Basketball + QB Tournament in the Southeast?

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Basketball + QB Tournament in the Southeast?

Postby AKKOLADE » Wed Jan 24, 2018 3:26 pm

I vaguely remembered last night that there was a combination high school basketball & quiz bowl tournament somewhere in the southeast that Parkersburg South attended sometime between, oh, 1996-2000. They held tournaments for both and awarded scholarships to the winning teams.

Does anyone know the actual name of this tournament?
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Re: Basketball + QB Tournament in the Southeast?

Postby AKKOLADE » Thu Jan 25, 2018 10:45 am

I've been informed that this was the Beach Ball Classic in Myrtle Beach.
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Re: Basketball + QB Tournament in the Southeast?

Postby Geriatric trauma » Thu Jan 25, 2018 11:40 am

I request a resurrection at some future summer tournament in the Midwest.
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Re: Basketball + QB Tournament in the Southeast?

Postby cchiego » Thu Jan 25, 2018 6:55 pm

My high school (White Station) attended the Beach Ball Classic several times in the period that it ran a quizbowl-style competition from 1998 to 2003 when they unfortunately stopped the quiz bowl component. The quizbowl/Jeopardy-ish component was called "Academic Olympics"; it may have been run by the people responsible for the still-existent Horry County Academic Olympics.

There were indeed cash/scholarship prizes. I think our school either won it or was the runner-up in 2002 (edit: we were the runner-up to Seton Hall Prep) since I know a member of our 2002-2003 team had been on it but we didn't go in 2003. Each member of our team got something like $1,500 that my old high school coach used to brag was "enough for one of those laptop computers." It looks like the winning team split a hefty $21.5k. My understanding is that it was videotaped in some form or another since I vaguely recall watching a VHS tape of it one day at JV practice in 2003.

I actually was able to use this connection in talking to a coach in the Philly area whose school also went to that tournament during those years. It seems to have been fondly remembered by those who went. It would be cool if more quizbowl tournaments could team up with sporting events and/or secure major corporate sponsorships (one source says that up to $100,000 may have been provided in some years for the quizbowl teams alone).
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