The Liberal Arts & Science Academy (Austin) is the 2014 TQBA state champion after consecutive victories in a disadvantaged final against St. John’s, the second of which came by a 410-190 scoreline. Both teams started the day with 10-0 records before meeting in the final round of the preliminaries. In that match St. John’s (Houston) pulled out a 335-305 victory behind leading tournament scorer Carlo DeGuzman’s 90-point game (Full Division I stats are available here). LASA rebounded from the loss with a pair of decisive wins, behind 65-point games by Ben Jones and Alex Freed, to earn its fourth Texas Quiz Bowl Championship. Full photo gallery of both events is available here.
TQBA’s first-ever Division II championship went to Carnegie Vanguard (Houston), following a 300-210 victory in the third match of its its final series with St. Dominic Savio (Austin). At the end of preliminaries, Savio held a one game advantage over both Carnegie and St. Thomas (Houston). Carnegie won the tiebreaker and then pulled out two tight games to become an improbable Division II Champion. Max Huang from Taylor (Katy) was the leading Division II scorer. Full Division II stats are available here.
Third place in Division I went to LASA Mulberry, while Harmony (North Austin), Seven Lakes (Katy) and St. Mark’s (Dallas) tied for fourth, finishing in that order when seeded by bonus conversion. Third place in Division II went to St. Thomas followed in the standings by Taylor, Brandeis (San Antonio), and Shepton (Plano).
For the first time in 2014, the Texas Quiz Bowl Championships event featured individual assessments in Geography, Humanities, Science, and Social Studies. Each test was an 60-item 30-minute multiple choice examination featuring clues that might appear in quiz bowl tossups.
Top scorers in Division I were: Nabil Kapasi (Keystone), Carlo DeGuzman (St. John’s), Deven Lahoti (St. John’s), and Ben Jones (LASA) for Geography, Humanities, Science, and Social Studies respectively. Top scorers in Division II were: Nathan Corbin (Brandeis)/Andrei Savitski (Carnegie), Aaron Keller (Village), Pranjal Singh (Brandeis), and Paul Rutherford (Shepton) in the four subjects. A full account of scores for the individual assessments can be found here.