WV wins ACE XII, North Hollywood Qualifies for Nationals

 

Teams (Playoff Record in Parentheses) Individuals
Rank Team Record  PPB Rank Player Team Prelim PPG
1 WV 10-2 (4-1) 20.7 1 Shahar S. WV 83.57
2 NoHo A 8-4 (3-2) 21.6 2 Kaia Y. Oly A 63.57
3 Oly A 8-2 (1-2) 22.6 3 Raymond S. CCA A 58.57
4 CCA A 4-6 (0-3) 21.3 4 Brandon H. NoHo A 48.57

Arcadia hosted one of the more interesting tournaments of the season so far, as the varsity competition saw West….. I mean WV win in a disadvantaged final against North Hollywood. However, North Hollywood’s second-place finish ensured that they would qualify a team for nationals for the second year in a row.

WV’s victory solidly places them as a threat to win future competitions. However, the win doesn’t alleviate WV from their problems going forward. While the team led by yours truly did lead the field in powers, with a fairly solid 6.4 powers per game, they also came last in the playoffs in PPB, and had more negs per game (3.2) than everyone in the field except for CCA A. Hopefully, the addition of other strong players like Junu (11) and Rohan (11) can fix some of these issues, but WV still has a way to go before they become a top tier team.

Kinda like CCA, North Hollywood was somewhat infamous for their performance being much better on mACF than on NAQT style questions. Luckily, whatever problems they had last year seem to be dealt with, as the Brandon (11) and Ronen (11) led team put up some impressive stats in their HSNCT qualification run. The team did very well in most areas, but fell slightly short in powers, as the team only managed 4.4 per game. NoHo is a good team, but if they want to improve on their results at nationals from last year, they’ll have to gain depth in order to deal with the upgrade in difficulty they’ll face there.

Olympian dominated the prelims, winning seven in a row and leading the field in PPB, coming in a close third in powers, and having fewer negs than every team in the field except for their own B team. Olympian should be very proud of how they performed, but unfortunately, they were taken down by WV and NoHo, both games coming down to the last tossup. My only concern with Olympian is that they could fall victim to these “pop off” rounds very easily, and could end up getting knocked out of contention due to their unwaveringly consistent gameplay.

CCA is a very strong team. With a full team on mACF, they can obliterate national set records for powers and put most teams’ PPBs to shame. These conditions were not met last Saturday. The absence of Wesley Zhang (11) and Jonothan Hsieh (11) meant that the team was sorely lacking on NAQT core categories science and history. CCA A’s aggressive play also meant that, while they were second in powers per game, they were also first in negs per game, as they were the only team with more than 3 per game in the field. However, one shouldn’t make the mistake of discounting CCA A for next time. With a full team, the already solid core of Raymond (11), Alan (12), and Shreyank (11) can easily threaten a local NAQT victory this year.

While Santa Monica failed to make playoffs, they still had an incredibly strong showing. History specialist Josh Xu (10) in particular had a solid performance in playoffs, as he actually led the field in PPG while in the consolation bracket. We hope to see more of Santa Monica and wish them luck at future tournaments.

As for individuals, the dead weight from WV (11) somehow snuck back into the number one spot again, as the lit/sci specialist derped his way to over four powers per round. The runner-up was blossoming generalist Kaia Yager (12) of Olympian A, who led humanities specialist Raymond Song (11) from CCA A and generalist Brandon Hong (12) of NoHo A.

Thanks to Arcadia for hosting this tournament, and thanks to everyone who came to play. We hope to see you all at the next SoCal tournament at Del Norte High School on December 8th.

Written by Shahar Schwartz

 

CCA Wins Triton Fall in Disadvantaged Final Against Arcadia

 

Teams Individuals
Rank Team Record PPB Rank Player Team  PPG
1 CCA B 10 – 1 23.91 1 Shahar S. Westview 108.46
2 Arcadia A 8 – 3 21.82 2 Andrew H. Arcadia A 96.36
3 Scripps Ranch 6 – 3 17.59 3 Raymond S. CCA B 87.27
4 Del Norte A 5 – 4 19.40 4 Jack I. Scripps Ranch 62.22

With Triton Fall 2018 in the books, the players of SoCal got their first taste of mACF style questions, with exciting results. Of course, none of this would be possible without the wonderful people at UCSD, who I would like to thank for running the tournament this Saturday.

CCA B (which was made up of quite a few players expected to start on A team at nationals this year) won the day with an astounding 9.5 powers per game. The team was led by humanities specialist Raymond Song (11), with significant support from history and geo man Wesley Zhang (11), and a formidable science player in Jonothan Hsieh (11). If this is

Arcadia A came in at second despite beating CCA 440-230 earlier in the playoffs, which they managed to do with only two A team players from PPT. History main Andrew Hoagland (12) managed to lead the team to a solid finish even with half the normal A team being MIA. With a complete team, Arcadia has the ability to get revenge on CCA, but that will have to wait for another day.

Del Norte continues to show off just how much they’ve improved over the summer, with fine arts-centered generalist Kyle Ke (11) and science player Josh You (10) leading the charge. Even without core lit player Sofia Luengo (11), Del Norte A was able to make playoffs by pulling upsets (?) against Arcadia A and Westview. Del Norte’s main problem going forward is that while they hardly neg, which they did less than once per game, they also power somewhat rarely. If they can fix this, I can see Del Norte becoming a top-tier team by the time next year rolls around.

Scripps Ranch was led by generalist Jack Izzo (12), who carried the team to a third-place finish by upsetting Del Norte in the playoffs. While Scripps did play very well in the wake of the graduation of longtime captain Joon Lee, they still have some problems to deal with, as they were the only team in playoffs with more negs than powers. If Jack and company can figure out a way to transform those negs into consistent early powers, Scripps Ranch could emerge as a dark horse in this year’s tournaments.

It was also great to see teams from Mission Bay, Cathedral Catholic, and University City come to compete, and we look forward to competing with you more in the future!

In terms of individual awards, Scripps’ Jack barely missed the podium, with CCA’s Raymond taking third place, Arcadia’s Andrew taking second, and some random guy from Westview (11) getting first. The SoCal field is looking stronger than ever, with several young teams putting numbers similar to those of the top teams in the nation. With CCA, Arcadia, and Westview still yet to have a complete tournament with a full A team roster, I predict that the level of play from here on out is only going to go up.