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!

2018-2019 Middle and High School Tournament Schedule

A tentative tournament schedule for the 2018-2019 season can be found at socalquizbowl.org/calendar. The calendar will be updated regularly to reflect any changes. For the upcoming season, please remember the following:

Tournaments which use question sets produced by NAQT qualify the top fifteen percent (15%) of teams to the annual Middle School National Championship Tournament (MSNCT) in early May, or to the High School National Championship Tournament (HSNCT) in late May, depending on the question set.  MSNCT- and HSNCT-qualifying tournaments are notated on the schedule with an asterisk (*).

The Partnership for Academic Competition Excellence (PACE) also hosts a smaller, more rigorous national tournament called the National Scholastic Championship (NSC). PACE individually contacts exemplary tournament hosts to designate them as affiliated events that qualify a top percentage of teams to the NSC. NSC-qualifying tournaments are notated on the schedule with a dagger (†).

If there are any questions or comments, please be sure to contact me at kdhsu24@gmail.com.

I wish you all a good season! Good luck!

 

Edit: The post previously stated that the highest ranked not yet qualified team at SoCal States would qualify for HSNCT. However, this is untrue, and the has been edited to reflect these changes.

2017-2018 Southern California Nationals Preview

This weekend, 11 teams will be representing Southern California at NAQT’s High School National Championship Tournament in Atlanta, Georgia. The following weekend in Reston, Virginia, seven teams from SoCal will be competing at the National Scholastic Championship hosted by the Partnership for Academic Competition Excellence (PACE). The table below provides a quick summary of the two national competitions.

HSNCT NSC
  • Hosted by NAQT in Atlanta, GA
  • 343 teams, 11 from SoCal
  • Computational math bonuses
  • Timed rounds (two 9-minute halves)
  • 15-point powers and 5-point negs
  • No bouncebacks
  • Ten (10) Swiss-matched preliminary games on Saturday
  • Double-elimination playoffs on Sunday
  • Hosted by PACE in Reston, VA
  • 95 teams, 7 from SoCal
  • No computational math
  • Untimed rounds
  • 20-point powers and 0-point negs
  • Bouncebacks
  • Seven (7) preliminary games and five (5) playoff games on Saturday
  • Three (3) to seven (7) superplayoff games on Sunday

As HSNCT and PACE NSC quickly approach, here’s a preview of what to expect:

Arcadia A (HSNCT, Morlan 46) 

Arcadia A took first place at Triton Pre-Nats on Sunday, however, they lost a few crucial games against strong teams including CCA A and Irvine. On the bright side, their consistent performance all of this season should benefit them greatly at HSNCT. Humanities specialist Andrew Hoagland (11) continues to dominate, and with everyone on the team having competed at nationals before, they have great potential to move far into playoffs. 

Arcadia A at Triton Pre-Nats @UCSD 5/20/2018- From left to right: Roger Lin, Andrew Hoagland, Hamlin Liu, William Shue

Predictions: 8-2 prelims, 3-2 playoffs

Arcadia B (HSNCT, unranked)

Arcadia B retains two players from last year’s nationals squad, so they have the needed experience to perform well at HSNCT. On the flip side, they seem to face challenges with consistency that will be difficult to iron out by Saturday. Arcadia B would have to step up their game in order to make it into the playoffs. 

Arcadia B at Triton Pre-Nats @UCSD 5/20/2018- From left to right: Xiaoke Ying, Michael Huang, Sean Ye

Prediction: 4-6 prelims

Canyon Crest A (HSNCT, NSC, Morlan 2)

After two strong performances during UCSD’s wonderful weekend of quizbowl, Canyon Crest A demonstrates a great depth of knowledge per usual. They have swept the field at multiple tournaments this season, often defeating local college teams as well. Jeffrey Qiu (12) and Daniel Wang (12) cover a lot of ground for NSC, and with Boopala Arul (12) and Alan Zhu (11), they will also have the needed coverage for HSNCT. Consistently ranking in the top 5 nationally, we can expect to see Canyon Crest winning some big games at HSNCT and NSC.

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CCA A at Triton Spring @UCSD 5/19/2018- From left to right: Boopala Arul, Daniel Wang, Jeffrey Qiu, and Alan Zhu

Prediction (HSNCT): 9-1 prelims, 4th finish

Prediction (NSC): 7-0 prelims, 5-0 playoffs, 2nd finish

Canyon Crest B (HSNCT, NSC, Morlan 51)

With the full team having competed at nationals last year, CCA B definitely stands out. Wesley Zhang (10) has made great strides this year becoming the team’s lead scorer with Raymond Song (10) not far behind. Their depth of knowledge has increased from last year, giving them an edge coming into nationals this weekend. 

CCA B at Triton Spring @UCSD 5/19/2018- From left to right: Shreyank Kadadi, Raymond Song, Wesley Zhang (Not pictured: Claire Lee)

Prediction (HSNCT): 7-3 prelims, 1-2 playoffs

Prediction (NSC): 4-3 prelims

Irvine (HSNCT, Morlan 45)

Irvine did an impressive job again this season. Generalist Shripad Badithe (12) and science player Andy Huang (12) have led their team to many victories this season. With Celina Shen (10) and Justin Chen (12) joining the nationals squad this year, they still have the depth and knowledge they have had the past few years. Irvine will certainly be a very strong contender, and I’m sure the prelims will be no problem for them.

Irvine at Triton Pre-Nats @UCSD 5/20/2018- From left to right: Celina Shen, Shripad Badithe, Andy Huang, Justin Chen

Prediction: 6-4 prelims, 1-1 playoffs

North Hollywood (HSNCT, Morlan 80)

Despite bringing what seems to be a different fourth scorer (or none at all) to each tournament, North Hollywood still manages to rank well with its three main players. Brandon Hong (11) has made impressive improvements this season to lead the team, yet they will still be in need of some extra depth of knowledge to defeat top teams this weekend. Whether North Hollywood does well in the playoffs or not will depend on the performance of Ronen Lee (11) and Hansub Kim (12). 

North Hollywood at Triton Spring @UCSD 5/19/2018- From left to right: Ronen Lee, Hansub Kim, Brandon Hong

Prediction: 6-4 prelims, 1-1 playoffs

Olympian A (HSNCT, Morlan 87)

Olympian as a whole is a very underrated team. They bring in a fantastic power percentage with minimal negging. On the other hand, the full team hasn’t played a tournament together in at least a couple of months, but hopefully that shouldn’t be too big of a problem. As Eddie Kim mentioned last year though, their strengths in literature may not be enough to outweigh their gap in science knowledge, as NAQT does have a hefty science distribution. Overall, they are one talented team and I am optimistic about them making it into the playoffs. 

Prediction: 6-4 prelims, 1-1 playoffs

Olympian B (HSNCT, Morlan 145)

Similar to Olympian A, Olympian B is very consistent and I can definitely see them doing well at nationals this year. With their B team not far behind their A team, I can see them doing almost as well as their A team. Olympian appears to change their roster for each tournament, but, in general, the main difference between their A and B team is that their B team negs more, which could be costly. Regardless, I still think Olympian B has the potential to make it into the playoff rounds this weekend.  

Prediction: 6-4 prelims, 0-1 playoffs

San Dieguito Academy (NSC, Morlan 134)

San Dieguito Academy’s lead scorer Klaus Neyer (12) never fails to lead his team to a successful tournament, and with valuable science player Rokas Veitas (12), SDA will definitely be a powerhouse. San Dieguito is perhaps one of the most consistent  teams with very few negs and an always solid PPB, but it will take a little more than that to get them through the playoffs. 

Prediction: 5-2 prelims, 1-4 playoffs

Santa Monica A (HSNCT, Morlan 122)

Santa Monica A made a strong showing at IHOP earlier this season, so they could probably make it into the top half of the field just like last year. Based off of the few tournaments they played this season, they have improved from last season, so I feel positive about them making an appearance in the playoff rounds. If Santa Monica is able to attend more tournaments, they have such a high potential of becoming a dominant team in SoCal in the future.

Prediction: 6-4 prelims, 0-1 playoffs

Santa Monica B (HSNCT, unranked)

Somewhat similar to Troy, there are not very many stats for me to base my predictions off of for Santa Monica B, but from the stats that are out there, things are looking relatively grim for them. SCT is understandably somewhat more challenging than a regular IS set, but they still struggled this season at SoCal State Champs. With more experience, they could become a stronger team in future years. 

Prediction: 1-9 prelims

Scripps Ranch (HSNCT, unranked)

For the last couple of years, generalist Joon Lee (12) has led Scripps Ranch to national appearances. However, due to the fact that the full A team still has not had an opportunity to play a tournament together, predicting their performance for this weekend could be interesting. Consistency appears to be something they struggle with, but they do have the potential to win important games.

Scripps Ranch at Triton Pre-Nats @UCSD 5/20/2018- From left to right: Albert Gu, Jack Izzo, Michelle He

Prediction: 4-6 prelims

Troy NJROTC A (NSC, unranked)

After qualifying at an NJROTC invitational earlier in the fall, Troy has not made any other appearances this season. From the few statistics I have found, their PP20TUH  falls short of other teams. With this being said, Troy should look into attending more SoCal events next season to gain more experience which should help them improve greatly.

Prediction: 3-4 prelims

Troy NJROTC B (NSC, unranked)

See above.

Prediction: 1-6 prelims

Troy NJROTC C (NSC, unranked)

See above.

Prediction: 1-6 prelims

Westview (NSC, Morlan 59)

Westview has made some big roster changes from last year to this year due to the graduation of many key players including Rahul Keyal (’17). This year, Westview rebuilt most of their roster, and Kevin Yu (12) did a fantastic job of leading his team to a successful season. Although they lack the depth they had last year (getting only about half of the powers than they got last year), they are still a strong team and we can expect to see good things going their way in June.

Westview at Triton Spring @UCSD 5/19/2018- From left to right: Daniel Shaw, Rohan Venkateswaran, Kevin Yu, Shahar Schwartz

Prediction: 6-1 prelims, 3-2 playoffs

Good luck to all teams that will be competing!

Photo credits: Jonathan Luck