Jan 19

Results: California Cup varsity, January 19, 2014

Congratulations to Bellarmine A, which went 8-2 to win the January 19th California Cup varsity tournament!

Final standings were as follows:

1. Bellarmine A (8-2)
t2. Amador Valley (6-4)
t2. Menlo (6-4; won tiebreaker into the upper playoff bracket)
4. Bellarmine B (5-5)
5. Foothill (4-3; lost playoff tiebreaker)
6. Palo Alto (3-4)
7. Escobar (2-5)
8. Mills (0-7)

Complete team and individual statistics are here.

Thanks to:

-tournament director Nicholas Karas

-our moderating team: Tanay Kothari, Ankit Aggarwal, Lukas Vlahos, and coach Chris Fleitas of Bellarmine

-the Maggie Walker (VA) team, for letting us mirror their excellent set.

We hope everyone will join us for the fourth California Cup event on February 1st!

Jan 13

BELLOCO at Bellarmine: February 22, 2014

Cross-posting on behalf of Jonchee Kao from Bellarmine:

Bellarmine’s Quiz Bowl team is pleased to announce that the homesite tournament of our first housewrite set, BELLum Omnium Contra Omnes (BELLOCO), will be held on February 22, 2014 at Bellarmine College Preparatory in San Jose, California.

The initial field cap will be 24 teams, with possible expansion, dependent on the number of staffers and buzzers we have available. Teams are restricted to six players each; please break up any larger teams into two or more teams. There is no limit to the number of teams that can come from any single school.

The tentative tournament structure will be 6-team preliminary brackets with 5 games of round robin preliminary play followed by a rebracketing into playoff rounds, the structure of which will be determined by the number of teams who register for this event. We anticipate that rounds will go from 9:00 until approximately 5:30, followed by an awards ceremony. The exact round timings and other logistical information will be emailed to registered teams before the tournament. Please do not plan to leave early without telling us beforehand.

Eligibility
All teams of high schoolers from the same school are eligible to play in this event.

Fees

  • base fee: $80 per team
  • –$10 for second or subsequent team from the same school
  • –$10 per working buzzer (please do not bring buzzers that are not in good working condition)
  • –$5 per inexperienced staffer
  • –$15 per experienced moderator
  • –$10 per 75 miles driving, one way, rounded down
  • The minimum fee after all discounts have been added is $0. Payment will be taken at check-in the morning of the tournament.

To register: please email Jonchee Kao (jonchee.kao15@bcp.org) by Thursday, February 20, 2014, indicating how many teams, buzzers and staffers that your school will bring as well as the contact person (and cell phone number) for your team. Please also include the names of the members of each team to make onsite check-in easier.
Any volunteers not affiliated with a registered team are warmly welcome and should contact me as well.
Registered teams will be provided with more detailed information before the tournament. If you have any questions, please feel free to email me. We hope to see your team there!

Jan 12

Stratford San Jose Invitational: March 16, 2014

Important note: This tournament has been rescheduled for Sunday, March 16 (the original date was Saturday, January 18).

The Northern California Quiz Bowl Alliance and the Stratford School are pleased to announce that Stratford will host its third annual middle school quizbowl tournament on Sunday, March 16, 2014.

Location: This tournament will take place at Stratford Schools San Jose, 1718 Andover Lane, San Jose, California.

Questions: We will be using NAQT Middle School Series #9. (For practice material similar to the questions we will use at the tournament, please consider the NAQT New Middle School Package and the 2013 Collaborative Middle School Tournament.)

The top 15% of teams will qualify for the 2014 NAQT Middle School National Championship Tournament, to be held in Atlanta on May 10-11, 2014.

Eligibility: All middle schools (public, private, charter, religious, homeschool, etc.) are eligible to play in this event. This tournament is open to any players who have not yet completed 8th grade, though the questions are targeted at 7th and 8th graders.

Schools are encouraged to enter multiple teams, but please note that players must play for the same team throughout the tournament.

Fees:

Base fee: $60 per team

-$10 second or subsequent team from the same school

-$10 working buzzer system (must accommodate at least eight players)

-$20 experienced moderator

-$10 scorekeeper (We will hold a brief training session during check-in for those volunteers who have never kept score before.)

-$10 if your school had registered a team for the original January date

Payment will be taken at check-in on March 16th. Please make checks out to Jeff Hoppes.

How to register: please contact the tournament director, Jeff Hoppes (jeff.hoppes@gmail.com), on or before Tuesday, March 11th, indicating how many teams, buzzers, and staff your school plans to bring.

Jan 11

Results: Sacramento Winter Tournament, January 11, 2014

Congratulations to Davis A, which went undefeated to win the 2014 Sacramento Winter Tournament!

Complete team and individual statistics are here.

Thanks to:

-tournament director Nicholas Karas

-moderators Ashley Gonik and Joe Benapfl

-our hosts at Jesuit, Julia Yang and Timothy Caslin, for making this tournament possible.

I hope everyone will be able to join us for our next Sacramento-area event, hosted by Rio Americano on Sunday, March 2nd!

Dec 18

NAQT Northern California State Championship: March 15, 2014

The Northern California Quiz Bowl Alliance and Berkeley Quiz Bowl are pleased to announce that Berkeley will host the 2014 NAQT Northern California State Championship on Saturday, March 15, 2014.

Location: This tournament will take place at UC Berkeley. Details of which classroom building(s) will be posted closer to the date of the tournament.

Questions: We will be using NAQT Invitational Series IS #136. No computational math will be read.

The top 15% of teams will qualify for the 2014 NAQT High School National Championship Tournament, to be held May 31-June 1 near Chicago. In addition, the highest-finishing team that has not yet qualified for the HSNCT will qualify at this tournament (whether or not that team places in the top 15% of the state championship field).

Eligibility: All high schools (public, private, charter, religious, homeschool, etc.) are eligible to play in this event.

Schools are encouraged to enter multiple teams, but please note that players must play for the same team throughout the tournament.

Fees:

Base fee: $80 per team

$10 discount: second or subsequent team from the same school

$10 discount per working buzzer system (must accommodate at least eight players)

$20 discount per experienced moderator

$10 discount per scorekeeper (We will hold a brief training session during check-in for those volunteers who have never kept score before.)

$30 discount: new to quizbowl (played no pyramidal tournaments before October 1, 2013)

$20 discount: teams that travel 60 or more miles one-way (distance measured from your high school to UC Berkeley by Google Maps)

Payment will be taken at check-in on March 15th. Please make checks out to “Tanay Kothari.”

How to register: please contact the tournament director, Jeff Hoppes (jeff.hoppes@gmail.com), on or before Monday, March 10th, indicating how many teams, buzzers, and staff your school plans to bring.

The UC Berkeley Quiz Bowl Club is a student group acting independently of the University of California. The student organization is the host of the 2014 NAQT Northern California State Championship and takes full responsibility for the guests.

Dec 15

Results: Stratford Santa Clara Invitational, December 14, 2013

Congratulations to Stratford Santa Clara A, who defeated Saint Andrew’s A 275-255 in a one-game final to win the 2013 Stratford Santa Clara Invitational!

Complete team and individual statistics are available here.

Thanks to our host, Bryan Martin of Stratford Santa Clara, and the rest of our staff team: Larissa Kelly, Matt Bruce, Stefanie Frazier, Hieu Nguyen, and Roshan Sathyanarayana.

Special thanks to Chris Fleitas of Bellarmine for the loan of two buzzer systems.

Nov 25

National rankings for November 2013

I am pleased to report that nine northern California teams are now ranked in the top 100 nationwide!

Congratulations to Bellarmine A (#31), Menlo (#35), Escobar (#38), Amador Valley (#54), Foothill (#59), Bellarmine B (#65), Davis (#75), Crystal Springs (#88), and Mira Loma (#96).

Nov 25

Results: California Cup #2, November 23, 2013

Congratulations to Bellarmine A (varsity) and Davis (JV), the champions of our second California Cup tournament! Complete statistics are here.

Bellarmine A, Escobar, Menlo, Bellarmine B, Amador Valley, and Crystal Springs qualified for NAQT’s High School National Championship Tournament (May 31-June 1, Chicago). Pacific Grove became the first California team to qualify for NAQT’s Small School National Championship Tournament (May 3-4, Minneapolis).

 

Nov 18

Results: Sacramento Fall, November 16, 2013

Congratulations to Mira Loma A, which defeated Davis A 425-205 in the second game of an advantaged final to win the 2013 Sacramento Fall Tournament!

Full standings:

1. Mira Loma A (7-1)
2. Davis A (6-2)
3. Moreau Catholic A (4-2)
4. Davis B (3-3)
5. Mira Loma C (2-4)
6. Mira Loma B (1-5)
7. Moreau Catholic B (0-6)

Julian Fuchs of Davis A was the leading individual scorer with 79.17 points per game.

Complete team and individual statistics are here.

My thanks to:

-TD Nicholas Karas

-Andrew Shibata from Berkeley for volunteering to moderate

-our hosts at Mira Loma, Scott Martinez and Claire August, who made this tournament possible

I hope to see everyone at Sacramento Winter on January 11th at Jesuit High in Carmichael!

Nov 11

Results: California Cup #1, November 9, 2013

Congratulations to Bellarmine A (varsity) and Amador Valley C (JV), the champions of this year’s first California Cup tournament!

Complete statistics are here; thanks to all of our moderators, and special thanks to Arcadia for making the trip up from southern California.