The Liberty Bell High School Knowledge Bowl team claimed second place at the state championship tournament in Arlington on Saturday (March 19) — the school’s highest finish in 10 appearances at the state finals.
The Liberty Bell team — captain Rowan Post, Cory Diamond, Sebastian Hogness, Skyler Fitzmautice, Danny Rodriguez, and Nate Hirsch — competed against 17 other 2B teams. The tournament included more than 500 students from classes 1B to 4A.
The 2B teams competed in two divisions of nine schools each during the morning session, said Liberty Bell coach Leverett Hubbard.
The format was a written round followed by four oral rounds to determine which teams would move on to the afternoon competition and vie for the top spots.
In the first round — 50 multiple-choice questions — Liberty Bell scored 37 points, trailing only La Conner with 38 and St. Georges — last year’s state champion — with 41. After the four oral rounds, Liberty Bell finished the morning competition with 99 points, while La Conner led with 121 and St. Georges stood in second place with 104.
In the other group of nine 2B schools, Northwest Christian Academy led with 121 points followed by Okanogan with 98 and Tonasket with 91.
In afternoon competition, the Mountain Lions needed to win the first round to move on to the championship round. North West Christian Academy, Liberty Bell, and Ocasta faced off. The Mountain Lions answered the first question correctly and never surrendered the lead, winning handily with 16 points while Ocasta scored 11 and Northwest Christian eight.
The final round of the day matched Liberty Bell against La Conner and Okanogan. La Conner dominated the round with 20 points, and Liberty Bell racked up 11 points to edge Okanogan, which scored eight.
Hubbard has taken the Mountain Lions to 10 consecutive state tournaments. Liberty Bell had finished fourth twice before this year.