2022-2023 High School Calendar

This is the Southern California high school tournament schedule for the 2022-2023 school year. The hope is for this year to return to fully in-person tournaments. As dates, sets, and format are decided and announced, this page will be updated; for now, only announced tournaments are posted. As always, most of these are tentative dates. Questions about specific tournaments can be directed to the tournament director, while questions about the circuit or schedule more generally are strongly encouraged to be directed to freddieoharaiii@gmail.com. Thank you and good luck to all teams!

DateTournamentHostQuestion set
September 24Bronco Bowl IVRancho Bernardo High SchoolIS-213 (Varsity); SANDS (JV)
November 12Powered Points Tournament VICanyon Crest AcademyIS-215 (Varsity); IS-216A (JV)
January 18Triton Winter XUCSDIS-219 (Varsity); MAKE MAKE (JV)
February 11Del Norte Edgehog VIDel NorteDART III (Varsity); IS-214A (JV)
March 18VALORANT (Middle School)Canyon Crest AcademyMS-43 (Middle School)
April 1Real Knowledge Tournament VIWestviewScottie (Varsity); SCOP Novice 12 (JV); MS-46 (Middle School)
May 13SCUBA (NON-TRADITIONAL, see linked announcement for info)Online, Canyon Crest AcademyDUOS II

Powered Points Tournament V Concludes; School Write-ups

The first major tournament of the year is in the books for Southern California quizbowl! Canyon Crest once again did an incredible job hosting the fifth edition of their Powered Points Tournament (PPT) with all rooms having buzzers, a very reasonable end time, full category statistics (for the varsity division), no bye rounds, and added an excellent touch by including “mindfulness guidelines” in every room that helped inform good conduct among all teams. That said, we all love hearing about the teams, so let’s get into it! All teams are in alphabetical order, so you can find your team that way.

(See bottom for a list of disambiguations of abbreviations and terms. If you take any issue, have any corrections, or wish to add anything to this post, please let me know via email to freddieoharaiii@gmail.com and I will happily edit it.)


Their entire A team came back stronger than ever after their impressive 5th place High School National Championship Tournament (HSNCT) run. Placing high expectations publicly on teams can have negative effects sometimes, even when those expectations are positive and warranted, so I won’t make any specific predictions, but needless to say, they are very, very, very good at quizbowl. They continue to dominate history, literature, and visual fine arts (VFA), having two of the best players in those categories in the country in seniors Amogh Kulkarni and Ryan Sun. Science seems somewhat more evenly spread out among their players, and to be the “weakest” of the big 3 categories, though they still have plenty of very early buzzes on it, especially biology and physics. They are one of the highest-powering teams in the nation, and their neg numbers are pretty well in-check. A wacky stat is that both Ryan and Amogh say their points per game actually increase after afternoon rounds in the top bracket, which seems insane, but just shows that beyond their usual domination, they have a second gear they can kick it up to when necessary. We can expect a strong season from them as the team to beat in SoCal.

Arcadia B also put up a very solid performance, getting into the top bracket in the JV division. The team was consistent, but did have a bit of an issue with negging, being second in JV in negs. They didn’t have a wealth of insanely early buzzes, but given that this was the first tournament for most of the team, they did exceedingly well! Arcadia C also had a solid first performance for a young, shorthanded, novice team, managing to squeeze out a few wins and tight games. Arcadia A will be graduating their entire team after this year, so it’s good to see younger players from Arcadia getting involved, fielding a C team for the first time since May 2019!

Bishop’s School:

It was great to see Bishop’s at this tournament! They have been a powerhouse in the San Diego City Academic League for quite a while now, being the conference champs in the last full, in-person season (2019). That said, they haven’t attended a tournament since January 2018. You would never know, looking at their 6-2 record, just narrowly missing out on the top bracket. Four players with over 30 ppg is almost unheard of for a team new to Saturday tournaments, not to mention their deep bench. Their balanced attack in history, modern world, and religion/mythology (RM), combined with cience, led by junior Sasha Berger,  makes them a threat on a wide swath of the distribution.

Their B and C teams were in a similar boat, as they finished just outside of the top bracket for JV with six wins apiece. Both teams were mostly freshmen with one upperclassman. There’s some massive potential among those young players, and we hope to see them back at Saturday tournaments as they improve. They will certainly make some noise in the city league this year, and in years to come.


Chaparral was another team brand-new to not only Saturday tournaments, but their school is new all-subject quizbowl more broadly, which put them in a tough place coming into this tournament, not to mention being in a literal tough place from Temecula, not quite close to LA nor SD tournaments. Despite that, and a slow start that is customary for all new schools, their A team was able to finish strong with a strong three-game winning streak to close out the day, led by junior Andrew Skallerud. Their younger B team was also able to nab a win in the afternoon, and unfortunately finished with two heartbreakingly-close nail biters to close out the day. Such is quizbowl. There’s a lot of potential from both teams, which the ROTC circuit is sure to see more of at their own upcoming tournament. I heard they have a new coach who’s much more familiar with quizbowl, so I’m hopeful to see them improve even further at future tournaments!

Del Norte:

Losing long-time leader and science-aficionado Joshua You did not slow Del Norte A down one bit! Sophomore Conner Feng stepped up their game to be the tournament’s third-leading scorer, being especially impressive in literature where he was second in points, despite leaving at lunch! The rest of the team was well-balanced as well, especially in the humanities, finishing top 3 in history, fine arts (FA), and RM ppb despite Conner’s premature exodus. This suggests they may do better on housewrite/PACE questions, which have more humanities, as opposed to NAQT questions that this tournament used, which have comparatively more modern world and science questions. I’m not sure what their final roster will be, but they have a few options that will each be formidable in the circuit.

Their B team also did amazingly in the JV division, with their only losses coming narrowly against division-champs SDA. The team was generally pretty young, but relatively experienced, with no absolute novices, most being alumni of Oak Valley. Their C and D teams similarly had mostly young, former-middle school players, along with a few newcomers. Both made the middle bracket despite their relative youth. It’s good to see teams continuing the activity from middle school, and hope they continue to do so!

PS—teams should totally attend Del Norte’s Edgehog tournament (DNE V) this January 8th!

Francis Parker:

Francis Parker A had a great tournament, despite some unfortunate luck. Despite missing one of their top players, they managed to make the top bracket, where they tragically lost each of their games by a painfully close margin—each within one toss up-bonus cycle. Once again—such is quizbowl. Some team members who are now seniors have been playing together since middle school, so it is no surprise that they are very well balanced with complementary specialites. They can also be expected to have a great season in the City Academic League with Bishop’s.

Their B team also had a great tournament, only narrowly missing out on finals with one-tossup games against SDA and Del Norte B. Led by freshman Jonas Brown, formerly of Oak Valley, the team was pretty young. As most of FP A will be graduating in the coming year, it’s good to see that one of the smaller schools to consistently field teams has strong, young players in store for the future.

Oak Valley:

I will never cease to be amazed by Oak Valley’s ability to consistently contend with much older teams on questions likely harder than they will face at their nationals. Nevertheless, here they are, being amazing. They were a young team, even by their own standards, without any 8th graders. Their A team, led by seventh grade Jacob Wu, narrowly missed out on the top bracket due to a 20-point loss to Olympian B. Their less-experienced B team also knocked out a few wins, and put up some impressive buzzes on the way. Middle school tournaments likely won’t be held till the spring this year unfortunately (in part due to difficulties in getting those below 12 being immunized), so it’s hard to see how they stack up on middle school questions, but given their performances on tougher questions in a tougher field, I don’t think it’s a stretch to say this will be the school most middle school teams will be looking at this year in SoCal.


Olympian adapting to a coaching change, as well as the pandemic difficulties in the past year or two, has made this their first local tournament not hosted by themselves since 2018. That said, their return was triumphant, with both teams finishing in the top bracket in their respective divisions, earning their A team an HSNCT qualification! Led by senior Henry Morales, that A team was dominant on science, finishing with the highest science ppb in the whole tournament. They were solid in other categories, like history and modern word, but science is by far their standout, which bodes well for them given SoCal’s relative lack of strength on science compared to other major categories. Last year saw Otay Ranch snap their years-long domination of the Varsity division of the Sweetwater Academic League, and they’re coming back this year with a vengeance.

Their B team also made it to their top bracket, indicating that their Sweetwater Academic League JV division streak may also be pretty secure. They had some very deep buzzes, and despite lots of substitutions, had a number of young players stand out, including sophomore Martin Costa, junior Abigail Ouano, and freshman Dantae Garcia, among others. I look forward to seeing Olympian renew their consistent attendance and reputation for NAQT dominance, a strong team spirit, and drawing in many players.

Our Lady of Peace:

OLP first started coming to Saturday tournaments two years ago at 2019’s iteration of PPT, so happy two-year quizbowl anniversary! The team has increased and improved since then, despite graduating some strong players. Their A team went 3-6, going on a 3-game win streak to close out the tournament, with a particularly strong showing on RM, where they led the field in ppb. Their top two scorers were both juniors, who along with senior L. Fowler, seem to have been on the team since that inaugural tournament. Another City Academic League mainstay (though in a different division from FP and Bishop’s), they are well-positioned to have a strong season and launchpad for further improvement next year.

On that note, OLP managed to field three teams for the first time. This also meant that their younger, half-novice B team ended up in the varsity division in order for the numbers to work out. Such is quizbowl. The team admirably stuck out the tournament, consistently buzzing in every game—of which they had a few close ones. The team did best in science behind sophomores Maggic Holcomb and Paige Newlon, indicating a solid knowledge base to build on. OLP C was also young, and consisted entirely of novices to weekend quizbowl. Despite this, the team went a strong 3-6, with those three wins coming across their last 5 games, as is usual as new players warm up to the feel of the buzzer and the game. OLP is well-positioned to have strong showings not just for varsity, but also in the JV and novice divisions of the City Academic League for years to come. We hope to see them continue to expand and attend more tournaments!

Pacific Trails:

Everything I said about the impressiveness of Oak Valley playing up applies to Pacific Trails as well. Finishing a very solid 4-5, the team was solid and balanced. Though their neg numbers were a bit high in the morning, they went down as the tournament progressed. Neg and buzzer control is one of those skills that is transferable across difficulties, so it’s important for them to control that, and not get in bad habits, which they seem to have done! The team was able to compete against high schoolers on high school questions, so of course, we can expect them to do well on middle school questions against middle schoolers as well. A team of all 8th graders, they are of course young by our standards, with great quizbowl careers ahead of them, but in the more immediate future, though they will sadly have to wait till spring for middle school tournaments, Pacific Trails will be a force.

San Dieguito:

Following 2018, where SDA was led to a strong finish at PACE by Rokas Veitas and Klaus Neyer, SDA quizbowl (or “Mustang Minds”) went into a somewhat dormant period. They made their return at ACE XIV last year, and came back even stronger for their in-person return this year, winning the JV division! Led by senior Nick Manchin, the team went 9-1, despite a few scares from Del Norte and Francis Parker. The team had some deep knowledge, averaging almost 5 powers/game, a difficult feat given NAQT’s notoriously short powers. We hope to see them make a return to attending more tournaments regularly!

Santa Monica:

Despite long-time leading scorer Josh Xu graduated last year, Santa Monica A has (just as Josh predicted in this thread) returned strong as ever, going 7-2 for second place. Most of the lineup had buzzes all across the distribution, beyond their designated specialties. The team is remarkably consistent, especially in history, led by senior Kethan Raman. Any team that’s able to get 9 tossups versus Arcadia has the ability to be a top team nationally, let alone regionally, where they’ve distinguished themselves as the clear and close second team (though to be fair, they’ve yet to face a full Westview, Del Norte, or CCA).

Santa Monica B also had a very strong showing, led by promising freshman Naomi Gage. The team went 5-4 in top bracket, being competitive in all of their games. For a team mostly of freshmen in the fall, who never played in middle school, that’s remarkably impressive. The team seemed to have very strong chemistry, and if they continue on their current trajectory, and attend tournaments regularly, we can expect them to quickly stack up to being even more formidable. Santa Monica certainly has a very strong future as well as their present.

St. Augustine’s:

In what’s looking to be a theme, St. Augustine attended their first Saturday tournament since 2018 at PPT V. For a team with almost no experience at tournaments, and fielding two similarly-matched teams in the varsity division, Saints put up a strong first showing. Particularly, Saints A showed up in fine arts (typically one of the most difficult categories for new teams), modern world, and history, behind seniors William Strack, Julian Solis, and Aidan Rickwa respectively. If the team of seniors is able to focus in and play to the best of their ability, they can certainly continue to move up in quizbowl and even more so in their City Academic League.

Saints B, despite being a team of underclassmen, was able to impressively match the record of their A team, though they did lag behind in a few statistical areas, as the old adage goes, the only stats that really matter are wins and losses. The team is pretty young, so naturally they don’t seem to have carved out specific niches for themselves yet, though they did register some good buzzes on history, literature, and modern world. I hope to see them all continue to attend tournaments and improve in quizbowl!

St. Margaret’s Episcopal:

Once again led by senior Nate Kang, SMES had another strong showing at this tournament. Nate was once again a superstar at this tournament, showing himself expanding into a full-blown generalist beyond his roots as a history player, and he’s still a very strong history player. Joining Nate was a trio of new players, each with impressive performances. It’s always difficult to join a team with a superstar player where points can be hard to come by, but it’s good to see that there’s interest at SMES outside of Nate, vitally, among non-seniors. We hope we see them at future tournaments this year and beyond.


Westview was, unfortunately, unable to field anything close to their full A team at PPT V, but their shorthanded team of sophomores was still able to put up a number of good games. Vasu Kashipara put up strong numbers on modern world, Rahul Jogadhenu on history, and Adarsh Venkateswaran on literature. The team isn’t rounded out yet, with some obvious holes, but as they get older, improve, and are joined by the rest of their team, it can be expected for Westview to start giving more teams a run for their money.

A few absent teams include:

Canyon Crest (of course), North Hollywood, Harvard-Westlake, Mount Carmel, Dos Pueblos, La Jolla, Scripps Ranch, University City, Mt. Everest, Troy, and Viewpoint, among others. We hope to see them at some tournaments later on in the year.

Nationals qualifications: Congratulations to Arcadia, Santa Monica, Del Norte, Saint Margaret’s Episcopal, and Olympian for qualifying for the HSNCT and the PACE NSC! Congratulations to Francis Parker for qualifying for the PACE NSC! Congratulations to Saint Margaret’s Episcopal for qualifying for the SSNCT!


Academic League – Four leagues sponsored by the San Diego County of Education office that have many similarities to quizbowl, including Sweetwater, City, North County, and East County leagues

Modern world – A category of questions including geography, pop culture, and current events

NAQT- National Academic Quiz Tournaments, a major question provider, among other things

Neg – An incorrect answer given while a tossup is being read to both teams resulting in a minus 5 point penalty

Power – When a tossup is gotten before a certain point, and is thus worth 15 points to the team that got it rather than the usual 10

2021-2022 High School Calendar

This is the Southern California high school tournament schedule for the 2021-2022 school year. Due to constantly evolving nature of the pandemic, it is difficult to predict which tournaments will be in person or online. We expect more to be added later. As dates, sets, and format are decided and announced, this page will be updated. Thank you and good luck to all teams! Contact freddieoharaiii@gmail.com for more info.

*Some dates may be tentative and subject to change.

***The JV division of this tournament is unfortunately closed to those who will be attending the Southern California JROTC Invitational.

DateTournament NameHostQuestion SetOnline or In-person?
Oct 17ACF Fall CA and GA MirrorGATA, NCQBA, and SCQBA2021 ACF FallOnline
Oct 30California Novice TournamentNCQBA + SCQBASCOP NoviceOnline
Nov 13Powered Points Tournament (PPT) VCanyon Crest AcademyIS-206 (Varsity); IS-207A (JV)In-person
Jan 8
Del Norte Edgehog (DNE) V
Del NorteDART II (Varsity); IS-203A** (JV)In-person
Mar 26Real Knowledge Tournament (ReKT) VWestviewTBDIn-person
Apr 23Southern California State ChampionshipsUCSDIS-210 (Varsity); IS-211A (JV)In-person
April 22–24Small School National Championship Tournament (SSNCT)NAQTSSNCT-22In-person
Apr 30SRIRACHA IIScripps RanchIS-204In-person
May 27-29
High School National Championship Tournament (HSNCT)
Jun 11 & 12
National Scholastic Championship (NSC)
PACE2022 PACE NSCIn-person

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!