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Knowledge Bowl teams compete at NL-S

A little over a week ago, GSL’s High School Knowledge Bowl teams went to Chaska and met some excellent metro-area competition. This past weekend, all of GSL’s Knowledge Bowl teams went to New London-Spicer to compete with its West Central area region.
Teams at the meet included ACGC, Benson, Central Minnesota Christian School, Community Christian School, Dawson-Boyd, Hutchinson, MACCRAY, Montevideo, New London-Spicer, Ortonville, Renville County West, Willmar and Yellow Medicine East (YME).
For all levels, this meet had a 30-question written round (half of the normal), but a normal four oral rounds with 45 questions each. In the 13-team varsity division, GSL Supernova started with an outstanding 27 points, and competed in Room One for the entire meet, winning all four rounds (25-15-4, 26-13-3, 18-11-10, and 18-11-10.) In the four oral rounds, Supernova defeated teams from Hutchinson, Montevideo, Ortonville, and Willmar, some more than once. It won the meet with 120 points. Ortonville was second with 88.5, while Willmar earned third with 86.5, and Hutchinson finished fourth with 85.5.  Supernova included Jake Fehrenbach, Austin Pinske, Katie Twiss and Jake Vasek.
The junior varsity competition had 12 teams and was dominated by an excellent team from YME, which won with 100 points. GSL’s two teams both competed in Room One during the meet. Purple began with a written score of 15, and earned 13, 14, 20, and 8 points in the oral rounds to finish in second place with 74.5. Team members were Brett Baumgarten, Megan Fehrenbach,  Laura Popelka and Charles Urban.
Black finished sixth in junior varsity with 66.5 points. It began with 18 points and competed for three rounds in Room One, earning 20 points there in the first round. However, once YME moved into Room One, Black earned only 6, 6, and 11. This team included Beth Cross, Jared Lokensgard, Haley Lukes, Carlee Oberlin and Jacob Reichow.
The junior high part of the meet included 28 teams. All of GSL’s teams finished in the top half, which was excellent. GSL 5 was the meet champion with 94 points. The team began in eighth place with a written of 13, but quickly moved from room three to room one, where it won all of its oral rounds. This team included Kalie Butcher, Devin Eberding, Eli Kuehn, Jon Ramige and Kayla Reichow.
Willmar teams finished second (77), third (74.5), and fourth (74), as well as sixth and 17th. GSL 2 finished eighth with 68 (Devin Forcier, Abby Gronlund, Kendra Klobe, Aaron Ward and Nathan Warner.) GSL 3 came in 11th with 65 (Lexi Fronk, Cade Herrmann, Cole Janke, Vera Kornilova and Zach Reichow). GSL 4 and GSL 1 were 13th and 14th with 62 and 61 respectively. The members of GSL 4 were Austin Brewton, Nathan Fehrenbach, Rachel Trebesch and Paul Sievert. GSL 1 included Dan Cross, Lilly Ehrke, Allie Gronlund, Summer Hayes and Elida Roskamp.
The coaches were delighted that all the teams were in the top half of their divisions, and happy that in each division one of the teams did so well. For some junior high students, this was their first meet ever, but everyone had a positive experience.
The next meet will be Saturday, Dec. 17, at Dawson-Boyd High School. Then the junior high will participate in a large regional meet in Marshall on Monday, Dec. 19.