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2017 National Scholastic Championship (NSC) Results

By posted June 11th, 2017 No comments

Congratulations to the six (6) teams from Southern California who competed at the 2017 National Scholastic Championship (NSC) this weekend.

Canyon Crest A (6 – 1 in prelims, 3 – 2 in playoffs, 3 – 4 in superplayoffs, 13th finish)
Canyon Crest B (5 – 2 in prelims, 2 – 3 in playoffs, 1 – 2 in superplayoffs, 43rd finish)
Cathedral (2 – 5 in prelims, 2 – 3 in playoffs, 2 – 1 in superplayoffs, 63rd finish)
La Jolla (6 – 1 in prelims, 3 – 2 in playoffs, 2 – 5 in superplayoffs, 7th finish)
Rancho Bernardo (6 – 1 in prelims, 1 – 3 – 1 in playoffs, 3 – 0 in superplayoffs, 41st finish)
Westview (7 – 0 in prelims, 4 – 1 in playoffs, 5 – 2 in superplayoffs, 2nd finish)

Complete tournament statistics are available at this page.

It has become that time of evening when people sit on their porches.

By posted June 3rd, 2017 1 comment

Over the coming months, I will gradually phase out my involvement with the high school quizbowl circuit in Southern California in order to focus on other pursuits in my personal and professional life. I plan to ensure that a stable event calendar exists through the end of the 2017 calendar year, and there is a small possibility that I may stay and conduct outreach for the season-opening novice tournament, but afterwards, I will no longer be involved with staffing local tournaments, maintaining this website, or conducting social media on the Facebook group. Please email, private message, or otherwise contact me if you are interested in contributing to this website.

In order to facilitate a smoother, more transparent discussion of tournament scheduling, I have moved talks to a thread on the public Quizbowl Resource Center forums, instead of the private email chain that has been used traditionally.

I have outlined a small number of items which I believe are necessary for the continuation of Southern California as a self-sufficient, nationally-competitive quizbowl circuit.

1. Continue the trajectory of tournaments hosted using high-quality questions, with two competitive divisions, and supported by assertive outreach and a network of middle schools. The use of high-quality question sets is a direct corollary of the intentionally-fewer tournaments that were scheduled this year. We need to continue to have no more than three (3) tournaments in a two-month timespan, run on high-quality question sets such as NAQT sets, BHSAT, HFT, and WHAQ.

Among the greatest successes of Southern California has been the introduction of Varsity and JV divisions to regular-season tournaments. Even in 2016 – 2017 alone, this endeavour has allowed schools such as Rancho Bernardo, Del Norte, and San Dieguito to foster new talent in a competitive environment without the excesses of being in a pool with the likes of Canyon Crest A. We need to continue this practice at every possible tournament in the future, and in particular we need to be clearer about JV qualification, which has been an oversight on my part. I am in favour of a Northern California-esque system with some modifications; JV qualification would be extended to individuals who meet the following criteria:

(a) less than two (2) calendar years of high school quizbowl experience
(b) less than than two (2) tournament wins in a JV division
(c) have never scored 60 PPG or above in a JV division
(d) have never scored more than 25% of their team’s points-per-game (PPG) at a HSNCT or NSC team that placed in the top 25%

Over the past five years, Madison High School’s tremendously successful Warhawk Invitational series have almost singlehandedly created and fostered one of the nation’s strongest middle school circuits. This year, high schools such as Bishop’s, Francis Parker, Mt. Everest, and Mira Mesa have shown tremendous talent in their first- and second-year students that have gone “under the radar.” These schools are the future of Southern California. Madison, Rancho Bernardo, and Westview have firsthand experience of how effective and rewarding direct outreach can be. We need to stop with the email blasts and start establishing personal connections with students, players, teams, and coaches. Phone calls and conversations can go a long way.

Another thing, and perhaps the most important: quizbowl can be an expensive activity, and not every team or school has the funding to compete at every tournament in the current economic environment of quizbowl. We need to revamp the execution of new school discounts. If the current $80-per-team registration continues to stand, new schools need to be given a minimum of a $60 discount. The definition of “new school” needs to cover any team that has three (3) or less tournaments played in the past two (2) calendar years, and the discount needs to extend to any and all tournaments under which the school continues to be considered “new” by this definition.

2. Make strides in Orange County and Los Angeles. This has been the metaphorical centum-split-in-Tocharian of Southern California quizbowl. In theory, Los Angeles is a great place to conduct outreach, because it has a deeply-entrenched tradition of Academic Decathlon that should be a ripe for starting quizbowl teams. In practice, there has never been a strong enough force of outreach to accomplish this goal. The closest we came was the laudable efforts of the Arcadia club this year, but besides that we’ve relied on word-of-mouth and for teams to miraculously come across this website. I’ll be honest, I don’t have a clear answer for this at all, other than a happy vision of some distant future where Arcadia and North Hollywood don’t need to drive down two hours for a tournament every month.

3. Introduce the North County and Grossmont Academic Leagues to pyramidal questions. There are two ways we can do this. The first way is to continue with the status quo, in which Academic League and quizbowl are bifurcated entirely, and individualised outreach is targetted at North County schools. This has been relatively successful, but has progressed at a slow pace, particularly due to the geographic distance between the quizbowl-regular North County schools and many of the non-quizbowl-regular North County schools, which are situated closer to the 78 freeway.

The alternative is for students and coaches to come together and pressure the league to adopt a pyramidal question source such as NAQT or (as Illinois has done) reputable private contractors; this would effect the most immediate change and would reach the largest number of teams. The downside is that, if Academic League adopts NAQT, this would doubtlessly have ramifications on eligibility and question security at existing regular-season tournaments, which we’ve already seen this year with Olympian, La Jolla, Cathedral, and Scripps Ranch. The model that’s been proposed, and that I think would be the best, is the one used by the Sweetwater Academic League, in which the Varsity division uses IS-A questions and the JV and Freshman divisions use MS questions. This would provide competitive environments in which Academic League and Varsity quizbowl can both thrive.

In the past, I’ve been a strong proponent of the second option, but more recently I’ve come to question its necessity. The middle school circuit is thriving more than ever, and there’s been an optimistic reception to high school outreach this year.

4. Establish a network of coaches and alumni to carry out administrative faculties. This is the least immediate goal, and one that will take years to accomplish. The nation’s strongest circuits are all supported by quizbowlers of years past, from NCQBA and the ten thousand members of the UC Berkeley Club in Northern California to the coaches that make up Illinois’s IHSSBCA. The unusually student-centered nature of Southern California is a double-edged sword in this regard; opportunities for teams and students to host and run their own tournaments are a direct result of the paucity of coaches and alumni in the region. UC San Diego is a small club which lacks the resources to simultaneously conduct outreach, certify high-quality tournaments, and host those large tournaments. In order for Southern California to continue to exist, this responsibility will need to be diffused to other coaches and college clubs over time.

2017 High School National Championship Tournament (HSNCT) Results

By posted May 27th, 2017 No comments

Congratulations to the nine (9) teams from Southern California who competed at the 2017 High School National Championship Tournament (HSNCT) this weekend. Teams who placed in the playoffs are listed in bold.

Arcadia A (7 – 3 in prelims, 2 – 2 in playoffs, T – 25 finish)
Arcadia B (6 – 4, 1 – 1 in playoffs, T – 65 finish)
Irvine (5 – 5 in prelims, 117th finish)
Olympian A (5 – 5 in prelims, 154th finish)
Olympian B (6 – 4, 0 – 1 in playoffs, T – 97 finish)
Santa Monica (5 – 5 in prelims, 124th finish)
Scripps Ranch (5 – 5 in prelims, 158th finish)
Torrey Pines (6 – 4, 0 – 1 in playoffs, T – 97 finish)
Westview (8 – 2, 4 – 2 in playoffs, T – 9 finish)

Complete Saturday preliminary results are available at this page.

Live Sunday playoff results are available at this page.

Canyon Crest sweeps Triton Spring VII (UC San Diego, 20 May 2017)

By posted May 20th, 2017 No comments

In the upper division, Canyon Crest A defeated Arcadia, 310 – 215. In the lower division, Canyon Crest C defeated Rancho Bernardo B, 370 – 200. Full stats available here.

Team performance:

Upper Lower
Rank Team Record PPB Rank Team Record PPB
1 Canyon Crest A 10 – 2 20.29 1 Canyon Crest C 9 – 2 22.33
2 Arcadia 9 – 3 20.29 2 Rancho Bernardo B 8 – 3 22.16
T – 3 Rancho Bernardo A 8 – 3 19.19 3 Del Norte A 7 – 3 20.77
T – 3 North Hollywood 8 – 3 19.18 4 Rancho Bernardo C 5 – 5 18.39

Individual performance:

Upper Lower
Rank Name Team PPG Rank Name Team PPG
1 James Malouf (12) La Jolla 99.55 1 Victor Wang (10) Rancho Bernardo B 54.50
2 Thomas Freedman (11) Torrey Pines 74.55 2 Kyle Ke (9) Del Norte A 43.50
3 Keoni Rodriguez (12) Cathedral 70.00 3 Raymond Song (9) Canyon Crest C 41.50
4 Bryan Ugaz (12) Rancho Bernardo A 66.36 4 Sofia Luengo (9) Del Norte B 40.00

Thank you to all teams for attending!

Six teams from SoCal place at the 2017 MSNCT

By posted May 14th, 2017 No comments

Congratulations to the following six teams for their performance at the 2017 Middle School National Championship Tournament (MSNCT):

Black Mountain A (T – 33)
Black Mountain B (127)
Black Mountain C (97)
Design 39 (T – 49)
Mesa Verde (T – 21)
Oak Valley (107)

Aptakisic (Buffalo Grove, IL) won the national championship, 470 – 325, in the second game of an advantaged final against Mounds Park (St. Paul, Minnesota). Full tournament statistics are available at this page.

2016 – 2017 Southern California Nationals Preview

By posted May 2nd, 2017 No comments

In just one month, thirteen (13) teams from Southern California will fly across the country to compete at quizbowl’s two premier national championships. They will join a total of twenty-nine (29) teams from California and thirty-eight (38) teams from the Western United States at either the High School National Championship Tournament (HSNCT) or the National Scholastic Championship (NSC). The two national tournaments have a number of differences in format, structure, and style, which are detailed below.

HSNCT NSC
  • Hosted by NAQT in Atlanta, GA
  • 304 teams, 9 from SoCal
  • Computational math bonuses
  • Timed rounds (two 9-minute halves)
  • 15-point powers and 5-point negs
  • No bouncebacks
  • Ten (10) Swiss-matched preliminary games on Saturday
  • Double-elimination playoffs on Sunday
  • Hosted by PACE in Chicago, IL
  • 96 teams, 5 from SoCal
  • No computational math
  • Untimed rounds
  • 20-point powers and 0-point negs
  • Bouncebacks
  • Seven (7) preliminary games and five (5) playoff games on Saturday
  • Three (3) to seven (7) superplayoff games on Sunday

Read more…

2017 – 2018 Preliminary Host Call

By posted May 2nd, 2017 No comments

This is an extremely tentative preliminary host call for 2017 – 2018. In short, we’re looking for potential hosts lined up through the end of 2017. In terms of high school tournaments, the October / November area is slated for the pan-region novice tournament, leaving one (1) season opener in September, one (1) tournament in December, and one (1) additional tournament in an available time slot in the October / November time frame. Of these, we’re looking for least one (1) NAQT tournament and one (1) non-NAQT tournament, not counting the novice tournament, which hopes to be on SCOP Novice; one (1) of the non-novice tournaments should be outside of San Diego. During this time frame, we are also looking for one (1) middle school tournament host.

If your team, school, or organisation is interested in hosting a tournament, please send us an email at qb.socal@gmail.com. Details such as time of year, field capacity, and co-host school are appreciated. Please note that emailing us does not guarantee you a tournament; in particular, due to tournament capacities we will look to give priority to schools interested in co-hosting tournaments with another school.

Bishop’s, Francis Parker B win Warhawk Invitational V (Madison HS, 30 April 2017)

By posted May 1st, 2017 No comments

In the upper division, Bishop’s defeated Westview, 310 – 215. In the lower division, Francis Parker B defeated Christ Lutheran, 460 – 100. Full stats available here.

Team performance:

Upper Lower
Rank Team Record PPB Rank Team Record PPB
1 Bishop’s 10 – 1 19.92 1 Francis Parker B 9 – 0 21.14
2 Westview 9 – 1 21.55 2 Christ Lutheran 7 – 2 16.15
T – 3 Black Mountain A 9 – 1 19.03 T – 3 Marshall A 6 – 1 18.30
T – 3 Canyon Crest 6 – 4 18.83 T – 3 Wangenheim A 5 – 3 17.77

Some thoughts about the tournament:

  • There’s some serious untapped talent in San Diego. Tournament champions Bishop’s and Francis Parker B burst back onto the scene for the first time in years with a team of rookies. Out of the upper division champs pools, Mt. Everest, Mira Mesa, and Francis Parker A were newcomers, while in the lower-division Wangenheim A finished T – 3 in their second-ever tournament appearance. These teams are hungry for more, and will make a big splash in the scene come this fall.
  • Marshall might be the circuit’s deepest middle school team. Placing all four (!!) of their teams in the championship pools and outscoring second-place Christ Lutheran in both points-per-game (PPG) and points-per-bonus (PPB) is a testament to the efforts of the team and organisation.
  • For many middle school teams, this was a litmus test for nationals. Of the seven middle school teams in the upper division, six will be flying out to Dallas in two weeks to vie for the title of best team in the country. SoCal has historically performed well, but this year continues to lag behind the likes of Connecticut and Illinois. Keep an eye on neg rates this Mother’s Day weekend; Black Mountain A and Oak Valley will see their games decided by how much their aggressiveness pays off.
  • What will SoCal look like next year? Mesa Verde‘s top scorers look to join the graduating A- and B-teamers from Black Mountain at Westview, which already boasts three members of last year’s fifth-in-the-nation squad. Meanwhile, Mission Bay and Arcadia are stocking up for next year, fielding brand-new rosters with optimistic initial results. In the lower division, Francis Parker BChrist Lutheran, and Wangenheim A are all keeping a handful of players for one more year – will a new triumvirate emerge?

Rancho Bernardo wins Cobalt II (La Jolla HS, 22 April 2017)

By posted April 22nd, 2017 No comments

Rancho Bernardo went 9 – 1 to win Cobalt II outright. Full stats available here.

Rank Team Record PPB
1 Rancho Bernardo A 9 – 1 TBD
2 Canyon Crest A 7 – 3 TBD
T – 3 Westview 6 – 4 TBD
T – 3 Olympian B 6 – 4 TBD

Individual performance:

Rank Name Team PPG
1 Rahul K. Westview 128.57
2 Bryan U. Rancho Bernardo 87.14
3 Jeffrey Q. Canyon Crest A 60.00
4 James S. Olympian A 50.00
5 Max B. Olympian B 43.57

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03/26/17 High School Quiz Bowl Rankings

By posted April 1st, 2017 No comments

Congratulations to the following twelve teams from Southern California for their achievement in being ranked among the top 200 teams in the nation.

5. Westview A (–)
27. Canyon Crest A (-4)
31. La Jolla A (-4)
54. Torrey Pines (-4)
67. Arcadia A (-6)
69. North Hollywood A (-1)
70. Rancho Bernardo A (-3)
87. Arcadia B (-5)
106. Irvine A (-5)
109. Canyon Crest B (-4)
121. Santa Monica A (-5)
143. Cathedral Catholic A (-2)

The High School Quiz Bowl Rankings are a series of nationwide team rankings organized by Fred Morlan and published several times a year. They assess the calibre of teams by analyzing points-per-bonus (PPB) stats across a number of tournaments and making adjustments to account for the difficulty of the question set.