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Cuero Consortium loses repeat Knowledge Bowl bid to Calhoun educators

By Sonny Long
Feb. 17, 2012 at 10 p.m.
Updated Feb. 16, 2012 at 8:17 p.m.

Roy Johnson at Knowledge Bowl 2012

KNOWLEDGE BOWL 2012winners and scores

Adult Division

  1. Wise Ones - 38
  2. Plank Walkers - 37
  3. Pappy Yoakum's JunkyardDogs - 36

Student Division

  1. St. Joseph We Are Smarticus - 36*
  2. St. Joseph Starships - 36
  3. Hallettsville Sacred Heart Blue Albatrosses - 36
  4. Won tiebreaker question

Scores are correct answers out of 120 questions.

HONORED

85-year-old Earline Grizzle was awarded the Jim Bishop Leaders in Literacy award. Grizzle has taken part in 18 of the 19 Knowledge Bowls. Her team placed second on Friday night.

Although the 2011 Knowledge Bowl champions did not return with its full team intact, two of the four members came back for more.

Last year's champions, Geezer Genius, took top honors in the adult division. Two of its members, Bill Matthys and Roy Johnson, returned this year as members of the Cuero Consortium along with Ray Reese and Larry Cheesman, two other veterans of Knowledge Bowl competition.

Matthys said the addition of Johnson, known as "Grandpa," to last year's team may have helped push them over the top.

"Ray, Larry and I have had a team a few times before with various fourth persons, and we had won second place twice, but never first. Roy says that's because we didn't have him," said Matthys, who serves on the Cuero City Council along with Johnson.

Reese is the county attorney for DeWitt County and Cheesman is the music minister at the First Baptist Church in Cuero.

Matthys, an avid crossword puzzle worker and "Jeopardy" watcher, said all his teammates are into trivia.

"All four of us are hopeless trivia addicts, so this gives us a chance to work on our passion for a good cause," he said.

And it's a good time, Matthys said.

"It's always great fun working our brains and joking around together. We look forward to it every year," he said.

That experience fell short for the Cuero quarter however as the Wise Ones, made up of Calhoun County educators took the 2012 crown with 38 correct answers in the 120-question competition.

"We didn't think about it too much," said team captain Jim Ward, a retired Calhoun teacher. "We just formed the team on Monday and decided to go for it."

Other team members were Casey Crowder, Dana Dworaczyk and Chad Flisowski.

The Plank Walkers were second followed by Pappy Yoakum's Junkyard Dogs from Yoakum High School.

A total of 34 teams took part in the competition hosted by the Victoria Rotary clubs. A record 12 student teams participated.

Proceeds benefit the Victoria Adult Literacy Council.

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