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Sebeka Trojan Knowledge Bowl Team runs away with state title

The Sebeka High School Knowledge Bowl Team ended its dream season as undefeated state champions by waltzing away with the top honors in the Class A division of the state Knowledge Bowl meet April 15-16 at Cragun's near Brainerd.

The Trojans scored 51 points in the written round April 15 to give them a one point lead over second place Albany. They built upon this lead in each subsequent round and were in first place for the entire meet.

The Sebeka team played in Room 1 for each of the oral rounds. In Room 1 at the state meet, a score of 16 points in a round is considered outstanding, while a score of 20 is almost unheard of. Nobody told that to the Trojans, as they posted scores of 20, 20, 21, 22, and 21 respectively in the five oral sessions. In the process they watched their lead over whoever was in second place grow from one point to five points to 15 points to 25 points to 34 points to a final margin of 46 points over runner-up Crookston.

Even though the state meet is divided into two classes, the Trojans were the "talk of the town" at Cragun's. Question: Where is Sebeka? Answer: 10 miles west of Nimrod.

Sebeka's final score of 162.5 and the 46-point margin of victory are both state meet records. It is quite possible that the 2010 Trojan Knowledge Bowl is the best team in the entire state, A or AA. Evidence of this is that the Trojans beat three of the six medalist teams in Class AA during the regular season. Also in the AA division runner-up Little Falls was only 3.5 points behind champion St. Anthony, and the Trojans beat the Flyers three times during the season.

Dan Doyle coaches the team, consisting of seniors Brett Malcore, Dylan Gronlund and Kyler Pittman, and juniors Jonathan Miller and Paul Schmitt.