The winning St. Thomas team (from left) of Sergio Segura, Joseph Nemec, Josef Lawrence, and Anton Poral pose after their victory on Saturday
On Saturday, Houston’s St. Thomas High School won the fifth annual Winter Rodeo event with a 295-245 victory over St. John’s School in the final at the Village School. The quartet of senior Sergio Segura and juniors Josef Lawrence, Joseph Nemec, and Anton Poral finished the preliminary rounds with a 5-1 record; its lone loss was a 270-355 defeat at the hands of the St. John’s squad. St. Thomas entered the playoffs as the #4 seed and defeated #5 Clements and #1 St. Mark’s before facing #3 St. John’s in the final.
The Cistercian freshman squad of Albert Andrews, Joe Cox, Ben FitzGerald, and Alonso Medina won the novice division after finishing the day with a perfect 9-0 record. Its playoff road included victories over teams from I-School, Carnegie Vanguard, and St. Mark’s. Full statistics for the 2015 TQBA Winter Rodeo event are available online.
Students play a match on the TQBA written novice Pookie set at the 2014 camp.
Texas Quiz Bowl is making plans for its 2015 summer quiz bowl camps. This year we are planning two camp sessions. Session B will run from July 26th through August 1st for rising 7th through 12th graders. Session A will run from August 2nd through 8th for rising 5th through 9th grade students. Camp arrangements will be similar to those of previous years. Camp registration will open on January 19th.
Ali Barreh and Henry Hawthorn from Harmony-North Austin won the Advanced Division at HoHoHo on Saturday.
Coach Escandell’s teams from Harmony-North Austin won both divisions at the seventh annual Houston Holiday Hoedown Quiz Bowl event held at Cinco Ranch High School in Katy this past Saturday. Full statistics from the event are available here.
In the advanced division, Harmony A began its day with two consecutive losses to the Fred and Daphne teams from LASA and was seeded #8 going into the playoff. In the single elimination stage, the senior duo Henry Hawthorn and Ali Barreh avenged its earlier losses with upset playoff victories over Daphne, Velma, and Scooby teams in the quarters, semis, and finals. The Scooby team reached the final after holding off a strong St. Thomas squad on the last bonus sequence during its semifinal. The Harmony, Scooby, Fred, Daphne, Velma, St. Thomas, Bellaire, and Kealing teams all qualified for the 2015 High School Championship Tournament with its performances.
In the novice division, Harmony began its playoff run as the #1 seed and capped off a 10-0 day by narrowly edging a strong Belton team in its last match. Harmony’s road to the final included victories over Klein, Parish, and Carnegie Vanguard. Fourth seeded Belton reached the final after upsetting #1 seed St. Thomas in the semis. Texas Quiz Bowl’s next regular season event in Houston will the Winter Rodeo event on January 24th at the Village School. The Rodeo event will also feature both advanced and novice divisions.
Stats from this past weekend’s middle school Holiday Hoedown events in Houston and San Antonio have been posted. T.H. Rogers (Houston) and Kealing (Austin) won the respective middle school events. Harmony (Houston) won an accompanying advanced middle school event in Houston and Keystone won an accompanying varsity event in San Antonio.
The team from Keystone competes in the finals against Brandeis at the Patriot Games varsity event held at Rawlinson Middle School.
Texas Quiz Bowl invites all quiz bowl players to attend the 2014 Winter Camp at the La Quinta Inn San Antonio Airport on December 27-29. This event will feature two full tournaments and four two-hour practice sessions. Each student will be able to choose from five different practice sessions: computation (MS), geography, history, literature, and science. The winter camp includes all meals (Saturday dinner through Monday Breakfast), study materials, and a double occupancy room for two nights. A link to additional information about our winter camp is available at this event page. You may register via email cromero-at-texasquizbowl-dot-org.
An animated Garcia team debates a bonus part at Rawlinson Middle in San Antonio
In 2015 the fifth annual NAQT Middle School National Championship Tournament is coming to Texas. From May 8th through 10th the Hyatt Regency in Dallas will be host to the best middle school quiz bowl teams from across the nation. Three of the past four winners have been from Texas. Kealing (Austin) won in 2011 and 2012 and Harmony School of Excellence (Houston) won in 2014.
A team from the Village School concentrates on a tossup during a match in Houston at T.H. Rogers.
Over the past month, Texas Quiz Bowl hosted middle school quiz bowl contests in Austin, Dallas, Houston, and San Antonio. Here is a summary of results from our first four middle school events. The four tournament winners are denoted by an asterisk. Teams that have already qualified for MSNCT are denoted with #.
- *Kealing Squirrels 27.67#
- *T.H. Rogers A 26.49#
- St. Theresa Red 26.47#
- Harmony A 26.13#
- St. John’s A 24.91#
- St. Theresa White 22.91#
- *St. Monica A 22.85#
- Cistercian A 22.17
- Holy Family Blue 21.95#
- St. John’s B 21.23
- St. Mark’s A 21.12 #
- Kealing Capybaras 21.12
- St. Mark’s C 20.90#
- T.H. Rogers C 20.86#
- *Lopez Red 20.69#
- St. Mark’s B 20.00
- St. Clare 19.87
- Village A 19.48
- Rogers B 19.33
- Bush 18.89#
- St. Laurence 18.o3
A St. Mark’s team answers a tossup at Greenhill School in Dallas
The next two middle school events will be held at St. Mark’s on November 15, and on Dec 6th at Harmony Excellence. During the spring we will again host multiple events in Dallas, Houston, and San Antonio.
A team from Annunciation Orthodox poses after a match during their first ever quiz bowl event in Houston.
Texas Quiz Bowl is happy to announce its fall schedule. Though some details are still being worked out, here are our events organized by region. Event pages for our earliest tournaments are posted. Details for the remainder of our fall events will be posted soon.
September 20th: Capital City Middle School Kickoff [Middle School/Novice High School]
September 27th: Sparkling City Challenge [High School]
September 13th: Big D-Challenge at Greenhill [Middle School & Novice High School]
October 25th: Metroplex Challenge at UTD [High School]
November 15th: Lions’ Den Invitational at St. Mark’s [Middle School]
October 11th: Kickoff Classic at Seven Lakes [High School]
October 18th: Middle School Kickoff at T.H. Rogers [Middle School]
November 8th: Bayou City Challenge at TBA [High School]
November 19th: TQBA Geography Challenge at TBA [Middle School]
November 22nd: Science Quiz Bowl at TBA [Middle School/High School]
December 6th: Middle School Holiday Hoedown at TBA [Middle School]
December 13th: Houston Holiday Hoedown at Cinco Ranch [High School]
October 4th: Alamo City Kickoff at Clark [High School]
October 11th: Middle School Kickoff at Rawlinson [Middle School]
November 1st: Brahma Bowl at MacArthur [High School]
December 6th: Middle School Holiday Hoedown and Patriot Games at Rawlinson [MS/HS]
The following are TQBA’s fees and discounts for the 2014-15 academic year.
Base fee for regular-season high-school tournaments: $140
Base fee for regular-season middle-school tournaments: $120
Discount for supplying a working buzzer: $15 per buzzer used
Discount per team for schools attending HSNCT last year: $10
Discount per team for schools attending MSNCT last year: $10
Minimum per-team fee for MS: $90
Minimum per-team fee for HS: $110
Any school new to our competitions or absent for at least three school years gets its first team at its first event back free of charge.
With the 2014 Texas Quiz Bowl Camp behind us, we’re preparing for another season of tournaments for all age groups. But there are a few things left to wrap up from camp:
Statistics are available from the evening tournaments on Sunday, Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday and Friday, along with our VCU Open Mirror from Saturday.
Also, three galleries (1, 2, 3) containing nearly 1,500 photos have been posted to our Facebook site.
Finally, we’d like to congratulate our three iPad winners: Sam Lin from Reagan, Trevor Binford from LASA and Ethan Gan-Dy from St. Joseph.
Look here soon for information on 2014-15 tournaments!
Texas Quiz Bowl student William Golden won his first round episode and has advanced to the semi-finals of the 2014 Jeopardy! Teen Tournament. Golden, a rising 8th grader at Harmony School of Excellence in Houston, is the youngest of 15 contestants vying for a $75,000 top prize. Golden will compete in the semi-finals on Monday. Check your local listings for the viewing time and channel for Jeopardy in your area. This past season William lead his Harmony team to victory at the 2014 NAQT Middle School National Tournament. Harmony defeated St. Mark’s (Dallas) in an all-Texas final at that event in Atlanta. The Houston Chronicle profiled William in this article. The recap of his first round episode is here.
Update: William finished second in his semi-final match that aired last monday. Though William did not win the $75,000 top prize, he did take home $10,000. Congratulations to William on a fine performance.