Scrabblers place 26th, 27th

August 06, 2004

Two Baltimore Scrabble buddies, Sammy Okosagah and Marlon Hill, placed 26th and 27th, quite respectably, in the 2004 National Scrabble Championship, which ended yesterday. Trey Wright of Los Angeles won first place in Division 1 and took home $25,000. More than 800 players competed in the five-day event in New Orleans, including a contingent from Maryland.

At one point, Okosagah - a 39-year-old restaurant manager and Maryland's top-rated Scrabble player - was in the Top 10 during the tournament. "Sammy had a great run. He beat some of the best players in the world," said John D. Williams Jr., executive director of the National Scrabble Association, which sponsored the event.

Another Baltimore man, Peter Armstrong, finished close behind in 29th place.

Contestants played 30 rounds of Scrabble over the five days, before Wright beat David Gibson of Spartanburg, S.C., in the best-of-five final yesterday.

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