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Warhawk Invitational V @ Madison HS (30 April 2017; San Diego, CA)

By posted February 7th, 2017 No comments

Madison High School is pleased to announce its fifth annual Warhawk Invitational, to be held on Sunday, 30 April 2017. As the oldest middle school tournament series in Southern California, the Warhawk Invitational annually attracts a large, competitive field of teams from around the county. The tournament director for this event will be Eddie Kim.

DATE/TIME: The tournament will be held on Sunday, 30 April 2017. Check-in will begin at 8:00 AM, and matches will begin promptly at 9:00 AM. Teams will be required to attend a mandatory informational meeting at 8:45 AM.

LOCATION: The tournament will be held on the campus of Madison High School, located at 4833 Doliva Dr, San Diego, CA 92117. Teams will meet in the cafeteria, and games will be held in the 100, 200, 300, and 400 buildings.

TOURNAMENT FORMAT: The tournament will have two separate divisions. The lower division will use NAQT MS-22, and is suitable for middle school teams of all skill level. The upper division will use NAQT IS-165A, and is suitable for novice high school teams and motivated nationals-caliber middle school teams. Both divisions will adhere to official NAQT rules, with the exception that matches will be run as untimed halves of ten questions each. The top 15% of middle school teams will qualify for the 2017 Middle School National Championship Tournament (MSNCT), with all upper division-teams ranked above all lower division-teams for the sake of qualification. The tournament is not a qualifier for the 2017 High School National Championship Tournament (HSNCT).

ELIGIBILITY: All middle school students are eligible to play in any division. All high school students in grades 9 or 10 (or equivalent) are eligible to play in the upper division. High school students are not eligible to play in the lower division.

REGISTRATION: Teams must register for the tournament by emailing Bob Stout at bstout@sandi.net with the following information:

  • The total number of teams
  • The total number of buzzer systems, if any
  • The total number of moderators, if any
  • The total number of scorekeepers, if any
  • A contact name and phone number

Middle schools will be limited to registering two (2) teams in the upper division and two (2) teams in the lower division. High schools will be limited to registering one (1) team in the upper division. All other teams will be waitlisted until 17 April 2017 at the earliest. Each team may have no more than six players, no more than four of whom will be in play at any point in time. The field for each division is capped at a maximum of eighteen (18) teams.

The registration fee for the tournament is as follows:

+$60 per team
-$10 (off of total school cost) for each fully-functioning buzzer system
-$20 (off of total school cost) for each competent moderator
-$5 (off of total school cost) for each competent scorekeeper
-$5 (off of total school cost) for every fifty (50) miles travelled according to Google Maps
-$20 (off of total school cost) for each new team that attends the tournament due to a referral

New schools will pay a flat $20 per team. The minimum fee for each school is $10. All payment will be handled on-site on the day of the tournament. The tournament director reserves the right to award or deny any discount or fee for any reason.

The current tournament field can be found at this page.

INQUIRIES: Any inquiries can be resolved by emailing the tournament director at eddie14dh@gmail.com.

Westview A Defeats CCA in Final, Wins IHOP IV

By posted February 4th, 2017 No comments

Statistics can be found here.

In the varsity division, both Canyon Crest Academy A (CCA A) and Westview A finished the eleven game round robin with a 10-1 record. In the ensuing final, Westview clinched the game on the final tossup, winning 390-345. Westview A maintains the edge over CCA A in points-per-bonus, but Canyon Crest Academy A cut down their negs to a remarkably low twenty-four. It will be interesting to see how those two attributes of each team play out in the coming months.

In the JV division, Westview swept their way to an 8-0 win, with Arcadia C taking second.

Torrey Pines A, Rancho Bernardo A, and Santa Monica A all finished tied for third. Torrey Pines continues to be led by star Thomas Freedman (11) who led all varsity players with 78.18 points-per-game (PPG). A resurgent Santa Monica A did not miss a beat despite their sporadic attendance this year, notching impressive wins over CCA A and Arcadia A. Should Santa Monica A ramp up attendance, they could figure as an X-factor in an already competitive region. Arcadia remains a difficult team to gauge; Arcadia A was not able to crack the top three despite an elite power rate and strong team balance. Matt Forster (11) starred as lead scorer for Arcadia B this tournament, powering a team-high 31 tossups. It is very possible that Arcadia‘s finish is not an accurate indicator of their strength and that they are much better than their finish. 

Concerns about the depth of SoCal should be assuaged by the incredible fact that teams 1st through 9th in the varsity division all achieved PPB’s north of twenty. With such a deep assortment of teams, Southern California looks to make a splash at nationals this year.

In the JV division, the balance of Westview simply overpowered the rest of the tournament field. Notable performers include Eahmon Vahidi of St. Monica, Nick Towns of Rancho Bernardo B, and Junu Song of Westview B.


Mesa Verde MS recognized as NAQT Middle School Team of the Week

By posted February 2nd, 2017 No comments

Congratulations to Mesa Verde Middle School, whom NAQT has recognized as their Middle School Team of the Week for the week of 28 January 2017.

Also recognized were:

  • High School Team of the Week: Lehigh Valley (PA)
  • High School Player of the Week: Eshaan Vakil (Ed W. Clark, NV)
  • Middle School Player of the Week: Isak Dai (Mounds Park, MN)

Read all about their achievements at this page.

Mesa Verde wins Triton Middle School Tournament II @ UC San Diego (1/28/17)

By posted January 28th, 2017 No comments

Mesa Verde defeated Black Mountain A, 345 – 280, to win Triton Middle School Tournament II. Full stats available here.

Team performance:

Rank Team Record PPB
1 Mesa Verde 9 – 0 22.59
2 Black Mountain A 8 – 1 21.16
T – 3 Oak Valley A 7 – 1 19.78
T – 3 Black Mountain D 5 – 3 19.66

Individual performance:

Rank Name Team PPG
1 Daniel S. Black Mountain A 84.54
2 Andrew C. Christ Lutheran 75.00
3 Jason Z. Oak Valley A 66.00
4 Daniel S. Mesa Verde 65.00

Mesa Verde, Black Mountain A, Oak Valley A, and Black Mountain D qualified for the 2017 Middle School National Championship Tournament (MSNCT).

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Westview, Diamond Bar win Baby Anteater XV @ UC Irvine (1/14/17)

By posted January 15th, 2017 No comments

Westview continued their dominance over the SoCal circuit, defeating Irvine in the Varsity final 365 – 265. Diamond Bar went undefeated in the JV division going 10 – 0 over ten (10) games.

Stats can be found here.

Westview finished a good 3 points-per-bonus (PPB) over the rest of the competition, and their 9.8 powers per game finished at least two more than any other team, suggesting that Westview is edging closer to regional hegemony. A full-strength Westview team has only lost two games this year. Irvine, propelled by Shripad Badithe (11) and Andy Huang (11), built off their strong performance at Bronco Bowl II to finish second. Interestingly enough, neither performance featured Irvine’s full traditional A-team, suggesting Irvine will have to think hard about team decisions. Canyon Crest continued their streaky performances, finishing with a relatively disappointing PPB (20.30) for a team of their capabilities. Considering Canyon Crest‘s previous performances and the absence of Boopala Arul (11), it is entirely possible, even likely, that this was just an anomalous downturn.

Arcadia’s continued decision to mix and match their A and B teams muddles any potential assessment of their strength. Andrew Hoagland (10) has emerged as the clear star player, but he will need help if Arcadia wishes to take the next step as a team. The fact that Arcadia B finished with a 21.65 PPB suggests that Arcadia has ample depth to do so. Despite Thomas Freedman’s (11) incredible 115.56 PPG, Torrey Pines was not able to break into the top four. Having graduated much of last year’s A-team, Torrey Pines will have to find a way to rebuild into their usual powerhouse status.

Baby Anteater also featured several fresh faces: Diamond BarSherman Oaks, Woodbridge, and Rancho Alamitos all made welcome appearances in the JV division, where Diamond Bar swept the field 10 – 0. Capistrano Valley returned for their first tournament appearance since October, joined by the four (4) (!!) teams of Northwood. As these teams continue to attend tournaments, SoCal looks to remain as competitive as ever.

The Partnership for Academic Competition Excellence (PACE) announces the Morgan Costa-Rhodes Memorial Scholarship

By posted January 5th, 2017 No comments

The Partnership for Academic Competition Excellence (PACE), a non-profit organization dedicated to supporting high school quizbowl nationwide, is announcing a one-time $2000 college scholarship for current high school seniors. Students who have shown involvement in quizbowl and in their community and have demonstrated financial need are encouraged to apply. Full details available here.

Canyon Crest sweeps Bronco Bowl II @ Rancho Bernardo (12/17/16)

By posted December 17th, 2016 No comments

In the Varsity division, Canyon Crest A defeated Westview A, 375 – 365. In the Junior Varsity division, Canyon Crest D won outright with an overall 9 – 1 win record. Full stats available here.

Team performance:

Varsity JV
Rank Team Record PPB Rank Team Record PPB
1 Canyon Crest A 9 – 1 24.78 1 Canyon Crest D 9 – 1 20.00
2 Westview A 10 – 1 27.14 2 North Hollywood B 8 – 2 21.67
T – 3 La Jolla A 8 – 2 24.71 3 Arcadia C 7 – 3 22.78
T – 3 Arcadia A 6 – 3 22.35 4 San Dieguito 6 – 4 21.79

Individual performance:

Varsity JV
Rank Name Team PPG Rank Name Team PPG
1 James M. La Jolla A 185.00 1 Eshaan V. Ed W. Clark 157.00
2 Rahul K. Westview A 141.00 2 Alan Z. Canyon Crest D 91.00
3 Shripad B. Irvine A 108.75 3 Klaus N. San Dieguito 76.00
4 Jeffrey Q. Canyon Crest A 105.00 4 William S. Arcadia C 66.00

Westview ACanyon Crest ALa Jolla AArcadia A, Irvine, and Arcadia B qualified for the 2017 National Scholastic Championship (NSC).

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Triton Middle School Tournament II @ UC San Diego (01/28/16) [NAQT MS-20]

By posted December 17th, 2016 No comments

The UCSD quizbowl team will host our second Triton Middle School Tournament, to be held at UCSD on Saturday, January 28th, 2017.

The set will be run on NAQT MS-20.

Any new schools (a school that did not play a tournament in the 2015-2016 season) will pay a flat $20 per team.

For returning schools:
$65 per team of 4 or less
$75 per team of 5 or 6.
Teams of more than 6 are no longer accepted

– $20 per school that successfully introduces Quiz Bowl to another school
– $10 per working buzzer system (must accommodate at least eight players)
– $10 per experienced moderator
– $5 per 50 miles traveled one-way per school

Minimum Fees:
$40 for each regular team
$20 for each new school team

How to Register:
More logistics information will be provided closer to the date of the tournament to teams that are registered. To register (or if you have any questions), email us at ucsdqb@gmail.com with:
1. How many teams you expect to bring
2. The number of buzzers and/or moderators that you can provide
3. A contact email and phone number

Registration Limits:
We are implementing a soft field cap of 18 teams until we fully confirm rooms and staffers. Six spots will be reserved for new schools. The remaining 12 spots can be filled by either new or returning schools. Returning schools will be limited to registering two team each. Any additional teams they want to register will go onto a wait list. If the new school slots are not filled one week prior to the tournament or we can expand the field cap, teams on the wait list will be let off.

Triton Novice (22 Oct) Field Expansion – Open Registration

By posted October 18th, 2016 No comments

Hi everyone,

Due to an opportunity to expand the field from 20 teams to 24 teams, we currently have four additional spaces available for the Triton Novice Tournament this Saturday, 22 October 2016.

We are now accepting open registration from all schools, regardless of the current number of teams they have registered. Registrations will be prioritized first by number of currently registered teams (e.g. a school registering their second team will be prioritized over a school registering their third team), and then on a first-come-first-serve basis.

If you are interested in registering, please email us at ucsdqb@gmail.com with (a) the number of additional teams to be registered and (b) a roster of names and grade levels for each student. The deadline to register is 11:59 PM on Thursday, 20 October 2016.

Second Team Limit Update for Triton Novice (22 Oct)

By posted September 29th, 2016 No comments

Hello everyone,

Due to a large number of interested schools, we are updating our previous registration policy. As of immediately, each school is now permitted to register one (1) team at registration, with the remainder being waitlisted. This policy does not affect schools that have already registered prior to today (29 September, 2016).