March 29, 2010

The Smartinis take Potpourri for literacy, Alex

HSBC team edges Laurel County Public Library by one point to win annual trivia contest

LAUREL COUNTY, Ky. — The Community Trivia Bee had its own version of March Madness Tuesday night, with two teams going into overtime before a winner finally was decided.

The trivia bee, sponsored annually by Laurel County Adult Education and Literacy Council, was hosted at First Christian Church with 17 teams competing in five categories.

The categories were: Books to Movies, Winter Olympics, World War I, Kentucky State Parks and Cornhole.

At the end of the five-round bee, the team from the Laurel County Public Library — Barbara Caldwell, Robin Rice and Gwen Stivers — was tied with an HSBC team called The Smartinis, composed of Melinda Crawford, Travis Smith and Jason Jones.

Both teams were tied with 40 points out of a possible 50. The library team put on a full-court press in the final Cornhole category and tied the score by answering all 10 questions correctly — the only team to do so in any of the five rounds.

That feat prompted Bee Master Franklin Stivers to proclaim that the team from the public library “had no life.”

An overtime round between the two teams featured random questions called Potpourri. After 10 questions, the teams were still tied, but The Smartinis pulled off a last-second shot by correctly answering the 11th and final question.

The literacy council uses proceeds from the trivia bee to help fund its programs throughout the year.

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