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.
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.