Several local-area high school Knowledge Bowl teams will be competing in the state championship later this week, including the Minnesota Valley Lutheran Onyx Team, which won the Regional competition last month. This will be the 14th time MVL has gone to the state tournament. Joining them at the meet in Brainerd this Thursday and Friday will be the New Ulm High School Purple Team, New Prague Gamma, St. Peter Chartreuse and the Montgomery-Lonsdale Gold Team. Knowledge Bowl is an academic competition with students answering questions in a written round and several oral rounds. More than 500 teams compete from across the state with 94 teams in south-central Minnesota. Only 27 teams advance to regionals, and only 5 go on to state.