Middle Park Knowledge Bowl team aims for state
Grand County, Colorado
Middle Park High senior Alyssa Casteel recently helped the Panthers pull out a win at a Knowledge Bowl meet in Steamboat.
They beat Steamboat Springs High 93-91 on Feb. 6.
“It was actually one of the highest written rounds we’ve ever got,” Casteel said. “I think it’s really fun because it’s for everyone.”
The team took second place at a tournament at North Park and first at a meet in Moffat County High. Middle Park was supposed to compete at a tournament in Hayden, but once they hit black ice north of Kremmling they had to turn around.
“That hurt us a lot,” said Middle Park High science teacher Sam Crane, who has coached the Knowledge Bowl team for five years.
“We’re catching up and looking forward to regionals,” said Junior Colby Mulloy, 16, of Granby, who favors questions that deal with math, science and occasionally history.
Middle Park High will host the regional meet at 9 a.m. Friday, March 6. The team will compete in one written round, and four oral rounds. The Panthers will answer 60 multiple choice questions during the written portion.
“If we do well at regionals we have a chance at going to state,” Crane said. “That’s what we’re shooting for.”
The team that jokingly calls themselves the “Nerd Bowl,” asked Crane to lead them.
“I’m kind of the grand imperial nerd,” Cran said with a laugh.
“If it wasn’t for nerds we’d still be living in caves,” is what he tells his students. “Some of them argue with me.
“We’ve gone (to state’s) every year I coached, except for last year,” Crane said.
“We better go this year,” added senior Hans Reeter, 17.
His favorite part of Knowledge Bowl is the challenge. “You get to show knowledge,” added the Granby resident.
Hans’ brother Derek Reeter, 15, also joined the team this year as a freshman.
“I’ve answered a couple (questions),” he said.
The team practices during lunch every Monday. They work on fundamentals and buzzing in quickly “so you stay on top of the mechanics of the game,” Crane said.
The only way for them to prepare is to work hard in their regular studies, he said.
“It’s all just what you know,” added sophomore Paul Piechocki, 16, of Granby.
Some of the things Crane has taught his students have come up as questions during the competitions.
“That’s kind of fun to see how much they remember,” he said.
“I like the (questions) that I answer ” those are the fun ones,” said sophomore Mason Jackson, 15, of Granby.
The questions asked are all over the board, he said. Math, science, geography, grammar, literature and history often come up.
Fifteen Middle Park High students signed up for Knowledge Bowl. The group splits up into two to three teams. Six people can be on a team, and four can play at a time. The A team includes: Casteel, senior Kyle Keller, junior Szymon Ligas, junior Tyler Orr, Hans Reeter and senior Chris Thompson.
Also on the team are freshmen Meghan Allen, Brett Scheussler, Marshall Simone; sophomores Sam Kerber and Nick O’Connor.
” Katie Looby covers government and education for the Sky-Hi Daily News. You may reach her at 887-3334 ext. 19601 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
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