After an impressive second-place finish at regional competition in Wenatchee on Monday (Feb. 23), the Liberty Bell High School Knowledge Bowl team is once again headed to the state meet at Arlington High School on March 14.
Team captain Rowan Post, Willy Duguay, Sebastian Hogness and Brennan Quigley will make the trip to Arlington, where more than 100 schools will be represented and more than 600 students will have their knowledge tested. Alternates for Liberty Bell are Skyler Fitzmaurice and Danny Rodriguez.
Tonasket won the regional meet with 98 points, followed by Liberty Bell with 92 and Soap Lake with 91. The Mountain Lions competed against 2B and 2A teams in four oral rounds and one written round. Liberty Bell won all the oral rounds, according to coach Leverett Hubbard.
After the four oral rounds, Tonasket, Liberty Bell and Soap Lake moved to the championship round. The teams were virtually dead-even through the first 40 questions, Hubbard said, and then Tonasket won the last question.
“It was the closest regional competition I have ever seen in nine years of coaching,” Hubbard said. “The kids did a great job competing against Okanogan and Tonasket, which moved down to 2B this year from 1A. Those schools have a solid program and have consistently finished in the top nine at the state competition yearly.”