Third Quarter update April 10, 2011Posted by crquizbowl in : competitions, news , trackback
Been a while since i’ve typed anything here, but i’ve been updating the “team” pages with records and results and such.
Anyway, here’s a quick recap of the last few months.
We traveled to New Jersey in January for the first time in a couple years, and the first time to update New Jersey really ever, to St. Joseph’s in Metuchen. We played on the BATE set which was very well-written but pretty tough. Probably at least the third hardest set we’ve seen this year (right around or just below the CC set from UPenn and clearly below GSAC). But we held our own as it was right about this time of the year we were toying with our A Team. This was Corben’s first tournament on A Team and he filled in really well. We started to realize that we needed to fit him in somewhere just about every time, if we could. I was happy we made the playoffs, but then we went 0-5 up there. Oh well. Learning experience.
See the prelim stats here: http://results.scobo.net/SQBS.aspx?org=StJoes08840&id=1&page=standings and the playoff stats here: http://results.scobo.net/SQBS.aspx?org=StJoes08840&id=2&page=standings
The next month found us even more shorthanded at TJ in Virginia, as Alexa and Tyusha couldn’t make it and neither could the fill-in from the week before, Jalisha. So both Rachel’s and Corben and Cameron came with diminished expectations but i think ended up doing well anyway. The set was just excellent (we love HSAPQ) and i’m happy to take any team to one of these sets. It was a learning experience for a whole different reason: we really need Alexa but it shows that the others have to step up too in her absence and that she can’t just be the whole team.
See the stats from TJ here: http://activities.tjhsst.edu/quizbowl/2011TJIAT/2011TJIAT_combined_standings.html
We had a 5 week lull after this, then two back to back tournament in Delaware. First was the Delaware NAQT Championship where regular players dropped like flies. We found out that Katie quit the team without really ever telling anyone. Classy! You’re the best, Katie! Then about 8 other people couldn’t come because of a whole ton of terrible reasons. Whatever, we managed 3 teams for this. A Team beat every non-Charter team they played, and lost to every Charter team from C and above (god, we hate NAQT), B Team had a decent day with new star Bryce (welcome to the 2011-2012 A Team!), and C Team did their best but it wasn’t good enough for sure. This tournament surely showed that we have a few very good players but not enough of them and considering how much effort some of us put into this, we should be better. Next year, we will be.
See the NAQT State Championship standings here: http://results.scobo.net/SQBS.aspx?org=Delaware&id=1&page=standings
The week after this saw us back north to UD for the annual Blue Hen Invitational. This is always a fun tournament but amazingly even LESS teams came this time than the week before, just 2 of them. Ryan decided to quit the team for reason which still make no sense to me, so there goes another dedicated senior. Cool. And a bunch more people decided they had more important things to do too, so Bryce was stuck on a worse team this time and clearly didn’t enjoy himself as much. A Team did pretty good though and managed to (yay!) beat one of those Charter teams this time. I’ll call it a successful day then. And yes, thank god we’re done with NAQT questions this year. Two weeks in a row is really too much for everyone (except Bryce, apparently).
See those stats here: http://results.scobo.net/SQBS.aspx?org=Delaware&id=2&page=standings
We headed to RM after this in April, but i’ll include that in the Fourth Quarter update later on.
Also, what else is coming up? Our tournament at CR! We had to move it because of lack of interest/commitment for next week’s date, so it’s going to happen on May 14th now. See the thread on the forums here about it: http://www.hsquizbowl.org/forums/viewtopic.php?f=1&t=10960
After that, our last tournament of the year will be at UMaryland on May 21st. It’ll be on a tough set, and since we’re not going to HSNCT or NSC this year, we’re calling this one “our nationals” and working our butts off (i hope!) to do as well as we can because it’s our last shot this year.
The amount of people going to tournaments and going to practices has drastically fallen in the last few months… thanks to the above quitters and also to people who decided to play Spring sports (a whole heck of a lot of you). The rest, just keep doin what you’re doin and i’ll hope that it’s your best. We’re getting better but it’s still not enough. Not many more chances to prove ourselves this year so let’s make it happen.
If you’re one of those sparsely-attending people, well, have a nice Spring Break at the end of this month and good luck on AP Exams in May.