Steamboat wins at Knowledge Bowl

Team scores 111 points at home contest

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— Although Steamboat Springs and Middle Park are in different school classifications, a rivalry of sorts has formed between the two Knowledge Bowl teams.

In recent competitions, teams from Steamboat and Middle Park have been vying for the top spots, and Steamboat got the better of Middle Park on Friday at Steamboat Springs High School.

Steamboat's top team of Austin Anderson, Kristin Toy, Sam Chovan and Charlie Stoddard won with 111 points. Middle Park was second with 97 points. Steamboat also fielded a second team of Max Pensack, Sean Fairlie and Jeffrey Lambart.

Knowledge Bowl coach Barb Tuchlinsky, who didn't have much time to watch any of her teams because she was running Friday's event, said both teams did extremely well, particularly in the written portion of the competition.

Steamboat's winning team scored 46 points out of 60 in the written round, which is a multiple-choice test of sorts. Steamboat's second team scored 40 points. Tuchlinsky said a score of 40 or higher on the written portion is excellent.

"The questions are really tough," she said. "I think they are tougher in the oral rounds because they are multiple choice."

A sample question was "Ancient Greek sculptors included Solon and _____?" The options were Myron, Homer, Thales, and Sophocles. The answer was Myron.

"I have never heard of the guy," Tuchlinsky admitted.

Steamboat's next competition is March 2 at Middle Park. It is the regional competition, so Steamboat is hoping to score more than 100 points to make a strong case to be considered for the state competition.

Steamboat's final score is thrown in with the other Class 4A scores across the state, and a certain number of schools are selected for the state competition. If Steamboat fares well at regionals, it has a shot to make state, but Tuchlinsky said she would lobby for her team no matter what.

"I'll put in a request because our team could do quite well at state this year," she said.

Tuchlinsky said she wanted to thank the four readers who volunteered to read questions during Friday's competition at the high school. This year's readers were John DeVincentis, Jayne Hill, Dan Chovan and Sue Bockelman.

- To reach Melinda Mawdsley, call 871-4208 or e-mail mmawdsley@steamboatpilot.com

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