Osborne Junior High Teams Finish Second at Hill City Meet

The Osborne Junior High scholars bowl teams completed a successful day at the Hill City Jr High Scholars Bowl on Tues., March 2. In addition to Osborne, teams from Ellis, Hill City, Palco, Plainville, Stockton, Norton, Trego, Smith Center and Phillipsburg competed in the round robin tournament. Seventh and eighth grade teams played in separate divisions at the meet. Osborne’s eighth grade team members for the day were Payton Bales, Clay Guttery, Kate Kendig, Addison Poore, and Grace William.  OJH seventh graders competing at the meet were Ryah Bertuccelli, Mary Carlin, Anna Kendig, Tianna Lutters, and Jayla O’Leary.

Osborne’s eighth graders lost their first round to Smith Center, 40 - 70. Scorers were Guttery with three and William with one. In round two against Phillipsburg, OJH gathered their first victory, 70 - 10. Guttery again led scoring with five while K. Kendig and William each contributed one. During round three with Hill City, Osborne lost five points on an interruption at the end of the round, and thus lost the round, 65 - 70. Guttery scored five and K. Kendig two in the round. Round four against Palco put OJH up 70 - 40 for the win. Guttery scored four and K. Kendig three for the team’s second victory. Osborne picked up another victory in round five over Ellis, 70 - 30. Guttery scored five for the team with help from William with two.

Moving into round six, OJH outscored Plainville, 90 - 20, for the win. Guttery scored five, William two, and K. Kendig and Poore each scored one apiece. The team was victorious over Stockton in round seven, 60 - 40. Guttery scored four and K. Kendig helped with two correct answers. During round eight, OJH edged out Norton for the win, 60 - 50, with Bales answering the second tie breaker question correctly. Guttery scored four with help from William and Bales scoring one apiece. In the final round of play, Osborne outlasted Trego, 50 - 40 for the win. Guttery scored three with K. Kendig and William adding one apiece to the final score.

Osborne’s final win/loss record after nine rounds of play was 7-2. Smith Center, too, finished the day with an identical win/loss record. Since OJH lost to Smith Center in head to head competition, Smith Center took first place and OJH second place in the eighth grade division. Stockton finished the day in third place with a 6-3 record.

In the seventh grade division of the meet, Osborne grabbed a first round victory from Smith Center, 50 - 40. Bertuccelli scored two with help coming from Carlin, Lutters and A. Kendig each with one apiece. Round two against Phillipsburg resulted in a second OJH victory, 40 - 30. Lutters scored two in the round while Carlin and O’Leary each added one to the final score. During round three against Hill City, OJH won 50 - 30 behind the scoring of Bertuccelli with two, and Carlin, Lutters and A. Kendig with one apiece. Against Palco in round four, Osborne picked up a 40 - 30 victory. Carlin led in scoring with two as A. Kendig and Lutters each helped with one. Round five pitted OJH against a tough Ellis team as OJH lost 30 - 50. A. Kendig scored two and Bertuccelli added one in the team’s losing effort.

Osborne picked up their effort in round six against Plainville to gather a 50 - 40 victory. Scoring for OJH was Bertuccelli with two followed by Carlin, A. Kendig, and O’Leary with one apiece. Round seven against Stockton provided Osborne with a narrow margin of victory, 30 - 10. Bertuccelli was the lone scorer for the team with three. In round eight, OJH beat Norton 40 - 30. Carlin stepped up for two correct answers with help from Lutters and O’Leary with one apiece. In the seventh graders’ final round, they played Trego, and ended the round with a 20 - 40 loss. A. Kendig and Carlin each scored one in the loss for OJH.

Osborne’s seventh graders finished the day with a 7-2 win/loss record as did Ellis. Due to OJH’s loss to Ellis in round five Osborne finished with second place in the tournament while Ellis took first. Norton finished the day with third place in the seventh grade division.

Osborne’s teams travel to Stockton on Tues., March 9, for a 4:30 p.m. meet. The final meet of the OJH season will be round robin format, and again, no spectators will be allowed.