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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).

Westview A, Canyon Crest C win TPAIN III @ Torrey Pines (10/22/16)

By posted September 25th, 2016 No comments

Westview A defeated Arcadia A in a disadvantaged final, 480 – 195. Full stats available here.

Team performance:

Varsity JV
Rank Team Record PPB Rank Team Record PPB
1 Westview A 11 – 1 24.06 1 Canyon Crest C 10 – 0 19.15
2 Arcadia A 9 – 3 21.02 2 North Hollywood B 8 – 2 16.96
3 Canyon Crest A 6 – 4 22.48 3 San Dieguito 7 – 3 14.07
4 Rancho Bernardo A 6 – 4 21.31 4 Canyon Crest B 5 – 5 11.93

Individual performance:

Varsity JV
Rank Name Team PPG Rank Name Team PPG
1 James M. La Jolla 123.00 1 Klaus N. San Dieguito 75.00
2 Arianne C. Los Alamitos A 88.00 2 Wesley Z. Canyon Crest C 63.00
3 Rahul K. Westview A 69.00 3 Albert L. North Hollywood B 56.00
4 Justin L. North Hollywood A 68.00 4 Manasvi V. Del Norte C 53.33

Westview A, Arcadia A, Canyon Crest A, and Rancho Bernardo A qualified for the 2017 HSNCT.

Westview AArcadia ACanyon Crest ARancho Bernardo AArcadia B, and North Hollywood A qualified for the 2017 NSC.

Some thoughts:

  • Most of the top teams aren’t going through a rebuilding year at all – Westview A is the best team in the region statistically, but Arcadia A is back with a vengeance just one year after their HSNCT-winning squad in 2015, with a B team trailing not too far behind. Canyon Crest A and Rancho Bernardo A are about where they were last year despite the loss of lead scorers Nathan Mar (Berkeley ’20) and Kion You (Brown ’20). Most impressive is La Jolla A, where James Malouf (12) nearly single-handedly beat out the entire field in points-per-game (PPG) and points-per-bonus (PPB) while dropping just two games.
  • It’s difficult to see how the teams on the cusp of playoff contention will do. Los Alamitos A and Del Norte A have hovered around the threshold for the past couple of years, but they both need to consolidate a four-member squad and round out their corners to stop dropping easy bonus parts and late buzzes. Olympian A is almost there – their strong PPB shows it’s just a matter of playing the tossups better.
  • Big shoutout to San Dieguito and Edison, who came out to their first tournament in a couple of years. In particular, San Dieguito has a strong foundation in lead scorer Klaus Neyer (11); the team just needs to build a solid support system around him to become a playoff contender. Looking forward to seeing these schools at the October novice tournaments and at other events this year.

Triton Novice Tournament (22 Oct) Team Limit Update

By posted September 25th, 2016 No comments

Hello everyone,

We are receiving a larger amount of interest from local schools for our Triton Novice Tournament at UC San Diego on 22 October 2016 than we anticipated. As a result, we are updating our registration policy to limit each school to two (2) teams at registration, rather than the original policy of three (3) teams. This policy will take place immediately – schools that have already registered registered three (3) teams prior to this announcement will be unaffected, but all other registrations will be limited to two (2) teams (with the remainder being waitlisted) until further notice.

Sign up for our novice tournaments!

By posted September 24th, 2016 No comments

To all schools,

This year, we will have three sites for novice players, so that you would not need to travel far. For the Los Angeles County, the novice tournament will be on Saturday October 29, 2016 at Arcadia High School. For the Orange County, the mirror will be hosted on Saturday October 22, 2016 at Irvine High School . Finally, for San Diego County, the event will be on Saturday October 22, 2016 at the University of California – San Diego. Tournament entry fees will be discounted to accommodate new schools that are unsure whether they want to do quiz bowl.

For more information on how to sign up, please visit the forum post of our hosts –

Los Angeles County (Arcadia High School on 10/29) | http://www.hsquizbowl.org/forums/viewtopic.php?f=1&t=18973

Orange County (Irvine High School on 10/22) | http://www.hsquizbowl.org/forums/viewtopic.php?f=1&t=19041

San Diego County (UCSD on 10/22) | http://www.hsquizbowl.org/forums/viewtopic.php?f=1&t=19004

Have a great season!

Arcadia Novice Tournament moved to Oct 29

By posted September 21st, 2016 No comments

Due to problems with scheduling, the LA region mirror of SCOP Novice 7, known as Arcadia Novice Tournament (ANT), is moved a week later to October 29, 2016. This is already reflected in our events calendar here: http://www.socalquizbowl.org/calendar/. Note that the Orange County mirror at Irvine High School and the San Diego County mirror at UC San Diego are unaffected by this change.

Sorry and thanks for your comprehension!

2016 – 2017 Event Calendar and Eligibility

By posted August 12th, 2016 No comments

The calendar of regular-season high school tournaments is now available at our Event Calendar page. Tournaments marked with an asterisk will qualify high-placing teams to the 2017 High School National Championship Tournament (HSNCT). We are also actively seeking certification for tournaments to qualify teams to the 2017 National Scholastic Championship (NSC).

This year, we are extending the successful Varsity and Junior Varsity divisions that we began last year. All or nearly-all tournaments will have a Varsity division and a Junior Varsity division. All students are eligible to play in the Varsity division. Students are eligible to play in the Junior Varsity division if they meet the following conditions: (a) they have less than two calendar years of quizbowl experience (other academic extracurriculars such as Science Olympiad and Academic League do not count towards this limit); (b) they have never played on a team at the HSNCT, the NSC, or the National All-Star Academic Tournament (NASAT); (c) they have less than three Junior Varsity division tournament wins in a single academic year. All middle school students are eligible to play in any division they choose.

Southern California Date Claim 2016 – 2017

By posted July 26th, 2016 No comments

We are currently accepting bids and claims for high school and middle school quizbowl tournaments in Southern California for the 2016 – 2017 school year. If you are interested in hosting a tournament, please contact Sui Feng Xu at sfxu@uci.edu.

2016 – 2017 Scheduling

By posted May 25th, 2016 No comments

We are currently assembling a list of potential hosts and bids for the tournament circuit this coming year. If you are interested in hosting a high school, middle school, History Bowl, or other quizbowl tournament during the 2016 – 2017 school year, please send us an email at qb.socal@gmail.com. No prior tournament hosting experience is necessary.

Triton Spring Wrap-Up and Nationals Predictions

By posted May 15th, 2016 No comments

La Jolla cleared the field 12 – 0. Full stats available here.

Team performance:

Rank Team Record PPB
1 La Jolla 12 – 0 22.32
2 Canyon Crest A 11 – 1 23.59
T – 3 Westview 9 – 3 22.08
T – 3 Torrey Pines A 9 – 3 19.84

Individual performance:

Rank Name Team PPG
1 Bryan U. Rancho Bernardo 97.08
2 James M. La Jolla 89.58
3 Rahul K. Westview 80.00
4 Shripad B. Irvine 68.33

Southern California quietly closed out the 2015 – 2016 season in the most unsurprising way possible: playoff contenders A through Z brawled for the win as La Jolla came out on top without a scratch. Over the coming weeks, six of these teams, plus many more across Southern California, will be pitted against powerhouses from all over the country at one of quizbowl’s two national championships: NAQT’s High School National Championship Tournament (HSNCT) on May 27 – 29 in Dallas, and PACE’s National Scholastic Championship on June 3 – 5 in Chicago.

The SoCalQuizbowl.org staff have made predictions for each team’s performance with our respective arguments, using as reference points Fred Morlan’s nationwide quizbowl rankings, a cross-analysis of local tournament results, and performance trends across past national tournaments.

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