Preseason High School Top 50: Notes & Just Misses

Hello all,

I am preparing to announce my list of the top 50 teams for the 2009-10 season.

There is reason for these rankings to be inaccurate, as they only reflect a team’s performance at the NAQT HSNCT and/or the PACE NSC. If a team has a rising young player who did not attend either tournament, they would not be considered in the following rankings. Additionally, if a team was not able to attend the HSNCT or NSC, they would not be considered here either.

There is also the possibility that I gathered incorrect information regarding which players are returning and which are not. If I used incorrect information or omitted someone, I apologize.

Finally, it’s important to note that these rankings are indicative only of my personal research. They are not representative of any group that I am currently or at one time was affiliated with.

The following teams had really good teams last year, but have lost a lot of key players. Some have longer traditions of high levels of play than others, but all can reasonably be expected to drop off from last year’s level. That being said, it would not be shocking to see them perform well once more. In no particular order:

Walter Johnson (MD), James Monroe (VA), Gonzaga (DC), E. O. Smith (CT), St. John’s School (TX), Stow-Munroe Falls (OH), Shady Side (PA), Rappahannock County (VA), North Hollywood (CA), Cave Spring (VA), Half Hollow Hills West (NY), Rancho Bernardo (CA), New Trier (IL), Carbondale (IL), Chaska (MN), Flushing (MI), Wheaton Warrenville South (IL), Buffalo Grove (IL), Russell (KY), Troy (MI), East Brunswick (NJ), Grosse Point North (MI), Rockford Auburn (IL), Hoggard (NC), Rocky Mount (NC), Tippecanoe (OH)

Additionally, I considered these 14 teams for entry into the top 50 but for varying reasons (graduating players, low bonus conversion, etc.), they did not make the final list but deserve some mention for a returning player or two who either show promise or come back from a team that performed well last year. Once again, in no particular order:

Hopkins (MN), Edmond Santa Fe (OK), Ballard (KY), Lafayette (LA), Drummond (OK), Robinson (VA), South Range (OH), Bristow (OK), St. Viator (IL), Penn (IN), Edmond Memorial (OK), Newtown (CT), Glasgow (MO), Arcadia (CA), Moravian (PA), Robinson (VA), Temple (TX)

Additionally, there are two teams that I have heard good things about, but am holding off on ranking them for now.

First is James Island of South Carolina. I’m not sure of what type of talent level they are returning, and they haven’t played at HSNCT since 2007 and have never appeared at a NSC. Still, they are a team to watch for the future.

Second is Parkersburg High of West Virginia. They performed well at NAC, return their entire team (which is made up mostly of juniors) and appear willing to go to either the HSNCT and NSC. They remain untested for these rankings, but could appear in the future.

The 41st through 50th teams will be posted soon.

2009 Post-Season High School Quizbowl Poll

Congratulations to the Charter School of Wilmington for finishing the 2008-09 season as the #1 team in the country. With 21 ballots received from various members of the high school quiz bowl community, Charter received 17 first place votes after finishing first at both the NAQT HSNCT and PACE NSC.

State College Area High School finished second, with Paul M. Dorman High School third.

Complete results are as follows:

1. Wilmington Charter, 519 points, 17 first place votes
2. State College, 503 points, 2 first place votes
3. Dorman, 461 points, 2 first place votes
4. Maggie Walker, 458 points
5. Georgetown Day School, 457 points

6. Hunter, 429 points
7. Walter Johnson, 393 points
8. Rancho Bernardo, 350 points
9. Detroit Catholic Central, 339 points
10. Stow-Munroe, 305 points

11. Chattahoochee, 257 points
12. Detroit Country Day, 249 points
13. Thomas Jefferson, 231 points
14. Chaska, 230 points
15. Rockford Auburn, 229 points

16. Walton, 188 points
17. James Monroe, 186 points
18. Gonzaga, 185 points
19. Brookwood, 180 points
20. Southside, 109 points

21. Walt Whitman, 108 points
22. New Trier, 88 points
23. LASA, 72 points
24. Mission San Jose, 50 points
25. Bergen County, 48 points

Also receiving votes: Carbondale, 46 points; Dorman B, 38 points; Hoover, 27 points; Torrey Pines, 20 points; Hunter B, 12 points; State College B, 9 points; Ransom Everglades, 9 points; Dunbar, 8 points; Grosse Point North, 7 points; Walnut Hills, 7 points; Eden Prairie, 6 points; Johnson Central, 4 points; Kellenberg, 3 points; Raleigh Charter, 3 points; Ottawa Hills, 1 point; Arcadia, 1 point

Further details on the result will be found here in the near future.

College Poll Round One Results

The results of the college poll are in:

1. Brown
2. Chicago
3. Minnesota
4. Illinois
5. Stanford
6. Harvard
7. Dartmouth
8. Irvine
9. Maryland
10. MIT
11. Iowa
12. VCU
13. UCLA
14. Carleton
15. Missouri
16. Princeton
17. Michigan
18. USF
19. Georgia
20. CMU
20. UCSD
22. Virginia
22. Penn
22. Clemson
25. Florida State

Honorable Mention (received votes): Yale, Lawrence, Missouri S&T, Vanderbilt, Hampshire, Hunter College, Washington University in St. Louis, Berkeley, Florida, Truman State, Alabama, Swarthmore, UNC, Cornell, Williams, Toronto.

2008-09 Midseason High School Poll Results

Congratulations to the Charter School of Wilmington for finishing as the unanimous top team in this poll, receiving first place votes from all 15 voters. State College finished second, with Walter Johnson, Georgetown Day School and Dorman rounding out the top five. This is the second poll Charter has won, with the 2008-09 pre-season poll being the first.

For more information on the history of the poll, click here.

Detailed results, with ballot information, will be posted in the near future.

1. Charter School of Wilmington – 375 points (15 first place votes)
2. State College – 350 points
3. Walter Johnson – 333
4. Georgetown Day School – 322
5. Dorman – 307
6. Hunter – 306
7. Maggie Walker – 300
8. Gonzaga – 258
9. Thomas Jefferson – 250
10. New Trier – 183
11. Detroit Catholic Central – 182
12. Rockford Auburn – 172
13. Walt Whitman – 167
14. Brookwood – 142
15. Chaska – 122
16. Bergen – 121
17. Chattahoochee – 116
18. James Island – 108
19. Dunbar – 107
20. Rancho Bernardo – 87
20. Stow Munroe Falls – 87
22. Kellenberg – 78
23. Carbondale – 31
23. Southside – 31
25. Stuyvesant – 29

Also receiving votes: ASFA, 27; Hoover, 26; Raleigh Charter, 26; Blake, 23; Arcadia, 22; North Kansas City, 18; Eden Prairie, 17; LASA, 16; Loyola, 15; MLK Magnet, 15; James Monroe, 14; Shady Side, 14; Grosse Point North, 14; Minnetonka, 12; Detroit County Day, 10; Richard Montgomery, 8; Ransom Everglades, 8; Walnut Hills, 7; State College B, 7; Walton, 4; Santa Monica, 3; Charter B, 2; Cave Spring, 1; New Rochelle, 1

College Poll

This is a call for ballots for the first round of the annual quizbowl poll.  The next round will be a pre-nationals poll taken after Fake ICT. Here’s how it works: preferably after doing some research and evaluating statistics email me a list of what you believe to be the top 25 quizbowl programs, ranked in order from 1st to 25th. Note that I said programs; you may not include B teams in your rankings. I reserve the right to reject your ballot if it is wildly out of sync with the general national consensus, overly regional, or improper in some other way. If I reject your ballot, I will notify you and give you the opportunity to submit a new one. Ballots must be submitted to me at  ekwartler at gmail dot com by January 16th at 11:59 PM.