New Orleans Phase 2016
Harrison Wins New Orleans
Paideia and Gadsden Triumph
White Plains, Winningest School in Tournament History
The Harrison team moments after victory
In the 7th annual Junior Varsity division play at the National Academic Championship, Altamont (SC) again advanced to the New Orleans finals, but were defeated by Gadsden (AL) to win New Orleans.
Gadsden, New Orleans JV champ
New Orleans MVP
Who Wants to Be a Game Show Host?
Another edition of our "reality show," WHO WANTS TO BE A GAME SHOW HOST? was conducted. Students (graduating seniors) were invited to audition as moderators, and coaches played the game. Students understood the event to be a real audition for a job as one of the moderators at next year's Nationals. This year's winner was Esther Ritchin from White Plains, which now holds the record for more GAME SHOW HOST wins than any other school.
Washington Phase 2016
BRIARCLIFF (NY) BECOMES FIRST
"SMALL SCHOOL" EVER TO WIN ONE
OF THE THREE NAC VENUES
West Chester East (PA) takes JV
From Westchester County, NY, Briarcliff has won our “Small School” championship before, but this time they’re vying for the title of National Champion (of all size schools) after winning DC. Their road to the final match saw them enter the playoffs seeded 5th with a 5-1 record. They then defeated Riverside (SC) 365-250; St. Thomas 370-275; Jenks (OK) 340-275 (Last year they’d overcome Jenks in the playoffs 330-275). Meanwhile, Lakewood (OH) beat Middletown (NY) 335-175; Potomac Falls (VA) 365-240; and Bennett (MD) 275-230.
Briarcliff led 45-30 after the first period. They extended that lead to 110-30 after sweeping the ANCIENT ROME bonus. Lakewood, however, grabbed the next three bonus opportunities, sweeping the POLITICAL TERMS BORROWED FROM A FOREIGN LANGUAGE bonus. The score was tied at 110 at halftime. Lakewood did a fine job on their category choice, FARMING, gaining 80 points to Briarcliff’s 20. Briarcliff then swept CITIES SOUTH OF THE EQUATOR, which gave them a 60-point lead going into the final period. The Sixty Seconds Round turned out to be the game-decider, as Lakewood added points on seven “Stump the Experts” questions to Briarcliff’s four. The final score was 320-305 in favor of Briarcliff. Briarcliff thus joins Byram Hills, Horace Greeley, and Ardsley as schools from Westchester County, NY, that have advanced to the Final Three at Nationals.
The Briarcliff team moments after victory
For the third consecutive year, West Chester East (PA) advanced to the final DC JV match. This time they came away the winners, beating Central Bucks East (PA) 265-85.
James Bennett High School’s Kevin Turnamian won the DC version of WHO WANTS TO BE A GAME SHOW HOST.
Lakewood’s Ian Bell was named MVP.
A Fond Farewell
Chicago Phase 2016
DAVIESS CO. FROM KENTUCKY WINS CHICAGO
First timers Palatine (IL) entered the playoffs ranked #11, but they squeaked by St. John’s (MA) 315-305 and Westlake (OH) 335-325 to advance to the final match of teams competing in Chicago. Meanwhile, Daviess County, seeded No. 1, defeated St. Mark's (DE) 440-220, Zionsville (IN) 335-290, and another Kentucky team, Henderson County, 345-300.
Palatine vs. Daviess County
Daviess County trailed Palatine, 45-50 after the first period. An uneventful Bonus Round saw Palatine advance to a 130-110 lead at halftime, in spite of Daviess County’s sweep of the AUTO PARTS bonus. In the 60 Seconds Round, Daviess County gained a net 80 points on the EXPLORERS category, while Palatine advanced a net 60 points on the STARTS WITH IMP category. A 200-200 tie going into the final period! Daviess County exploded with 10 correct answer in the final period, to Palatine’s two. The Kentucky teams’s 20 pointers: they recognized a painting by Diego Velasquez and they identified Choctaw as the tribe associated with the first codetalkers in World War I. Daviess County won it by a final score of 370-240.
Daviess County’s Evan Clark was named Most Valuable Player.
Madaline Thompson from Western High School (IN) won the Chicago version of WHO WANTS TO BE A GAME SHOW HOST.
Rookie of the Year
First-timers Campbell County High (KY) were named Rookie of the Year They finished 8th in the nation in average points, 14th in tournament progress. Potomac Falls (VA) was also impressive, advancing to the DC Elite Eight.
At the NAA, we judge teams not only on tournament progress (how far they advanced in the competition), but also on average points, and seldom does a team lead the league in both. Last year, Pingry (NJ) earned top honors in points with a 387 points-per-game average. National champ Coronado finished second at 359. This year, National champ Daviess County also finished first in points, with a 351.5 average. Bishop Kelley, which finished third in the nation in 2015 in both points and tournament progress, this year finished second in points, with a 339 average.
The most impressive state at this year's tournament was Ohio. In the Middle School tournament, Heritage Classical Academy finished second in Chicago, and Wooster finished first in the nation. In High School Varsity, Lakewood finished second in Chicago, and Westlake advanced to the Chicago Final Four and also finished first in the nation in our Fall 2015 national 3-2-1 online contest.
Coach of the Year
More responsible than any other person for the success of Ohio schools at Nationals of late – as well as the online 3-2-1 competition -- is Pat Jewell of Hawken School, who runs a number of competitions annually for Buckeye State teams.
We crown a champion from among the “small schools” that come to Nationals (defined as any school with 500 or fewer students in grades 10-12 and a non-selective admissions policy). Briarcliff won it for the second time, and became the first “small school” ever to advance to the Final 3.
Qualifying for 2017 Nationals
Keep in mind that all 2016 playoff teams have automatically qualified for NAC XXXV. Return to QUnlimited.com in September, when information on our next QuizNet and 3-2-1 events will be posted. We will also provide details on next year's National Academic Championship.
Next Year's Champs?
Yikes! Daviess County returns in 2017 with three of their four starters. They remain the team to beat in 2017.
Hall of Fame
Induction into the Hall of Fame means joining a very select group. In the past 31 years, only 19 players had made it. This year, two joined the assembly of immortals. Max Smiley led Horace Greeley to the national title in 2013 and to winning DC in 2014. Kevin Yokum was New Orleans MVP in 2013 and in 2014 led Jesuit to finishing No. 1 in the nation.
- Mike Keller (Irmo, SC, '85-87)
- Eric Evans (Granville, OH, '88-89)
- Jim Paluszak (Dorman, SC, '89-91)
- Matt Bruce (Booker T. Washington, OK, '89-92)
- Mark Staloff (East Brunswick, NJ, '94)
- Brad Rutter (Manheim Township, PA, '92-95)
- Brad Harris (James Island, SC, '92-95)
- Amanda Goad (Governor's School, VA, '93-96)
- Scott Petty (Houston Eisenhower '95 and Houston Memorial '96)
- Justin Powell (James Island, SC '95-98)
- Ryan Cooper (James Island, SC '95-99)
- David Madden (Ridgewood, NJ '98-99)
- Jonathan Hess (Irmo, SC, 1998-2002)
- Sara Sheer (Horace Greeley, 2001-2004)
- Matt Pargeter (Holland Hall, OK, 2002-2005)
- Nate Mattison (Byram Hills, NY, 2004-2006
- Fuhe Xu (Harrison, IN, 2004-2007)
- Ariel Schneider (Harrison, IN, 2004-2007)
- Dylan Hames (Booker T. Washington, OK, 2006-2008)
- Alex Pijanowski (Harrison, IN, 2011-2013)
- Max Smiley (Horace Greeley, 2013-2014)
- Kevin Yokum (New Orleans Jesuit, 2013-2014)
- Luke Minton (El Paso Coronado, 2013-2016)
WINNERS OF OUR 33 TOURNAMENTS
- 1983 -- Walt Whitman (Bethesda, MD)
- 1984 -- Wheelersburg (Wheelersburg, OH)
- 1985 -- Skyline (Dallas, TX)
- 1986 -- Irmo (Columbia, SC)
- 1987 -- Walnut Ridge (Columbus, OH)
- 1988 -- Eleanor Roosevelt (Greenbelt, MD)
- 1989 -- Dorman (Spartanburg, SC)
- 1990 -- Collegiate (Richmond, VA)
- 1991 -- Dorman (Spartanburg, SC)
- 1992 -- Booker T. Washington (Tulsa, OK)
- 1993 -- Torrey Pines (San Diego, CA)
- 1994 -- East Brunswick (NJ)
- 1995 -- Governor's School (Richmond, VA)
- 1996 -- Houston Memorial (TX)
- 1997 -- Edison (Huntington Beach, CA)
- 1998 -- State College Area (PA)
- 1999 -- James Island (SC)
- 2000 -- Manheim Township (PA)
- 2001 -- Irmo (Columbia, SC)
- 2002 -- Irmo (Columbia, SC)
- 2003 -- Horace Greeley (Chappaqua, NY)
- 2004 -- St. Thomas (St. Paul, MN)
- 2005 -- Holland Hall (Tulsa, OK)
- 2006 -- Byram Hills (Armonk, NY)
- 2007 -- Harrison (West Lafayette, IN)
- 2008 -- Booker T. Washington (Tulsa, OK)
- 2009 -- John Cooper (The Woodlands, TX)
- 2010 -- Zionsville (Zionsville, IN)
- 2011 -- Harrison (West Lafayette, IN)
- 2012 -- University of Detroit Jesuit (MI)
- 2013 -- Horace Greeley (Chappaqua, NY)
- 2014 -- Jesuit (New Orleans, LA)
- 2015 -- Coronado (El Paso, TX)
- 2016 -- Daviess County (Owensboro, KY)