TQBA Fall Schedule

Texas Quiz Bowl Alliance’s Fall 2016 season begins this Saturday at Greenhill. Below, find the list of confirmed fall events:

Complete events:
Sept. 24: Hornet Hullabaloo [HS/ MS]

Upcoming events:
Oct. 1: Falcon Fest @ Fulmore [MS/Nov]
Oct. 1: Viking Invasion @ Village [MS/Elem/Nov]
Oct. 8: Kickoff Classic XII @ Seven Lakes [HS]
Oct. 15: Sparkling City III @ Gregory-Portland [HS]
Oct. 22: Alamo City VI @ Brandeis [HS]
Oct. 29: Rio Grande Valley Bowl @ McAllen High [HS]
Oct. 29: Hawks’ Nest II @ Cistercian [MS/Elem]
Nov. 5: Strake Jesuit Prep Bowl XLIII [MS/Elem]
Nov. 12: Leopards’ Lair @ Lovejoy [HS]
Nov. 12: Brahma Bowl @ MacArthur [HS/MS]
Dec. 3: HoHoHo IX @Seven Lakes [HS]
Dec. 10: HoHo @Beckendorff [MS]

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LASA wins PACE NSC

Congratulations to the LASA team of Trevor Binford, John DiCarlo, Ethan Russo, and Corin Wagen who defeated a team from Adlai E. Stevenson High School, 500-310, today in the final of the PACE National Scholastics Championship in Chicago. This is LASA’s second PACE NSC championship. The school previously won in 2014 and was runner-up in 2015.

27387769022_7334e8f3b1_hThanks to Colin McNamara for the photo.
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Led by LASA, Texas contingent excels in HSNCT playoffs

LASA A (14-2) led the TQBA contingent with a fourth-place finish at the 2016 NAQT High School National Championship Tournament on Sunday in Dallas, as the Texas delegation occupied six of the top 33 and 11 of the top 76 spots — both highs among all states.

Though LASA became the first team since 2011 Dorman to run the table 10-0 on Saturday, the fourth-place finish ended their remarkable streak of 11 consecutive top 3 finishes at HSNCT and NSC. Corin Wagen went 40-43-11 for 55.4 PPG over two days; Ethan Russo scored a nearly identical 39-42-11 for 53.98 PPG. Wagen was the 16th-ranked individual scorer on Saturday; Russo was 26th.

Katy Taylor and St. Mark’s each went 10-5, placing among eight teams that tied for 13th. Freshman William Golden (77.25 PPG) and departing senior Eric Liu (27.74) paced the Mustangs. Golden with the ninth-ranked individual scorer Saturday. Junior Patrick Magee paced a relatively balanced Lions squad also featuring Brent Weisberg, Tim O’Meara and John Crawford.

Reagan, St. John’s and LASA B were all 9-5, finishing among 13 teams tied for 21st. Senior Sam Lin, the 29th-ranked Saturday scorer, scored 54 PPG for Reagan, with balanced support from senior Abhi Rao, junior Michael Lange and junior Meg Burns. Junior Andy Huff had 55.63 PPG over the weekend for St. John’s, with freshman Shomik Ghose adding 31.79 and junior Aileen Zhang contributing 20.86. LASA’s second team was remarkably balanced, with Nishanth Kalavakolanu, Graham Stockton, Cass Plowman and Ujwal Punyamurtula all scoring 25 and 29 PPG.

Vishal Puppala scored 59.51 PPG to lead Village to an 8-5 record, tying for 34th. Seven Lakes A, St. Thomas A, Cinco Ranch and Bellaire were all 7-5 to tie for 53rd, each lasting two rounds on Sunday. Cinco’s Amol Patil was Saturday’s #8 scorer with 80.19 PPG.

DeBakey, Cy-Fair, LASA C and St. Mark’s B rounded out the playoff contingent, finishing 6-5. DeBakey’s Gram Brinson was Saturday’s 10th-place scorer with 73.02 PPG.

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Follow TQBA’s teams at HSNCT this weekend!

TQBA will once again be updating a Texas Team Tracker spreadsheet during HSNCT on Saturday and Sunday to make our teams’ results easily accessible throughout the day. Use the above link to view our Google sheet as it updates. Navigate between geographic regions via the Austin / Dallas / Houston / Katy / San Antonio tabs. We hope to keep it accurate within 30-45 minutes of results as they are posted by NAQT.

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Nine Texas teams advance at MSNCT

Nine Texas teams have advanced to the playoffs at MSNCT in Atlanta. The nine are: Kealing (7-1),  T.H. Rogers A (6-2), Plano St. Mark (6-2), St. John’s A (6-2), St. Mark’s (6-2), Village (5-3), Parish (5-3), T.H. Rogers C (5-3), and Fulmore A (5-3).

During tomorrow’s playoff rounds you can continue to use our Texas team tracker to keep up with our teams’ progress.

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Quiz Bowl Camp 2016 Registration is open!

Registration for TQBA’s 2016 summer quiz bowl camp is open! You can register via this online form. Additional details are available the quiz bowl camp website.

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TQBA 2015-2016 results

Here are results for TQBA’s Year-End events:
High School Championship XVII (stats) (SCT-D2)
Middle Grades Championship VII (stats) (IS-155A/Plato)
Texas Invitational VII NAQT (stats) (ICT-DII)
Texas Invitational VII mACF (stats) (MYSTERIUM)

Here are results for TQBA’s Spring events:
Mustang Rally (stats) (IS-149A)
Prep Bowl Middle School (stats) (MS-17/IS-151A)
Prep Bowl Elementary (stats) (MS-17)
Cougar Clash (stats) (IS-154)
Heart of Texas (stats) (IS-153-A)
North Dallas Forum (stats) (MS-17)
Gipper Games (stats) (IS-156)
Patriot Games (stats) (MS-18)
Bluebonnet Bowl (HS stats / MS stats) (IS-156 / MS-18)
Dallas Prep Bowl (stats) (MS-18)

Below are results for TQBA’s Fall events:
Hornet Hullabaloo (stats) (IS-147-A / MS-15)
Falcon Fest (stats) (MS-15)
Sparkling City 2 (stats) (IS-147-A)
Viking Invasion (stats) (IS-147-A / MS-15)
Kickoff Classic XI (stats) (IS-148)
Alamo City (stats) (IS-148)
Lions’ Den (stats) (IS-150)
Hawks’ Nest (stats) (MS-16)
Bronco Bowl (stats) (IS-150 / MS-16)
HoHo (stats) (MS-16)
HoHoHo VIII (stats) (IS-152)

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LASA 2nd, Harmony Top Small School at NSC

LASA earned another national runner-up trophy Sunday, going 16-4 at PACE NSC and losing a disadvantaged final against Detroit Catholic Central (18-1). Corin Wagen led LASA with 71.67 PPG (through 18 games), while Ethan Russo added 65.56 and Alex Denko had 46.67. After beating Maggie Walker (16-3) 510-330 to reach the final, DCC proved too much, winning 470-370.

Representing Harmony North Austin solo, Henry Hawthorn finished 18th overall, going 12-6 to secure the small school title. Hawthorn scored a remarkable 148.89 PPG to close his high school career.

St. John’s (10-5) finished 31st, while Cinco Ranch (6-8) finished 61st in the 96-team field.

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HSNCT Wrap-up: Harmony earns Top 12 finish

Having covered LASA’s national runner-up performance, let’s look at the remaining Texas teams:

Harmony Science Academy – North Austin posted what is believed to be the highest-ever finish by a small school qualifier, tying for eighth place with four other schools, finishing 12-4. Their playoff losses came against two of the top three teams, LASA A and Detroit Catholic Central A. Henry Hawthorn scored 86.53 points per 20 tossups and Ali Barreh added 35.15 for Adam Escandell’s squad, who eliminated tournament top scorer Sam Blizzard of Northmont in their final win. It was an outstanding final NAQT appearance for the senior trio of Hawthorn, Barreh and Brian Nardone. Sophomore Peter Wofford is left to lead the way for future HSANA teams.

St. Mark’s was one of the best Texas stories of Sunday, winning three consecutive elimination games to finish in a tie for 21st place. Sophomore Patrick Magee led the way with 44.55 PP20T for the Lions, who eliminated local rival Cistercian 380-90 along their Sunday playoff path. After a disappointing ninth-place finish at state, it was a strong rebound performance from Paul Mlakar’s group.

Among the teams tying for 34th was the Village School, finishing 8-5 for a second year in a row. Senior Erin Dindoruk scored 53.31 PP20T, while Vishal Puppala contributed 25.74 PP20T for Tav Tavakoli’s team, which has impressed in their first two HSNCT trips. Also coming in at 8-5 were LASA’s B and C teams, led by John DiCarlo and Nishanth Kalavakolanu respectively. These eight underclassmen will be back for another shot next year in Dallas, to be sure.

Tying for 53rd place at 7-5 were the Seven Lakes squad led by Sameer Suresh and Adesh Thapliyal, and the Cistercian group led byt Joshua Maymir and Ethan Scott. Texas’ last playoff team, tying for 77th, was Reagan, led by underclassmen Sam Lin and Abhi Rao.

The remainder of the Texas contingent:
At 5-5: St. Thomas (110th), St. Mark’s B (122nd), Brandeis (143rd), Clark (149th), LASA D (154th), and Cistercian B (164th)
At 4-6: Cinco Ranch (174th), Kealing (178th), Bellaire (179th), Jay (217th)
At 3-7: Boerne Champion (250th)

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Arcadia ends LASA’s three-peat dream

For the first time, NAQT’s High School National Championship first-place trophy is going to Southern California.

Justin Nghiem scored 55 points in the final as Arcadia (16-3) High School from the Los Angeles area beat LASA 410-285 in the HSNCT single-game final in Chicago, preventing a three-peat for the Austin ISD magnet school.

Confronting the same foursome that eliminated them a year ago in the round of 7, with three returning players of their own, Arcadia overcame six negs in the ultimate match (five in the first half; four from captain and leading scorer Kevin Wang) by simply taking control of the direction of the game. Arcadia buzzed first on 17 of the 21 tossups heard, and despite LASA’s 210-135 halftime lead, it was evident that the Californians would determine on their own – positively or negatively – who would claim the title.

For the LASA group of Alex Denko, Forrest Hammel, Corin Wagen and Ethan Russo, it resembled their last on-stage elimination match, the year before as LASA B taking on LASA A. Like last year, they were faced with an opponent that negged six times, mostly in the first half, to spot them a halftime lead. And like last year, they never seized control of their own destiny.

Arcadia’s title run was defined by leaving little doubt in their victories. After their first four games Saturday morning, they simply had no close-call wins. With losses by 15, 35 and 150, they posted 12 Saturday afternoon and Sunday Ws, with none closer than the 125-point final. Their two victories over third-place Detroit Catholic Central (14-4) were by remarkable margins of 430 and 395 points.

Yet when their Sunday win streak ended in a 375-360 loss to LASA in the winners’ bracket final, their fate last year must’ve come to mind. In that tournament, they lost a heartbreaker by 5 to St. John’s at the same stage, never trailing in the match until after the clock expired. They never recovered, losing their next match, 405-305, to Denko, Hammel, Wagen and Russo.

On the flipside of the coin, Sunday’s 15-point win meant LASA could finish no worse than second, simply needing to avoid consecutive losses to claim a third successive crown. They had already beaten DCC by 175 and Eric Xu’s Western Albemarle by 105 before their Arcadia victory, and everything seemed to be lined up for them. Denko had 15 powers in the first 4 LASA wins Sunday, leading them into the first clash with Arcadia – and leading his team with 49.74 points per 20 tossups heard (PP20TUH). Wagen followed with 40.46, and Russo with 36.34.

LASA’s momentum disappeared on the stage in the Grand Ballroom, where DCC stayed alive with a 575-295 drubbing of LASA, posting 12 powers to force a 2-vs.-3 matchup with Arcadia for a place in the final. Jack Watts and Austin Foos combined for 155 points – and nine powers – as the Michigan side left LASA in its wake.

DCC’s ascendance would come to an even more abrupt end when Arcadia arrived after eliminating IMSA (13-5). The Shamrocks wound up on the opposite end of another 12-power performance on the main stage, and an even more lopsided scoreline than they inflicted on LASA: 580-185. Remarkably, Arcadia’s 15-pointers were split evenly across their four players, three going to each.

This set the stage for the final – and the momentum seemed to shift again as Arcadia’s stumbles helped LASA to an early 90-(-10) lead. But LASA never got going, taking little besides what Arcadia donated, and even as a fifth neg – this one protested – allowed LASA an 85-point halftime lead, something had to change.

That change wasn’t coming. Arcadia plowed forward, with only one neg the remainder of the game, to replace the memories of last year’s close call with a story of relentless speed and a devil-may-care attitude to their brief setbacks.

Fitting then, perhaps, that their stat line as a team for the final match reads 6 powers, 6 10s, and 6 negs. Yet this achievement required no selling of souls, nor any sleight of hand – Arcadia reign as deserving, impressive champions.

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