Local schools finish high at regional Knowledge Bowl competition

Ouray School’s Knowledge Bowl team left to right: Ry Gould, Mackenzie Gibbs, Evan Vann, Aaron Gregory, Alannah Wister, Torria Colpitts. Not pictured: Cooper Rondinelli.

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Ridgway Secondary School’s Knowledge Bowl team finished third in a state-qualifying meet Saturday in Bayfield. Left to right: Anza Connaughton, Colby Taplin, Sean Taplin and Noah Newman.

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by Mary Menz

Three local schools were the top finishers at Saturday’s state-qualifying Knowledge Bowl meet in Bayfield. Telluride Varsity ran away with first place with 116 points, Ouray Varsity A took second with 93 points and Ridgway Secondary School Varsity finished third with 89 points. Ouray’s Varsity B team came in 8th place with a score of 58 points.
Based on the weekend’s performance, both Telluride (conference 2A) and Ouray (conference 1A) qualified for the state meet which takes place March 12-13 in Fort Collins. Eric Fagrelius, the Ouray School’s team coach and science and math teacher said he plans to take six to eight players to the state meet. This is the tenth year in a row that Ouray School has qualified for the state tournament.
RSS team coach and English teacher Ryan Magee is hopeful that RSS will qualify for state as well.
“According to the meet director, Ridgway has a great chance of gaining a wild card entry once all regional results are completed mid-February,” Magee said.
Colorado Knowledge Bowl is a contest and a celebration of knowledge and learning. The Colorado High Schools Activities Association governs the bowl competition.