Team Selection and Pizza Practice

Greetings, Knowledge Bowlers!

It’s time for us to form teams and get ready for competition. Here’s some info for that process.

We always want to do well in Knowledge Bowl, but we also want to have fun. Part of having fun and doing well is being with people that share your interests and desires. To that end, I’m asking for your input on the people that you’d like to work with this year.

Whenever possible, I’ll try to honor your wishes and desires as I work to put together the magnificent puzzle that will be our 5 Varsity and 5 JV teams. Inevitably, though, there will be some issues to work through with this, so please help me help you and let me know if you have concerns or comments. Thanks in advance for your patience with this process.

Couple of reminders about the team selection process:

  • If you have a prepackaged team where 6 of you have agreed to form a team, please just have one person (maybe the captain or designated form filler outer?) submit the form so that there’s less stuff to sift through on my end.
  • Teams can and will cut across lunches and grade levels.
  • We are limited to 6 on a team and will need to have 6 on each team due to our awesome turn out. If you have less than 6, remaining spots will be filled.
  • If you’re not sure who to choose or you don’t really care, maybe just select one or two or three others that you’d be comfortable working with potentially. I’ll do my best, but the more legwork you do on your end, the better the results usually are for you.
  • You must login to the team form with your CSD#117 Google logon to begin the process of selecting your teams.

Use this link to give your input for the teams this year: 

Please complete this by 10/23/19 (Wed.) to have your input considered.

The first draft of teams will be revealed at our annual Pizza Party Practice on 10/28/19, from 6-8 PM in room 710-711. Besides the team reveal, we will also, of course, eat some pizza and do a couple of quick practice written rounds. Please plan on being there so we can take care of our teams and get the practice needed for our first meet.

Questions? Email me or come see me in 710 during practice.

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2019-20 Meet Dates and Post Season Published

We are only about 2.5 weeks away from our first meet. Here are some dates for your calendar.

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Knowledge Bowl 2019-20 Season Info.

Greetings, Knowledge Bowlers!

It’s that time of the year to fire up Knowledge Bowl practice and get ready for our first meet, which, believe it or not, is a little less than two months away (11/06). In preparation for the year, we will hold our first informational meetings and practices starting the week of 09/30/19.

Just like in year’s past, practices will be held four days a week this year, but instead of no practice on Wednesdays , we will now have Tuesdays as our no practice day. In short, practices will happen Monday, Wednesday, Thursday, and Friday.  Once again we will be splitting practices this year with A lunch practice happening in 710 with Mr. Greene. B lunch practice will be run by Mr. Bohac in room 507. Please show up during your regularly scheduled lunch time starting the week of 09/30/19 to reconnect with your k-bowl compadres, get some info/paperwork for this year’s season, and to do a little practice. Remember, no practice on Tuesdays this year, but the rest of the days you’re welcome to come and hang for your lunch period in 710 or 507.

The next big reminder is that we have to limit the number of Knowledge Bowl participants, if necessary, to 60 total.  When we’ve had 60+ participants in the past, which is great in terms of turnout, it’s made it tough for us to compete since the League limits the number of teams we can have and the size of teams is limited to six participants. It has also lead to uneven participation for the JV squads whereby some teams have had to sit out from meets, which is no fun for those teams.  On top of that, we can’t get more than about 60 on a bus for our away meets, so it’s really kind of a necessity.  So … the first 60 to have all of their registrations and related paperwork completed and fees paid will be the ones participating this year.  

Speaking of which, your successful registration and enrollment in Knowledge Bowl this year consists of the following:

  1. Online registration
  2. $40 “pay to play” fee paid to the CHS ASB office by check or cash. This helps cover transportation, food, awards, League fees, etc. You also have the option of paying for this online with a credit card (3.5% service fee):
  3. The enrollment paperwork and permissions form to be completed and handed in to Bohac or Greene. Hard copies of this available at practice, but feel free to download from here if you’d rather.
  4. Signing up and/or updating Remind info to receive vital info about k-bowl via text, email, and/or app:

Looking forward to a great, fun year hanging out with you all and bowling for knowledge. As always, email with questions and/or stop by and see me in 710 or Mr. Bohac in 507. We’ll see you on  09/30 … Cheers!


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Awards Banquet Recap & Season Finale

What a year, Knowledge Bowlers! Thanks for taking the time to come to the annual dessert/awards banquet last night,  3/26, to celebrate our growth and success. We handed out 7 academic letters, 38 service bars that denote each year of involvement in knowledge bowl past the first, and 21 “lamp of knowledge” pins for those just beginning their CHS Knowledge Bowl careers.  Wow!

Here’s a quick recap of the season:

  • About Knowledge Bowl at CHS:
    • Our Region – SW WA, ESD 112. 25 Schools with 39 Varsity and 39 JV teams total.
    • Knowledge Bowl Statewide – All 9 ESD Regions participate, with 200+ schools involved this year.
  • Season Summary – How did our teams do this year? (Results, certificates, plaques)
    • Varsity League – We finished 1st, 2nd 4th, 5th, and 6th out of 18 4A teams in our league.
    • JV League – We finished 1st, 2nd 4th, 5th, and 6th out of the 15 JV teams in our league, out of 39 in region.
    • 2 JV teams qualified for the JV Regional Tournament: They placed 1st and 2nd out of 9.
    • 5 Varsity teams competed at the 4A Regional Tournament, placing 1st, 2nd, 4th, 5th, and 7th out of 9.
    • 1 Varsity team was allowed to go to State. They placed 8th, missing out on a chance to play for 1st by only one point!

Many thanks to the kids for a fine and fun year. Thanks especially to the graduating seniors. We will miss you! And thank you so much to the parents and guardians for supporting our program. Our first practice next year will be Monday, September 30th. See you then!


Coaches Bohac & Greene

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Staff vs. Students K-Bowl Results

It’s been a long time since I’ve been able to say this, but the staff defeated the students today by a score of 21-16 in our staff vs. students knowledge bowl tournament. Not an easy feat! Congrats to the staff team of Bohac, Hicks, Plitt, and Linthwaite who pulled out some tough ones en route to the rare staff victory.

A huge thank you to all CSD staff for the support, encouragement, and training you’ve provided these kiddoes through the years. And best of luck to our State bound knowledge bowlers this weekend!


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Fundraiser Shirts for State Tourney

We are only about three days away from our trip to the State Tournament. Brainless Tees in Vancouver, WA., has done a fabulous job prepping our fundraiser shirts that we sell and deliver to the State Tournament. This year we sold about 210 garments. Our share from this will help fund our transportation, equipment, and refreshments. Shout out to them for their hard work!


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SW WA Regional Tournament Results

Camas High School traveled on Monday, February 25th to Lower Columbia College in Longview to compete in the SW Washington Regional Knowledge Bowl Tournament. It was an auspicious day for Camas Knowledge Bowl. Here are the results:

The first place Camas Varsity #3 team that won it all and is headed to State in a few weeks is made up of the following kiddoes: Michael Bargenda, Edward Bogachuk, Jordan Chase, Junha Lee, Jacob Leetham, and Steven Sturges.  Camas Varsity #1 took 2nd place overall, but since we’re only allowed to send one team per school to the State Tournament, their season and storied knowledge bowl careers in Camas come sadly to an end here.  They are seniors Monica Chang, Abigail Jiang, Christopher Xia, Rahul Ram, Jason Liu, and Maia Kawamura.  The JV #1 phenoms who won the JV tournament are sophomores Owen Baenen, Sonnet Salice, Mark Robinson, Lucas Mansfield, James Hatch, and Julian McComie

Great season, Camas Knowledge Bowl. I’m very proud of all of you and the hard work you put into attending practice, learning how to work more effectively with a team, and on the sportsmanship you displayed and honed this season. No matter the outcome for you and your team yesterday, I hope you can take some solace in being a part of the well-oiled machine that is Camas Knowledge Bowl!

On to state next month. Thanks for your support this year!

P.S. The awards dessert banquet is scheduled for Tuesday, March 26th, in the North Commons, 5:30-6:30. Details forthcoming.

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GSHL Middle School Tournament Recap

So another season comes to an end. Skyridge did well Tuesday night, 2/20/19, in the varsity tournament, but our two varsity teams came up a little shy in the end, just missing out on making it to the final championship round.  In other news, though, Liberty did make it to the finals and did walk away with the District trophy!  Congrats, Liberty … Go Lions!  Nice to keep the hardware in Camas.

In the “International”/JV tournament, we had five Skyridge kids who competed on the mixed school teams that made it to the final round, with Nahn Truong’s team winning the trophy! Congrats!

And to make up some of the lost participation we suffered this year due to inclement weather, we held the first ever Skyridge Intramural Match on Wednesday, 2/20/19, at Skyridge. Team Delta had a beautiful night, earning first place and the coveted Sky Cup! Team Delta is William, Ishan, Katrina, Paige, Sam, and Mitchell. Well done, team Delta!

Thank you for a great season, Skyridge. Coach Hunting and I hope you can take some pride in being a part of the well-oiled machine that is Skyridge Knowledge Bowl. We’ll see you next year, hopefully, either at Skyridge or CHS knowledge bowl.

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Regional Tourney Pre-Meet Info

On Monday, February 25th, Camas High School Knowledge Bowl will travel with its qualifying teams (all varsity teams and two of our JV teams) to the Southwest Washington Varsity/JV Regional Tournament in Longview. Students will be released at 8:50. They should quickly gather their stuff and report immediately to the flagpole bus loading area.  We will then travel to Longview and compete in the tournament held at Lower Columbia College. This is an all day event for us.

After competition, we will have dinner en route to home at Vernie’s Pizza (see the note about ordering below), then return to CHS between 7:30 to 8:00 PM. Students should plan on either bringing their own lunch, dinner food, and snacks AND/OR money for those meals. For a more detailed listing of the day’s events, please see below.

For our JV teams, this tournament will conclude the regular and post season, as well as practices for the year. If Varsity qualifies a team for State, we will focus on having Varsity only practices for the next few weeks leading up to the 03/23/19 State Tournament.

As usual, if you can’t make it to this tournament for any reason, please let me AND your team know immediately. Last year this tournament was on the the first day of spring practice, and I think that’s also true this year.  If that’s the case, please communicate with your coaches to let them know of your interest and that you’ll be with them the very next day. It’s important that you uphold your commitment to Knowledge Bowl. I’m sure your coaches will understand, since they’ll also be looking for and expecting that same level of commitment from you in their sport/activity.

Finally, there is once again the threat of inclement weather for early next week. IF there is an inclement weather late start on Monday, you will simply report for bus loading at the flag pole loading area at 10:45 (classes would have normally started at 10:40 that day, so you would miss the entirety of first period). That will make our arrival time at the meet very tight, but we should still be able to make it. Please note, however, that this scenario would severely limit your ability to go out to lunch prior to the opening ceremony, so bringing your own food in this event would be almost a necessity. If school is canceled, all activities are also canceled, so we would then be unable to attend the meet.

Nice season, CHS Knowledge Bowl.  Let’s finish strong!


  • 8:50 – Released 10 minutes into first period; report immediately to flag pole for bus loading.
  • 9:00 – Depart for Longview
  • 10:15 – Arrive, deliver equipment and meet materials, pick up packets, eat sack lunch and/or visit grocery store across the street – Lower Columbia College Gym.
  • 12:00 – Opening and Welcome Assembly (All Varsity and JV teams) – LCC Gym.
  • 12:40 – Written Round Begins – LCC Gym (Varsity & JV).
  • 1:30 – Oral Round #1 – Assigned Rooms.
  • 2:30 – Oral Round #2 – Assigned Rooms.
  • 3:30 – “Championship” Oral Round – Assigned Rooms.
  • 4:45 – Final Results, Awards (All Teams) – LCC Student Center.
  • 5:30 – Dinner at Vernie’s Pizza … team or group of choice need to place order by 8:00 AM on the morning of 02/25. School Rate = 1 Large 2-Topping Pizza – $9.00 + Tax; 1 Large Specialty Pizza – $18 + Tax; 10 slices/pie; similar discounts are usually applied to smaller/larger pizzas: Vernie’s Pizza Order Form
  • 6:30 – Depart for CHS
  • 7:30 – 8:00 – Arrive at CHS

Competition Locations – Both the Varsity and the JV competitions will take place on the campus of LCC. (This is a change for the JV Tourney, which has previously been held at Mark Morris HS).  The location for the Written Round is the gym for all teams.

Substitutions – Substitutions in both the varsity and JV meets will be allowed only once during an oral round, after question #25, since each oral round will consist of 50 questions.

“Championship” Round – The 3rd Oral Round will be conducted as a Championship Round. Scores obtained previously during the day will be used to determine how teams are grouped for this round. Only the scores obtained during the 3rd Oral Round will determine final team places. All ties will be broken as needed.

Breaking Ties – Ties between rounds will be broken by comparing previous scores. For example, if a tie exists after Oral #1, the written round score will be used, while if a tie exists after Oral #2, the scores after Oral #1 will be used, and so on. If these are also tied, a coin toss will be used. The only exceptions are when state qualifying places are involved at the end of Oral Round #2 or the Championship Round (Oral Round #3). In such a case, a 10-question playoff will be held for the two teams involved (or 15 questions for three teams). If still tied, questions will be read in sets of 5 until the tie is broken.

Qualifying for State – The top two finishing 4A schools, the top four 3A schools, the top three 2A schools, the top three 1A schools, and the top two B schools will each qualify a team for the State Tournament. (Keep in mind the state rule that each school may send only one team to state.)

State Meet T-Shirts – Please note that on the state website you will find information about ordering this year’s commemorative State Meet T-Shirt.  This is our fundraiser for the year, so please consider buying a shirt, whether you’re going to State or not.

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Skyridge Dist. Tournament Notes

Greetings, Skyridge Knowledge Bowlers!

We are almost at the finish line for our season. This email covers some of the final notes for next week’s big District Tournament that is set for Tuesday, 2/19, @ Shahala (ALL teams), as well as info on our intramural scrimmage that is set for 2/20. Speaking of the District Tournament …

  • Odyssey/PBL students will be early released on this day (Tuesday, 2/19) at 1:05. They will grab their stuff and report immediately to the bus lane for a 1:15 PM loading and departure.
  • Skyridge students will be early released on this day (Tuesday, 2/19) at 1:35. They will grab their stuff and report immediately to the bus lane for a 1:45 PM loading.
  • I will let teachers know about the early release, but students are responsible for checking in with them to see about any missed work.
  • We arrive at Shahala by 2:00 and plan to start the written round about 2:15. We hope to begin the oral rounds around 2:45, or as soon as the classrooms are set up and clear of Shahala students.
  • Parents are more than welcome to come and watch the oral competitions.
  • As mentioned earlier, this event will run longer than a typical meet due to a championship oral round that takes place between the top three teams in each bracket of the tournament. We always hope to finish the final oral championship rounds by about 5:30-6:00. It’s hard to tell with 8 schools and 150 students involved how things will go, but we hope it goes smoothly. It usually does.
  • There will be a return bus to Skyridge, but you’re more than welcome to pick up your student at Shahala.
  • If you do pick up your student, please find me in the Shahala commons area near the stage and check out with me before departing so I have an accurate count for the return trip.
  • By the way, this meet is different than the normal matches we’ve had this year. There are two tournaments happening concurrently. The varsity leg of the tournament is made up of one team from each school competing against each other. The junior varsity or “international” leg of the tournament is made up of teams of students mixed together from the various schools in our league. It’s a fun format that we’ve had a lot of success with in the past.

Finally, we voted at the pizza party last week (thanks for the donations, by the way!) on whether to do a Skyridge scrimmage match between our six teams on Wednesday, 2/20, to try and make up for some of the lost participation this season. It was pretty unanimous among the students that we attempt to do that. So the plan is to start the written round during flex time in Mr. Hunting’s room. I’ll work to arrange getting Odyssey students to Skyridge a little early that day so they can also participate. After the written round, we’ll aim to begin the oral rounds at 3:50. If all goes smoothly, we should wrap up between 5:00 and 5:15. And that will conclude our season. I know this is short notice for families and schedules are busy, so if you can’t make it, no worries. But please let us know if that’s the case.

Email if you have questions … Cheers!

Mr. Greene.

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