Williams College 'schools' Harvard on NESN sports trivia show
WILLIAMSTOWN -- Harvard University has officially been "Schooled" -- by Williams College.
The local college beat their Ivy League opponents in the semi-final round of "Schooled: NESN's College Face-Off," a game show that airs every Tuesday on New England Sports Network.
"Schooled," now in its second season, showcases trivia and brain-teasing puzzles between three students each representing New England's top schools. Williams college freshman Alex Kling, senior Lysa Vola and junior Marty Clarke have represented Williams this season.
"The program is a battle of wits that provides a fun opportunity for participating schools to vie for bragging rights as the best college in New England," said Gary Roy, a spokesman for NESN, which operates out of Watertown.
Each contestant had to go through an audition process that involved both a quiz and on-camera interview. Vola signed up for the opportunity to get the $5,000 grand prize, Kling signed up for the opportunity to be on NESN and Clarke went through with the audition after his friend signed him up.
The Paresky Auditorium at Williams College was bustling on Tuesday with about 50 people to watch the broadcast of the first round of semi-finals, which was taped at Williams on Oct. 22.
Williams College defeated their long-time sports rival, Amherst College in a previous episode of "Schooled" to advance.
The three competitors were in the audience to re-live the episode. The final score was 5-4 against Harvard.
"They were very, very confident, and that made it all the more rewarding when we beat them," Clarke said afterward.
Kling put the first point on the board during round one of the "Memory Melee" competition. One player would push a colored button that would call out a color different than the button pushed. The opponents would take turns pushing the buttons, adding a button as they went, until a player got it wrong.
Vola got it wrong on the first try, giving a point to Harvard.
"There was a weird disconnect between what it was saying and what the buttons were," she said.
Audience members cheered when Williams College scored, and they were on edge for most of the 30-minute program, since their school and Harvard were constantly earning points that tied the scoreboard.
"It wasn't as intense without the music," Kling said.
Clarke tied up the scoreboard during the second round, during which each contestant started out with a hundred points, and wrote down a numerical answer for each question. However much their guess was off from the correct answer would be deducted from their points, until they were left with zero.
Round three, titled "Faux-Cabulary," had the three teams picking the correct definition of unusual words between fake ones supplied by the opponent and the host, Michael Showalter, respectively.
"There was a lot of set-up each time. It's not like we were standing around," Kling said. "After each round, they would have to get different shots of us walking in, close-ups of our faces or of us pushing buttons or writing. It didn't affect the outcome, though."
Williams College will compete against either Norwich or Providence -- whichever wins the next week's semi-finals -- in the championship round on Dec. 11. Though the entire seven-season show has already been taped and the outcome is known by the contestants, they are mum on the outcome.
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