Monte and the Pythons continue their knowledge quest for the holy grail

The Naselle Knowledge Bowl team (from left): Zanith Wulf, Monte Schell, Emma Zimmerman, Travis Popkin and John D’Agostino.

TUMWATER — The Regional Knowledge Bowl was held in Tumwater on Friday, Feb. 8, with Naselle’s Monte and the Pythons competing against 20 top 1B and 2B teams from throughout Pacific, Grays Harbor, Thurston and Lewis counties. The team was slow coming out of the blocks with only a modest written round. Their pace, however, quickly picked up as they scored well during the four oral rounds.

The team is comprised of captain Zanith Wulf, Emma Zimmerman, Travis Popkin, Monte Schell and John D’Agostino.

In the first oral round, Monte and the Pythons was pitted against teams from perennial powerhouse schools Adna and Pope John Paul II. They held their own, tying with Adna.

When the competition came to an end, Ocosta, Pope John Paul II and Adna finished overall in first, second and third places respectively. Monte and the Pythons squeezed out 11th place overall, but, more importantly, second place among the 1B schools.

By virtue of that second-place finish, Monte and the Pythons qualified for the state Knowledge Bowl, where they will continue their quest for the holy grail, a state 1B first-place trophy.

The state Knowledge Bowl meet will take place on March 23 in Yakima.

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