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2018 National Academic Championship HIGHLIGHTS

New Orleans Phase 2018

Alabama Wins Both High School Events The Altamont School Triumphs in Varsity Division, Gadsden City High Takes JV
Edmonson County Middle School (KY) Goes 8-0 in Junior Division

Semifinalist Clinton High (MS)

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Front: Caitlin Carter, Caleb Collins, Clark Hensley
Back: Kipp Vinzant, Patrick Vinzant, Tanner DeYoung

A perennial playoff contender, The Altamont School won the JV division in New Orleans in 2017. This year’s Varsity team lost their first preliminary match to Harrison (IN) 400-225, but entered the playoffs ranked No. 4 with a 5-1 record and advanced all the way to the last High School Varsity game in New Orleans. Earlier in the playoffs, they had defeated Bishop Kelley (OK) 405-170 and No. 1-seeded St. Martin’s Episcopal (LA) 335-320. Meanwhile, Clinton (MS), seeded No. 6, found themselves in the last game after beating first-timers Columbia (FL) 300-265, upsetting Harrison (IN) 300-250, and edging Pingry (NJ) 345-275.

Altamont led after the Warm Up Round, 70-35; after the Bonus Round, 160-95. Clinton advanced 80-10 in their 60 Seconds category, The Bible; Altamont, 80-20 on Great Expectations. Clinton drew close to Altamont, 260-265 after 50 unanswered points, identifying Louis Armstrong & Ella Fitzgerald from an audio clip; answering a question about seal; and solving a quantitative Physics question. Then Altamont advanced with 80 unanswered points, starting with a visual question: “A nude portrait by this artist sold for $157.2 million at Sotheby's on May 14, achieving the 4th-highest price for any work of art at auction. Who painted it?” (Ans. Amedeo Modigliani) and followed by questions about Music Theory, broccoli, armatures, Luddites, and Analytical Geometry. By a final score of 360-295, Altamont won New Orleans and advance to the Final Four in Orlando.

The Altamont team moments after victory

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Left to right: Vivek Sasse,Kuleen Sasse,Asher Desai,Sameer Sultan, Henry Chang,Suneeti Chambers, Coach Lindsey Motlow

Junior Varsity

In the 9th annual Junior Varsity division play at the National Academic Championship, Harrison (IN) advanced to the New Orleans finals and they faced Gadsden City (AL). Gadsden was edged in last year’s JV finals by Altamont, 315-300, but this year they won the last match, 350-190, finishing with an 8-0 record.

Gadsden City, New Orleans JV champ

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Left to right: Coach Col. Wayne Davenport, Ade Akisanya, Claire Tumlin, Gaby Gaspar, Alex Knight, Hunter Ender

New Orleans MVP

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Altamont’s Vivek Sasse, 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 Sierra Sutton from Cardinal Spellman (NYC).

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Sierra Sutton

A Fond Farewell

Perennial contender Pingry School’s (NJ) Coach Malla Godfrey is retiring. She achieved various successes during her ten years at the helm, including QuizNet national championships; winning New Orleans and advancing to the National Academic Championship finals in 2015; to the semifinals in 2016. We’ll miss her and wish her all the best

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Malla Godfrey

Washington Phase 2018

NEW JERSEY WINS BOTH VARSITY & MIDDLE SCHOOL DIVISIONS
Chatham High & Warren in Middle School Triumph
Rosa Parks (KY) Wins Elementary div.
Emmaus (PA) takes JV

Chatham (NJ) advanced to the final game in DC last year, defeated by Wayzata (MN). Their road to the final match in 2018 saw them enter the playoffs seeded 4th. They then defeated Biotech (NJ) 400-240, and edged No. 1 ranked Hastings A (NY) 315-280. Meanwhile, Brebeuf Jesuit, part of that powerful Indiana bloc, beat Ledford (NC) 385-270 and Chatham B (NJ) 345-210.

Chatham led 55-35 after the first period. Controlling four of the five bonuses, Chatham extended that lead to 125-75. Brebeuf Jesuit advanced 60-30 in “Sixty Seconds” on the Mystery category; Chatham advanced 70-30 on Classical Music. They won the game by a score of 330-200.

All three Chatham teams celebrate their victory

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Left to right: The A team: Alex Cotignola, Ameya Phadnis, Sophie Andrews, Armen Panossian

Brebeuf Jesuit

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Left to right: Hugh Bromund, Shaan Mishra, John Morrissey, Julian Boes, Andrew Caito

Close Games

Among the other exciting playoff games:
Chatham B 300, Booker T. Washington (OK) 280
Elkhorn South (NE) 295, East Varsity (PA) 290

Junior Varsity

Emmaus (PA) defeated Smith Station (AL) in the last JV game 300-185. Emmaus has the distinction of being the first three-player team ever to win any NAC event.

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Left to right: Ethan Hoben Max Hafner Shreya Sriramineni

Chicago Phase 2018

University School of Indiana Wins Chicago
Detroit Jesuit Takes JV
Harding Academy (AR) Wins Junior Division
Hawken (OH) repeats as Chicago Elementary winner

The Indiana team moments after victory

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Left to right: standing,Coaches Chris Bradley & Jacob Thurman; Tom Plant seated, Jack Paganelli, Alex Johnson, Alex Brinkman, Jay Maturi

Indiana’s 32-school White River Academic League includes two schools – Harrison & Zionsville – that have won the National Academic Championship twice. Those two made the playoffs this year, but it was a third WRAL school, University School of Indiana, asserting themselves this year, winning the Chicago phase of the tournament. University School finished 15th in the nation last year, with a 6-2 record. This year they entered the playoffs ranked second, with a 5-1 record, having been beaten handily by Bexley (OH) 335-235. But in the playoffs they defeated Greenwood (AR) 330-190 and then Detroit Jesuit 330-190. Meanwhile, Bexley, seeded No. 1, found themselves in the last game after decisive wins over Daviess County (KY) 410-220 and Scarsdale (NY) 445-140.

Indiana led after the Warm Up Round, 70-40. Bexley led 130-100 after the Bonus Round, having swept the 21ST-CENTURY NOVELS category. Indiana advanced 90-0 in their 60 Seconds category, SOCIAL STUDIES; Bexley advanced only 60-20 on their category, LANGUAGE ARTS. That enabled University School of Indiana to retake the lead, 210-190 going into the 4th quarter. The “Stump the Experts” round lived up to its name, with Bexley getting only two right and University four out of the eighteen questions. By a final score of 270-225, University School of Indiana won Chicago and advanced to the Final Four in Orlando.

The Bexley Scoring Machine set an all-time record for hiatus: last seen at Nationals in 1993

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Left to right: John D'Alessandro, Lee Cook, Coach Nikki Hoch, William Rauschenberg, Henry Greentree

Junior Varsity

In the 9th annual Junior Varsity division play at the National Academic Championship, University of Detroit Jesuit advanced to the Chicago finals and then faced Zionsville (IN). Thanks to their sweeping of the PETER AND THE WOLF bonus, in which they were asked to identify celebrity narrators; and sweeping their Sixty Seconds category, STATES, Jesuit defeated Zionsville, 330-190, finishing with an 8-0 record.

Detroit Jesuit, Chicago JV champ

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Left to right: standing, Brice Bixler, Coach Dan Hill, Ted Moore, Michael Moore kneeling, Coach Dan Babcock, Ryan Suchyta, Robert French, John Kabrossi

A Thriller

The most exciting game of the Chicago playoffs was the first-round match between perennial powerhouse Daviess County (KY) and newcomer Canton (SD). Canton is the first South Dakota team ever to make the playoffs. They led the Kentucky team 60-25 after the “Warm Up Round.” It was all Daviess County in the Bonus Round, and they took a commanding 170-85 lead after sweeping the JOHN BROWN, MATH TERMS, and FINISH THE TITLE bonuses. Canton mastered the “60 Seconds Round,” and trailed only 215-230 after sweeping the HISTORY’S VILLAINS category. In the final period, Canton promptly took the lead on Geography: “These two countries were formerly connected by a chain of limestone shoals called Adam's Bridge. Name the two countries closest to the Maldives, to the northeast.” (Ans. India and Sri Lanka) On the next question, the Kentucky team retook the lead on Ancient History: “The son of a member of the priestly aristocracy and, through his mother, related to the royal house of the Hasmonaeans, he turned himself over to the Romans during the First Jewish Revolt and was kept alive, because he prophesied that Vespasian would become Emperor. He later became a Roman citizen with the family name Flavius. Who was this historian, the author of The Jewish War and Antiquities of the Jews?” (Ans. Josephus) The teams were tied at 250 after Canton got this Jazz question: “Ray Nance and Billy Taylor wrote a dirge-like arrangement for violin and piano for this piece, which was played at the funeral of its composer and the bandleader who made it his signature tune. The lyrics usually mention Sugar Hill, a historic district in Manhattan that was home to wealthy African-Americans in the 1920s and 1930s. What Billy Strayhorn song, performed by Duke Ellington, is about transportation to Harlem?” (Ans. “Take the A Train”) Daviess County moved into the lead yet again on Religion: “He killed Ravana, the king of Lanka, who had kidnapped his wife and returned to the Ayodhya Kingdom to claim his crown. That story is told in a Sanskrit epic that bears his name. Who is this husband of Sita, considered, along with Krishna, one of the most significant avatars of Vishnu?” (Ans. Rama) Canton tied it up yet again on Mythology: “This indefinite pronoun is an important part of the Odyssey. After escaping the Lotus-Eaters, Odysseus and his men are captured by Polyphemus. Odysseus tricks the Cyclops by telling him that his name is what?” (Ans. Nobody) The game was tied at 270 at the final bell! The first overtime question: “India has cut royalties that local seed companies pay to what huge agrochemical company for the second time in two years, potentially fueling another conflict with the American company that threatened to leave the region in 2016?” Daviess County knew it was Monsanto and won the game. But Canton proved itself a contender for “Rookie of the Year” honors.

Who Wants to Be a Game Show Host?

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Eli Cooper

Orlando Phase 2018

WHAT A GAME!
Nation Ford (SC) Faces Plano West (TX) to Determine Orlando Winner

In only their second year at Nationals, Nation Ford’s road to the final match saw them enter the playoffs seeded 5th with a 4-2 record. They overcame John Cooper (TX) 320-230, then edged No. 1 ranked Conway Christian (AR) 280-270. Meanwhile, Plano West, seeded 3rd, also at 4-2, defeated Bishop Garrigan (IA) 420-120 and White Plains (NY) 425-235.

The Nation Ford-Plano West contest was a classic, the most exciting Semifinal match since that wild Byram Hills-Hastings match in 2006. It looked to be another Plano West rout after they swept the UNNAMED CHARACTERS IN LITERATURE bonus, to take a 115-25 lead. Nation Ford, however, forged ahead with 120 unanswered points, running the ORGANELLES and WORDS STARTING WITH A LETTER FOLLOWED BY A HYPHEN (D-Day, T-square, O-ring) bonuses. Plano West advanced 70-0 in their 60 Seconds category SECOND, while Nation Ford outscored Plano West 80-20 in the Mystery category, which turned out to be A IN MATH. Nation Ford led 225-205 entering the final period.

Plano West quickly retook the lead, scoring on the first three fourth-quarter questions – in Architecture, as they identified a barrel vault from a visual clue; in Political Philosophy, naming John Stuart Mill’s classic On Liberty; and in Geography, about the historical region of Croatia known as Dalmatia. Nation Ford regained the lead 275-260 with three in a row of their own – scoring on Sylvia Plath’s novel The Bell Jar; Frank Sinatra, after hearing an excerpt from an early record; and Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, and Firearms in connection with the Branch Davidian event. Plano West tied it up on “exponential function.” They took the lead yet again after this one: “What generic term indicates a low-level computer programming language that is one level above machine code or machine language, and uses short mnemonic codes for instructions?” (Ans. An assembler code) They added 20 points on a question about Glenn T. Seaborg. Nation Ford scored an impressive 20-pointer on this one: “In Shakespeare's play The Tempest, after the King of Naples’ ship wrecked near an island, three people and a spirit lived on the island. Name all four of them.” (Ans. Miranda, Prospero, Caliban and Ariel) They fell short, however, as Plano West won it, 315-310.

On “Any Given Sunday,” Nation Ford could have been National Champions. They were that good.

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Left to right: Trevor Puzzio, Carter Richardson, Coach Susan Javon Michael Cloer, Leo Beck

Junior Varsity

Johnson Central High (KY) won the JV division, and their 6-0 record obviated the need for a playoff.

Final Four 2018

Indiana vs. Alabama vs. New Jersey vs. Texas!

First Game

The game between University High of Indiana and Altamont was won in the Bonus Round. Indiana swept a visual bonus:

5 You're going to see part of the sheet music from the opening of an orchestral work. In each case, give me the title of the work and the name of its composer.
Ans. Beethoven's Fifth Symphony 1389

10 Give me the common German title for this work, and its composer.
Ans. Mozart, Eine Kleine Nachtmusik 1390

15 Ans. Haydn, Surprise Symphony (No. 94).1391

But Altamont swept three!

DONALD TRUMP

5 Who received his full security clearance after more than a year of delay and controversy, removing a key hurdle to his continued services as a key White House adviser to his father-in-law Donald Trump?
Ans. Jared Kushner

10 Trump says he wants what country to be part of the G7 group of industrialized nations?
Ans. Russia

15 President Trump held a roundtable discussion to discuss the MS-13 gang, a violent gang originating from which Central American nation?
Ans. El Salvador

LATIN PHRASES

(5) What Latin term meaning “after death” refers to an analysis of something after it has happened?
Ans. Post-mortem

(10) Philosopher John Locke used what two-word Latin phrase meaning “erased tablet” to describe the mind as a blank slate at birth?
Ans. Tabula rasa

(15) Directly after shooting Abraham Lincoln, John Wilkes Booth jumped onto the stage at Ford's Theatre and yelled what three-word Latin phrase?
Ans. Sic semper tyrannis

MOONS

(5) Name Saturn’s largest moon.
Ans. Titan

(10) Name both moons of Mars.
Ans. Deimos and Phobos

(15) Name all four Galilean moons of Jupiter.
Ans. Ans. Callisto, Europa, Ganymede, Io

Altamont took the first game, 345-255.

Second Game

Key to the second game was Plano West’s sweep of these two bonus series:

GO FOR BAROQUE

(5) What Italian composer whose masterpiece was The Four Seasons died penniless and almost forgotten?
Ans. Vivaldi

(10) Baroque philosophers pondered the significant questions of existence. What French mathematician argued that the mind and body are really distinct, a concept called “mind-body dualism”?
Ans. Descartes

(15) What Italian word indicates a dramatic contrast between light and dark, a painting technique used by Caravaggio and other Baroque painters?
Ans. Chiaroscuro

Identify the angry person in the Hebrew Bible.
(5) Who got angry when his offering was rejected, and murdered his brother? Ans. Cain

(10) Who got angry when Ham saw him naked, and cursed Canaan?
Ans. Noah

(15) She got angry at a man who would not sell his land, and had him put to death.
Ans. Jezebel

The game was put out of reach after Plano West swept the PHILIP category in 60 Seconds. Final Score: Plano West 390, Chatham 200.

Third Game

This contest was a close one. Again, the crucial round was the Sixty Seconds round, as Chatham swept the FACTORIALS category. The final score was Chatham 295, University 250.

Fourth Game

Plano West led Altamont 95-90 at halftime. In 60 Seconds, Altamont advanced 90-10 on their category, PHYSICISTS. Plano got 60 to Altamont’s 40 in SECOND CITIES. Plano West won the “Stump the Experts” round 100-55, but fell short, 265-275 at the end.

Fifth Game

In a close but low-scoring affair, Plano West defeated Chatham 215-195.

Sixth Game

Plano West faced Altamont again. Another win by Altamont would give Alabama its first-ever national championship. A Plano West win would force a final game to decide it all.
West led 60-20 after the Warm Up round, 215-165 after the 60 Seconds round. Plano West scored four impressive 20-pointers in “Stump the Experts” –

Finish this remark by Ronald Hutton concerning a 17th century event. “The Irish had precipitated, the Welsh had ensured and the Scots had failed to prevent a conflict that was to go down in history as the...”
Ans. English Civil War

In 1853, a concert tour brought the 20-year-old Johannes Brahms into contact with which German composer, who went on to declare the younger man’s genius? Listen.
Ans. Robert Schumann 1595

VISUAL … TWO ANSWERS REQUIRED.

The painting on your right is a reinterpretation of a work by another artist. I want the name of both the artist responsible for this painting and the painter of the original work on which it’s based, shown on the left.
Ans. Velazquez and Picasso

Trained as a Jesuit, this Enlightenment philosopher's opinion of religion changed after the death of his sister, reflected in his novel, La Religieuse. On his death in 1784, his library was sent to Catherine the Great, his greatest benefactor. Who was this Frenchman, known as the co-founder and chief editor of the Encyclopédie?
Ans. Denis Diderot

Impressive! Plano won decisively, 310-210 to force a seventh game.

Seventh Game

The final contest was a lot closer. Altamont led West 35-20 after a low-scoring first period. West swept the SHORT STORIES bonus, but Altamont ran the PRESIDENT TRUMP and, extraordinarily, this visual bonus:

ARTISTIC DEPICTIONS OF SAINT SEBASTIAN

5 Who painted this unorthodox representation of St. Sebastian as part of the Last Judgment in the Sistine Chapel?
Ans. Michelangelo 1356

10 Which artist moved to Spain in 1577 and shortly after produced a depiction of Saint Sebastian kneeling and bound to a tree?
Ans. El Greco 1357

15 Saint Sebastian Bound to the Column is one of a series of engravings by which artist born in Nuremberg in 1471?
Ans. Albrecht Durer 1358


The Alabama team led at halftime, 150-75. But the Texas team took advantage of the privilege of choosing first in 60 Seconds, accomplishing the most impressive sweep of the entire tournament on the TRIGONOMETRY category. Altamont advanced 70-30 on WORLD HISTORY. Going into the final period, Plano West led 225-220. Finally, a game would be decided where we prefer for it to be decided: in the “Stump the Experts” round! Plano West quickly increased their lead on Literature and History:

Mistress Quickly said, “a good heart's worth...” this. In The Merchant of Venice, the Prince of Morocco selects one of three chests in hopes of winning Portia's hand in marriage, choosing the chest made of what?
Ans. Gold

Henry II’s marriage to Eleanor of Aquitaine produced two future kings of England. They are both prominent in the Robin Hood stories, although usually only one of them is king. Name both of them.
Ans. King Richard I (the Lion-Hearted) and King John

Altamont got this Science question:

This observatory found that the Andromeda Galaxy was three times larger than previously thought. The telescopes consist of 36 hexagonal mirrors to form a primary mirror that, with the help of lasers, can adjust itself 2,000 times per second to compensate for distortions caused by Earth's atmosphere. What observatory on Mauna Kea boasts two telescopes with 10-meter primary mirrors?
Ans. Keck Observatory (Prompt on Mauna Kea before it is mentioned.)

Plano West got 15 more on Calculus and 20 more on this visual question:

TWO ANSWERS REQUIRED.

The flag of Papua New Guinea, designed by a 15-year-old girl, features what constellation and what bird?
Ans. Southern Cross, Bird of Paradise 923

Altamont answered with 20 points on Foreign Language:

The ethnic group with this name can be found in Uzbekistan, Pakistan and Russia along with other countries. What term denotes an Iranian language spoken in the country between Afghanistan and Kyrgyzstan?
Ans. Tajik

West added 15 on this one:

Various credentials for this profession in the United States are abbreviated CPM, CNM and CM. The World Health Organization and International Federation of Gynecology and Obstetrics had adopted the standards developed by the group abbreviated ICM. In the Dialogues, Socrates said he has what occupation, the same as his mother, because he assists others in bringing forth conceptions about knowledge?
Ans. Midwife

Altamont got 20 on the last question of the tournament:

Richard II of England was born in this city. It lies on a bend of the Garonne River, some 30 miles from the Atlantic coast. Famous for its red wines, which city is the capital of Nouvelle-Aquitaine, France’s largest region by area?
Ans. Bordeaux

The final score: Plano West 310, Altamont 275.

Plano West

Left to right: back: Avi Ackermann, Ryan Conti, Dr. Phillip Stager
front: Abhinav Godavarthi, Jaskaran Singh, Anish Yellaturu, Dachey Lin

Junior Varsity

The national championship was too close to call: Detroit Jesuit 8-0, 332 ppg; Johnson Central 6-0, 344 ppg. We’re currently trying to arrange a three-game playoff at Detroit in July …

Rookie of the Year

Scarsdale High (NY) was named Rookie of the Year. They defeated in the playoffs the defending champs, Zionsville (IN), and advanced to the Chicago quarterfinals.

Scoring Leaders

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. This year, 8-1 Bexley (OH) led the league in scoring, averaging 383 points per game, but were defeated by University School of Indiana 225-270 in the last game of teams coming to Chicago. St. Martin’s, finishing 7-1, was second in points at 357. One can review the stats and easily imagine St. Martin’s winning New Orleans and Bexley winning Chicago. National Champ Plano West was third in scoring at 336, but likely would have finished second had they not forfeited a game.

Texas Rules

The most impressive state at this year's tournament was Texas, the Lone Star State’s finest accolades in decades, with national titles in the Elementary and High School Varsity divisions. Kentucky was a close second, with a national title in the Middle School division, finishing at the top in Orlando Middle School and JV divisions, second in Chicago Elementary, and second in the DC Middle School division. Ohio teams finished third in the Chicago Middle School div., first in Chicago Elementary, and second in Chicago Varsity. New Jersey teams finished first and third in DC Varsity, first in DC Middle School.

Coach of the Year

Plano West’s Dr. Philip Stager coached the first team ever to win both the National Academic Championship and the HSNCT in the same year. He is honored as Coach of the Year.

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Dr. Philip Stager

A Quirky Record

Plano West is the only school in our 36 years to forfeit a game but go on to win the championship. The reason for their tardiness for one contest remains a mystery.

Small-School Champs

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). Hastings (NY) won it for the fourth time, advancing to the DC Final Four.

Qualifying for 2019 Nationals

Keep in mind that all 2018 playoff teams have automatically qualified for NAC XXXVII. 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?

Anybody’s guess!

Hall of Fame

Induction into the Hall of Fame means joining a very select group. In the past 35 years, only 21 players had made it. This year, Plano West’s MVP Jaskaran Singh joined the assembly of immortals.

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Jaskaran Singh

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)
  • 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, 2013-2015)
  • Jaskaran Singh (Plano West, 2017-2018)

WINNERS OF OUR 36 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)
  • 2017 – Zionsville (Zionsville, IN)
  • 2018 – Plano West (TX)