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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 1 comment

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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Triton Spring VII @ UC San Diego (20 May 2017)

By posted March 20th, 2017 No comments

Quiz Bowl at UCSD is pleased to announce its seventh annual Triton Spring Tournament at UC San Diego on Saturday, 20 May 2017. As one of the longest continuously-running tournaments in Southern California, we aspire to make Triton Spring a satisfying season-ending tournament for all teams.

DATE / TIME: The tournament will be held on Saturday, 20 May 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 UC San Diego (9500 Gilman Dr, La Jolla, CA 92093), in either the Humanities and Social Sciences (H&SS) building or Center Hall. More information will be provided closer to the tournament date.

TOURNAMENT DETAILS: Our tournament will divide the field into two divisions, as follows:

– An upper division using Yale University’s annual Bulldog High School Academic Tournament (BHSAT) question set (limit 12 teams)

– A lower division using a High School Academic Pyramidal Questions (HSAPQ) question set (limit 6 teams)

Due to the small field size, each school will be limited to one (1) team across both divisions (i.e. a single team in either division but not both). Additional teams will be waitlisted until 6 May 2017. The lower division is only open to individuals whose first high school quizbowl tournament was no earlier than the 2015 – 2016 school year. At the tournament director’s sole discretion, particularly talented individuals may have their eligibility in the lower division restricted on the basis of factors including but not limited to skill level and previous tournament performances.

Our registration fee is as follows:

Base fee: $80

-$40 if school has played less than three (3) tournaments since 20 May 2015
-$10 per experienced moderator (at tournament director (TD) discretion)
-$5 per working buzzer system (at TD discretion; must accommodate at least eight players)
-$5 per 50 miles travelled one way, according to Google Maps

There is a minimum fee of $30 for all schools.

Teams must register for the tournament by emailing ucsdqb@gmail.com with (a) the school name; (b) the division in which a team is being registered; (c) the number of buzzer systems, if any; (d) the number of staffers, if any; and (e) a contact name and phone number. Due to the small field size, we anticipate the tournament field to fill rapidly.

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

Thank you and we hope to see you at our tournament in May.

Westview sweeps CaVIAR II @ Canyon Crest Academy (3/4/17)

By posted March 4th, 2017 No comments

In the Varsity division, Westview A went undefeated. In the Junior Varsity division, Westview B defeated Canyon Crest, 365 – 210. Full stats available here.

Team performance:

Varsity JV
Rank Team Record PPB Rank Team Record PPB
1 Westview A 12 – 0 24.01 1 Westview B 10 – 1 18.62
2 La Jolla A 8 – 4 20.21 2 Canyon Crest 9 – 2 16.47
3 Rancho Bernardo A 8 – 4 19.84 3 Del Norte B 8 – 2 18.52
4 Torrey Pines A 5 – 7 19.21 4 San Dieguito 7 – 3 18.42

Individual performance:

Varsity JV
Rank Name Team PPG Rank Name Team PPG
1 James M. La Jolla A 137.78 1 Klaus N. San Dieguito 109.50
2 Rahul K. Westview A 105.00 2 Jacob Z. Carlsbad 67.06
3 Arianne C. Los Alamitos 87.22 3 Shahar S. Westview B 62.50
4 Keoni R. Cathedral 83.33 4 Kyle K. Del Norte B 61.50

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Thirteen SoCal Teams Ranked Top in the Nation

By posted February 25th, 2017 No comments

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

  • Westview A (5)
  • Canyon Crest A (23)
  • La Jolla A (27)
  • Torrey Pines A (50)
  • Arcadia A (61)
  • Rancho Bernardo A (67)
  • North Hollywood A (68)
  • Olympian A (81)
  • Arcadia B (82)
  • Irvine A (101)
  • Canyon Crest B (105)
  • Santa Monica A (116)
  • Cathedral A (141)

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.

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. At the tournament director’s sole discretion, particularly talented individuals may have their eligibility in the upper division restricted on the basis of factors including but not limited to skill level and previous tournament performances.

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.