Wy’east OBOB wins Region, heads to State

Wy’east Middle School repeated as Region 4 Oregon Battle of the Books tournament champions March 2.

Wy’east came in first place out of 42 schools competing in the tournament. It is the third time in the last four years that Wy’east has won the tournament.

Both Wy’east Middle School and Hood River Middle School will be sending teams to the state tournament April 13 at Chemeketa Community College in Salem.

At the seven regional tournament each team plays at least twice. All teams are organized into pools of three teams each. The top sixteen teams with the highest point totals from the first two battles in pool play advance to the playoffs.

Upon arrival, the Wy’east team members found out that they were in a pool with Robert Gray Middle School from Portland and St. John the Baptist in Milwaukie.

Last year, Wy’east defeated Robert Gray in the Region 4 finals and again in a semifinal match at the state tournament.

“Therefore, the top two and top four teams, respectively, in the state from last year were in the same pool, which made things a little challenging for Wy’east from the start,” said coach David Saquitty, a reading teacher at Wy’east.

“It was a bit curious that both teams from last year’s regional final played each other first. Coincidentally, Wy’east was the only school to whom Robert Gray lost last year,” Saquetty said.

Wy’east beat Robert Gray for the third time in a row by a score of 49-31 in the first match of the day. The next battle was against St. John the Baptist. Wy’east won that match by a score of 45-25. Wy’east scored 94 total points in pool play and earned an overall second seed for the playoffs. Interestingly, Hood River Middle School also scored 94 points, and they had the third seed for the playoffs.

In the first playoff battle, Wy’east overcame West Orient Middle School, located in Gresham, by a score of 47-33. Wy’east’s second playoff match would prove to be the closest of the day, with Wy’east winning against Damascus Middle School from Gresham-Barlow School District by a score of 40-35.

Wy’east knew that they had secured a trip to the state OBOB tournament with the win over Damascus MS in the quarterfinals.

In the semifinal match, Wy’east faced a familiar foe. Wy’east had just beaten Hood River Middle School on Tuesday in a semifinal match at the Mid-Columbia Invitational OBOB Tournament in The Dalles. Wy’east prevailed 55-20 as this regional semifinal match had much more at stake, a trip to the regional finals.

In the final match, Wy’east faced Estacada Junior High. In the extended-question match, Wy’east won by a score of 92-58.

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