A record number of high school teams, including four Lower Valley squads, are participating in the 24th annual KYVE Apple Bowl, now being aired on Channel 47, cable channel 8.
Among the 26 teams participating in this year's 12-week knowledge contest season will be teams from Sunnyside High School, Sunnyside Christian High School, Mabton Jr./Sr. High School and Grandview High School.
This year, in addition to competing against schools from Naches to Prosser, the Apple Bowl teams have a new location in which to shine.
The Apple Bowl, the only televised high school quiz competition in Washington, is now being taped on the Ellensburg campus of Central Washington University, after calling KYVE-TV's Yakima studio home for 23 years.
The teams, which compete for savings bonds and the two-foot tall gold Apple Bowl Cup, are being taped in Central's state-of-the-art digital television studios in Bouillon Hall.
The Apple Bowl production, under the direction of KYVE's producer and director Ray Martin, is taped weekly and aired twice a week on Fridays at 10 and 10:30 p.m. Each contest is repeated on Sundays at 9 and 9:30 a.m.
The Championship matches will be aired in May.
This past Tuesday, the Grizzly Apple Bowl team traveled to Ellensburg to face Selah in the second round of competition.
The results from Tuesday's SHS match will be aired Friday, April 9.
In the meantime, the results of their first round against Grandview High School's Apple Bowl team will be aired March 19, according to Dan Thomas, the SHS Apple Bowl coach.
The Sunnyside Christian High School Knights' match with Zillah High School will air this Friday, (March 5). The Mabton Vikings' match against White Swan High School will air Friday, March 26.