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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

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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.

James Malouf recognized as NAQT High School Player of the Week

By posted March 30th, 2017 No comments

Congratulations to James Malouf (12, La Jolla High School), whom NAQT has recognized as their High School Player of the Week for the week of 25 March 2017.

“As the leader of the two-person La Jolla team at the Southern California State Championship, James scored 135 points per game in the preliminary rounds, easily leading the individual scoring.

James’s career has been marked by distinction, scoring in the double digits at every NAQT tournament he has attended, and three times breaking the 100 points per game threshold. Now the captain of the team, he closes his high school career with distinction.”

Also recognized were:

High School Team of the Week: Meridian High School A (Meridian, MS)
Middle School Team of the Week: Winston Churchill Middle School A through G (Carmichael, CA)
Middle School Player of the Week: Nick Zhang (River Edge, NJ)

Read all about their achievements at this page.

Canyon Crest A wins the SoCal State Championship @ Westview HS (3/25/17)

By posted March 26th, 2017 No comments

Canyon Crest A defeated Arcadia A in the finals, 345 – 195, to win the 2017 Southern California State Championship. Del Norte B defeated San Dieguito A, 225 – 110, to win the JV title. Full stats available here.

Team performance:

Varsity
Rank Team Record PPB
1 Canyon Crest A 9 – 2 22.73
2 Arcadia A 9 – 2 21.97
3 Torrey Pines A 9 – 2 21.51
4 Rancho Bernardo A 8 – 3 18.53
JV 1 Del Norte B 4 – 7 15.79
JV 2 San Dieguito 4 – 7 17.84

Individual performance:

Varsity
Rank Name Team PPG
1 James M. La Jolla A 135.00
2 Keoni R. Cathedral A 88.00
3 Thomas F. Torrey Pines A 86.00
4 Bryan U. Rancho Bernardo A 73.00
JV 1 Wesley Z. Canyon Crest B 68.00
JV 2 Andrew H. Arcadia A 61.00
JV 3 Daniel S. Mesa Verde 43.33
JV 4 Junu S. Westview 43.00

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