2013 NATIONAL ACADEMIC CHAMPIONSHIP HIGHLIGHTS
|New Orleans preliminary round schedule 2013||New Orleans single elimination round results.|
|Washington preliminary round schedule 2013.||Washington single elimination round results.|
|Chicago preliminary round schedule 2013.||Chicago single elimination round results.|
|New Orleans single elimination round results - JV|
|Washington single elimination round results - JV|
|Chicago single elimination round results - JV|
Here they are …
|Kate Rosenberg||Max Smiley||Jonathan Richman||Jordan Stein|
(front, l to r) Isabelle Ainsworth, Lauren Douglas
(back, l to r) Coach Amy Dykes, Briana Brinkman, Aaron Strickland, Justin Ebert, Emma Browning, Ashley Amukamara, Nick Genetempo
In the 4th annual Junior Varsity division play at the National Academic Championship, North Forsyth (GA) defeated Jesuit (LA) in the semifinals, 270-235, then Harrison (IN) overcame Altamont, 380-270. In the final match, Harrison outscored North Forsyth 280-225, to win New Orleans.
(l to r) Coach Lyn Schneider, Andrew Hegewald, Jordan Kipp (with trophy), Becky Everly, Austin White,
Catherine Xu, Coach Katie Schneider
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 co-winners: Surabhi Balachander from Harrison and Alex Kaufman from Hawken.
Westchester County NY School Wins DC Varsity
Fossil Ridge from Colorado takes JV
Among the winningest schools in tournament history, Horace Greeley did not join us last year (2012), the first time they haven't participated in 15 years. The Nicole Diamente-coached team returned this year and conquered the 52-team Varsity field in DC. Ranked fourth entering the playoffs with a 5-1 record, they won four games on Playoff Sunday, and nobody came close to defeating them. Their playoff wins: 395-200 over Wilson (PA), 420-235 over Booker T. Washington (OK), 360-200 over Deer Creek (OK), 400-260 over Coronado B (TX).
Jordan Stein Jon Richman Max Smiley Kate Rosenberg
Both Coronado teams, coached by Matthew Ballway, made the playoffs, but the B team survived to the final DC contest, setting a new record for the farthest advance ever for a B team.
l to r: Coach Matthew Ballway, Ryan Sharma, Michael Pannell, Luke Minton, Andrew Paton
Deer Creek and Lenape
Back row from left to right:
Eddie Kendall, Holden Ross, Victor Bader, Jason Petty, Rohan Peddi
Middle Row from left yo right:
Elysia Lucas, Clifton Sutherland, Steven Hsu, Jian Dong
Kneeling: Michael Suinn
Chicago Phase 2013
Daviess Co. vs. Saratoga Springs
Meeting in the second round of the playoffs were Daviess Co. (KY) and Saratoga Springs (NY). Saratoga Springs forged ahead after sweeping the ENDANGERED LANGUAGES bonus. Saratoga Springs took charge in the 60 Seconds round, advancing 80-10 on their category choice, "X" MARKS THE SPOT, while Daviess Co. settled for a 30-30 split on their category, LINES FROM SHAKESPEARE. Daviess Co. tied the score at 205 after scoring on the first two "Stump the Experts" questions. Saratoga Springs regained the lead after an early buzz on a question about Japanese ritual suicide. Daviess County wrested the lead after identifying Lycee as the name the French give to the secondary school for students age 11-18. Saratoga Springs got it back with an early buzz on a question about Imhotep. Daviess County led 250-245 after identifying Folic Acid as the vitamin that's essential to preventing neural tube deformation early in pregnancy. Saratoga Springs let yet again after nailing a quantitative Physics question. On the next-to-last question, Daviess County moved back into the lead, 270-265, after solving a Solid Geometry problem. The last question of the game: "The tropic of Cancer separates which two climatic zones?" Saratoga Springs answered "Temperate Zone and the Tropical Zone," winning the most exciting game of the day.
White Plains and Fishers
Copley (OH) saw their Varsity team and both JV teams make the playoffs. They came closer than any team to defeating Fishers, falling 320-380 in the Quarterfinals, while White Plains edged Saratoga Springs, 295-255. Fishers dominated in the Chicago finals, winning by a score of 335-200.
Benjamin Maitland of Mountain View Jr./Sr. High School (PA) won the Chicago edition of WHO WANTS TO BE A GAME SHOW HOST.
Fishers' Usama Kamran was named Most Valuable Player.
Madison Central (MS) edged Claremore (OK) 315-265 to win the Chicago JV title. Madison Central won the national JV title when they defeated New Orleans champs Harrison by an almost identical score, 310-265.
The Circle of Death
Jason Russell, Chief Editor of Questions Unlimited, came up with a better way to determine the national champion. He calls it the Circle of Death: a three-team double-elimination event. It took four games:
In that last game, it appeared that Pingry was heading for a win, which would have forced yet another Pingry-Horace Greeley game. Pingry got the first six questions in a row, for a 50-0 lead. Horace Greeley got untracked, and it was 70-40 in favor of Pingry at the end of the first period. Horace Greeley promptly took the lead in the Bonus Round after sweeping the MANIFEST DESTINY bonus, naming the years of the Louisiana Purchase, Mexican Cession, Florida Cession, and Gadsden Purchase. Greeley’s lead widened to 170-110 at the half. The game was basically won in the 60 Seconds Round, as Horace Greeley added an all-time record 160 points after picking up 40 points on Pingry’s choice of the Mystery Category (GENERAL KNOWLEDGE) and then sweeping their own category, FAMOUS LAST LINES FROM LITERATURE. Horace Greeley’s 335-135 lead at that point was just insurmountable. But they didn’t rest on their laurels; among their Fourth Quarter exploits was their identification of “alderman” as the elected official over all 50 Chicago wards; naming Gauguin as the painter and Van Gogh as the subject after looking at the work Painting Flowers; Charles II as the last of Spain’s Habsburg rulers; and then the tour de force of naming, in correct chronological order, based on when they ruled, the seven kings of England who are title characters in Shakespeare's plays (John, Richard II, Henry IV, Henry V, Henry VI, Richard III, Henry VIII). The final margin: 475-195.
Horace Greeley High School, Moments after They Won the Title
Madison Central (MS) holds the all-time record for most trips to Nationals. They’ve been with us for 29 of our 31 years. This year they won their first national title, besting the field of 28 JV teams. Congratulations to Coach Brett Mayfield.
Coach of the Year
For ten years, Sue Korosa from Copley (OH) has been bringing teams to Nationals. In most years she leads multiple teams to the playoffs. Her teams swept the competition at our Ohio Academic Challenge last March. All three of her teams made the playoffs at Nationals this year at Chicago, with the Varsity team advancing to the Final Four and her middle school B team advancing to the finals. And she was the high-point scorer in our annual coach’s game!
Rookie of the Year
Pinewood Prep (SC) was named “Rookie of the Year.” In their first time at Nationals, they defeated in the playoffs York Suburban (PA), 310-200 and then denied Hastings (NY) a fourth-consecutive “Small School” championship. First-timers University School (IN) and Montrose (PA) both made the playoffs as well.
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. In 2012, Harrison (IN) ranked No. 3 in tournament progress, but No. 1 in points, 408, finished 2nd in scoring, 399; National Champions Detroit Jesuit finished 12th in points. In 2013, Horace Greeley won the title and also finished first in points, with 408, exactly the same average as 2012 Harrison. Of note are these other marks: Irvington 374, Daviess County 371, Harrison 364, Chicago winners Fishers 350, New Orleans winners Pingry 308.
New York Rules
The most impressive state at this year's tournament was New York. It was New York’s 13th consecutive year of sending more teams to Nationals than any other state. Not only did Horace Greeley win it all, but these Westchester County schools also made the playoffs: White Plains, Briarcliff, Hastings, Irvington, and Ardsley. Two New-York-but-non-Westchester teams also made the playoffs: Fillmore Central and Saratoga Springs. Seven Pennsylvania teams made the playoffs: Montrose, York Suburban, DuBois, Wilson, Gettysburg, Coatesville, Delaware Valley.
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). This year 51 such schools competed (Varsity Div.). The only “Small School” to win a playoff game was St. Martin’s Episcopal (Metairie, LA), so they are crowned “Small School Champ.”
No. 1 Jinx?
The jockeying for playoff position which happens every year is, as NAC History would suggest, futile. All three teams entering the playoffs at No. 1 this year were eliminated early in the playoffs in very close matches: Harrison was upset by Watson Chapel, 345-340; Hastings by the aforementioned Pinewood Prep, 340-310; and Daviess County by Saratoga Springs, 280-270.
Try, Try Again
The aforementioned Lenape made the playoffs for the first time in this, their sixth trip to Nationals and then won two playoff games to boot.
Next Year’s Champs?
Yikes! Tournament MVP Max Smiley is expected to return next year, so don’t be surprised if Horace Greeley should repeat as champs.
Qualifying for 2014 Nationals
Keep in mind that all 2013 playoff teams have automatically qualified for NAC XXXII. Return to our web site in September, when our free “Twenty Questions” quiz returns and information on our next QuizNet will be posted. We will also provide details on next year's National Academic Championship.
Hall of Fame
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)
WINNERS OF OUR 30 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)
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