By Mike Maltais

The Liberty Bell High School Knowledge Bowl teams debuted their brain power with second- and 10th-place finishes in competition among 10 schools and 28 other teams at Moses Lake High School Nov. 25.

The Mountain Lions’ two teams scored a combined total of 78 points to finish 10 points behind winner Cascade. Liberty Bell One tallied 42 of the 78 points and Liberty Bell Two added 36.

While the LBHS teams didn’t square off against every team at the meet, the Mountain Lions did defeat the No. 2 teams from both Ephrata and Moses Lake. However, Liberty Bell’s biggest league competitor, Manson, was there and lost to Liberty Bell One, 15-14. The Mountain Lions also defeated Waterville’s No. 1 team.

Liberty Bell One, with captain Kathleen Chavey-Reynaud at the helm, was comprised of veteran Corey Diamond and Sebastian Hogness. Senior Chavey-Reynaud and sophomore Diamond are returning Knowledge Bowl veterans.

Liberty Bell Two, led by junior veteran Riley Calvert, also included novice players Rowan Post, Chase VanderYacht and Skyler Fitzmaurice.

Other Knowledge Bowl team members this season are veteran Estrella Corrigan and newcomers Patti Watson, Willy Duguay, Claire Waichler and Sylvie Leduc.

The competition featured six teams each from Manson and host Moses Lake, three teams each from Wenatchee, Waterville and Cashmere, two teams apiece from Liberty Bell, Eastmont, Ephrata, and Soap Lake, and one from Cascade.

“This was an optional meet so most of our typical competitors weren’t there,” said coach Leverett Hubbard. “We attended to give our new team members some experience.”

Liberty Bell has eight more competitions. The Mountain Lions will travel to Okanogan Monday (Dec. 9) for their next contest, starting at 4 p.m.

Knowledge Bowl schedule

Mon Dec. 9: LBHS @ Okanogan, 4pm

Mon Jan. 13: LBHS @ Tonasket, 4pm

Wed Jan. 22: LBHS @ Omak, 4pm

Mon Jan. 27: LBHS @ Manson, 4pm

Wed Feb. 5: LBHS hosts, 4pm

Mon Feb. 10: LBHS @ Oroville, 4pm

Wed Feb. 19: LBHS @ Chelan, 3:30pm

Sat March 22: LBHS @ Arlington, 8am