Steamboat Springs To better understand the intellect of the Steamboat Springs High School Knowledge Bowl team, coach Barb Tuchlinsky offered sample questions from Saturday's competition in Rangely.
In the topic of "Historic Novels" this question was asked:
"The central character in the novel by Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn about prison camp life under the Stalin regime is Ivan (blank)?"
The answer, given correctly by Steamboat's Max Pensack, was Ivan Denisovich.
Pensack and teammates Austin Anderson, Sean Fairlie and Charlie Stoddard took turns correctly answering questions during Steamboat's Knowledge Bowl win Saturday.
"Quite often, they answer before the question is fully read," Tuchlinsky said.
Steamboat defeated Middle Park, 121-103, in Rangely.
"It has been several years, maybe even five years, since we've had a score that high," Tuchlinsky said.
In the topic of "Public Works Projects" this question was asked Saturday:
"In 2006, structural work on what enormous Asian dam was completed?"
Anderson correctly answered the Three Gorges, which is in China.
Tuchlinsky picked out other highlights, including Stoddard correctly answering a math question about the Fibonacci sequence and Fairlie's knowledge of modern-day musicals.
Knowledge Bowl competitions challenge teams to showcase their knowledge in a variety of topics from a wide-range of historical periods.
"We took no prisoners," Tuchlinsky.
Steamboat was second after the written round, trailing Middle Park by three points, but the team quickly made up the deficit and maintained the lead throughout the rest of the competition.
Steamboat took one team to Rangely, but there are nearly a dozen high school students participating in Knowledge Bowl this year, which is great, Tuchlinsky said, considering the students receive no credit for participating.
"Every one of them is awesome," she added.