Wisconsin tops California for National 4-H Avian Bowl title
STOUGHTON, WI, Nov. 17, 2016. The Wisconsin State Senior team of Sydney Tone and Shelby Tone were crowned national champions in the 2016 4-H Poultry and Egg Conference Avian Bowl held this week in Louisville, Kentucky.
Avian Bowl tests knowledge of commercial, domestic, exhibition, game and wild birds, including their husbandry, history, anatomy, physiology, nutrition requirements, industry practices, economic impact, and how to prepare healthy meals containing meat and eggs.
Held in a game show format, answering successfully requires both speed and accuracy.
This year’s national contest consisted of twelve senior teams representing states from across the country. Wisconsin’s two-member team was seeded #1 after a near-perfect written qualifying test. The four-person team from California was seeded #2.
“We knew going in that the team to beat was California,” said Wisconsin coach Steve Tone. “Teams from California have been the national champion eighteen times in the contest’s 27-year history, and they came prepared to win again this year.”
During the double-elimination tournament, the Wisconsin team faced California twice. California lost in their first meeting, but came back through the consolation bracket for a final showdown. That round ended in a hard-fought tie, forcing the teams into a five-question tie breaker.
“We just tightened up and focused on our training,” captain Sydney Tone said. “In the end, we answered all five tie-breaker questions correctly to win the round and the championship.”
This was the first time in Avian Bowl history that a Wisconsin team won the championship. Previous top-three placings were second in 2004 and 2007, and third in 2013.
“Preparation for this contest begins in January. All of the teams were ready, and on a given day any of them could win,” coach Tone said. “But today, I am glad it was us.”
About the team
Sydney Tone, 16, is the current President of the Wisconsin Junior Poultry Association and President of Stoughton’s Triangle Troopers 4-H club. She is a nationally ranked Poultry Master, and a recognized poultry showmanship judge. She was a member of Wisconsin’s winning Junior Avian Bowl team for three years. She resides in Stoughton, Wisconsin.
Shelby Tone, 16, serves as Vice President of both the Wisconsin Junior Poultry Association and the Triangle Troopers 4-H club. She holds the Poultry Master title, and has been named Wisconsin State Fair Premier Poultry Exhibitor for two years running. She was a member of Wisconsin’s winning Junior Avian Bowl team from 2012 to 2014. She resides in Stoughton, Wisconsin.
Steve Tone, 58, has served as the Triangle Trooper’s Poultry Project leader for five years, and while serving as an alderman was the architect of the City of Stoughton’s original Poultry ordinance. He coached the winning Wisconsin Junior Avian Bowl team for three years, but this was his first year coaching a senior team. He resides in Stoughton, Wisconsin.
About the National 4-H Poultry and Egg Conference
The National 4-H Poultry and Egg Conference helps develop leadership and decision making skills in youth who are interested in poultry and poultry products. Specifically, the Avian Bowl expands knowledge of avian facts, teaches proficiency in poultry management, provides career guidance, and promotes the poultry industry by stimulating interest in poultry and other avian species.
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Steve Tone, coach
National 4-H Poultry and Egg Conference Contact
Dr. Jacquie Jacob
University of Kentucky
Department of Animal and Food Sciences