LONGVIEW - On Monday, February 24th, two knowledge bowl teams from Naselle High School participated in the Southwest Washington Regional Varsity Knowledge Bowl Meet at Lower Columbia College in Longview. The Naselle teams competed against the top varsity knowledge bowl teams from throughout Southwest Washington and the Columbia River Basin.
Both Naselle teams advanced to the championship round for B teams and competed against a team from the Columbia Adventist School District. The top three B teams competed in the championship round. The Naselle teams finished second and third respectively.
The Naselle team Freshman Force - comprised of Doug Wise, Keegan McGuire, Geoff Dunn, Colby Engelson, Zack Ruch, and Maros Borak - placed second in the B division. Zack Ruch and Maros Borak were competing in place of Evan Hendrickson and Aoy Marion who were unable to attend the meet due to a conflicting commitment.
A second Naselle team - comprised of Richard Smith, Dan White, Katie Klinger, David Gradt, Carl Fredrickson, Tak Sato, and Gavin Maxwell (alternate) - placed third in the B division.
The Columbia Adventist School has declined to participate in the state knowledge bowl meet to be held on Saturday, March 22, at Camas High School; thus, Freshman Force will participate in the state meet in their place. The Freshman Force has placed 3rd, 4th, and 2nd, respectively, at their last three knowledge bowl meets.
The Naselle teams have competed against as many as 52 teams from B, 1A, 2A, 3A, and 4A schools throughout Southwest Washington, Grays Harbor, and Thurston Counties. (This information was provided by the Naselle Knowledge Bowl adviser Justin Laine.)