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 (9) 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.