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Knowledge Bowl/Academic Challenge

Practice Schedule

Practices are M-Th, with Fridays optional until the competition season is over.

We are flexible if you are in another activity.  Let a coach know!

Current Records

Quiz Bowl (W-L), the top team makes post-season:

  • A Team: 9-3 - Headed to the Regional Meet!, SSC Champs!
  • B Team: 6-6
  • C Team: 2-6

Knowledge Bowl (Avg. Percentile Rank) - The top 50th percentile makes post-season:

  • Freshman Four: 76th
  • Minecraft Noob Pro 2000: 74th
  • Chaoyue Moment: 5th

Upcoming Meets

Here is a list of upcoming meets in Quiz Bowl and Knowledge Bowl

  • QB Meet 1 - Thursday, November 17th @ Burnsville HS, 5-8 pm.
  • QB Meet - U.S. vs. China: Friday, December 9th @ Zoom (online).
  • QB Meet 2: Thursday, January 5th @ Burnsville HS, 5-8 pm
  • KB Meet 1: Thursday, January 12th, 3-8 pm @ Prior Lake High School
  • KB Meet 2: Tuesday, January 17th, 3-8 pm @ Prior Lake High School
  • QB Meet 3: Thursday, January 26th @ Burnsville HS, 5-8 pm
  • KB Meet 3: Tuesday, January 31st, 3-8 pm @ Prior Lake High School
  • QB Conference: Tuesday, February 7th @ Burnsville HS, 5:30-8 pm
  • QB Regionals: Thursday, February 9th @ Burnsville HS, 3-9 pm
  • QB Run for the Roses: Saturday, February 11th @ Roseville HS, 8am-3 pm
  • Subregionals: Tuesday, February 14th, 3-8 pm @ Prior Lake High School
  • Regionals: Tuesday, February 28th, 1:30-8 pm @ North High School

KB Snow/Make-up Day (if needed): February 9. 3-8 pm ( @ Prior Lake High School)

Additional meets will be added as we register!!

Brian Olsen

Head Coach

2017-18 Knowledge Bowl STATE 9th Place Finish!

2017-18 Quiz Bowl STATE 9th Place Finish!

KB 2016 Spicy Lake

KB 2016-17 Spicy Lake is Going to State!

The KGB is going to State! - 2015-16

The KGB is going to State! - 2014-15

Your 2023 SSC Quiz Bowl Champs!

Your 2023 SSC Quiz Bowl Champs!! Left to right: Trevor Mong, Sam Geng, Alex Fliger, Ave Bondhus

Quiz Bowl Update 2/7/23 - South Suburban Championship

Prior Lake A and Eastview both went 6-1 in the round robin, forcing a tiebreaker round.  There were 6 lead changes... 4 in the last 8 questions!!

Prior Lake grabbed the 22nd and 23rd question (of 24) to pull into the lead with one question to go, and won 130-115 in an epic ending to the championship.

KB Update 2/7/23 - Two Teams Are Moving On to the Post-season!

Both the Freshman Four and Minecraft n00b Pro are moving on to the sub-regional meet at PLHS on Valentine's Day!

KB Results Round 2 of 3

PL Teams finished 3rd, 4th, and 13th.  Percentile ranks updated.

QB Results - 1/5/23

Prior Lake A faced all 4-0 teams, and went 3-1, with a close loss to Chaska A.  They are now 7-1!

Prior Lake B faced all 3-1 and 4-0 teams and went 1-3 (with a 3-person team!).  They are now 5-3.

Prior Lake C debuted in Round 2, after being gone for Round 1.  They went 0-4, and learned quite a bit!

Upcoming Meet - 1/5/23 - Quiz Bowl Round 2 of 3

With two undefeated teams entering the second round, our matches should become even tougher!  Let's see what we're made of!

The bus leaves at 5:00 pm for Burnsville High School.  Matches 5-8 begin at 5:30 pm.

December 9 - U.S. vs. China (Quiz Bowl)

On December 9, 6-10 pm, Prior Lake will be participating in a Quiz Bowl Tournament featuring 8 American teams, and 8 Chinese teams.  This SKT/NAQT tournament will be online!

Spectators are allowed (via Zoom)!  If you are interested in spectating, please contact Coach Olsen.

Awaiting the link to the results (the posted link shows the tournament... results pending).

Upcoming Meet - Cosmic Bowl (12/2)

We will be heading over to Chaska High School on 12/2 to compete in our first KB meet of the season.

Results: Both of our teams finished in about 9th and 11th place.  We are waiting for the results to be sent out.  :)

Quiz Bowl Meet 1 Results - 11/17/22

Prior Lake A: 4-0!!

Prior Lake B: 4-0!!

Alex Fliger: the current #1 scorer overall in the South Division (92.42 PP20TU)

Sean Wirtz: #1 scorer of tossups after round 1 in the South Division (19).

Starting hot!

There is Still Time to Join!

Interested?  Not sure if you want to join?  

Come to D305 after school and try it out!

Interested in Joining KB?

Are you interested in joining KB?  Knowledge Bowl is an academic competition between schools on every topic you can think of (science, social studies, art, music, literature, current events, sports, etc.)

  • Rumor: You have to be really smart at everything to be in Knowledge Bowl.
  • Reality: You have to be interested in learning.  Having a specialty helps, but is not required.  ...being insanely good at one topic is always a plus, but being willing to be a topic specialist is more important.  Knowledge Bowl is for anyone.

Feel free to drop in after school Monday through Thursday in D305.  You can also stop in during Laker Time if you have any questions.

Lastly, feel free to reach out to coach Olsen for more information.

If you would like even more information, join the Schoology Group!

Schoology Group Code: QGHQ-MS7V-3S3WF

Knowledge Bowl vs. Quiz Bowl

We compete in both Knowledge Bowl and Quiz Bowl.  This gives you a lot more chances to learn, compete, and get better as a person & team!

Both are academic competitions that include science, mathematics, literature, pop culture, current events, grammar, art, music, social studies, and more!

What is Knowledge Bowl?

During a meet, teams of 5 begin with a written round (usually 60 questions), where they work cooperatively to complete a multiple-choice test. They are given 45 minutes to complete the test.

After the written round, teams are sorted by score and compete in four verbal rounds where they listen to a reader and try to out-buzz the other teams and get the question right.  They can stop the question from being read at any point.  Once they buzz, teams work together for 15 seconds to determine the answer and get a point.  If the team that buzzes gets the question wrong, the other non-buzzing teams get a chance to hear the question again.  The incorrect team must wait until the next question to participate.  Each verbal round has 45 questions.

The top 3 teams face each other in Room A, the next three compete in Room B, etc.

There are a total of four verbal rounds.  The results from the written round determine verbal round 1 placement.  After verbal round 1, the scores are re-sorted, and the new top 3 are in Room A, the next in Room B, etc.  This resort happens after each verbal round until the 4th round is completed (5th round in the post-season).

What is Quiz Bowl?

In Quiz Bowl, you compete in teams of 4 against another team from another school.  You are randomly paired with a team that has a similar rating as your team (the top teams will likely never play the bottom teams).  

There are 24 verbal questions read called "tossups", which either team can "buzz" on.  Once a team buzzes, the person that buzzes must answer the question within 3 seconds.  If they get the question correct, they get 10 points, or 15 points if you buzz and get it correct on minimal information.  Getting 15 points on a tossup is called "power".  If incorrect, the other team gets to hear the question in its entirety if they choose.

After getting a "tossup" correct, the correct team gets an opportunity at three 10-point "bonus" questions for a total of 30 additional points.  These are exclusive to the team that got the "tossup" correct.

Once the bonus question is read, both teams compete in a new "tossup" question.

Summary: Same idea... academic competition.  Different styles.

2021 Season Results

Coming Soon!

Sartell Meet Results! - Feb. 15, 2020

VARSITY RESULTS (Out of a field of 56 teams from around the state.)

2nd Place! - Single Mom - 103 points!!

4th Place! - The Bee Team - 97.5 points!

10th Place - Indentured Canadian Swordfish - 85 points

Link to Results:

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JV RESULTS (Out of a field of 20 teams from around the state.)

7th Place - CWA - 66 points

Link to Results:

Quiz Bowl South Conference Results!

Prior Lake A & B both qualified for regionals, but we can only send one team.  So, Prior Lake B conceded to let A have the spot!

QB Regionals are February 20th at Burnsville High School.

Prior Lake A: 9-3, 5105 Points!

Prior Lake B: 9-3, 4830 Points!

Prior Lake C: 6-6, 2030 points.

Prior Lake D: 5-7, 2245 points.

Prior Lake E: 6-6, 2520 points.

Prior Lake F: 3-9, 1890 points.

Prior Lake G: 5-7, 1695 points.

Prior Lake H: 7-5, 2350 points.

Prior Lake I: 7-5, 2505 points.

Prior Lake J: 4-4, 1400 points.

Link to this and more:

2019-20 Round Robin 2 Results! - Jan. 22, 2020

We are seeing a lot of growth this season!  Here are the results from last night!  (out of 39)

1st Place! - Single Mom - 105 points!!

2nd Place! - The Bee Team - 81 points!

9th Place - Indentured Canadian Swordfish

15th Place - Sam Shirt

23rd - Ban Dihydrogen Monoxide

24th - D.I.R.T.

26th - T.A.L.L.

29th - Aurora Borealis

DNP - Divestors & Knaggi

Link to Results:

Clash of the Titans Results - Dec. 20, 2019

A special thanks to Tartan for hosting!  Here are the scores from the Clash of the Titans!  The field was 27 teams.

1st Place - The Bee Team

3rd Place - Single Mom

7th Place - Indentured Canadian Swordfish

12th Place - Ban Dihydroxen Monoxide!

16th - D.I.R.T.

21st - Divestors

22nd - Aurora Borealis

25th - M.A.L.T.

Link to Results:

2019-20 Round Robin 1 Results! - Dec. 17, 2019

With Comic Bowl clearing the cobwebs out, we had our first regular season 

Prior Lake had a great night in Round 1, with our teams finishing... (out of 43)

1st Place! - Single Mom

3rd Place! - The Bee Team

7th Place - Indentured Canadian Swordfish

12th Place - Ban Dihydrogen Monoxide!

20th - Sam Shirt

23rd - T.A.L.L.

28th - D.I.R.T.

30th - Knaggi

32nd - Aurora Borealis

37th - Divestors

Link to Results:

Cosmic Bowl - Dec. 6, 2019

Cosmic Bowl was a 75-team showdown this year, with 53 Varsity teams, and 22 JV teams in attendance.

Prior Lake Varsity teams finished in 4th, 5th, 12th, 13th, 20th, 27th, & 44th in the Varsity Division.

Prior Lake JV teams finished 4th (3-way tie), & 12th in the JV division.

Link to the scores:


Captain's practices are in full swing here at PL in A303 after school until around 4pm.  If you are interested, stop in and see what it is all about!

Official practices will begin in A303 on October 7th!

KB State - April 10-11, 2019

2019 AA Knowledge Bowl State Champions!

Introducing your 2019 Minnesota State AA Knowledge Bowl Champions!

— PL Knowledge Bowl (@PLKnowledgeBowl) April 11, 2019


Congratulations to: Cole, Matt, Braden, Cole, & Carter!!!

Full Results:

2019 AA State Champs!

2019 AA State Champs!

KB Metro Regional - Feb 26, 2019

We sent 3 teams to the Metro Regional this year (30 teams in the field)!!!

  • KGB - 1st Place!!!!!
  • W as in Tungsten - 7th Place!
  • The Lake - 12th Place!

Full results:

Your 2019 KB Metro Regional Champions!

Your 2019 KB Metro Regional Champions!

Quiz Bowl Metro Regionals - Feb 14, 2019

After a long and well-fought battle with the top teams in QB in the Metro, we finished 6th overall!

Full results:

QB Regional 6th Place!

QB Regional 6th Place!

SSC Quiz Bowl Championship - Feb 12, 2019

Prior Lake wins the South Suburban Conference Championship!

Prior Lake also has three teams tie for 1st in the JV division!!

2019 SSC Quiz Bowl Conference Champions!

2019 SSC Quiz Bowl Conference Champions!

KB Meet 3 - Feb 5, 2019

  • KGB - 1st!!
  • W as in Tungsten - 4th!
  • The Lake - 8th
  • Swordfish-Tool of Justice - 9th
  • Speltcheux - 12th
  • Lil Holmium Gang - 14th

Full Results here:

KB Meet 2 - Jan 17, 2019

  • KGB - 1st Place!!
  • W as in Tungsten - 2nd Place!!
  • The Lake - 9th
  • Lil Holmium Gang - 13th
  • Swordfish-Tool of Justice - 15th
  • Snooze You Lose - 16th

Full results here.

Rumble on the Rum - Jan 12, 2019

It was another great day at one of our favorite annual meets!  There were 58 total teams in the field.  33 Varsity, 25 JV.

For the second year in a row, Prior Lake wins the Triple Team Award!

  • KGB - 1st Place!!
  • The Lake - 4th Place (1st Place JV)!!!
  • W as in Tungsten - 6th Place (5th Varsity)!!
  • Lil Holmium Gang - 11th!
  • Swordfish-Tool of Justice - 15th Place!

Full Results:

2019 Triple Team Award!

2019 Triple Team Award!

KB Meet 1 - Dec 18, 2018

  • KGB - 2nd
  • The Lake - 8th
  • W as in Tungsten - 10th
  • Swordfish-Tool of Justice - 13th

Full results:

Cosmic Bowl - Dec 7, 2018

Operating under code names, Prior Lake competed in a field of 62 teams.

  • KGB - 5th (4th Varsity)
  • W as in Tungsten - 7th (6th Varsity)
  • The Lake - 13th (3rd JV) & Best Dressed Award!
  • Lil Holmium Gang - 18th (5th JV)

Full results here:

2018-2019 General Season Info

Captain's Practices will be announced on Schoology (link provided).  Practices will begin in early October.

The regular season practices are four days a week (Monday-Thursday) with optional Friday practices.

Here's a link to the Handbook.

All meets will be posted in Schoology on the Calendar.