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GSL Knowledge Bowl earns triple threat award

Last year, Glencoe-Silver Lake (GSL) Knowledge Bowl went to St. Francis for the “Rumble on the Rum,” an excellent chance to meet some teams from the metro and St. Cloud areas. GSL’s three top teams did well enough to win a Triple Threat award for having the strongest three teams at the meet.
On Saturday of this year, GSL went again.
“The way we get better is by competing against good teams,” said Coach Vicky Harris. “We had seen a lot of the remarkable St. Cloud region at Buffalo, but we wanted to compete against the excellent metro teams, too.”
A total of 85 teams  were present from these schools: Academy of Holy Angels, Big Lake, Buffalo, Centennial, Chanhassen, Chaska, Elk River, GSL, Holy Family, Monticello, North Branch, Princeton, Prior Lake, Rogers, St. Francis, Tartan and Zimmerman. Buffalo had nine teams, Chaska had six, but GSL just had four. Although almost of GSL’s whole ninth- through 112-grade group was able to make it, GSL is definitely a smaller school than most of the others.
This meet had many interesting features. One is that the varsity and junior varsity teams compete against each other but receive separate awards.
“We enjoy having the junior varsity teams find out how they will do in varsity,” said Harris.
GSL had two varsity teams at the meet. GSL team two started in fourth place with a written score of 45 and competed in room two for most of the meet, earning oral scores of 13, 13, 7 and 14. Due to its good last round, the team finished second with a score of 96.5. Prior Lake finished first with a score of 97. The members of GSL team two were Jacob Fehrenbach, Marisa Luchsinger, Austin Pinske, Katie Twiss and Jake Vasek.
GSL team one began in room six with a written score of 36. Its high oral round score of 19 moved the team up to room two and then room three, where it earned 12, 5 and 14 points for a total of 88 points and sixth place. GSL team one included Mitch Beneke, Mark Lueders, Maggie Petersen and Dini Schweikert.
GSL was the only school to have two teams in the top six.

For more, see the Jan. 20 print edition of The Chronicle.