On January 9th 2010 the Buffalo Knowledge Bowl team started off its season with a bang. The first meet was held in Monticello, and 66 teams competed, 6 of which were from Buffalo. With 115 points Buffalo’s team one took first place. Teams two, three, and four also placed high coming in 8th, 9th, and 10th respectively. Team 5 placed in 28th. The Junior Varsity team took fifth in its division.
“I’m very proud of my teams,” said Knowledge Bowl coach Pegge Pasche, ” That meet was a very good start to the year. I was very surprised at the scoring. We have many more teams this year, but for them all to score so high, and so closely together is a good sign.”
The success at Monticello is partially to the frequent practices. Varsity practices from 2:30-4:00 on Mondays, Tuesdays, and Thursdays. Junior Varsity practices between 3:30-5:00 on Tuesdays and Thursdays. Practices are just like an actually meet, members are broken into teams and then must answer general knowledge questions. Practices help build reflexes of hitting the buzzer, gets teammates to learn to work well with each other, and expose them to questions that may come up during meets.
“We have some really smart people this year,” said Junior Nathan Spanier, “Team one is obviously doing the best, but the rest of the teams are often neck and neck during practices. Last meet showed that we are all close in ability.”
The next meet will be on January 23rd in Rogers. There will be less people in attendance, so teams will have to be re-arranged.
“I will be looking at different combination’s next meet,” said Pasche, “I try to pair someone who’s good at math and science with someone who’s good at geography, and social studies. We also try to put in a player who knows history or literature. A student who is a fast buzzer is also a good member for all teams, because their the ones who will give teams a chance to score.”