With a healthy field of 35 teams, the Logan Will Ultimate Challenge at Grants Pass High School provided teams from across Oregon with one of their last opportunities to get practice and show proven excellence before the OSAA State Championship in April. In the final round, Cleveland’s Oz Coggleton & Logan Stone defeated Ashland’s Alex Brehmer & Sienna Scoggin.
After three preliminary rounds, five teams remained undefeated. With round four containing a hidden semifinal, South Medford’s Dominic Adams & Cristien Hernandez were the lone 3-0 team left out of the break. After winning their fourth round, they left the tournament undefeated. The semifinals pitted Coggleton & Stone against Phoenix’s Evan Schweikert & Nicoletta Dinelli, while Brehmer & Scoggin took on Cleveland’s Eliana Kertzner & Lily Panetta. A large downside on the hidden nature of the semifinal was that is meant only one judge was present for each round. Coggleton & Stone advanced, while Brehmer & Scoggin prevented the Cleveland closeout.
The Logan Will Ultimate Challenge is known for having students compete in up to seven events, which can cause serious delays, but this wasn’t the case this year. "[The tournament was] organized," said Sienna Scoggin. "And I thought the judges overall were well trained.”
In the final round, Coggleton & Stone affirmed the resolution that "The United States should curtail the use of drones," against Brehmer & Scoggin. The affirmative’s argument about the accuracy issues of drones won the day, as the pair from Cleveland won on a 3-0 decision.
Cleveland Oz Coggleton & Logan Stone def. Phoenix Evan Schweikert & Nicoletta Dinelli
Ashland Alex Brehmer & Sienna Scoggin def. Cleveland Eliana Kertzner & Lily Panetta
Cleveland Coggleton & Stone def. Ashland Brehmer & Scoggin
Our Oregon correspondents are Karl Moeglein, who debates for Ashland High School, and SaraJane Griffiths, who debates for Lake Oswego High School.