At the conclusion of the varsity competition, the top 2 teams in each Division advanced to SOPTV’s televised competitions. Ashland vs St. Mary’s in Division 1 and Eagle Point and Phoenix High representing Division 2. St. Mary’s team hung on in the end to beat Ashland in the match with a final score of 55 to 30 while Phoenix High took the win with a final score of 59 to 16.
The Tournament was sponsored by Lithia Motors with participation of Jackson and Josephine County School Districts. Our gratitude is extended for their support of our academic community and for helping us celebrate a “life of the mind.”
Saturday, February 25, 2017
Varsity Bowl is the premier competition at the high school level. Teams generally include juniors and seniors who have competed on previous teams. The top four teams from the regional competition will compete for division championship title on SOPTV. Varsity Brain Bowl will be held in the SOU Stevenson Union building.
Junior Varsity Brain Bowl competition is a preparatory competition for high school students to compete on a junior varsity team. These teams play in their own brackets competing against other JV teams. Junior Varsity Brain Bowl will be held in SOU Taylor Hall.
All levels will check-in at the SOU Rogue River Room at 8:45. Competition matches begin at 9:30.
2017 High School Brain Bowl Results
This year’s 40th annual Southern Oregon Brain Bowl Competition had a total of 23 teams teams representing seven school districts, private schools, eleven high schools and over 120 students participating in this year’s tournament held Saturday, February 25, 2017 on the Southern Oregon University campus.
Junior Varsity Division 2017
Junior Varsity Brain Bowl competition for high school Freshmen through Juniors was held in Taylor Hall at SOU. There were 11 teams from eight high schools representing both Jackson and Josephine counties. Ashland, North Medford, South Medford, St. Mary’s (Venus and Mars) and Cascade Christian were in Division 1. Phoenix (Blue and Red), North Valley (Cardinal and Gold), and New Hope were in Division 2. These new divisions allowed the top two teams from each to advance from round robin competitions to finals.
Division 1 round robin matches took both Ashland and St. Mary’s Mars to a 4-1 win-loss record; Ashland totaling 176 points and St. Mary’s with a 168 points. FINALS had Ashland coming out by one point ahead over St. Mary’s Mars, 38 to 37.
To note, South Medford placed 3rd with a 4-1 win-loss in round robin matches totaling 130 points.
Division 2 round robin had both Phoenix Blue and North Valley Gold with 3-1 win-loss and 93 and 85 points respectively.
Finals took North Valley Gold over Phoenix Blue with a final score of 21 to 19 with North Valley for the win.
Phoenix Red was close behind with a 3rd place finish with 3-1 record and 69 points for the round robin totals.
Congratulations to all teams who participated!
Varsity Division 2017
Varsity consisted of 12 teams from eleven high schools with Junior and Seniors participating in five rounds of matches in the Stevenson Union Building at SOU. Ashland, North Medford (Black and Red), Grants Pass, Cascade Christian, and St. Mary’s were in Division 1. Phoenix, Rogue River, North Valley and Eagle Point (Blue and Gold) High Schools were in Division 2. At the conclusion of the Varsity competitions, the top two teams from each division have earned the spots to compete for the Varsity Brain Bowl Division Championship titles on Sunday, April 9th on SOPTV. Division 1 with a 5-0 record and 210 points, Ashland will go head to head with St. Mary’s 4-1 record and 138 points. Division 2 teams Phoenix (5-0 and 179 points) take on Eagle Point Gold (4-1 and 121 points). Their final matches will determine the 2017 Champions from 5:00-7:00 PM.
The 2017 Varsity Sportsmanship Awards were scored on a ranking scale this year. Moderators nominated Phoenix Blue, St. Mary’s Mars, Eagle Point Gold and Grants Pass students for their graciousness, courteousness, consideration of others, fun spirits and overall good sportsmanship behavior. Congratulations to all the teams and thank you for your positive attitudes!
A special thank you goes out to Steve Jensen and Kim Gabriel who have continued to serve as our Brain Bowl Directors. Diane Novak and Susan Bacon also served as leads in Headquarters for scorekeeping, question sets and division tracking throughout. Thank you to all the community volunteers who joined as moderators, score keepers and time keepers for the event!
Our appreciation extends out to Jackson and Josephine County School Districts, coaches and teachers as well as our sponsors Lithia 4 Kids and Southern Oregon Public Television for their continued donations and support of academic programs for kids.