Round Robin Meet #1 Info

Greetings, Knowledge Bowlers!

Our 1st meet of the season is scheduled for this next Wednesday, 11/07/18, at White Salmon Columbia High School.  Here are the details:

  • Students will be released at 12:10, somewhere near the middle or just after the beginning of your 4th period class.
    • Your teachers have been notified, but please make individual arrangements with your 4th through 6th period teachers for work missed that Wednesday.
  • Upon release, report immediately to the flag pole bus loading area in front of CHS. We will depart by 12:15.
    • Bring homework and anything you’d like to work on with you on this trip.
    • A Lunch crew, please swing by 710 after release to help collect equipment for trip, etc.
  • We should arrive at White Salmon by about 2:00 PM. If the meet goes well, we plan to be wrapping up the meet  by about 5:30-6:00 PM.
  • We will have dinner en route home. At this point, it looks like we’ll be stopping at Pietro’s Pizza in Hood River. Students will need to bring money for dinner and/or a dinner of their own.
    • Think about a group of people you could go share an order with.  Ordering in groups will save us a lot of time. I’ll have groups start calling in orders after you complete your 2nd oral round and we’re waiting for the final scores to be tallied:  541-386-1606
  • If all goes as planned, we should be arriving back at CHS between 8:30-9:00 PM.
    • Please have a ride ready by calling/texting ahead as our return time gets more and more clear.
  • Don’t forget that the day after the meet is a late start day, so you’ll get to sleep in.  Yahoo!

If for some reason you’re unable to make it to the meet and you haven’t yet informed me and your team, you need to let us know immediately.  Please email if you have questions.


Mr. Greene.

P.S. And a quick reminder that guest coach and knowledge bowl coach/CHS retired teacher extraordinaire Dale Croswell will be the one chaperoning you to this meet. Mr. Bohac and I will both be out of town.

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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 about 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 likely will need to have 6 on each team due to our awesome turn out.
  • 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 logon to 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 10/24/18 (Wed.) to have your input considered.

The first draft of teams will be revealed at our annual Pizza Party Practice on 10/29/18, 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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Let’s get ready to rumble: K-Bowl 2018-19 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 only about 10 weeks away (11/07). In preparation for the year, we will hold our first informational meetings and practices starting the week of 10/01/18.

There are a couple of changes to note around k-bowl and our practices this year.

First, I’d like to welcome Mr. Alan Bohac as the new assistant coach for Knowledge Bowl. He is taking over for Mrs. Newman who left the CSD last spring for other opportunities. He’s helped provide a space and supervision for practices in the past, so many of you know him already. Welcome, Mr. Bohac!

Second, just like in year’s past, practices will be held four days a week this year, but instead of no practice on Thursdays, we will now have Wednesday as our no practice day. In short, practices will happen Monday through Tuesday, and Thursday through 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 10/01/18 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 Wednesdays 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 for Remind info to receive vital info about k-bowl via text, email, and/or app:  We cleared this class of all participants, so you’ll need to sign up again, even if you were signed up last year.

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. We’ll see you on 10/01 … Cheers!


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2018 Awards Banquet Recap

What a year, Knowledge Bowlers! Thanks for taking the time to come to the annual dessert/awards banquet Wednesday,  3/28, to celebrate our growth and success. We handed out 18 academic letters, 40 service bars that denote each year of involvement in knowledge bowl past the first, and 18 “lamp of knowledge” pins for those just beginning their CHS Knowledge Bowl careers.  Wow!

Here’s a quick recap of the season:

  • How many members and teams? 58 members made up 5 Varsity and 5 JV teams.
  • Our league – Columbia Gorge – including Camas, Stevenson, Columbia Adventist Academy, White Salmon, Union, and Washougal. 15 Varsity and 15 JV teams.
  • What are the meets like? Written Round, Oral Rounds, Round Robin Format.
  • Our Region – SW WA, ESD 112. 27 Schools with 42 Varsity and 39 JV teams total.
  • Knowledge Bowl Statewide – All 9 ESD Regions participate, with 200+ schools involved this year.
  • Varsity League – We finished 1st, 3rd, 5th, 6th, and 7th out of 15 4A teams in our league.
  • JV League – We finished 1st, 2nd, 3rd , 4th, 5th, , out of the 15 JV teams in our league, out of 39 in region.
  • 5 out of 5 JV teams qualified for the JV Regional Tournament: They placed 1st, 3rd, 4th, 6th, and 7th out of 9.
  • 5 Varsity teams competed at the 4A Regional Tournament, placing 1st, 2nd, 6th, 7th, and 8th out of 9.
  • One Varsity team qualified for state and they took 7th Place in the 4A State tournament, pretty awesome!

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.

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2017-18 CHS K-Bowl Yearbook Photo!

Here we are (all of us who could make it to the picture date), in all of our glory. Congrats on a great season, CHS!

2017-18 Camas High School Knowledge Bowl, Head Coach Sam Greene, Assistant Coach Kim Newman

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2018 State Tournament Results

Camas Varsity #1 headed off to State this past weekend for the 9th consecutive year. After the morning prelims, Camas had the #1 State high score across all divisions and classifications! In the afternoon semi-final round, though, Camas came up just a little short, taking third place in their semi-final room, which qualified them to play for 7th, 8th, or 9th place. Camas did not disappoint in the afternoon’s final round, easily winning the room and a State finish of 7th place. Congrats! Camas Varsity #1 is made up of Jesse Lester, Noah Thompson, Abby Jiang, Monica Chang, Daniel Fan, and Rahul Ram.

On a personal note, I’d like to say how very proud I am of this team and the hard work and sportsmanship they displayed all season long to become one of the most prolific teams Camas has ever fielded. Bravo! And we extend the very best of wishes to our seniors on this team (Lester, Thompson, and Fan) as they conclude their storied Camas knowledge bowl careers spanning the last seven years, all the way from middle through high school. It has been my privilege to watch them grow and mature into the fine young adults they are. Roll, ‘Makers!

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GSHL Middle School Tournament Recap

So another season comes to an end.  Skyridge did well last night in the varsity tournament, but Varsity 1, made up of Jackson Chase, Jeremy Mohn, Sunny Wang, and Ashton Doane, came up just a little shy in the end, losing out to a very strong Cascade team by only 3 points.

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

Thank you for a great season, Skyridge.  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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Staff vs. Students Results

Close one this year, folks. A spirited and determined staff team of Linthwaite, Hamann, Bohac, Chase, and Hicks gave the kids a run for the money, just losing out to State bound Varsity #1 by a score of 22-16. Congrats to Varsity #1 (Noah Thompson, Jesse Lester, Abigail Jiang, Monica Chang, Rahul Ram, and Daniel Fan), and a huge thank you to all staff for the support, encouragement, and training you’ve provided these kiddoes through the years.

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2018 SWWRT Recap and Results

Camas High School traveled this past Monday to Lower Columbia College and competed in the SW Washington Regional Knowledge Bowl Tournament. It was an auspicious day for CHS Knowledge Bowl.  We won the varsity tournament, placing first overall, thus qualifying one of our teams to go to state. And the JV teams also did very well, placing first overall and third place out of nine total!  In short, the kids did us proud once again.

Varsity Tourney — At the SW WA Regional Varsity Tournament held this past Monday, Camas had 5 teams compete in the 4A division tourney of 9 total teams. Congratulations to Camas Varsity #1 who took home top honors in the tourney, earning first place and a trip to the state tournament, which will be held on Sat. March 17th at Arlington HS. Varsity #1 is made up of Noah Thompson, Jesse Lester, Daniel Fan, Monica Chang, Abigail Jiang, and Rahul Ram.  Let’s wish Camas #1 the best of luck as they head off to State where they will have a chance to compete for some more hardware for the trophy case, continuing an 8 year streak whereby CHS k-bowl teams have done so (finishing 1st, 1st, 1st, 1st, 2nd, 6th, 3rd, and 4th at the state meet over the last eight years). Good luck at State, Knowledge Bowlers! Varsity Scores (.pdf)

JV Tourney — In the course of the regular knowledge bowl season, some 41 JV teams compete from about 27 schools all across ESD 112 region. After the final regular season match, the nine highest scoring JV teams over the course of the four regular season meets are invited to compete in the JV Invitational Tourney, which was also held this past Monday in Longview.  This year, Camas HS k-bowl qualified all 5 of our JV teams, claiming 5 of the team spots in this 9-team JV tourney. Wow!  And they did very well. Two of our Camas teams brought home trophies, earning a 1st and a 3rd place!  That makes them the first and third best JV teams out of all 41 in ESD 112.  Again …. wow!  The 1st place trophy went home with freshmen phenoms JV#3, after they edged out the competition in an exciting tie breaker. They are Ali Burris, Alex Gee, Tyler Gee, Akash Prasad, Ben Saunders, and George Walker.   JV# 4, the team that took home the 3rd place trophy, is comprised of Rose Leveen, Walter Scheldorf,  Yozen Fang, Ethan Hansen, Alex Duquette, and Yun Ma.  A fine showing by all, indeed. Bravo! JV Scores (.pdf)

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 impressive sportsmanship you displayed and honed this season.  No matter the outcome for you and your team this week, I hope you can take some solace in being a part of the well-oiled machine that is Camas Knowledge Bowl!

Thanks for your support this year!

P.S. CHS Staff vs. Varsity #1 practice oral round match is set for 03/13/18 from 2:30-3:15 in room 710 at CHS. The awards dessert banquet is tentatively scheduled for Wednesday, March 28th, in the North Commons, from 5:30-7:00. Details forthcoming.

Gorge League Varsity Scores 2017-18 & Gorge League JV Scores 2017-18

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2018 SW Washington Regional Tournament

On Monday, February 26th, Camas High School Knowledge Bowl will travel with its qualifying teams (all varsity teams; and all JV teams who, once again, were in the top 9 out of about 40 in our League and thus qualified to attend this invitational meet …) to the Southwest Washington Varsity/JV Regional Tournament in Longview. Students will be released after 1st period. 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 Longview CC and Mark Morris High School. 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 and 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 JV, 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 03/17/18 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 be looking for that same level of commitment from you in your sport.

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


  • 8:40 – Released after 1st 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.
  • 11:30 – Opening and Welcome Assembly (All Varsity and JV teams) – LCC Gym.
  • 12:10 – Written Round Begins – LCC Gym (Varsity), and Mark Morris classrooms (JV).
  • 1:00 – Oral Round #1 – Assigned Rooms.
  • 2:00 – Oral Round #2 – Assigned Rooms.
  • 3:00 – “Championship” Oral Round – Assigned Rooms.
  • 4:15 – Final Results, Awards (All Teams) – LCC Student Center.
  • 5:00 – Dinner at Vernie’s Pizza … team or group of choice need to place order by morning of 02/26: Vernie’s Pizza Order Form
  • 6:15 – 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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