2019-2020 High School Tournament Calendar

This is the current Southern California high school tournament schedule for the 2019-20 school year. The dates and question sets are subject to change.

Date Tournament Name Host Location Question Set
12 October Powered Points Tournament (PPT) III Canyon Crest Academy V: NAQT IS-186

JV: NAQT IS-185A

19 October “B”estview October Novice Bonanza (BONoBo) I Westview HS JV: SCOP10 Novice
26 October Olympian Academic SoCal Invitational Showdown (OASIS) III Olympian HS 2019 NAQT SSNCT
9 November Triton Fall VIII UC San Diego V: HFT XIV

JV: NAQT IS-187A

23 November Arcadia Carnal Embrace (ACE) XIII Arcadia HS NAQT IS-188
11 January Triton Winter VIII UC San Diego LOGIC
25 January Del Norte Edgehog (DNE) III Del Norte HS V: BLAST

JV: NAQT IS-191A

15 February NAQT SoCal State Championships UC San Diego NAQT IS-192
29 February NoHO Educated Guessing Fest on Incredibly Varied Education (NEGFIVE) II North Hollywood HS V: NAQT IS-190

JV: NAQT IS-189A

7 March Scripps Academic Tournament (SAT) II Scripps Ranch HS WAIT
28 March Real Knowledge Tournament (ReKT) III Westview HS CALISTO
11 April Nearly Academic Tournament (NeATo) I Del Norte HS RAFT
25 April Triton Spring X UC San Diego V: BHSAT XXIX

JV: NAQT IS-193A

16 May Triton Pre-Nats UC San Diego set TBD
22-24 May 2019 NAQT High School National Championship Tournament (HSNCT) Atlanta, GA 2020 NAQT HSNCT
6-7 June 2019 PACE National Scholastic Championship (NSC) Chicago, IL 2020 PACE NSC

Westview A defeats Del Norte A in Varsity final of Triton Fall, Del Norte C sweeps JV

Varsity Junior Varsity
Rank Team Record PPB Rank Team Record PPB
1 Westview A 10-1 22.95 1 Del Norte C 10-0 20.40
2 Del Norte A 8-3 21.01 2 Westview C 8-2 18.75
3 Arcadia 9-1 20.00 3 Del Norte D 6-4 17.87
4 Westview B 6 – 4 17.45 4 Santa Monica 4-6 18.40

Individual performance:

Varsity Junior Varsity
Rank Name Team Prelim PPG Rank Name Team Prelim PPG
1 Amogh Kulkarni Arcadia 99.00 1 Kumail Afshar Del Norte C 53.85
2 Shahar Schwartz Westview B 92.00 2 Alex Patterson Bonita 53.00
3 Nathaniel Kang St. Margaret’s Episcopal 89.00 3 Ben Makarechian Los Gatos 42.86
4 Kyle Ke Del Norte A 67.00 4 Madhumita Narayan Del Norte C 41.43

 

HFT. UCSD. Strong field. Interesting tournament. Let’s begin!

Westview A: We managed to win again, with 7.3 powers per game and 23.15 PPB before the finals packet. Shahar was especially good on literature, regularly getting early powers, while Junu also proved his skill on a housewrite, where there is less history and geography than there is on NAQT, by putting up 15 powers across 11 games alongside Shahar’s 51. Another positive thing to note is that Nicholas went from a negative PPG in prelims to over 14 PPG in playoffs. Another thing is that our neg count was pretty high overall, as we had 17 negs over the first three rounds and 39 in total over 11. If we can manage to lower that, hopefully we can keep this win streak up.

Del Norte A: Del Norte, despite missing Ajai, made finals in yet another tournament, handily beating us when we went against them in playoffs. Specifically, Joshua has become very, very good at science, and the housewrite distribution assists Kyle’s lockdown coverage of music. Despite playing with only three players, Del Norte A was able to put up 6.1 powers per game and 21.48 PPB before finals, along with 2 negs per game. The fact that Del Norte is able to put up such high power numbers while maintaining a low neg count is part of what makes them such a formidable team; this, coupled with their uncanny ability to get lots of bonus parts that they might not actually know, makes them extremely scary.

Arcadia: Arcadia still has not sent any of their seniors to a tournament yet, but their team of Michael, Amogh, Brian, and Ryan performed extremely well at Triton Fall. Amogh and Ryan combined for 66 powers across 10 games, to only 20 negs, and the team had 20 PPB across their 10 games. When the team gains more coverage in the form of Stephen Dai, Vincent Kurniawidjaja, Spencer Cheng, and more, they will be especially scary—I am excited to see just how good they will be.

Westview B: Westview B performed really well, only losing to us, Del Norte A, and Arcadia. Literature, fine arts, and philosophy player Daniel Jung had 49 PPG in prelims, and when Aakarsh came in the afternoon, the team had incredibly balanced scoring. With the four of them, they put up 18.48 PPB in playoffs, proving that they had solid coverage of lots of the distribution.

Del Norte B and North Hollywood rounded out the champs bracket. Literature player Sofia put up 41 PPG on Del Norte B, and Hannah had a power a game, while the team had 16.63 PPB; Heather and Albert formed the backbone of NoHo’s scoring and they had 16.53 PPB across all rounds in the tournament.

In the consolation bracket, Scripps put up really good power numbers in the afternoon rounds, and Nate Kang led St. Margarets’s scoring with 86 PPG and 21 powers in 10 rounds. It was also good to see Francis Parker and La Jolla attend their first tournament, and OLP seems to be attending more tournaments now that they have started their club. CCA’s underclassmen did pretty well, combining for 18 powers alongside Jonathan’s 10.

JV time!

First off, UCSD somehow fit all seven prelim rounds before lunch, with lunch starting on time as well, resulting in the entire JV tournament ending at around 3PM. Argue all you want about A set questions being short, but that is an amazing accomplishment in itself.

Del Norte C: Kumail led all individuals in prelim PPG with 53.85, and Madhumita backed him up well, exceedingly so after Round 6, getting 10 out of her 14 total powers during those rounds. The team’s 439.5 PPG was a full 155.5 above the next best team, Westview C, and their PPB of 20.72 was 3.35 above Westview C’s. The team was absolutely dominant throughout the tournament, getting at least 13 tossups in every game except for one. It remains to be seen how well they scale up to harder question sets, but their neg rate of less than 2 negs per game will do nothing but help them win games there as well.

Westview C: Westview C was decidedly the second best team at the tournament, with 2.7 powers per game and 17.35 PPB. James, Rohan, and Aiken were all extremely close to each other PPG-wise, and they did not neg a lot.

Del Norte D: Abdullah and Devam led them in scoring, and they managed to take 9 tossups against Westview C in round 10, showing that they are capable of playing better than their stats might suggest. They only lost to Del Norte C and Westview C, proving that they are capable of beating the teams that they are better than.

Santa Monica: Santa Monica has sent an assortment of JV teams to tournaments this year, and this one played decently at Triton Fall. Despite getting 10 tossups in a game only once in the tournament, they were able to beat all teams that didn’t make it to champs bracket.

Senior Alex Patterson ended as the highest scorer overall with 55 PPG while leading Bonita to a 6-4 record, and Yasaswi played well on Del Norte E, managing over a power a game. It was good to see Valley Center at another tournament, and quite surprising to see NorCal school Los Gatos show up to a SoCal tournament.

I probably missed something, so if I did, please tell me, and I will try to add it when I get the time.

Thanks to everyone for coming, and I hope to see you at future tournaments!

Westview A defeats Del Norte in second game of advantaged final to win OASIS III

Teams Individuals (Prelims)
Rank Team PPB Record Rank Player Team PPG
1 WV A 23.87 10-1 1 Shahar S. WV A 78.33
2 Del Norte 23.81 7-4 2 Kyle K. Del Norte 58.33
3 Canyon Crest 21.46 7-2 3 Pramod S. WV B 55.68
4 WV B 17.36 4-5 4 Adrian O. Otay Ranch 54.17

*Note: I think Del Norte actually finished with a PPB that was higher than ours, but there might be an error in stats that is bringing it down.

Firstly, I would like to thank Olympian High School for directing quite a wonderful tournament. It finished before 4:30 and there were 11 rounds played, which is quite impressive, even more so because the two tournament directors, Dayo and Chanwoo, had never directed a tournament before. They were incredibly nice, and they adapted very well to changes that had to be made mid-tournament.

Now, let’s get into the actual tournament:

Westview A: We were shorthanded, with only three players, but we still managed to win all our games in prelims and playoffs (not including finals.) Shahar and Junu both exhibited their skill in categories all across the board, especially Shahar in literature and science and Junu in history and geography. One thing is that our neg count, at nearly three per game, was slightly high, but that is something we have always needed to work on. Another thing was that our PPB in current events and US History was significantly lower than our PPB in all the other categories, but with our A team not being finalized yet and a large group of good players in the club, I am sure we will be able to come up with a team that can fill those holes, especially on NAQT where those categories are significantly more prevalent.

Del Norte: So we played Del Norte five(!!) times during the tournament, and all of the games were relatively close (except for the first final, but more on that later.) As far as I know, this was a full Del Norte A team, and they are really, really good. Always known as the team that does not neg often, this tournament was no different, as they averaged barely over 1.5 negs per game. What made this specific tournament different, though, was that they backed it up with nearly 5.5 powers per game. Kyle is decidedly the best music player in SoCal this year, and between him, Ajai, Manasvi, and Joshua, they have coverage of basically every category. Ajai is strikingly good at “stuff that will almost exclusively be only asked about in NAQT,” and all four of them tag team very well on history. They also wrecked us 560-135 in the first final, proving that, at times, they can be quite unstoppable.

Canyon Crest: CCA spent essentially all their prelim rounds memeing, dubiously negging on some tossups while also trying to help Jonathan accomplish his goal of maintaining a 100% power percentage (which he indeed did while also getting three powers per game.) Basically, it is safe to say that although this team has been very vocal about not caring nearly as much about Quizbowl as they did in the past, they are very good, and these stats are not completely to be trusted when trying to gauge their strength. With Wesley  not being there, and this CCA team being one that tends to perform better at harder difficulties, I advise to not base one’s opinion on them off of their stats at this tournament alone.

Westview B: Westview B impressed at the tournament, holding their own in a brutal champs bracket consisting of Westview A, Del Norte, and Canyon Crest. Freshman Pramod led them with 17 powers while only playing 7.4 games since he got stuck in traffic in the morning, and he was supported well by Jonathan, Rohan, and Aakarsh, the latter of whom is quickly improving at literature. The team had a really promising 17.36 PPB, making them a definite threat at future tournaments. Also, from what I heard, they had incredibly good coverage on pop culture/trash, which is certainly not a nonfactor on NAQT questions.

Otay Ranch: It is good to see that the Quizbowl program at Otay Ranch is still active, although they are overwhelmingly led by Adrian Ople, as evidenced by him scoring more than 74% of the points his team got on tossups. I have never seen him play, but he seems to have a good amount of breadth in his knowledge–he converted 15 out of 20 tossups against one of the Olympian house teams–but maybe not as much depth. This breadth greatly assisted him in the consolation bracket, where he got almost 114 PPG and was able to beat Serra to claim fifth place in the tournament. Hopefully Otay attends more tournaments this year so we will be able to learn more about the strengths of Adrian and his teammates.

Serra: By finishing third and 12th at BONoBo the week earlier, Serra proved that they were formidable on lower-difficulty SCOP Novice. At OASIS, Tyler led them with seven powers and 44.50 PPG, and the rest of the team contributed 9 more powers. Their PPB through their 10 rounds was 17.16, suggesting that their strength may lie there. Just like Otay Ranch, I’d have to see Serra at more tournaments in order to be able to gauge their strengths and weaknesses; they have already attended two out of three this year so let’s hope that this is a positive trend.

Olympian’s house teams were added at the last second due to drops (proving the flexibility of the TDs once more), and that is all I can really say about them.

Great job to all teams, and see you at Triton Fall!

PPT 3: Shorthanded Westview A Wins PPT After Tense Final Against Santa Monica, Westview C Clears JV Field.

Teams Individuals
Rank Team PPB Record Rank Player Team  PPG
1 WV A 21.95 10-1 1 Shahar WV A 100.91
2 SanMo A 23.53 8-3 2 Josh X. SanMo A 96.36
T3 DN A 21.71 8-2 3 Amogh Arcadia 86.50
T3 WV B 19.74 8-2 4 Kyle DN B 77.00

 

Lots of questions were still in the air going into PPT, the first competition of the year in SoCal. Westview and Del Norte would both try to double qualify while Santa Monica and Arcadia would fight to stay in contention. There’s a lot to unpack from our most recent tournament, so let’s go down the list of teams and try to make sense of the initial results.

Westview A: As with last year, Westview looked to double qualify at SoCal’s first tournament. In contrast to last year’s successful qualification, which relied on an unresolved tiebreaker to barely squeeze both teams in, Westview managed to double qualify for HSNCT and PACE by a much more comfortable margin at this year’s PPT. Despite losing history and geography player Daniel Shaw (11) for the last four games of the day and current events / American history specialist Daniel Sjoholm (11) for the last two, literature and science centered generalist Shahar Schwartz (12) and math/physics specialist David Huang (12) managed to beat Santa Monica A in a close match to finish the day in first place with a 10-1 record. The main concern for Westview will be their neg problem, as yours truly negged more than any other team in the field on my own. If I can get that under control in the coming months, I think Westview is going to be able to keep the streak alive going forward.

Santa Monica A: There were a lot of questions going into this year for SanMo. They kept their extremely strong history player Josh Xu (11) but lost the other 3/4 of their A team to graduation. Luckily, it seems that SanMo’s roster expanded massively over the summer, as they ended up sending four teams to the competition. Not only did Josh improve significantly, but it also appears that the team has managed to find support in the form of literature player Alexandra Raphling (10) and science players Josh Kong (12) and Teddy Berger (11).  It’s due in large part to these support players that Santa Monica A was able to top the field with a very impressive 23.5 PPB. Santa Monica also has the advantage of having a carry with both a high power rate and a very low neg rate, which is fairly rare in SoCal. SanMo is in a position to make serious marks on a circuit that already contains national contenders Westview and CCA, as well as powerhouses Del Norte and Arcadia. If yesterday was any indication, Santa Monica should join that top tier soon if they keep making impact at competitions.

Del Norte A: Like Westview, Del Norte successfully qualified both of their teams for HSNCT, with their A team tying with Westview B for third place and their B tying with Arcadia for fifth. DN A had three of it’s A team members from last year on it, literature and myth specialist Manasvi Vora (12), science player Joshua You (11), and history main Ajai Banaiah (12). All three managed to crack one powers a game, while the team collectively managed to keep it’s negs under 2 per game. This “let the other team make the mistakes” has been successful for Del Norte in the past, but they’ve now added more depth, getting one more power per game with a split team at this year’s PPT than they did with a full A team last year. I want to see how well these stats line up when Kyle plays alongside the other three, but if Del Norte can continue to build depth without sacrificing their accuracy, they’re going to be one hell of a scary team going forward.

Westview B: PPT was a good chance for some of Westview’s juniors to show what they can do ahead of the next year, which is important because Westview’s “official” A team hasn’t actually been determined fully yet. A team featured solid performances by both Daniel S’s, and B team gave exposure to history and general NAQT player Gary Lin (11), myth and science main Andrew Jia (11), and the endlessly undefinable maverick Connor Rankin (11). The three of them were led by Westview’s chief history player Junu Song (12), who put up predictably stellar stats with nearly 3 powers a round and over 70 points per game. Andrew and Connor also came into their own, each getting over 1 power a round, while Gary had to leave prematurely. The team ended up preforming solidly, finishing in a tie for third place, and with relatively little negs, which was a concern going into the competition. The one point of concern for the group may be their PPB, which was the only one in the top 6 of teams not to crack 20. However, considering that they were dealing with holes in subjects that would normally be covered by Rohan or myself, I wouldn’t consider that a big issue going forward.

Arcadia: I don’t really understand how Arcadia finished as low as they did. They put up incredible stats the whole day only to lose game after game by minute margins in the morning. Luckily, their annihilation of Westview A in their last game managed to push them into a tie for 5th place with Del Norte B, allowing them to qualify for HSNCT yet again. Their high scoring history player, Amogh Kulkarni (10), put up one of the most dominant breakout sophomore performances I’ve seen at a SoCal tournament in a long time, nearly cracking 4 powers a game. What’s even scarier is that Arcadia managed to break 21 PPB and 6 powers a round without a full team, making them yet another seriously scary contender in the circuit going into this year. I don’t think they’ll match the dominance Arcadia did last year, but I see a lot of the same enthusiasm and passion in this team as I did in the A team last year. The entire team is going places, fast. Mark my words, they will dominate one day.

Del Norte B: Del Norte also managed to qualify both teams for nationals thanks primarily to the leadership of Kyle Ke (12). It was the first time the fine arts centered generalist managed to break three powers a game at an NAQT competition, and he chose a good competition to do it. Del Norte B was actually the only team to qualify for nats at PPT that didn’t break 5 powers per game (they were painfully close, 49 powers in 10 games). However, considering the teams were split and the “A” team did manage to (barely) meet that benchmark, I don’t foresee lack of powers/depth being as much of an issue for Del Norte this year as it was last.

Returning teams Rancho Bernardo and Bonita also attended yesterday’s tournament in the varsity division, as well as newcomers to the circuit Our Lady of Peace and Mt. Everest. It was a blast getting to meet and play against all of these wonderful teams, and we look forward to seeing you all again soon!

JV was also interesting in terms of new teams emerging. The tournament was swept by Westview’s C team, with Del Norte E, Scripps Ranch, and Westview D taking the next three spots respectively.

This year’s circuit looks to be one of the most competitive in SoCal yet, and we haven’t even gotten to see Westview, CCA, Del Norte, or Arcadia at full force yet. I have confidence that we’ll get a chance to see some next level gameplay in a few weeks time, but for now we can only wait for the next bout.

Finally I wanted to thank CCA for doing such a great job hosting this tournament, and to say thank you to all the teams that played yesterday. I look forward to playing you all again soon!

-Shahar Schwartz, Westview Class of 2020

2019-2020 Middle School Tournament Calendar

This is the current Southern California middle school tournament schedule for the 2019-2020 school year. The dates and question sets are subject to change.

14 Dec Westview Invitational Novice Tournament for Earth Residents (WINTER) II Westview HS NAQT MS-31
4 Jan Bronco Bowl Jr. II Rancho Bernardo HS NAQT MS-32
14 Mar tbd tbd NAQT MS-30
8 – 10 May 2020 NAQT Middle School National Championship Tournament (MSNCT) Chicago, IL 2019 NAQT MSNCT

Southern California 2019-2020 Tournament Bids

My time organizing Southern California Quizbowl is coming to a close, and I just want to start by thanking everyone for the most amazing last few quizbowl seasons! Quizbowl has definitely become a community that I love and feel such a sense of belonging in, and it has definitely played a big role in shaping the last 3 years of my life. Our friend Rohan Venkateswaran will be directing SoCal Quizbowl next season. After summer, he will be our main person of contact for the HS and MS circuits for this upcoming season! He can be reached via Facebook and/or at rohan02.us@gmail.com

With that being said, I would like the start getting the ball rolling for next year’s schedule. Let’s aim to have around one tournament a month for the high school circuit, and three tournaments total for the middle school circuit. We also should try to have 3 NHBB tournaments this season with one in OC, SD, and LA. Additionally, let’s do our best to avoid hosting tournaments on major holidays, SAT, and ACT dates. Two tournaments should not be hosted on the same day, whether it be NHBB+HS, HS+MS, or MS+NHBB. A shortage in staffers and/or buzzers would not be good.

If your school is interested in hosting a tournament, please reply to the forum post here and comment what date as well as a few backup dates that your school would be interested in hosting on. Prospective hosts, please keep in mind a few things for this season:

  • If you are a school with a smaller quizbowl program, finding a sufficient number of staffers will be a challenge. Ideally, field sizes should be no less than 10-12, allowing schools and teams more opportunities to compete. Pulling staffers from non quizbowl programs (i.e. NHS, Key Club) is OK, but you MUST make sure they know the rules in and out before the day of the tournament, not the morning of.
  • On the topic of field sizes, PLEASE be sure to DO OUTREACH. If you do not email teams, message people, post on the Facebook group, or announce your tournament at least 1.5 months ahead of time, you may struggle filling up your field. Announcing tournaments late and a lack of outreach harms the growth of the circuit as it makes it significantly more difficult for newer teams to register and prepare for a tournament last minute. Our circuit grows and thrives with new teams and bigger tournaments, please announce tournaments early and do outreach!
  • Want to host a tournament but you’re unsure if you will be able to do it all? There are numerous resources on socalquizbowl.org for new and experienced hosts. Please be sure to refer to the tournament hosting guides as they have a lot of incredibly helpful and crucial information!

Feel free to contact me (kdhsu24@gmail.com) with any questions, concerns or comments! I hope you all have the best season!