Since its not here yet, I guess I'll create it.
I believe that next year a new generation rises for GA quizbowl with the graduation of William, Abu Bakr, Andrew, Dawit, and me and the other four CHS seniors. Therefore, I believe that the overall strength of the GA field will drop next year (Although Adam does return for Centennial); however, I think it will become quite strong again as the next 2 years progress.
I definitely see Georgia quizbowl heading in the right direction next year with a couple of teams producing housewrites of their own. I also saw the rise of non-single elimination formats in GA tournaments last year, and I hope that trend continues next year. However, I fear that GATA and its coaches may be holding this move toward better quizbowl back - with a strange distribution for the GATA State Championship that has been even further corrupted with the addition of "technology" to the science distribution, its splitting of teams between A-5A (causing teams like Lakeside, Marist, and Chattahoochee to not have to compete with Alpharetta, Brookwood, Centennial, and Norcross for a state title), and its refusal to sponsor a NASAT team despite its interest in regulating it (to list a few). I appreciate GATA's role in maintaining pyramidal quizbowl throughout the state; however, I believe it needs to move with the rest of quizbowl and the rest of the state in promoting more modern quizbowl in the future.
That said, here are my rankings
Um, they return the number one scorer at HSNCT from this year. I don't think any other explanation is necessary. Centennial could definitely place in the top 4 next year at HSNCT or PACE (depending on which they go to)
They lose Andrew, but return Mostafa and other high scorers. Plus they are writing a set next year. I see Norcross being a major powerhouse next year.
Kunal is an excellent player, doing quite well at a handful of tournaments w/o William this year. I see Alpharetta still returning strong next year.
Honestly this is a close call. Brookwood could emerge above Alpharetta and Norcross next year, as they return all players from their A team. However, I don't know how much they will improve over the summer and throughout next year. If they write another set of the same quality
4/5 from their HSNCT A team are gone, but Sophia is very good, and they return a good handful of sophomores plus David and Jimmy. At this point I'd say CHS is #5, but I have no doubts in my mind that by the end of next year, they could be #2. However, this may not be possible if they keep reading ancient (3+ years old) IS, SCT, and ICT sets from NAQT.
Honestly, they are a top 100 school academically (which typically have good teams), and they have returned top teams for years. Given another housewrite next year, and their tradition for success, I wouldn't count Walton out even with Abu Bakr leaving.
Teams to look out for:
Marist A - I don't know how many seniors they return, but they finished with a 5-5 record at HSNCT which is quite impressive
If I left anyone out, it was just my forgetfulness
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