The Press Newspaper
For the second year in a row, the Eastwood Middle School quiz bowl team won the county championship with a victory over Otsego.
Thursday, March 25.
It was not an easy match between the two. The middle school went into the tournament in first place with a season record of 8-0. Otsego’s record was 7-1, with its only loss to Eastwood during their season. The Eagles dominated over Otsego in the first round with 38 points; Otsego scored only 18.
In the second round Otsego pushed forward in round two with 40 points and Eastwood with 34. In a nail biting third round Otsego was consistent with right answers, but Eastwood was able to pull through with a score of 58-52 in the end.
Members of the middle school quiz bowl team were Tony Bolton, Julianna Cajka, David Krukemyer, Lucas Liner, Scott Stewart, Aaron Titkemeier, Matt White and Erik Withrow. Their coach was Diane Swartz.
Sixth Grade runners-up
bowl team ended up in second place at the at the Wood County Elementary Quiz Bowl Tournament on Friday, March 26. The Eagles were runners-up in a close round against the Gibsonburg Golden Bears.
In a huge upset victory, Gibsonburg won by defeating Bowling Green St. Aloysius, Otsego, and previously undefeated Eastwood.
Gibsonburg team members were coach Don Ralston, Kelleigh Beatty, Rebecca Bixby, Nathan Clark, Amber Frankforther, Avery Gerwin, Chelsea Halm, Maria Moscioni, Aaron Shiple, and Soren Sondergeld.
Members of the Eastwood team were MacKenzie Albright, Jonathan Bowlus, Nick Coffman, Abby Dobson, Travis Harrison, Cody Kinor-Chapman, Jacob McNulty and Zach Pease. They are coached by Jan Fries.
Every match had the Gibsonburg sixth graders winning two of the three grueling contests. In the first round the Bears began with an easy victory over St. Aloysius, 124-66. The sixth graders started very strong by winning 56-18. St. Al's won the second round, 40-36, but in the final match the Bears roared back and won going away, 32-8.
Otsego was the next opponent and it was really a nail-biter with the initial contest going to the sixth graders, 38-28 and the second set, 34-30. But in the last round, the Knights won, 36-28 by putting on a furious rally and almost caught the Bears. With the sixth graders defeating Otsego, 100-94, they advanced to the championship match with Eastwood which had soundly won over Gibsonburg in February.
The Bears started out confidently by winning, 38-28. However the Eagles showed that they belonged in the tournament and scored a huge victory, 50-32. But the never-say-die sixth graders put on an amazing and emotional display of will power answering question after question and won 60-44. With the final score of Gibsonburg, 130 and Eastwood, 122, the Bears finished the year with a record of nine wins and two losses and put an end to Eastwood's run of quiz bowl supremacy.
(Article and photos courtesy of the Eastwood school newspaper, The Eagle’s Eye, staff writer Peyton Himburg, Eastwood journalism advisor Carol Wolfe, and Gibsonburg quiz bowl coach Don Ralston).