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.
|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|
|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.