NAQT’s High School National Championship Tournament was held on Memorial Day weekend at the Hilton Anatole in Dallas, Texas. The 272-team tournament is high school quizbowl’s largest championship tournament and is one of two major national championship tournaments on the season, the other being the PACE National Scholastic Championship. Baton Rouge Magnet finished 6-4 in Saturday’s preliminary rounds, qualifying for the 102-team playoff bracket. They were eliminated in the first round of the playoffs, finishing tied for 77th place. Members of Baton Rouge Magnet’s team include Stefan D’Sa, Kade Kieschnick, Leo Ray, and Mason Guillot. Their performance can be found at this link. They are the first team from Louisiana to make the playoffs of this prestigious tournament.
University Lab School also participated in the event, finishing just outside the top 200 with a record of 4-6 (several thousand high school quizbowl teams are active during the season). Wesley Swain finished 23rd in scoring out of 1308 students. The team consists of Wesley Swain, Marie Swain, Colin Raby, Jonathan Francis, and Anne Marie Gladney. Their performance can be found here.
Baton Rouge Magnet goes 10-1 on the day to win NAQT State. The team consists of seniors Stefan D’Sa, Leo Ray, and Kade Kieschnick as well as junior Mason Guillot. BRMHS and Jesuit A (8-3, Anthony Stoner, Caleb Rogers, D.J. Ogbomah, Andrew Cerise) split their two matches with Jesuit A defeating BRMHS 445-240 in the first and BRMHS prevailing in a 300-275 thriller the second time around. BRMHS held a one game lead going into the final, which they held on to win 290-275, thereby clinching the state title.
Ben Franklin (6-4) finished third, followed by St. Martin’s Episcopal (4-6) to round out the top bracket.
Bryce Monier of St. Martin’s Episcopal was the tournament’s top scorer, posting an impressive 90+ ppg, and University Lab’s Wesley Swain finished second, posting over 82 ppg. Stefan D’Sa finished third in scoring, averaging 60+ ppg on the day.
Stats can be found here:
All Games: http://www.hsquizbowl.org/db/tournaments/3750/stats/all_games/
Special thanks goes out to all of the staffers, including Thomas Credeur, Dominic Lloyd, Nick Rosato, Sophie Trosclair, Lelia Saucier, and Richard Foote.
After a closely-fought day of competition, Jesuit A emerged victorious, defeating Jesuit B in the championship match of the Mount Carmel Invitational on December 5.
Both Jesuit teams went undefeated in the preliminary rounds, but a strong performance from Episcopal School of Acadiana A saw them defeat Jesuit A 280-160, eventually leading to a three-way tie in the championship playoff bracket. In the first tiebreaker game, Jesuit B defeated ESA A. Then Jesuit A defeated Jesuit B in the championship match by a score of 320-315. Jesuit A erased a 130-point second-half deficit behind a strong run from their top scorer Anthony Stoner and held a 30 point lead going into the final toss-up. Jesuit B’s William Brown powered the last toss-up, but Jesuit B could only manage 10 points on the ensuing bonus.
The tournament’s top scorers during the preliminary rounds were Anthony Stoner (Jesuit A), Betsy Hogan (Lusher A), Bryce Monier (St. Martin’s A), Caleb Rogers (Jesuit B), and Jakob Ward (Dutchtown).
Episcopal School of Acadiana’s A team was victorious at this weekend’s Matthew Hayes Invitational, going 11-0 en route to winning the title. They were led by junior Sam Hebert who won the scoring title with an impressive 116.82 ppg, posting a statline of 38/78/13 in 11 matches. ESA A won crucial matches against LSU Laboratory School (340-215) and Baton Rouge Magnet (380-275) en route to clearing the field.
Baton Rouge Magnet finished 10-1 on the day with impressive performances from senior Stefan D’Sa (75.00 ppg) and junior Mason Guillot (61.36 ppg). Despite losing to ESA A, they managed to win their late-day match against University Lab 415-160 to clinch second place on the day.
University Lab School finished in third place on the day led by an impressive performance from the tournament’s outstanding senior, Wesley Swain, who posted a massive 34/80/13 statline, good for 113.18 ppg.
ESA’s B team won the junior varsity title.
Tournament stats can be found here: Final Stats
UL Lafayette’s Fall Tournament has been renamed in honor of its founder, Matthew Hayes, Ph.D. As a member of the Louisiana Quizbowl community, Matthew has contributed an incalculable amount to the progress of quizbowl in the state, and as a result, the Club for Academic Competition decided to name the tournament in his honor.
Jesuit A went undefeated to win the Lusher Invitational on Saturday, November 7th. The Blue Jays defeated runner-up St. Andrew’s Episcopal (who traveled from Ridgeland, Mississippi) in the final round of the tournament. In the third place match, Jesuit B defeated Lusher A. Jesuit A was comprised of Andrew Cerise, D.J. Ogbomah, Anthony Stoner, and Mitchell Barras.
In the JV division, St. Andrew’s B went undefeated to take home that trophy, with Jesuit C and Ben Franklin B finishing second and third, respectively.
Lake Castle had an impressive performance, with its teams finishing first in both the junior division (6th grade and below) and senior division (8th grade and below) of the 2015 Carmel Knowledge Bowl, a middle school tournament hosted by Mt. Carmel Academy in New Orleans.
In the senior division, 20 teams competed. After three preliminary rounds, the top 8 teams advanced to a single-elimination playoff. Lake Castle defeated St. Mary Magdalen and Lusher B to reach the finals. In the finals, they defeated Holy Cross A 300-115. Holy Cross A finished the day with a 5-1 record. Lusher A defeated Lusher B in the 3rd-place game.
In the junior division, 8 teams competed, with the top four in a playoff round-robin. Three teams (Lake Castle, Holy Name C, and Immaculate Conception B) had 2-1 records in the playoff, but Lake Castle’s junior team won first place based on their better performance in the preliminary rounds.
Trophies were awarded to the top four individual scorers based on results after the first three rounds. After the completion of all six rounds, the top scorers were St. Philip Neri’s Anna Catherine Nussbaum (71.67 points per game), St. Dominic’s Catherine Bickerton (70.83 PPG), and Holy Name’s Kaleb Lambert (65 PPG).
Benton High School traveled across the border from Arkansas this weekend win the Second Annual Louisiana Tech Winter Tournament. After 10 Preliminary and Playoff rounds, Benton held a 1 game advantage against Caddo Magnet going into the finals. Benton held a comfortable lead throughout the first finals game before Vincent Huang led a Caddo Magnet comeback, ending in a 250-245 victory after the final question resulted in a Benton Neg and a 30 on the Bonus for Caddo Magnet.
Benton High School (Arkansas) – 1st Place
Throughout the final game, Benton once again held a comfortable lead, though the second time around they allowed no Caddo Magnet comeback. Benton won the tournament behind a dominant 1-2 punch from juniors Sam Bell (87.92 PPG) and Caleb Webb (36.67 PPG), with support from Senior Dawn Le and Sophomore Matt Howard.
Caddo Magnet – 2nd Place
Caddo Magnet was led by the dominant senior Vincent Huang (100.42 PPG) with contributions from Deniz Gungor, Taha Hayat, and Danielle Krefft. River Oaks finished in 3rd, just behind Benton and Caddo Magnet, behind Ben Zollinger’s (102 PPG) superior performance. Zollinger led all individuals in the preliminary rounds with 128 PPG. Seniors Cole DeWitt, Haley Morris, Shaji Ul-Islam contributed to the River Oaks performance.
River Oaks – 3rd Place
Despite being shorthanded, Lusher A’s three person team of Cameron Cinel, Betsy Hogan, and Saul Schaffer assembled a 9-0 record, including a 290-245 win over Jesuit A (8-1) in the tournament’s final match. Jesuit B and Dutchtown both finished with a 6-3 record and qualified for NAQT’s High School National Championship Tournament..
Top individual scorers were Jesuit A’s Anthony Stoner, University Lab’s Wesley Swain, St. Mary’s Thomas Williford, and Lusher A’s Cameron Cinel.
The Lusher Invitational saw 19 teams compete, with the home team going undefeated to take home the varsity championship. In the last match of the day, Lusher A defeated Jesuit A (who also entered the match undefeated) 285-200 to secure their perfect record and the tournament title. Lusher’s leading scorer was Cameron Cinel. Other outstanding individual performers were Iris Palazzolo from St. Martin’s and Sam Zelden from Jesuit A.
In addition to the champions Lusher A and the runners-up Jesuit A, 3rd-place Haynes also qualified for the 2015 NAQT High School National Championship Tournament.
In the separate JV bracket, Jesuit B finished first. The Blue Jay JV team was led in scoring by Eddie Redman.
Jesuit A defeated every team it played at Saturday’s Tulane Fall Tournament to take first place. Led by Anthony Stoner (72.78 ppg) and Sam Zelden (48.33 ppg), Jesuit went 5-0 in the morning preliminary rounds before notching four more wins in the afternoon against the upper bracket. Andrew Cerise (30.00 ppg) and Alex Daigle (21.11 ppg) also contributed to Jesuit’s tournament victory.
Lusher A and Episcopal School of Acadiana A finished second and third, respectively. The tournament’s top scorers were St. Martin’s Iris Palazzolo (109.00 ppg), LSU Lab’s Wesley Swain (77.00 ppg) and Jesuit A’s Anthony Stoner.
Upcoming tournaments this semester include Dutchtown on November 1st, Lusher on November 15th, and Mt. Carmel on December 6th. See you there!