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Knowledge Bowlers shine in home meet

Once a year, Glencoe-Silver Lake (GSL) hosts a Knowledge Bowl meet. On Saturday, Feb. 4, GSL hosted 18 schools, including ACGC, Benson, BOLD, CMCS, Community Christian (Willmar), Dawson-Boyd, Hutch-inson, Lester Prairie, Litchfield, MACCRAY, Montevideo, Westonka, New London-Spicer, New Prague, Renville County West, Waconia, Willmar and Yellow Medicine East.
In the 15-team varsity division, GSL Supernova took an early lead with a score of 46 out of 50 on its written round. GSL Antimatter was in second place with a score of 39 while CMCS started in third with 38. Supernova and Antimatter competed against each other in Room One for the whole meet, going against Hutchinson, Westonka and Hutchinson again in successive rounds. Supernova won every round, with scores of 21-11-6, 22-9-6, 15-14-7, and 18-12-9. With this stiff competition, it was remarkable that Antimatter was the only team that could earn enough points against Supernova to stay in Room One. Supernova’s final score was 128.0 points for the gold medals. Team members included Jake Fehrenbach, Maggie Petersen, Austin Pinske and Katie Twiss.
Supernova earned 34 points more than the second-place team, Hutchinson’s Flesh-Eating Tacos. GSL’s Antimatter finished in third place with 88.0 points, after competing valiantly in Room One for the whole meet. The team included Brett Baumgarten, Jack Gepson, Jacob Reichow and Jake Vasek.
GSL’s third varsity team, Nebula, competed in Room Three for the whole meet, and finished in 10th place with 69.0 points. The team members were Jared Lokensgard, Haley Lukes, Laura Popelka  and Charles Urban.
The junior varsity division had 16 teams, and was won by Waconia Wild with 74.0 points. Yellow Medicine East was in second place with 73.0, and Hutchinson finished third with 72.0. GSL’s Ganymede came in sixth with 62.0, while Higgs-Boson finished 11th with 57.0. Ganymede included Kalie Butcher, Beth Cross, Nathan Fehrenbach and Abby Gronlund. The Higgs-Boson members were Dan Cross, Megan Fehrenbach, Lexi Fronk, Cole Janke and Carlee Oberlin.
Junior high was the largest division with 21 teams. GSL’s four teams finished first, second, fourth and eighth, which was outstanding. Athena earned first with 113.5 points, and competed in Room One for three of the four oral rounds. It consisted of Eli Kuehn, Lilly Ehrke, Emma Gepson, Austin Brewton, Zach Reichow and Vera Kornilova.
Hypnos earned second place with 105.0 points. It was in Rooms One and Two for the whole meet. The team members were Allie Gronlund, Kobe Boozikee, Devin Everding, Summer Hayes and Elida Roskamp. Willmar earned third place with 101.5.
In fourth place with 100.5, Poseidon included Cade Herrmann, Paul Sievert, Jon Ramige, Kayla Reichow and Emma Petersen. Hephaestus, in eighth with 85.0, had Nathan Warner, Rachel Trebesch, Devin Forcier, Aaron Ward, Katelyn Lemke and Kendra Klobe.
When so much of the Knowledge Bowl season is spent on the road, it’s great when the teams can do so well at home, where friends and family can see them more easily.
“We have some hard-working, talented students and it was fun to see the rooms full of spectators,” said Coach Vicky Harris.
Next week, three varsity teams will travel to Hutchinson High School on Saturday to defend the Wright County Conference Academic Challenge Championship.