Steamboat Springs In the case of the Steamboat Springs Knowledge Bowl team, sometimes two minds are better than four.
On Saturday, sophomore Charlie Stoddard and junior Sam Chovan won the regional Knowledge Bowl competition in Craig, defeating teams from Middle Park, North Park, Moffat County and Rangely.
A Knowledge Bowl team typically has four competitors, but Stoddard and Chovan were the only Steamboat students who could participate in the first tournament of the season.
It didn't matter. Stoddard and Chovan defeated four-person teams from the other regional schools, scoring 107 points to runner-up Middle Park's 88.
"They did well overall," Steamboat coach Barb Tuchlinsky said. "They did win the meet by quite a bit. It was so much fun to watch."
Stoddard and Chovan were on the team that placed first in the small-school division at Colorado State University's Math Day on Nov. 5. But Knowledge Bowl competitions test more than math knowledge. Tuchlinsky said the Knowledge Bowl, which begins with a written round before several oral rounds, includes questions about everything from math to history to the arts and current events.
"They tied for (top score in) the written round with 42 out of 60," Tuchlinsky said about Stoddard and Chovan. "Then they led through the whole rest of the meet."
The meet time and date were switched several times, and it was unknown whether the five teams were going to have a tournament Saturday, so most of Steamboat's Knowledge Bowl team made other plans.
Tuchlinksy expects more team members to participate in the rest of the season. The Knowledge Bowl's next competition is Dec. 9 in Rangely.
Other members of Steam-boat's Knowledge Bowl team are captain Austin Anderson, Max Pensack, Anna Roder, Sean Fairlie, Kristin Toy and Jeffrey Lambart.
On Tuesday, Steamboat's Knowledge Bowl team signed up to compete in the international Knowledge Bowl Master Open. The team will answer questions sent to them on a computer disc. Points are awarded for answering correctly as quickly as possible.
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