Junior high Knowledge Bowl team advances
Published: Thursday, November 8th, 2012
The Custer Knowledge Bowl teams competed in their last regular season meet Oct. 27. Knowledge Bowl is a fast-paced, timed 360-question competition consisting of 18 teams, nine at each level. Total points from regular season meets determine spots in the region finals which include the top four teams from the Southern Hills, the top four teams from the Northern Hills and the higher fifth place team, giving the finals nine teams for the high school finals and nine teams for the middle school finals. The finals are Nov. 10 at Douglas.
Middle schools in the Southern Hills region are Custer, Rapid City Christian, Rapid City Southwest, Rapid City West, Rapid City South, Rapid City East and Rapid City North. High schools in the Southern Hills region are Custer, Hill City, Rapid City Christian, Rapid City Stevens and Rapid City Central.
High School Knowledge Bowl coach Kathy Bradeen fields a young team of primarily sophomores. Junior high coach Judy Uhrich is seeing the effects of closing Custer Middle School. Because students at both levels participate in many activities in the fall, not all team members attended all four meets.
Uhrich’s junior high team of Paige Seidler, Jace Woodward, Noah Zacher, Wyatt LeFebvre, Abigale Jenson, Emmalee Hollick, Hunter Lewis, Koby Leighton, Elizabeth Mertz and Tori Glazier practices during their 23-minute lunch.
Bradeen’s high school team consists of Hannah Pinkerton, Hailey Eliason, Gunner LeFebvre, Jimmy Scragg, David Sigdestad, Chris Pinkerton, Zach Hollick, Jasmine Cisneros and Randy Willis.
Custer High School was ranked fifth going into last Saturday’s meet. Some team members were missing to take ACTs, and All-State Orchestra and Choir were also held Saturday.
Competing against the Rapid City high schools that have a larger student body is a challenge. Both Stevens and Central as well as some of the larger Rapid City middle schools bring more than one team to meets. Custer High School ended the season in fifth and did not score higher than the Northern Hills fifth place team, and thus did not earn a slot in the region finals.
Custer Junior High was sixth overall going into the final meet. In meet No. 1 because there was sports also occurring, the team had only three students, one being sixth grader Rowdy LeFebvre, who had not practiced with the team becuase sixth grade is now at Custer Elementary.
The Jr. High team has shown improvement at each meet, receiving bronze medals in the final two meets, moving it into third place overall and securing a position in the region finals.
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