OTTAWA — Approximately 150 students from all nine schools faced off
on March 20 at the Putnam County Educational Service Center for the
annual Putnam County Scholastic League Tournament. The teams began
regular season matches on Jan. 8 and every Wednesday after that through
Thursday’s all-county event. Beginning at 9 a.m. until the tournament’s 2
p.m. finish, all nine teams competed in a round-robin format so that
each school could compete against all others.
For those not
familiar, Scholastic League teams compete head-to-head to answer
questions from all areas of knowledge, including history, literature,
science, fine arts, current events, sports and popular culture. It is
the high school version of Quiz Bowl.
Although Gary Herman has
worked with the PCESC for a few years, this is the first year that this
curriculum coordinator has coordinated the league. While a student at
Ottoville High School, Herman himself participated. When asked how his
team did, he laughed. “We weren’t really that competitive. Our advisor
didn’t take it that seriously.”
That didn’t seem to be the case
for any of the county’s schools on Thursday. Three different matches
were held simultaneously, with students checking their team’s ranking
every half hour between each round of competition. The competition was
tight going into the tournament.
“Today, there’ve been a lot of
close matches,” said Herman. “At one point, there was actually a tie
between Ottawa-Glandorf and Ottoville so they had to go to a
sudden-death question. It shows how all the teams have been very
competitive. It’s not just one team blowing all the other teams out.”
said that, despite the weather playing havoc with the calendar of
matches, it was a very competitive year. Kalida High School won the
regular season of competition, but it was only by half a game over
Pandora-Gilboa High School.
“Kalida was 13 wins—one loss and two
ties,” he said. “Pandora-Gilboa was 13 wins—two losses and one tie. And
Continental and Ottawa-Glandorf were only one game behind them.”
to Herman, at one point on Thursday Kalida High School had no losses
and Ottawa-Glandorf had one. Then Kalida lost a match to O-G by one
point. Kalida had to beat P-G by at least 12 points to take home the
championship. First through fourth placements were all very close, but
in the end O-G took home the gold.
Both the winner of the regular
Scholastic League season and the annual tournament winner may move on to
regional competition in April. This spring, the teams from Kalida and
O-G have the opportunity to represent Putnam County at Tiffin Calvert
High School, Tiffin.