Knowledge Bowl awaits state bid

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— Barb Tuchlinsky hopes the Steamboat Springs High School Knowledge Bowl team's success this year will appeal to state officials.

Although the quartet of students Austin Anderson, Max Pensack, Sam Chovan and Anna Roder finished second at the recent regional competition, the team's average score of 107 points per competition during the regular season is impressive, said Tuchlinsky, the team's coach.

"I figure we've got a good chance of getting invited to the state championships," she said.

The state Knowledge Bowl championships, which pit teams from state schools of all sizes against one another, is in April in Colorado Springs.

"Essentially a (Class) 1A team could win state," Tuchlinsky said. Class 1A is the smallest classification in Knowledge Bowl and is reserved for schools such as North Park in Walden.

Steamboat is a Class 4A school, but during the regular season and regional competition, Steamboat competed against smaller schools such as Middle Park, North Park and Rangely.

Middle Park won the regional tournament, which was held in Granby during the weekend, by scoring 101 points. Steamboat scored 95.

Knowledge Bowl, which is a non-funded district activity, is seeking a corporate or individual sponsor to help fund the team's travel expenses for such competitions as the state meet. To help sponsor the Knowledge Bowl team, call Tuchlinsky at 871-3689.

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