Knowledge bowlers place second

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A group of Steamboat Springs High School students have learned not to mistake neutrons for croutons.

Five members of the school's Knowledge Bowl team competed in their second tournament of the season Friday, at North Park High School in Walden. They answered questions about subjects as varied as math, horticulture and the U.S. Constitution.

They even answered questions about "restaurant malapropisms," coach Barb Tuchlinsky said.

A malapropism is a comical confusion of words. In between other, more serious questions, students Friday were asked to fix the following sentence, which judges said could be heard from a restaurant patron ordering a salad:

"Be sure to put some of those neutrons on it."

Tuchlinsky said a Steamboat student -- she could not recall which one -- correctly answered "croutons."

"Anything is fair game for a question," said Tuchlinsky, an assistant librarian at the high school who is in her fifth year coaching the team.

Students Sarah Bockelman, Kristin Toy, Andrew Riley, Austin Anderson and Anna Roder competed in the tournament and tallied 91 points, enough to finish second to Middle Park High School of Granby. Team member Charlie Stoddard did not compete.

Students from Moffat County High School and Rangely High School also participated. Tuchlinsky said that by finishing second, Steamboat maintained its lead for the season.

"Overall, we're still on top with 192 cumulative points," she said.

With the victory, Middle Park moved into second place for the season with 178 points.

The Steamboat Knowledge Bowl team will compete Feb. 4 at Moffat County High School in Craig. The team's home competition is scheduled for Feb. 10.

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