The Liberty Bell High School Knowledge Bowl team took first place at regional competition in Wenatchee on Monday (Feb. 22) and will now move on to the state championships on March 19 at Arlington High School.
The Liberty Bell Team — captain Rowan Post, Cory Diamond, Sebastian Hogness, Skyler Fitzmaurice, Danny Rodriguez and Nate Hirsch — scored 100 points to edge out Okanogan, with 95 points, and Tonasket, with 85 points. The Mountain Lions last won the regional competition in 2013.
The regional event, which included 2A and 2B schools, consisted of four oral rounds of 40 questions each and one written round with 60 questions.
It was a come-from-behind win for the Mountain Lions. In the first oral round, Tonasket scored 16 points while Liberty Bell scored 11 and Pateros one.
Liberty Bell dominated its second oral round, scoring 15 points to Ephrata’s three and Manson’s zero. At that point, Tonasket had a total of 29 points, Okanogan 27 and Liberty Bell 26.
Then came the written round, in which the Mountain Lions excelled with 45 correct answers out of 60 questions and took over first place with 71 points, followed by Tonasket with 69 and Okanogan 66.
In the third oral round, Liberty Bell added 16 points, Okanogan 10 and Quincy none.
The Mountain Lions sealed their victory in the final oral round, scoring 13 points while Soap Lake scored nine and Waterville four.