For the second time in the history of Oswego East High School, both the varsity and junior varsity Scholastic Bowl teams have been crowned conference champions.
In an event hosted by Oswego East, the home teams combined to earn a record 14 wins and two losses. While enduring some early close matches, each team was able to overcome adversity and eventually dominate their opponents.
The varsity team’s victory was their fifth conference title in nine years – every other year since the school’s first title in 2010.
Varsity coach Dave Carlisle said, “The key to OE’s success is exposing players to highly competitive teams outside the conference, the engaging curriculum in our classrooms, and the supplemental classical education students are exposed to as members of the team.”
Entering the semifinal round at 3-1, the team came from behind to best Joliet West with a score of 280-170. In the final match, despite being edged out by the same team in the morning rounds, Oswego East triumphed over Minooka to earn the conference championship.
The OEHS JV Scholastic Bowl team, coached by OEHS business teacher Graham Brown, went 7-1 in round robin play, besting three teams to finish 6-2. This is the second conference championship for the JV squad in the school’s history.
Brown said he was “impressed with the team’s resiliency and ability to bounce back,” after their come-from-behind win against runner-up Minooka.
In addition to team accolades, two players earned conference “Top Ten” medals. The captains, senior Alpesh Chapagai and freshman Varun Rajesh, won first and fourth respectively, in their divisions.
While the JV season has come to an end, the varsity season will continue through the middle of March.