Zimbabwe (HSNCT: May 26, 2013)
LASA trailed Missouri’s Ladue Horton Watkins 440-415 going into the final tossup at the 2013 HSNCT in Atlanta. Junior Nathan Weiser won for his teammates the opportunity to win the National Championship on the subsequent bonus with the answer “Zimbabwe.” LASA’s 455-440 victory was recapped on the TQBA webpage and was commemorated in the 2013 Texas Quiz Bowl Camp poem:
Much have I buzzed in the Lone Star State
And many goodly sets and tourneys seen
Round many question packets have I been
And with my buzzer awaited my fate
Oft of one fabled camp had I been told
That deep brow’d Romero ruled as his demesne
Yet did I never breathe its pure serene
Till storied Tradition did I behold
Then felt I like some watcher of the skies
When a new planet swims into his ken;
Or like bold Weiser, when he did surmise
The answer was zimbabwe—and all his men
Look’d at each other with a wild surprise
joyous, knowing LASA would finally win
Andromeda (TQBC: May 3, 2015)
In round 8 of the 14th annual Texas Quiz Bowl Championship perennial powers St. John’s and Bellaire squared off in a match interrupted by a fire alarm (see: Kitchen Fires & Evacuations). When they left the building, Bellaire had built a significant lead. When they returned the St. John’s crew came storming back and answered the last four tossups to win 225-215. The last of the four was by Claire Jones with the answer “Andromeda.” St. John’s would eventually win the tournament with a victory over Cistercian in the final.
Binomial Distribution (Winter Rodeo: January 19, 2013)
In the final of the 2013 Winter Rodeo, Cistercian raced out to a 160-0 lead before Harmony fought back to narrow the deficient to 180-150 at halftime. The two teams went back and forth in the second half and Harmony took its first lead at 290-285 after tossup 19 before Mitchell Weldon’s buzz with “Binomial Distribution” clinched the 325-290 victory for Cistercian.
Homestead Strike (TQBC: March 12, 2011)
In 2011 both LASA and Seven Lakes were ranked among the top 10 in the nation. The two teams went undefeated on this day against the rest of the field and faced each other in a tense set of three matches. After splitting the first two, the final match came went back and forth until a tossup 19 “Homestead Strike” buzz by Thomas Littrell sealed what would be a 350-285 victory for LASA. In May of that year LASA would finish 2nd and Seven Lakes 8th at the NAQT High School National Championship Tournament in Atlanta.
Caesar and Cleopatra (ACF Nationals: April 1, 2006)
Though not an official TQBA event, ACF Nationals 2006 marked an important milestone for TQBA’s founding staff. That spring the Texas A&M Quiz Bowl team was playing in their last official collegiate national championship event at the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor. Around 9:30 a.m. the A&M squad of Chris Romero, Susan Mitchell, Trey Morris, and Candace Benefiel lost their first match of the day 205-210 to the home Michigan squad on a tossup 20 “Paris Commune” buzz by Adam Kemezis. The A&M squad went undefeated through the rest of the preliminaries and playoffs and had to face Michigan again in the final. After losing the first game of the final to Michigan, the tournament’s deciding game came down to tossup 20 with the Texas team down 145-150. At approximately 10:30 p.m. the Aggies were victorious after Candace Benefiel correctly answered “Caesar and Cleopatra” (by George Bernard Shaw).