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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).

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.