  9. Harvard Fall Mirror at Rockford Auburn (HFT Set), Rockford, IL (1 Varsity team) RESULTS
  10. December 8th, 2012: Detroit Catholic Central Fall Novice Tournament (SCOP Novice), Novi, MI (All Sophomore and Freshman teams) RESULTS
  11. December 22nd, 2012: New Trier INTENSE (GSAC), Wilmette, IL (Varsity A) RESULTS
  12. December 26th, 2012: DCC Alumni Tournament
  13. January 19th, 2013: Rube Goldberg Memorial Tournament (NAQT IS-122), East Lansing, MI (2 Varsity teams — 2 Varsity teams waitlisted) RESULTS
  14. February 2nd, 2013: Culver Acadamies JV/Frosh Tournament (NAQT IS-123A), Culver, IN (3 JV teams) – RESULTS
  15. February 16th, 2013: WUHSAC XV (BHSAT), St. Louis, MO (1 varsity team) RESULTS
  16. LIST at U of M (LIST), Ann Arbor, MI (3 Varsity teams) RESULTS
  17. February 22-24th, 2013: Texas Invitational Weekend of Quiz Bowl (NAQT SCT Division I and ACF Regionals), Houston, TX (1 Varsity Team)RESULTS NAQT/ RESULTS ACF
  18. March 2nd, 2013: University of Kentucky Spring Championship (HSAPQ Spring Packet), Lexington, KY (3 Varsity teams)  RESULTS
  19. March 9th, 2013: Detroit Catholic Central Middle School Tournament (MS-06) Novi, MI  RESULTS
  20. March 16th, 2013: March Madness (NAQT IS-124), East Lansing, MI (5 Varsity Teams) RESULTS
  21. March 23rd, 2013: Maize and Blue High School Classic (NAQT SCT Division II), Dearborn, MI (2 Varsity Teams)
  22. April 6th, 2013: NAQT Michigan State Championship (NAQT IS-126), East Lansing, MI (2 Varsity Teams) RESULTS
  23. April 19th, 2013: KMO Michigan State Championship (HSAPQ), East Lansing, MI (1 Varsity Team) RESULTS
  24. May 25th-26th: NAQT Nationals (NAQT-National Championship Series) Atlanta, GA (3 Varsity Teams) RESULTS
  25. June 8th-9th: PACE Nationals (PACE National Set) College Park, MD (2 Varsity Teams) RESULTS


A TEAM (Brandon Roach, Collin Parks, Paul Hamilton (captain), Mark Karabajakian, Evan CreelGould, Jack Watts)

  • Overall Record: 148-34
  • In-State Record: 54-2
  • Tournament Wins: 7
  • NAQT and MHSCT State Champions
  • KMO Fall National Champions
  • 8th at HSNCT
  • 5th at PACE NSC

B TEAM (Evan CreelGould (captain), Matt Barnauskas, Jack Watts, Austin Foos, Joe Williams, Kyle Devine, Matt Wolfe, Mitchell Vitez, Conor Nailos, Tad Conrado)

  • Overall Record: 88-37
  • In-State Record: 61-9
  • Tournament Wins: 1
  • NAQT State Runner-up
  • 21st at HSNCT
  • 28th at PACE NSC


  • Overall Record: 51-34


  • Overall Record: 21-11


  • JV Record: 20-0
  • JV Tournament Wins: 2


  • JV Record: 15-4
  • Varsity Record: 21-14
  • 181st at HSNCT

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