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Steamboat Springs High School’s Knowledge Bowl team dominates

Mike McCollum

— As a junior on the Steamboat Springs High School’s Knowledge Bowl team last year, Sam Chovan said the squad was lucky to break 100 points. This year, the senior said, triple-digit scores are the norm.

Steamboat’s A team, led by Chovan and juniors Charlie Stoddard, Miriam Pensack and Sean Fairlie, continued its dominating league play Feb. 8. The team more than doubled their closest competitor’s score for the third consecutive meet, racking up 131 points.

Due to inclement weather that closed Rabbit Ears Pass, teams from only Rangley and Moffat County were able to attend the event, Steamboat’s only home meet of the season. Moffat County placed second with 56 points, and Rangely placed third with 47 points.

Steamboat Springs School Board member John DeVincentis and former school nurse Carol Hanger volunteered to read the questions at Steamboat’s home meet. Knowledge Bowl competitions challenge teams to showcase knowledge in a variety of topics covering a wide range of historical periods.

“We are awesome, the best team I have ever seen,” Chovan said. Junior Anna Roder also has competed with the team this season.

Chovan noted that each team member brings something special to the table.

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“Charlie’s skills are, of course, in math and science,” he said. “I’ve got random, useless trivia, like history. Miriam is good at social stuff, history and biology.”

Coach Barb Tuchlinsky said prior to this season, no Steamboat squad has surpassed a score of 128, and she has never seen any team in her seven years of coaching score 130. This year, the Steamboat team has racked up scores of 131, 140 and 154.

“This is a pretty remarkable year,” she said. “But three of our four team members are returning next year, and there are some very good eighth-graders that will come up to join the B team, so the future looks pretty special, too.”

The team’s next meet is the March 7 regional tournament in Granby.

How to help

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 competitions such as the state meet. To help sponsor the Steamboat Springs High School Knowledge Bowl team, call Tuchlinsky at 871-3689.