Get live Texas Invitational results all weekend

If you’re trying to follow Texas Invitational from afar, or trying to keep track of your competition’s status as you go from round to round, you’ll be able to follow our live updates via our TI schedule Google sheet. Navigate from event to event via the tabs at the bottom.

We’re excited to get things rolling bright and early tomorrow!

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Last chance for early bird discount

IMG_7279Saturday is the last chance to take advantage of the early bird discount ($75) for the 2015 Texas Quiz Bowl summer camp. This year we are offering two sessions. The first is July 26 through Aug 1st. The second is Aug 2nd through Aug 8th. Find more information at the Quiz Bowl Camp site. You can register here and send in your fee today with Chase Quick Pay to get the discount.

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LASA Juniors prevail at Bexar Bowl

By Max Huang

Over Valentine’s Day weekend, 42 teams gathered at Tom Clark High School for the fourth annual Bexar Bowl. In the high school division, LASA B’s quintet of John DiCarlo, Trevor Binford, Niels Kornerup, Jonah Shaukat and Michael Martinez triumphed over St. Dominic Savio’s Eleazar Camez, Jack Frey, Nick Isakson, and Daniel Jilek with a score of 365-190 to secure LASA’s first tournament win of the season.

Statistics for both the high school and middle school event, in which Bush claimed its first tournament victory of the school year, are available here.

LASAB

LASA B (the Austin school’s top squad at the tournament) maintained a 10-0 record throughout the day, defeating the top squads from Clark, Kealing and Reagan on its way to the finals. St. Dominic Savio dropped two matches in the prelims to Lamar Academy A and John Jay before avenging both of those losses in the afternoon playoff rounds.

Of the 8 schools who earned berths Saturday for the 2015 High School National Championship Tournament, Savio, Jay, Lamar A and Boerne Champion qualified their first teams of this school year. Notably, Lamar Academy did so in its first ever TQBA event. The McAllen magnet school, led by senior Juan Linares’ 54.38 points per game, won six straight matches in the morning, including a 295-265 nail-biter against St. Dominic Savio before eventually falling in the quarters to a vengeful Savio.

Bush

In the middle school division, Daniel Huantes led his team from Bush to a perfect 10-0 sweep of the tournament. Huantes was the event’s runaway leading scorer with 97 PPG.

The eventual second-place squad from Lopez also went into the final undefeated, having won all eight of its earlier matches and accumulating 20.38 points per bonus along the way, the highest of any middle school team. The Lopez team was remarkably balanced, with all four of its primary members scoring at least 20 points per game, two of whom also registered over 40 PPG.

Reagan’s Sam Lin led the varsity division in individual score at 84.44 points per game, a statistic that was somewhat diluted by his afternoon performance (after only the preliminary rounds Lin showed 95 ppg). Lin powered 25 times throughout the day and negged only once, generating an incredible power-to-neg ratio of 25.00 that has no precedent within TQBA’s records for this season.

Lin’s short-handed team tied for third at Bexar along with fellow San Antonio school John Jay after losing in the semis to eventual champion LASA B. Despite a valiant effort from all four of Reagan Grey’s members, the absence of two A-team regulars proved too great a barrier to overcome.

“The Reagan Grey team is not our usual A team,” Lin said, “The planned A team would consist of me, Ramee Saleh, Abhi Rao, and NewNew Cheng.”

In particular, Reagan was hurt by the absence of science specialist Abhi Rao. “Abhi is just about the only adequate science player at Reagan,” said Lin, “This lack of science is definitely our biggest problem, one which in previous years had been ameliorated by Carson [Casey].”

Casey, who as a senior last year had been one of the best chemistry specialists in Texas, now attends United States Air Force Academy.

However, Reagan remains a force to be reckoned with. This past October at the Alamo City Kickoff, the full Reagan A contingent won nine straight matches before being narrowly beaten in a 360-340 game by perennial power Harmony North Austin, then ranked 14th in the nation. Reagan B performed admirably at Alamo as well, winning every preliminary match before losing to Brandeis A and taking fifth overall.

Lin says that Reagan is currently concentrating on developing its feeder programs, Bush and Lopez Middle Schools. Evidently the training is paying off, as these schools took first and second respectively at this past Saturday’s event.

“We hope to improve the programs at [Bush and Lopez] in order to expedite the clue-learning process,” Lin said, “Our coach, Mr. Whitehead, really wants to get the Reagan QB program more recognition on campus.”

Undoubtedly, Reagan’s program will only continue to expand and increase in strength with years to come.

In 2013, four seniors from Clark high school attended their first TQBA state championship and placed eighth, the highest of any first-time squad. Two years later, a second wave of players has kept the program strong.

This past weekend, Clark fielded two teams, both of which won at least half of their preliminary matches. Clark A averaged more than 3.3 powers per game and accrued 17.04 points per bonus. Josh Baize, leading scorer for the A squad, earned 17 powers across eight games and ended the day with 54.38 points per game. Baize, a junior, will have another year to develop his game and bring his team to the next level.

Clark has attended three tournaments this season, two of which resulted in nationals qualifications. The San Antonio school placed fourth at the Alamo City Kickoff, and came in second behind Reagan A at Brahma Bowl. The second-place finish was facilitated largely by freshman Stephen McNierney, who scored 25.00 ppg next to the team’s clear leader, Baize.

oldclarkClark is a young program, with only one senior on the two teams that it fielded at Bexar. As these players age and gain experience, we can expect them to improve and challenge Reagan for the top spot in San Antonio.

The next San Antonio high school event is at Warren on March 21, while the middle schools travel to UT on February 28 for Bevo Bowl.

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Quiz Bowl Camp Registration is open!

Registration for the 2015 Texas Quiz Bowl Summer Camps is open. Here is the registration link. The camp weeks are:

Session A: August 2 through August 8 (4th through 11th)
Session B: July 26 through August 1 (8th through 11th only please)

Additional Information is available on the Texas Quiz Bowl Camp website including information regarding the activitiescoursesfacilities, and fees.

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St. Thomas wins Rodeo

The winning St. Thomas team (from left) of Sergio Segura, Joseph Nemec, Josef Lawrence, and Anton Poral pose after their victory on Saturday

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.

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Quiz Bowl Summer Camp 2015

Students play a match on the TQBA written novice Pookie set at the 2014 camp.

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.

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Harmony sweeps HoHoHoVII

Ali Barreh and Henry Hawthorn from Harmony A.

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.

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Keystone, Harmony, Kealing, and Rogers win Holiday Hoedown events

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.

The team from Keystone competes in the finals against Brandeis at the Patriot Games varsity event held at Rawlinson Middle School.

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TQBA Winter Camp open for registration

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.

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Middle School Quiz Bowl strong in Texas

A Garcia team debates a bonus part at Rawlinson middle in San Antonio

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.

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 AustinDallasHouston, 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 #.

  1. *Kealing Squirrels 27.67#
  2. *T.H. Rogers A 26.49#
  3. St. Theresa Red 26.47#
  4. Harmony A 26.13#
  5. St. John’s A 24.91#
  6. St. Theresa White 22.91#
  7. *St. Monica A 22.85#
  8. Cistercian A 22.17
  9. Holy Family Blue 21.95#
  10. St. John’s B 21.23
  11. St. Mark’s A 21.12 #
  12. Kealing Capybaras 21.12
  13. St. Mark’s C 20.90#
  14. T.H. Rogers C 20.86#
  15. *Lopez Red 20.69#
  16. St. Mark’s B 20.00
  17. St. Clare 19.87
  18. Village A 19.48
  19. Rogers B 19.33
  20. Bush 18.89#
  21. St. Laurence 18.o3
A St. Mark's teamanswers a tossup at Greenhill in Dallas

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.

A team from Annunciation Orthodox poses after a match during their first ever quiz bowl event in Houston.

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