Knowledge Bowl Raises Eyes to State in Large School Meet
Hillcrest found significant success Friday in a regional knowledge bowl meet with schools that fit into a large school category. Preparing for regions, the Comets are joining larger schools to strengthen their approach as they look to join the State competition for another year.
1st year coach Marcos Holzner walked his teams into Zion Lutheran church to test their skills against schools three to four times their size. Holzner is finding growing interest in the Hillcrest student body, forming two teams for Friday’s meet.
Hillcrest’s veteran team spent the day with top competition from Barnesville and Fergus Falls Kennedy school. They entered the day in a tie for third place, and spent much of the day scrapping for points with the best teams at the meet. In the second to last round the Comets fell back from the leaders. They would need to outplay the top team to earn a place on the winners podium. The Comets pulled together a fantastic round to close their day, outscoring the eventual first place team by five points to pull into third place from their fifth place standing.
Hillcrest’s rookie team out performed expectations in the crowded field. They started the day in ninth place, earning as many as 11 points in the meet. They finished in 10th place out of 15 teams.
“In the regular season, we have been competing against much larger schools, and our teams have been doing well," noted Marcos Holzner. “In today's meet, one Hillcrest team came in 3rd place, while our second, rookie team placed a very respectable 10th. Competing against large schools provides us with stiffer competition, but prepares us for the playoffs, where we will be with schools our size. Hillcrest has a very real possibility of going to the state knowledge bowl meet again this year.”