Quiz Bowl competes at National Tournament in Chicago
June 3, 2014Hallsville High School
Last Saturday the Hallsville Quiz Bowl team participated in the 2014 NAQT High School National Tournament held in Chicago. There were 272 teams representing the United States (and some from outside the U.S.).
Teams participated in 16 rounds on Saturday (9:00 am - 6:45 pm). Each team had 10 matches with 6 byes built in for rest. Every team that won 6 games qualified for the playoffs on Sunday. Teams with a 5-5 record or lower were eliminated. There were 11 teams from Missouri that participated.
Hallsville went 6-4 on Saturday, beating teams from Texas, Illinois, Virginia, Georgia, Oklahoma and North Carolina. Six of our 10 matches were against Nationally ranked teams. Four other Missouri teams also qualified for the playoffs (Ladue, Hickman, Savannah and North Kansas City).
Hallsville started the playoffs (single-elimination) on Sunday in the #53 slot out of 105 teams. We won our first game in the playoffs beating Nationally ranked (#159) Wayzata from Minnesota. Our next match was against another Nationally ranked opponent (#19), Farragut HS from Tennessee. We put in our best performance of the tournament up to that point to beat them 400-250. Our third match of the morning was against another Nationally ranked team (#77), La Jolla HS from California. We won that match 320-210. That victory put us in the trophy bracket (every team still playing in round 21 finishes with a trophy). Once again, our opponent was a Nationally ranked team (#32), Centennial HS from Maryland. We lost that match 260-390 which eliminated us from the tournament. We finished the tournament in 21st place.
This was the first time that two Missouri schools each qualified for a trophy (the other was Ladue who finished #4 overall). Individually, Jared Lockwood received a trophy for being the #11 scorer at the tournament out of 1325 players.