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Torrey Pines A, Arcadia win @ Del Norte HS (12/19/15)

By posted December 26th, 2015 No comments

Torrey Pines A defeated La Jolla A in the second match of an advantaged final 335 – 315 after losing to them 200 – 430. Arcadia A cleared the JV division 9 – 0. Full stats available here.

Team performance:

Rank Varsity JV
Team Record PPB Team Record PPB
1 Torrey Pines A 11 – 1 23.47 Arcadia A 9 – 0 20.25
2 La Jolla A 10 – 2 22.54 Scripps Ranch B 8 – 1 16.12
3 Rancho Bernardo A 6 – 4 22.56 Torrey Pines C 7 – 3 13.40
4 Westview A 6 – 4 22.02 Westview C 6 – 3 12.96

Individual performance:

Rank Varsity JV
Name Team PPG Name Team PPG
1 Kion Y. Rancho Bernardo A 111.00 Joon L. Scripps Ranch B 71.67
2 James M. La Jolla A 97.00 Roger L. Arcadia A 66.67
3 Jeffrey Q. Canyon Crest B 89.00 Junha C. Torrey Pines C 44.44
4 Nathan M. Canyon Crest A 80.00 Jack Scripps Ranch B 44.29
5 Shripad B. Irvine 70.00 Hamlin L. Arcadia A 44.00
6 Vincent D. La Jolla A 68.00 Nick Rancho Bernardo D 43.00
7 Rahul K. Westview A 62.00 Andrew Arcadia B 41.67
8 Chaitanya K. Westview A 54.00 Alan L. Rancho Bernardo B 41.00

Torrey Pines A, La Jolla A, Rancho Bernardo A, Westview A, and Canyon Crest A qualified for the 2016 NAQT HSNCT.

Torrey Pines A, La Jolla A, and Rancho Bernardo A qualified for the 2016 PACE NSC.

After finishing second at IHOP and third at Triton Fall, Torrey Pines A finally achieved its first win of the season, led by the forty-two powers of generalist Thomas Freedman (10). However, Torrey Pines had thirty-nine negs as well, some coming at inopportune times, negging five times in a 430 – 200 loss to La Jolla A. With every team member scoring more powers than tens, they trampled through a slew of powerhouses, notching convincing victories over teams such as Rancho Bernardo A, Westview A, and Canyon Crest A, and trading one game apiece with La Jolla A before clinching the finals in a 335 – 315 victory. Notably absent was a full Canyon Crest A squad – right-hand man Jeffrey Qiu (10) led their B team into the championship bracket, but his presence on the A team would surely have prevented their uncharacteristic 5 – 5 finish.

The underclassmen of Arcadia A stormed through the JV division to take an uncontested 9 – 0 victory against their opponents. Made up of last year’s budding freshmen, the team had little trouble over the day, with an average margin of victory of 340 points and a points-per-bonus (PPB) rivaling the top varsity teams. Scripps Ranch B was the runner-up with a 9 – 1 win-loss record, beating their varsity counterpart, Scripps Ranch A, in both powers and PPB. Scripps Ranch B’s roster showed surprising depth by having both the second and third top scorers in the JV division, and the team should look to consolidate their top players into a single A team.

This season’s Southern California circuit seems to be the year of star underclassmen: Torrey Pines A’s Thomas Freedman continues to dominate in his strong suits of history and current events, putting up a solid forty-two powers behind the fifty-one powers of Rancho Bernardo A’s perennial top scorer Kion You (12). Canyon Crest and Arcadia are full of up and coming underclassmen; of particular note is Jeffrey Qiu (10), who led Canyon Crest B into the playoff bracket. One can only wonder if Canyon Crest would’ve replicated its victory at Triton Fall had Jeffrey been playing on the A-team. Despite a disappointing 2 – 3 performance in the morning rounds, Irvine’s star history player Shripad Badithe (10) secured his place as one of Southern California’s top generalists as well, with thirty-nine powers throughout the day – it’ll be interesting to see if his team can replicate their top four finish at October’s WAT. It’s clear that, while Shripad is making strides as an individual, Irvine is a team, and requires members it had at WAT and Triton Fall to display similar performances.

As 2015 comes to a close, it’s clear that the Arcadia domination in olden style has burst, but the seeds of the new generation have already sprouted in the form of a perfect sweep in the hall of the JV division. Tournament wins are currently split almost evenly between a triumvirate: La Jolla (TPAIN II, WAT IV) and Canyon Crest (IHOP V, Triton Fall V) have two and Torrey Pines (MADNESS) one. Just underneath, Rancho Bernardo and Westview remain winless, but strong performances at previous tournaments show that they are more than capable of seizing victory should the top three falter. As the rustle of spring brings five more regular-season tournaments, the close competition is sure to make the busy upcoming season for Southern California Quizbowl an exciting one.

One more week to bid for the 2016 NAQT state championship

By posted November 6th, 2015 No comments

There’s just one more week for schools to submit a bid for the 2016 NAQT state championship in Southern California. The state championship is a prestigious annual tournament that supplies hosts with the question set for free, and guarantees at least one extra qualification berth for the 2016 NAQT High School National Championship Tournament in Dallas, Texas.

Triton Fall V @ UC San Diego (11/14, CALI)

By posted October 23rd, 2015 No comments

Full tournament announcement available here.

San Diego Quizbowl is pleased to announce Triton Fall V at UCSD.

LOCATION: 9500 Gilman Dr., La Jolla, California, 92093

We are most likely using our usual spot at the Humanities and Social Sciences Building, though we may also use the Center Hall building that two of our tournaments took place in last year. This will be determined a week before the tournament, but both are within five minutes of each other. We will send out additional information to registered teams as the tournament approaches by contact email, the SoCalQB Facebook group, and this post.

DATE: The tournament will be held on Saturday, November 14. Check-in begins at 8:00 am, and first round should begin around 9 am. Schedules will be distributed at check-in.

FORMAT: This tournament will be one of the main sites of CALI, a regular difficulty question set written and edited by a team of players associated with California quiz bowl, including several members of Quiz Bowl at UCSD. For more information on the set, see here. The tournament will adhere to Official NAQT Rules with a few exceptions:

-Each round will be run as two untimed, 10-question halves
-Players will be given five seconds to answer after buzzing in on a tossup

The schedule will be a preliminary round robin followed by reseeding based on results from the round robin phase. Seedings in the individual sub-brackets will be determined by the overall win-loss record. Interbracket ties for reseeding will be resolved based on points per bonus, while intrabracket ties will be resolved by points per game.

ELIGIBILITY: All high school students are welcome to attend.

Base fee = $80 for one team, $70 per team after the first

Discounts will be given as follows:
-$5 for each fully-functional buzzer system (must have at least four working buzzers on both sides)
-$10 for traveling distances over 100 miles, according to Google Maps
-$10 moderator discount
Minimum fee = $60/team, unless team has received an outreach discount from Quiz Bowl at UCSD*

*Flat $20 fee for first team, and then $30 for next team

Please make checks payable to: San Diego Quizbowl. Please do not make a check out to any other person or entity. Checks, or cash will be due at the start of the tournament during registration. Should your team not be able to provide the payment at this time, and would like to send their registration fee in advance or later, please contact the Tournament Director at ucsdqb@gmail.com to make the proper arrangements.

PRIZES: Prizes will be offered to the top teams, as well as to the top individual scorers.

REGISTRATION: The tournament director is Jason Cheng. If you are interested in attending or have any questions, send an email to ucsdqb@gmail.com OR reply to this thread with the following information:

1) Your school’s name
2) The number of teams you are bringing
3) The number of buzzer systems you will bring
4) Any moderators you have to offer
5) Price you are expecting to pay, after subtracting relevant discounts.

Schools will be limited to two (2) teams upon registration until further notice–any additional teams will be added to a waitlist that the TD will allow into the field on a rolling basis.

Updates about the tournament will primarily be through the hsquizbowl.org forums, along with contact email and the SoCalQB Facebook Group.

SMITH III @ Capistrano Valley HS (11/21, NAQT IS-151A)

By posted September 23rd, 2015 No comments

Full tournament announcement available here.

Capistrano Valley High School is pleased to announce SMITH III, a novice high school tournament.

DATE/TIME: SMITH will take place on November 21, 2015. Check in will start at 8 AM in the “mall”; there will be people to help people find it. The competition will start at 9AM, and five minutes will be left between each round for participants to find the next room or allow matches that are running late to finish. Lunch will start approximately at noon and last for 45 minutes, and after that time individual awards will be handed out and new brackets will be announced.

LOCATION: SMITH will take place on the campus of Capistrano Valley High School, located at 26301 Via Escolar, Mission Viejo, California 92692.

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IHOP V @ Irvine HS (10/10, NAQT IS-148 / IS-149A)

By posted August 29th, 2015 No comments

Full tournament announcement available here.

Irvine Quiz Bowl is excited to announce its fifth annual IHOP (Irvine High Operation Pandemonium) tournament.

LOCATION: Irvine High School, 4321 Walnut Avenue, Irvine, CA 92604. The matches themselves will be held in the Humanities Building.

DATE: The tournament will be held on Saturday, October 10th. Check-in will begin at 8:00 am in HLG, and the first round should begin around 9 am. Schedules and roster confirmation sheets will be available after check-in.

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TPAIN II @ Torrey Pines HS (9/26, NAQT SSNCT)

By posted August 29th, 2015 No comments

Full tournament announcement available here.

Torrey Pines Quizbowl is pleased to announce TPAIN II (Torrey Pines Academic INvitational), a regular-difficulty high school tournament.

DATE/TIME: TPAIN will take place on September 26, 2015. Check-in begins at 8:00 A.M., and rounds start at 9:00 A.M. We hope to end the tournament by around 5 – 6 P.M. including finals rounds if necessary. There will be separate JV and Varsity divisions, both using the same set. The JV division is open to newer, less experienced teams, and the Varsity division will be the HSNCT and PACE qualifiers.

LOCATION: TPAIN will take place on the campus of Torrey Pines High School, located at 3710 Del Mar Heights Rd, San Diego, CA 92130. Map of TPHS can be found here. Room locations TBA.

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2015 – 2016 Southern California Preview

By posted August 24th, 2015 No comments

WIth the 2015 – 2016 season just around the corner, we examined the up-and-coming rosters for each school, and have some updates on how each team will look this season. If you have more updates on your team that we missed, or have predictions of your own for this next year, feel free to leave a comment!

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WAT IV @ Westview HS (10/24, BASK)

By posted August 23rd, 2015 No comments

Full tournament announcement available here.

Westview High School is pleased to announce the Westview Academic Tournament IV, or WAT IV. WAT IV will be a dual level tournament with two divisions, one Novice division and one Regular division, directed by Rahul Keyal.

DATE/TIME: WAT IV shall take place on Saturday, 24 October 2015. Check-in shall begin at 8:00 A.M., and matches shall begin promptly at 9:00 A.M.

LOCATION: WAT IV shall take place on the campus of Westview High School, located at 13500 Camino del Sur, San Diego, CA 92129. Vehicles may park in either lot and persons may enter the campus through the front gates. Matches shall take place in the classrooms in the J and L buildings. A map of the campus can be found here.

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Southern California (CA) 2015 – 2016 Scheduling

By posted June 7th, 2015 No comments

Hello, folks.

We at socalquizbowl.org would like to start working on scheduling for the 2015 – 2016 season of quizbowl in Southern California. Here is a preliminary list of available dates for next year. Check back at this page often for updates. If you’re interested in hosting a tournament, please reply to this post, the linked forum post, or email us at qb.socal@gmail.com, and we’ll add it to the list. Please also be prompt with securing question sets to prevent confusion with which sets are actually claimed.
This year, we plan to focus on the following points to produce a healthy circuit:
  • Fewer tournaments than last year, so the schedule has much more room to move around. I’m looking at something closer to ten (10) or eleven (11), which is about 1.3 tournaments a month.
  • Larger field sizes (let’s try to break the 46 team record in 2013!)
  • Lots of novice tournaments (at least three (3)), middle school tournaments, and dual-division tournaments (these are actually very easy to manage! much like running a tournament with multiple pools)
  • More reasonable registration fees – new teams struggle to break into the scene when they get a $40 discount the first time around and are stuck with $80 for the rest of the year.
  • Giving other schools the opportunity to host – besides the Triton tournaments, we’re going to limit schools to hosting just one or two tournaments until other interested hosts have had their share
  • Outreach, outreach, outreach! This is probably the most important point. All of the aforementioned points come together for this ultimate goal, which is frankly the only way the circuit will stay alive in the long term.

Well, there you have it, folks. Let’s make 2015 – 2016 a great season!

Et in Arcadia, Victoria [Opinion/Analysis]

By posted June 3rd, 2015 No comments

A changing of the guard among the high school quizbowl elite took place on Sunday as Arcadia High School upended multiple national powerhouses to claim the 2015 HSNCT title. Arcadia’s victory, while surprising , was not a shock to close followers of this team this year. Arcadia’s quizbowl fundamentals based on their average points per bonus (PPB) were sound enough to nab a 5th-place ranking in the HSQBRank and their PPB on tough questions was on par with or superior to any other team in the country.

What proved to be the defining feature of this championship run however was Arcadia’s free-flowing style merging with years of disciplined studying and preparation. On the highest stage of high school quizbowl in the world, Arcadia played fearless quizbowl against top-tier competition.

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