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TWAIN XIV @ UC Los Angeles (02/14/16) [Maryland Fall]

By posted February 3rd, 2016 No comments

The UCLA College Bowl Club is pleased to announce TWAIN XIV: Lupercalia.

DATE: The tournament will be held on Sunday, February 14, 2016.

PARKING: Parking is $12 at various structures throughout the UCLA campus. More parking information here. We recommend Parking Structure 5.

VENUE: Haines Hall. All rooms will be on the A floor right below the ground floor, and headquarters will be at A25.

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Bronco Bowl @ Rancho Bernardo HS (3/19, BISB)

By posted February 1st, 2016 No comments

Full tournament announcement available here.

The Rancho Bernardo Quizbowl team is pleased to announce that we will be hosting our tournament on March 19, 2016, using the Brookwood Invitational Scholar Bowl (BISB) question set. This tournament will include junior varsity and varsity divisions.

Location: The tournament will take place at Rancho Bernardo High School @ 13010 Paseo Lucido, San Diego, CA 92128

Date: The tournament will take place on March 19, 2015. Check in will begin at 8:00 AM and the first round will start promptly at 9:00 AM.

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2015 – 2016 Mid-Season Rankings and Analysis

By posted January 23rd, 2016 No comments

In the aftermath of a two-week-long poll and a detailed survey of the strongest teams in the region, the SoCalQuizbowl.org team is ready to share its analysis of each team compared to each other and to the other teams in nationwide. Going into the spring season, this is the point in time when teams begin finalizing their nationals squad and picking up stray subjects and niche areas to round out their composition.

Each analysis uses Fred Morlan’s most recent nationwide rankings of high school teams as a reference point.

1st – La Jolla A (164 points, Morlan: 7)

Despite losing fine arts specialist Erica Liu (MIT ’19) and RMP specialist Charlie Mann (UCLA ’19), Vincent Doehr (12) and James Malouf (11) lead the team with tremendous depth in literature, history, science, and geography – not to mention that Doehr is unquestionably the best NAQT player in the region. However, the streamlined depth-over-breadth dynamic creates a rather inconsistent and packet-dependent team – with just two main scorers, opponents of equal caliber are sure to take advantage of their blind spots in the arts and in RMP.

2nd – Canyon Crest A (140 points, Morlan: 20)

Canyon Crest is arguably the most balanced team in the region: science specialist Daniel Wang (10), history player Boopala Arul (10), and rising generalist Jeffrey Qiu (10) are captained by grizzled veteran and RMP specialist Nathan Mar (12). The team needs to continue attending tournaments with the same roster to solidify their team dynamic and plug up their weak areas in all of the subjects not in the Big Three (literature, history, and science).

3rd – Torrey Pines A (136 points, Morlan: 30)

Torrey Pines’s greatest strength is in history specialist and NAQT powerhouse Thomas Freedman (10), who doubles as an all-around generalist for the team. Vasu Vikram (12) returns as the resident fine arts player, while Walter Zhao (12), Brandon Zhang (12), and Casimir Kothari (12) are shuffled around from tournament to tournament. The team should look to consolidating their roster and playing harder tournaments such as UC San Diego’s mirrors of MUT and DII ICT in the spring.

4th – Rancho Bernardo A (102 points, Morlan: 31)

Rancho Bernardo is spearheaded by Kion You (12), Southern California’s strongest individual player. A maestro on fine arts and an all-around threat in every other subject, You led his team to finish just one point-per-bonus (PPB) behind Michigan’s Detroit Catholic Central High School (DCC), the top-ranked team in the nation, at UC San Diego’s collegiate-difficulty MLK tournament. One-person teams are an all-in strategy, though – fourth players Bryan Ugaz (11) and Omar El-Sabrout (11) must pick up after You’s gaping weaknesses in the sciences.

5th – Westview A (92 points, Morlan: 45)

Westview’s greatest issues stem from roster inconsistency and the loss of NAQT powerhouse Kevin Li (MIT ’19) – most of the burden has shifted to Rahul Keyal (11), the team’s literature specialist and budding generalist. With Chaitanya Kore (11) absent from their nationals squad, the team needs more than mythology player Shivank Nayak (11) to put a dent in the standings – they should look to turn their fourth players (Kevin Yu (10) , Anish Sathe (11)) into strong subject specialists.

6th – Arcadia A (52 points, Morlan: 59)

Unfortunately for history player David Zhang (12) and science specialist Joshua Jen (12), this year is a rebuilding year for Arcadia, whose infinite roster and stranglehold over the region seems to be coming to a close. The team should continue to mix and match their army of sophomores – Xiaoke Ying (10), Jacob Glass (10), Matt Forster (10), Hamlin Liu (10), and Roger Lin (10) – to see how they best complement each other and the A team.

7th – Irvine A (47 points, Morlan: 84)

History specialist Shripad Badithe (10) leads this team as he makes strides towards generalism, but the team still needs to fill out a complete roster that can cover the remaining subjects and pick up stray points on tossups and bonuses. The team should consolidate a roster of fourth players Brian Zhou (11), Andy Huang, and Justin Chen (10) around Badithe and team captain Sun Ah Lee (11).

8th – North Hollywood A (24 points, Morlan: 54)

The loss of Sam Winikow (Chicago ’19) hasn’t been as devastating as many folks predicted – emergent top scorers Mila Frank (12) and Justin Le (11) took their squad right back into being a perennial playoff team almost immediately. North Hollywood should look to consolidate a four-person roster and consistently attend tournaments to streamline their rebuilding team dynamic.

On the cusp: Cathedral Catholic, Bishop’s, Los Alamitos, Scripps Ranch

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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