Victorious Team Texas posses in front of a statue of the number 1 at Ohio State University.
Texas All-Star squad of Carlo De Guzman (St. John’s ’14), Henry Hawthorn (Harmony-NA ’15), Ben Jones (LASA A, ’14), Patrick Magee (St. Mark’s, ’17), Arnav Sastry (LASA A, ’14), and Corin Wagen (LASA B, ’16) competed at the 2014 National All-Star Academic Tournament at the Ohio State University on Saturday. After going 15-1 over our 16 game schedule, Team Texas won the event. Illinois finished 13-3 for second, California took third, and New Jersey took fourth. This is the fifth year of the NASAT event. Texas is the first state to win the event twice. Ironically in 2011 Texas also finished ahead of 2nd place Illinois. Full Tournament statistics and scores are linked here.
Carlo De Guzman
With the NASAT victory two Team Texas players earned unparalleled distinctions. For St. John’s senior Carlo De Guzman, this was his fourth NASAT appearance and his second NASAT victory. As a freshmen Carlo was a fine arts role player for Texas’ first championship squad. In 2014 Carlo was the top scorer and leader of the latest Texas championship team. Carlo is only one of two players with four NASAT appearances and the only player with two NASAT championships. Carlo will attend Texas A&M University in the fall.
For senior LASA Ben Jones, this victory is the culmination of an incredible string of championships. Along with teammate Nathan Weiser, Ben completed the quiz bowl grand slam; their LASA teams won Texas Invitational, National History Bowl, PACE National Scholastics Championship, and NAQT High School National Championship Tournament. With this NASAT victory, Ben accomplished the quiz bowl’s version of the golden slam. Ben, who will attend Rice University in the fall, is the only player ever to simultaneously hold the five titles.
This is the fifth year for the NASAT competition. Previous winners are: Missouri (2013), California (2012), Texas (2011), and Pennsylvania (2010). The team was coached in 2014 by Chris Romero and Adam Escandell. Our tournament contingent also included observers Evan Hochstein (Kealing ’19) and Drew Singer (Greenhill ’18). Tossup by tossup updates of the tournament were provided on twitter (@TQBA_one) by Evan and are logged in the twitter feed history.
Texas Quiz Bowl annually coordinates the Team Texas Selection Process. The process begins each summer at Texas Quiz Bowl Camp and continues with events throughout the year. Students are required to choose a speciality, demonstrate their playing strengths in top level events, and prepare to contribute towards the success of future Team Texas endeavors.
2014 Texas NASAT crew in front of Ohio Stadium: [front row from left] Patrick Magee (’17 St. Mark’s), Henry Hawthorn (’15 Harmony), Carlo De Guzman (’14 St. John’s), Evan Hochstein (’19 Kealing), [back row] Drew Singer (’18 Greenhill), Ben Jones (’14 LASA), Corin Wagen (’16 LASA), Arnav Sastry (’14 LASA), [not shown] Chris Romero, Adam Escandell (coaches)