Hoover wins Mt. Carmel Invitational

The quiz bowl team from Hoover High School traveled all the way from Alabama and came out on top, going 8-0 to win the Mount Carmel Invitational, which featured a field of 24 teams from 15 different schools. The morning preliminary rounds saw Hoover, Jesuit A, St. Martin’s, and Episcopal School of Acadiana A go undefeated in their groups to advance to the championship round-robin bracket. Hoover won all three of their afternoon matches to claim the title. St. Martin’s took home the runner-up trophy.

Individual trophies were presented to the top four scorers in the preliminary rounds. Taking first place was St. Martin’s Bryce Monier, who averaged an astonishing 154 points per game in the preliminary matches. Also receiving trophies were Sam Hebert from ESA (2nd), Caleb Rogers from Jesuit (3rd), and Elizabeth Hogan from Lusher (4th).

Hoover relied on a well-balanced team to win. Their team members were Rishik Hombal, Andy Kong, Sophia Liu, Anna Muthalaly, and Addison Rees. Their average margin of victory in all games was an impressive 344 points.

Jesuit A wins Mt. Carmel Invitational

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).

Jesuit A wins Lusher Invitational

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 wins at Carmel Knowledge Bowl

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).

Lusher A defeats Jesuit A to win at Mt. Carmel

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.

Lusher A wins Lusher Invitational

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 wins its second tournament of the year

How did the Blue Jays follow up their 10-0 record at the recent Tulane tournament? With another 10-0 performance at the Chapelle Fall Tournament. Jesuit A cruised through its preliminary matches with an astounding 611 points per game. Later in the day, they defeated their Blue Jay brethren from Jesuit B 325-265. That set up a climactic last-round match with Ben Franklin, who needed to win to force a tiebreaker. The Falcons erased a 130-point second-half deficit with a furious run and held a 300-290 lead after tossup 18. But senior Jack Caliva took control of the game by powering the last two tossups, and Jesuit A won 380-300. The Jays were led by senior Kevin Yokum, who finished the tournament with 101 PPG.

Thanks in part to their strong showing against Jesuit A, Ben Franklin squeaked by Jesuit B on points per bonus (20.39 to 20.17) to claim the runner-up trophy.

The leading individuals, based on standings from the five preliminary rounds, were Jesuit A’s Kevin Yokum (124 PPG); Jesuit B’s Anthony Stoner (83 PPG);  Travis Haycraft from Ben Franklin (70 PPG); and Maggie Earles from Chapelle (69 PPG). Rummel’s Michael Cobar took home the trophy for top junior, while the top freshman award went to Jessica Davis from Mount Carmel.

Lake Castle wins NOLA Middle School Kickoff in impressive fashion

Thanks to a dominating performance by 7th-grader Emeka Emetuche, Lake Castle Private School (from New Orleans, Louisiana) won the 2013 New Orleans Middle School Kickoff at Archbishop Chapelle High School in Metairie. Lake Castle went 6-0 in the seven-team round robin for senior teams (open to any students in 8th grade or below). Lake Castle averaged 384 points per game, for an average margin of victory of 300 points.

In the four-team junior bracket (open to 6th grade and below), the Blue team from Holy Name of Jesus compiled a 5-1 record to take the top spot. In the final match, they avenged an earlier loss to St. Dominic B by winning 110-80. The team from Holy Name was extremely deep and well-balanced, fielding seven players throughout the day, five of whom averaged between 20 and 25 points per game.

The second-place trophy in the senior division went to Holy Cross A, who finished tied at 4-2 with St. Dominic A, but were awarded the trophy based upon a better points per game average.

The top individual scorer was Lake Castle’s Emetuche, who put up 125.83 points per game. He averaged just under 5 powers per game. In 2nd place was St. Dominic’s Tristan Cole with 51.67 points per game. Also receiving individual trophies in the senior division were Louis Lamy (Holy Name A) and Benjamin Young (Holy Cross B). The trophy for the top player in the junior division was awarded to St. Dominic B’s Catherine Bickerton, who put up 43.33 points per game, putting her well ahead of the other players in her division.