BY ISAAK ANDERSON
Pine River-Backus Knowledge Bowl teams “Nous Lavons Avec L’Herissons” and “Jeg Vet Ikke” took 10th and 23rd at the most recent Round Robin event held Feb. 12 at Staples Motley High School.
L’Herissons captured 10th place with 72.5 points and consisted of Meghan Wheeler, Isabel Lawrence, Erin Fisker and Trent Crimmins.
Jake Shekta, Ashley Johnson, Liz Novak, Steven Bowen and Troy Fetter on Jeg ended the day in 23rd place with 48 points. Teams from Brainerd, Little Falls, Wadena-Deer Creek, Menahga and Sebeka also participated.
The written round had a low overall score and PR-B was not immune. L’Herissons scored 36 and Jeg earned 29. L’Herissons earned a seventh-place berth for the first oral round and faced teams from Brainerd and Menahga.
In a round where buzzer speed was needed L’Herissons fell a bit short, falling to Brainerd’s “Linear Guild” 16 to 7 but surpassing Menahga “There’s a Faar’s” 3. This performance did drop L’Herissons to 11th place and pit them against Little Falls “Anonymous,” who would be an opponent for the rest of the day, and Sebeka’s “Highwaymen and Lady.”
This round was the highlight of the day with 14 points added to L’Herissons total, defeating Anonymous by 2 and Sebeka by 8, moving them up to 8th place.
The third round saw L’Herissons win the room 9 to 6 and 6 but not creating any movement in standings. The fourth round turned into a buzzer speed battle that saw L’Herissons fall with only 5 points to Anonymous who scored 12 and Serbia 14.
Although Jeg had an initial placement of 15th, their round versus Little Falls “Up the Wall” and Menahga “Candy Man” was difficult. Although defeating Menahga 6 to 4, “Up” scored an impressive 16.
Falling to 16th place, Jeg next faced “Lightening Squadron” from Little Falls and Brainerd’s “Kumquat Brigade.” Again buzzer speed harmed the PR-B team, who managed only a single point in the round.
Jeg found itself battling two Menahga teams, “Candy Man” and “Ain’t Nobody Got Time.” Candy Man was again defeated 6 to 5, but Ain’t earned 7. This was enough to move Jeg to 22nd in the standings, but the team still faced Ain’t and “There’s a Faar,” as Menahga seemed impossible to escape. Ain’t emerged victorious, this time with 9 to Jeg’s 6 and Faar earned only 5.
The third and final round robin for PR-B will be Feb. 25 at Staples-Motley High School. The top 21 teams from the region will then meet in March to determine which five teams will advance to state competition in April.