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April 05. 2014 9:08PM

Portsmouth Christian Academy advances to 'Challenge' semi-finals

DURHAM - The quarter-finals of "Granite State Challenge" kicked off Saturday with a match between Portsmouth Christian Academy of Dover and the Academy for Science and Design of Nashua.

Portsmouth Christian Academy took the lead early and went on to win the game with a score of 305-150. Portsmouth Christian Academy was represented by captain John Sipp, Jonah Abraham, Connor Foley and Nate Foster, and led by coaches Donna Capern and Raymond Gamble. The Academy of Science and Design was represented by captain Dom Dabekian, Jess Hayes, Alexander Jaferey and Caleb Darling, and led by coach Andrew Myers.

Portsmouth Christian Academy now advances to the "Granite State Challenge" semi-finals.

The quiz contest began the season with 16 Granite State high school teams battling in a competition that emphasizes quick recall of material in all major disciplines along with questions about current events, entertainment, sports and regional topics.

The winners receive $1,000, a trophy and a champion banner for their school; the runner-up school receives $500 and a trophy. The SuperChallenge winner will compete for the Governor's Cup against the winner of the WGBH Boston High School Quiz Show at the end of the season.

"Granite State Challenge" airs at 6 p.m. Saturdays on NHPTV PRIME. It can be viewed anytime online.

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