BY ISAAK ANDERSON
Two Pine River-Backus High School Knowledge Bowl teams attended the first round robin meet of the season at Staples-Motley High School on Jan. 9.
The Fire Nation (Fire) consisting of seniors Jake Shetka, Colton Dabrowski, Ryan Sweeny, Amanda Fleming and Chantelle Peterson ended the day in 15th place. Emergency Exit (Emergency), including ninth-grader Joshua Sweeny, sophomores Elijah Albrect and Kade Renwick and junior Shannon Osier, took eighth.
A total of 28 teams from Connections High School, Pequot Lakes, Sebeka, Staples-Motley, Menahga, Laporte and Northland were in attendance.
The written round was difficult with PR-B’s Fire scoring only 17 points and starting the day in 23rd place. Emergency did slightly better at 23 points and a start in 13th place. With 39 out of 60 being the highest written total, movement to better ranking would be possible, but winning the meet was already largely out of reach.
Fire faced teams from Northland (Team Powerhouse) and Laporte (We’re the Millers) in oral round 1. Fire won the room with 10 points to Powerhouse’s 6 and Millers’ 5. This advanced Fire to 20th where they again faced Powerhouse, who had risen to 21st place, and Sebeka’s Amusement Park, who had slipped to 19th.
Again, Fire won the room scoring 11 to Powerhouse’s 7 and Amusement Park’s three.
Moving into 15th place Fire now faced I’m a Bald Ostrich from Staples-Motley and Vini, Vidi, Vici from Menahga. Oral rounds continued to be Fire’s strong suit with another room win of 12 to six and five, advancing Fire to 12th place overall.
Fire took second in the room with 6 points, losing to Pequot Lakes’ SHALA, who took nine, but defeating Laporte’s The Walmart, who scored five. This showing caused a slide to 15th place with a final score of 56 points.
Emergency faced Connections’ Team Awesome and Pequot’s SHALA in oral round 1. In a hard-fought match Emergency found themselves in second place in the room with 11 points, edged out by SHALA’s 12.
Advancing to 12th place Emergency then faced I’m a Bald Ostrich (Staples-Motley) and Vini, Vidi, Vici (Menahga). Oral round 2 saw another close round but this time ending in Emergency’s favor with a win eight to seven to six.
Holding position in 12th place Emergency then faced Menahga’s Team Unknown and Laporte’s The Walmart. Although still close, Emergency’s 11 points edged out the 10 scored by The Walmart and the six earned by Team Unknown. This advanced Emergency to ninth place to face Paper Napkins (Staples-Motley) and Awesome Team.
Emergency’s nine points came in second to Paper Napkins and Awesome Team earned six. This score, however, was enough to see Emergency advance into their final position of eighth with 62.5 points. (.5 points were earned due to strength of schedule (SOS) for the final round of competition as they were competing in room 3.)
Round Robin competition will continue in February. PR-B traveled to Hibbing on Saturday, Jan. 18, for the David Heritage Invitational and to Little Falls on Saturday, Feb. 1, for the Lucky Lindy Invitational.