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!

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

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

Del Norte A and Westview C win PPT II

Varsity Junior Varsity
Rank Team Record PPB Rank Team Record PPB
1 Del Norte A 8 – 2 22.30 1 Westview C 9 – 1 20.40
2 Olympian A 9 – 1 21.34 2 Francis Parker A 7 – 2 18.75
T – 3 Westview A 7 – 2 20.10 3 Francis Parker B 7 – 3 17.87
T – 3 Westview B 6 – 3 19.48 4 Del Norte C 5 – 4 18.40

Individual performance:

Varsity Junior Varsity
Rank Name Team Prelim PPG Rank Name Team Prelim PPG
1 Andrew Hoagland (12) Arcadia A 93.00 1 Zachary Partnoy (9) Francis Parker A 86.67
2 Junu Song (11) Westview B 85.00 2 Ari Mazow (9) Westview C 57.50
3 Shahar Schwartz (11) Westview A 78.00 3 Jesse Smith (9) Francis Parker B 56.67
4 Andrew Feng (11) Canyon Crest 63.75 4 Rohin Buch (9) Francis Parker A 36.67

SoCal’s season opened strong with CCA’s Powered Points Tournament (PPT). Firstly, I would like to acknowledge both Shreyank Kadadi and Raymond Song, who directed this tournament very well despite events which hindered the possibility of them doing so.

Next, congratulations to Del Norte A for winning a varsity tournament for the first time! They seem to be a formidable team that rarely negs, a quality which made up for the fact that they were out-powered by four other teams in the field. Kyle Ke (11) keeps improving every year, and I was able to see the full ability of Joshua You (10) when he dropped 4 powers on us in round 5. Since there are no seniors on the team, they will be able to spend more time building chemistry with the current team.

Olympian A seems to have rebuilt strongly and quickly from last year, when 10 out of their 12 HSNCT team members graduated. They are similar to Del Norte in that they also neg very rarely. One thing I noticed while playing them is that they seem to be very specialized, with Athina Rosure (12) taking literature, Jake Blankenbecler (11) history and geography, and Kaia Yager (12) science. Olympian generally gears themselves toward NAQT questions, and it will be exciting to see how they perform in future tournaments.

If one looked exclusively at the prelim stats for the tournament, they would notice that Arcadia A out-powered the next best team by 7 powers, despite not even playing one of their games due to a forfeit. Additionally, their PPB was second only to eventual champions Del Norte A. However, Andrew Hoagland (12), William Shue (12), and Michael Huang (12) all left at lunch to go back to Arcadia for homecoming, and although we weren’t able to see how the three of them would have performed in the playoffs, a two-man team of Spencer Cheng (11) and Sean Ye (12) took a game off Del Norte A. It will be interesting to see how they can build upon last year’s 12th place HSNCT finish, but it looks like they have found their replacements for Roger Lin (’18) and Hamlin Liu (’18).

In terms of individual performances, Andrew had a very strong one as usual, while Shahar Schwartz (11) and Junu Song (11) did excellent jobs leading Westview A and B respectively to T-3rd place; the three of them were the only people in the field to average more than 3 powers per game. In addition, Sam Kaseff (12) showed his ability to really pop off for La Jolla, getting 12 powers in the last two games.

The novice division was dominated by three members of Francis Parker’s MSNCT team last year. Ari Mazow (9) moved schools and led Westview C to 1st place in the novice division, his former teammate Zach Partnoy (9) handily led the field in PPG, powering Francis Parker A to 2nd place, and Jesse Smith (9) put in a 3rd place individual performance on Francis Parker B. Ari, Zach, and Andrew Jia (10) from Westview D were the players who were able to amass double digit power numbers. Finishing 4th was Del Norte C, a team that largely consisted of freshmen from established middle school programs, namely Black Mountain and Oak Valley. It will be interesting to see how their prior quizbowl experience will help them at the high school level.

This tournament was a success, and I was glad to see so many good performances across both divisions.