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)