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3 GSL Knowledge Bowl teams advance to state

There were 18 teams from 10 schools at the Regional Knowledge Bowl meet in Willmar Friday, March 20. The schools included Canby, Hutchinson, Lac qui Parle Valley, Lester Prairie, Montevideo, New London-Spicer, Ortonville, Willmar, Yellow Medicine East, and of course, Glencoe-Silver Lake (GSL). Many schools brought one team, Willmar had three, Hutchinson and Montevideo had two each, but GSL was the only school which had earned the right to bring five teams to the meet.  
“GSL earned the right to say that we have five of the top 12 teams in West Central Minnesota, but even more amazing, we have all of the top three teams!” said Coach Vicky Harris. That’s right: GSL is sending three teams to the state meet.
The meet was tough, said Harris. The questions were difficult; some were just odd; the competition in Room 1 was at the highest level.  
GSL 1 (Nirvana) started just barely in first place with 50 points in the written round. It proceeded to win the competition in Room 1 every round, but with some of the lowest scores it has had all year: 13-12-9 against Hutchinson and GSL 3; 22-9-3 against Hutchinson and Ortonville; 12-9-8 against GSL 2 and GSL 3; 12-9-8 against GSL 2 and Hutchinson.
But GSL 1 did win the competition every round, and it did better the one round when there were no other GSL teams in the room. With a total score of 115.0, it is the regional champion for this year. The team members are Mark Broderius, Patrick Fehrenbach, Chandler Swift and Jacob Wawrzyniak.

For more, see the March 25 print edition of The Chronicle.