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Clearwater-Orchard earned a runner-up finish Tuesday afternoon at the annual ESU 8 Junior High Quiz Bowl.
The Cyclones faced Norfolk in the final, having defeated Chambers in the semifinal. Clearwater-Orchard also defeated St. Mary's, Stanton, O'Neill and Battle Creek. They lost to Norfolk in the fourth round and fought back to reach the final, where they lost to Norfolk again.
Jim Schutt coached the team of Dillon Moser, Jacob Behnk, Eil Thiele, Kaci Wickersham, Eli Thiele, Avery Cheatum and Morgan Erhardt.
Also at the meet were Neligh-Oakdale and Elgin Public. Neligh-Oakdale lost to champion Norfolk in the first round and lost again to Elgin.
Elgin lost to Chambers, the third-place finisher, in the first round before defeating Neligh-Oakdale. Elgin then defeated West Holt, Ewing and Norfolk Middle School before losing to St. Mary's, which finished fourth.