Orange High School has narrowly lost out on reclaiming the Malynley Shield in the 49th iteration of the annual event against Gosford High School.
Over 170 students from Orange travelled to Gosford last week to take part in the carnival, which next year will raise the bat on a half-century.
The sports carnival, which is hosted by each school in alternating years, sees students compete over a myriad of team sports, including soccer, league, touch, basketball, hockey, netball, volleyball, table tennis, golf, debating and chess.
Each win is worth two points, a draw one point and a loss nothing, leaving the eventual 32-30 result Gosford’s way an incredibly slim margin, the hosts retaining the trophy they have held since 2014.
Orange High School sports coordinator Tegan Dray said the trip was “always an enjoyable experience”.
“The competition is good but it’s also a great way to experience the other school and a different way of education,” she said.