St. John’s upends Taylor in HoHoHo final

Andy Huff had 95 points in a 325-305 final victory for St. John’s over Taylor at HoHoHo IX on Saturday at Seven Lakes.

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St. Mark’s and LASA were the other semifinalists, while Memorial went unbeaten to win the junior varsity division. Full statistics are available from both the varsity and JV divisions; there is also a photo gallery from the event.

Carnegie and Seven Lakes were the new HSNCT qualifiers from this event.

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TQBA to host Winter Camp

Texas Quiz Bowl will be host a 2016 Winter Quiz Bowl Camp for students currently in grades 4 through 9. This day camp will be hosted at Strake Jesuit College Preparatory (8900 Bellaire Blvd, 77036) from Monday, December 26th through Friday, December 30th from 9:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. daily. Each day students will attend sessions on geography, history, humanities, and science in addition to playing a lateral thinking game and practicing quiz bowl. For more information, please see the camp’s event page. Parents and students may email tqbamail@gmail.com for more information and to register.

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TQBA Fall Schedule

Texas Quiz Bowl Alliance’s Fall 2016 season is nearly complete:

Complete events:
Sept. 24: Hornet Hullabaloo (stats)(pics) [HS/ MS]
Oct. 1: Falcon Fest (stats)(pics) [MS/Nov]
Oct. 1: Viking Invasion (stats: MS Elem Nov)
Oct. 8: Kickoff Classic XII (stats)(pics) [HS]
Oct. 15: Sparkling City III (stats)(pics) [HS]
Oct. 22: Alamo City VI (stats)(pics) [HS]
Oct. 29: Rio Grande Valley Bowl (stats)(pics) [HS]
Oct. 29: Hawks’ Nest II (stats)(pics) [MS/Elem]
Nov. 5: Strake Jesuit Prep Bowl XLIII (stats: MS Elem Nov)(pics)
Nov. 12: Brahma Bowl @ MacArthur (stats)(pics) [HS/MS]
Nov. 19: Leopards’ Lair @ Lovejoy (stats) [HS]
Dec. 3: HoHoHo IX @Seven Lakes (stats: Varsity JV)(pics) [HS]

Upcoming events:
Dec. 10: HoHo @Beckendorff [MS]

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Windhaven Park juniors go 10-0 at Leopards’ Lair

Led by Jas Singh, the Windhaven Park White team went undefeated at Leopards’ Lair, holding off St. Mark’s A for a 350-290 victory on Saturday at Lovejoy.

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Windhaven Park, St. Mark’s and Strake Jesuit each had two teams reach the quarterfinals, which signified the HSNCT-qualification spots for this event. Cistercian and Lovejoy were the other quaterfinalists. Event statistics are available here.

Sophomore Kevin Paul of Cistercian C was the event’s leading scorer, with Strake’s Joshua Hew second and WP’s Singh third.

Without leading scorer Patrick Magee, St. Mark’s A was led by Abdullah Akbar and Joh Crawford on their run to the final.

In WP Black and Cistercian B, the event’s semifinalist rosters, like its champion’s, featured zero seniors. Marshall Comeaux and Avi Ackermann led their respective teams to the final four.

The TQBA high school fall slate concludes December 3 with HoHoHo at Seven Lakes.

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Brandeis, Fulmore ride to titles at Brahma Bowl

Brandeis Orange rebounded from a disappointing season-opening tournament, surging through the playoffs to the Brahma Bowl high school division title. Brandeis defeated John Jay in the final, 300-185, while Fulmore A erased a 105-point deficit in the final four tossups to edge Holy Family Blue, 280-265, in the middle school championship match.

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St. Dominic Savio and Clark were the other nationals qualifiers from the high school division, while Fulmore B and St. Theresa Red were the semifinalists in the MS field.

Full statistics from the event are available, as is a photo gallery from the day.

The leading scorer in each division propeled his team to the final: John Jay’s Aeddon Chipman (90.5 PPG) and Holy Family’s Johnny Miri (87.22 PPG).

img_5902Fulmore A was led by Nic Currie and Maverick Trumpler with 52.14 and 50 PPG respectively.

Next Saturday, TQBA will be at Lovejoy in North Texas for the Leopards’ Lair high school event.

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Lamar IB triumphs at inaugural Rio Grande Valley Bowl

McAllen’s Lamar International Baccalaureate Academy won all nine of its matches at TQBA’s first Rio Grande Valley Bowl, taking the final 350-150 over Juan Diego Academy A on Saturday at McAllen High.

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Lamar and Juan Diego were joined in the semifinals by Weslaco East and Lamar’s B team. Those four teams are eligible to register for the High School National Championship Tournament.

After a 60-point victory over Juan Diego A during morning preliminaries, Lamar’s Jonathan Galvan ensured there would be no revenge in the final. He scored 115 points to propel Lamar to a more comfortable victory in the second meeting between the event’s top two teams.

Galvan was the event’s leading scorer, with Weslaco East’s Isaiah Maldonado, Lamar’s Gabriel Ramirez close behind. Juan Diego’s Mary Graham and McAllen’s Garrett Garzoni were fourth and fifth respectively.

Statistics from the event are available here. A picture gallery is available at our Facebook page.

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Lovejoy Invades Alamo City, Edges St. Stephen’s for Title

Lucas Lovejoy got hot when it mattered, going from a 3-3 9th seed in a 12-team playoff to the championship at Alamo City VI. They won a tight final over Austin’s St. Stephen’s, 315-295, on Saturday at Brandeis.

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Clark and Strake Jesuit Ignatius were the other semifinalists in a tournament where the top tier of teams were tight throughout. The average margin of victory across the final three matches was 50 points.

Statistics from the event are available here. An extensive picture gallery is available as well.

img_5241aIn the end, it was Noah Corbitt (right) and Lovejoy that surged late to claim the final, scoring 175 consecutive second-half points to erase a triple-digit deficit and claim the top plaque.

It was a tough ending for St. Stephen’s, which won its quarterfinal on overtime, then claimed its semifinal by scoring 125 points on the last three cycles.

img_5167John Jay’s Aeddon Chipman (left) was the individual leading scorer, with just over 100 points per game. John Luke Broussard and Joshua Hew, who each led a split-squad Strake Jesuit team, were second and third.

The next local tournament for the San Antonio area is Brahma Bowl, a dual HS/MS event at MacArthur on November 12.

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John Paul II repeats as Sparkling City champion

Corpus Christi’s St. John Paul II High School retained its Sparkling City title Saturday in the tournament’s third iteration, defeating Mission’s Juan Diego Academy 355-70 in the tournament final.

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The semifinalists were London and Port Aransas, while Flour Bluff, Carroll, Sinton and Rockport-Fulton reached the quarterfinals.

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Here is a link to complete tournament statistics. There is also a photo gallery from the tournament playoffs.

Alex Kimmel (left) from JPII was the tournament’s leading scorer with 121 points per game. Flour Bluff’s Hallie Trial was second, while Mary Graham from Juan Diego was third.

Next on the slate is Alamo City VI at Brandeis on Oct. 22, followed by our first Rio Grande Valley event on Oct. 29 at McAllen High.

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Taylor repeats as Kickoff champion

Congratulations to Taylor High School who defeated St. Mark’s School of Texas 480-180 to win the 2o16 TQBA Kickoff Classic XII event at Seven Lakes High School in Katy. Taylor and St. Mark’s defeated St. John’s Red and Strake Jesuit Green in the semifinals.

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Quarterfinalists were LASA B, LASA D, St. Thomas, Debakey A. All quarterfinalists qualified to attend the 2017 NAQT High School National Championship Tournament.

Here is a link to the complete tournament statistics. There is also a photo gallery from the semifinals and finals of the tournament.

This is the second consecutive year that Taylor has won the Kickoff Classic. Last year, Taylor defeated St. Thomas in the final of the event. Strake Jesuit White went unbeaten to win the novice division.

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St. Mark’s, Coppell West win season-opener at Greenhill

Congratulations to St. Mark’s A, winners of the Hornet Hullabaloo varsity division via a 440-245 final victory over Strake Jesuit A. Other varsity semifinalists were Cistercian B and Windhaven Park B; rounding out the HSNCT qualifiers were quarterfinalists St. Thomas, Cistercian A, Cistercian C and Windhaven Park A.

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Windhaven Park D wimg_4511on the novice high school division, while Coppell West won the middle school division. Coppell West, losing finalist Greenhill A, and semifinalists Plano St. Mark and Frisco Nelson qualified for nationals.

Full statistics from the event can be found here.

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