Hillcrest took to their pencils in the written round of Tuesday's competition with a stern look on their face. Coming in fourth place stung for nearly a month, after the lead team sputtered through Concordia's meet in December. When the pencils hit the table Tuesday, Hillcrest's knowledgebowlers stood up and shook each other's hands. It was a new year and a new season, and they are ready.
Lucas and Hans Holzner, Thomas Martinson, and Luke Bowman make up Hillcrest's top team. After the written round they walked down the hall to the top quiz room. They held a commanding lead as the door shut and the two other teams huddled around the buzzer strip.
Hillcrest's other top team is made of Daniel Preston, Reggie Undseth, Matthew Lein, and Samuel Isaac. The two teams bring a great deal of experience, many students are 4 year competitors as they enter their Junior year in high school. The second team finished in 5th place following the written round. Their eyes were set on the door down the hallway, the one that had Hillcrest's top team sitting in it. Their 5th place seat was hard to sit in as they took to the first round of competition.
Questions fired at the students throughout the day. Hillcrest's top team held their lead and built momentum throughout the competition. After the first oral round their two point lead diminished, carrying them into second place. Rounds 3 and 4 were more promising as the top Comet team outscored their opponents by a total of 15 points.
The Comets' other top team came on in the late rounds, following the top team's lead. They scored a total of 26 points in the final rounds, finishing in third place, ahead of 4 other school's top teams.
Hillcrest placed 3 teams in the top 10. The third team finished in 8th place, with Zackary Zwiers, Eric Konynenbelt, Daniel Isaac, Samuel Ihrke, and Shantanu Mallick representing Hillcrest. The fourth Hillcrest team brought home 17th place, with Ellen Jacobs, Sammi Debates, Lexi Tungseth, and Ashley Jarvi represented.
24 teams competed in the competition from 6 different schools in the area. The Comets are looking to earning a State berth for the second year in a row as they eye the March sub-region competitions.