One of the Burlington teams captured first place at the Big Horn Basin Knowledge Bowl in Greybull last Wednesday, Dec. 5, snapping Riverside’s six-year winning streak.
Burlington and Riverside, who finished second, competed with teams from Greybull, Lovell and Meeteetse.
Burlington A won the meet with a total of 136 points. Riverside 1 placed second with 123 points. Third place went to Greybull 1 with 105 points. Burlington’s A team members were Wyatt Kruse (captain), Conner Jones, Bridger Jones and Zariah Tolman.
Burlington Coach Ryan Olson said, “I thought the kids did a really nice job. We’ve been going to this competition for quite a few years, and each year it seems like there is more interest in being part of the team. It’s fun to see students get as excited for academic competitions as much as athletic contests.”
Jones said, “I had a good time. We were a little faster on the buzzers this year, which made a difference.”
Riverside Coach John Tate said, “Burlington snapped our six-year winning streak. We lost it going head-to head with Burlington outscoring us by 11 points. Plus they picked up two more points on us in the written round.”
He added, “Wyatt Kruse of Burlington was tremendous. He was the difference.
Riverside had two teams. Team 1 members were Jared Lind, Micheal Lawrence, Oz DeNiz and Logan Phillips. Lind and Lawrence combined for 82 points in the four oral rounds. Team 2 members were Dan Koch, Kyra Workman, Dylan Robertson, Scott Anderson and Nick Schlattmann. John Tate said, “The team (Team 2) had four freshmen plus a senior, Dan Koch. Our inexperience and lack of knowledge really showed but the students got their feet wet. They’ll improve.”
Burlington’s Team B members were Quinton Migneault (captain), Adam Jones, Mikayla Cook and Saren Rasmussen. Team B placed fourth overall.
Migneault said, “It was a fun experience. The questions were a little harder this year, but I was surprised how many I was still able to answer. I hope to go again next year.”