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.