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.


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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TQBA Fall Schedule

Texas Quiz Bowl Alliance’s Fall 2016 season begins this Saturday at Greenhill. Below, find the list of confirmed fall events:

Complete events:
Sept. 24: Hornet Hullabaloo (stats)(pics) [HS/ MS]

Upcoming events:
Oct. 1: Falcon Fest @ Fulmore [MS/Nov]
Oct. 1: Viking Invasion @ Village [MS/Elem/Nov]
Oct. 8: Kickoff Classic XII @ Seven Lakes [HS]
Oct. 15: Sparkling City III @ Gregory-Portland [HS]
Oct. 22: Alamo City VI @ Brandeis [HS]
Oct. 29: Rio Grande Valley Bowl @ McAllen High [HS]
Oct. 29: Hawks’ Nest II @ Cistercian [MS/Elem]
Nov. 5: Strake Jesuit Prep Bowl XLIII [MS/Elem]
Nov. 12: Leopards’ Lair @ Lovejoy [HS]
Nov. 12: Brahma Bowl @ MacArthur [HS/MS]
Dec. 3: HoHoHo IX @Seven Lakes [HS]
Dec. 10: HoHo @Beckendorff [MS]

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Congratulations to the LASA team of Trevor Binford, John DiCarlo, Ethan Russo, and Corin Wagen who defeated a team from Adlai E. Stevenson High School, 500-310, today in the final of the PACE National Scholastics Championship in Chicago. This is LASA’s second PACE NSC championship. The school previously won in 2014 and was runner-up in 2015.

27387769022_7334e8f3b1_hThanks to Colin McNamara for the photo.
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Led by LASA, Texas contingent excels in HSNCT playoffs

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.

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Follow TQBA’s teams at HSNCT this weekend!

TQBA will once again be updating a Texas Team Tracker spreadsheet during HSNCT on Saturday and Sunday to make our teams’ results easily accessible throughout the day. Use the above link to view our Google sheet as it updates. Navigate between geographic regions via the Austin / Dallas / Houston / Katy / San Antonio tabs. We hope to keep it accurate within 30-45 minutes of results as they are posted by NAQT.

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Nine Texas teams advance at MSNCT

Nine Texas teams have advanced to the playoffs at MSNCT in Atlanta. The nine are: Kealing (7-1),  T.H. Rogers A (6-2), Plano St. Mark (6-2), St. John’s A (6-2), St. Mark’s (6-2), Village (5-3), Parish (5-3), T.H. Rogers C (5-3), and Fulmore A (5-3).

During tomorrow’s playoff rounds you can continue to use our Texas team tracker to keep up with our teams’ progress.

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Quiz Bowl Camp 2016 Registration is open!

Registration for TQBA’s 2016 summer quiz bowl camp is open! You can register via this online form. Additional details are available the quiz bowl camp website.

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TQBA 2015-2016 results

Here are results for TQBA’s Year-End events:
High School Championship XVII (stats) (SCT-D2)
Middle Grades Championship VII (stats) (IS-155A/Plato)
Texas Invitational VII NAQT (stats) (ICT-DII)
Texas Invitational VII mACF (stats) (MYSTERIUM)

Here are results for TQBA’s Spring events:
Mustang Rally (stats) (IS-149A)
Prep Bowl Middle School (stats) (MS-17/IS-151A)
Prep Bowl Elementary (stats) (MS-17)
Cougar Clash (stats) (IS-154)
Heart of Texas (stats) (IS-153-A)
North Dallas Forum (stats) (MS-17)
Gipper Games (stats) (IS-156)
Patriot Games (stats) (MS-18)
Bluebonnet Bowl (HS stats / MS stats) (IS-156 / MS-18)
Dallas Prep Bowl (stats) (MS-18)

Below are results for TQBA’s Fall events:
Hornet Hullabaloo (stats) (IS-147-A / MS-15)
Falcon Fest (stats) (MS-15)
Sparkling City 2 (stats) (IS-147-A)
Viking Invasion (stats) (IS-147-A / MS-15)
Kickoff Classic XI (stats) (IS-148)
Alamo City (stats) (IS-148)
Lions’ Den (stats) (IS-150)
Hawks’ Nest (stats) (MS-16)
Bronco Bowl (stats) (IS-150 / MS-16)
HoHo (stats) (MS-16)
HoHoHo VIII (stats) (IS-152)

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LASA 2nd, Harmony Top Small School at NSC

LASA earned another national runner-up trophy Sunday, going 16-4 at PACE NSC and losing a disadvantaged final against Detroit Catholic Central (18-1). Corin Wagen led LASA with 71.67 PPG (through 18 games), while Ethan Russo added 65.56 and Alex Denko had 46.67. After beating Maggie Walker (16-3) 510-330 to reach the final, DCC proved too much, winning 470-370.

Representing Harmony North Austin solo, Henry Hawthorn finished 18th overall, going 12-6 to secure the small school title. Hawthorn scored a remarkable 148.89 PPG to close his high school career.

St. John’s (10-5) finished 31st, while Cinco Ranch (6-8) finished 61st in the 96-team field.

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HSNCT Wrap-up: Harmony earns Top 12 finish

Having covered LASA’s national runner-up performance, let’s look at the remaining Texas teams:

Harmony Science Academy – North Austin posted what is believed to be the highest-ever finish by a small school qualifier, tying for eighth place with four other schools, finishing 12-4. Their playoff losses came against two of the top three teams, LASA A and Detroit Catholic Central A. Henry Hawthorn scored 86.53 points per 20 tossups and Ali Barreh added 35.15 for Adam Escandell’s squad, who eliminated tournament top scorer Sam Blizzard of Northmont in their final win. It was an outstanding final NAQT appearance for the senior trio of Hawthorn, Barreh and Brian Nardone. Sophomore Peter Wofford is left to lead the way for future HSANA teams.

St. Mark’s was one of the best Texas stories of Sunday, winning three consecutive elimination games to finish in a tie for 21st place. Sophomore Patrick Magee led the way with 44.55 PP20T for the Lions, who eliminated local rival Cistercian 380-90 along their Sunday playoff path. After a disappointing ninth-place finish at state, it was a strong rebound performance from Paul Mlakar’s group.

Among the teams tying for 34th was the Village School, finishing 8-5 for a second year in a row. Senior Erin Dindoruk scored 53.31 PP20T, while Vishal Puppala contributed 25.74 PP20T for Tav Tavakoli’s team, which has impressed in their first two HSNCT trips. Also coming in at 8-5 were LASA’s B and C teams, led by John DiCarlo and Nishanth Kalavakolanu respectively. These eight underclassmen will be back for another shot next year in Dallas, to be sure.

Tying for 53rd place at 7-5 were the Seven Lakes squad led by Sameer Suresh and Adesh Thapliyal, and the Cistercian group led byt Joshua Maymir and Ethan Scott. Texas’ last playoff team, tying for 77th, was Reagan, led by underclassmen Sam Lin and Abhi Rao.

The remainder of the Texas contingent:
At 5-5: St. Thomas (110th), St. Mark’s B (122nd), Brandeis (143rd), Clark (149th), LASA D (154th), and Cistercian B (164th)
At 4-6: Cinco Ranch (174th), Kealing (178th), Bellaire (179th), Jay (217th)
At 3-7: Boerne Champion (250th)

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