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Joe wrote:Beyond that, while Sycamore does return Artur, I don't think they'll attend any tournaments and won't be allowed to go to OAC state
Anarch wrote:Joe wrote:Beyond that, while Sycamore does return Artur, I don't think they'll attend any tournaments and won't be allowed to go to OAC state
It wasn't that there was some sort of administrative action preventing them from attending this year; it's just that literally everybody on the team had something else to do that day. Assuming that doesn't happen, they'll probably appear at state next year. After all, for schools like Sycamore that are out of touch with the circuit, OAC states is basically the ultimate goal.
I've suggested to Artur that he become a hobo next year; not sure if he'll do that, though.
EDIT: why has my signature disappeared what is happening
Joe N wrote:I was under the impression that they were going to be banned or otherwise censured for not showing up. Regardless he should take up the tradition of Hamilton County hobos.
OFallsJC wrote: No one has mentioned Hawken yet..
They had 17.82 ppb with 3 players at Solon and they return at least Eric, their top scorer. We played them at regionals this year and I would have been very willing to bet that they wouldn't finish worse than fifth at OAC states if they were in any other region.
Joe N wrote:I played Hawken...they seemed like a pretty nice group of people and their school is good from what I hear, but I was talking to them later and encouraged them to come to NAQT states and they didn't even know what it was. Until that changes, they won't be able to compete with the top teams.
OFallsJC wrote:Does Sycamore keep more than just Artur? His teammates scored well at states too.
Secretary of Bobcats wrote:While I was ranking teams in the Iillinois thread, I thought I should stop by here and lend an outsiders' thoughts to your discussion.
Let me preface this by saying I do not know much about the remaining talent in the Ohio circuit, as the excellent slew of players such as Jim Coury, Joe Nutter, and Brandon Williams graduated. However, from what I saw at ACE Camp, I can pretty firmly say Olmsted Falls will likely dominate for most of the season. They seem to be very organized and driven, and a few of their players performed really well. Sohan, in particular, was dominant in a few smaller categories and very good in some larger ones and although he's not Jim Coury, he should be able to fill a similar role and I have no doubt that the rest of his team will be able to back his abilities to a point where they will consistently be the best team in Ohio.
djones wrote:Carroll will not be much of a threat at all. They play adequately well on the easy OAC we play in our league, but got beaten badly by competent teams at regionals on difficult questions. They did OK at our OAC tournament last year, but the field outside of a handful of good teams was relatively weak since most of the good teams played the NE mirror, so I'm not sure how much I would take from that.
Zach, their rising junior, won a state geography bee in elementary or middle school and would have the potential to be a really good player in a structured program, but he got smacked around in quiz bowl geo by Blizzard last year, so he isn't even able to carry their dominate area in the canon. They have no real knowledge of the canon because the Northmont tournament is the only event they play each year outside of league and regionals. (They have won the league tournament to qualify for regionals the last couple of years after Northmont / Tipp are barred from playing because they are already in). I even offered their coach a free spot at FKT two years ago because we had one spot open, and he wasn't interested in playing for free at a school located 15 minutes from their own.
Ulster Clay Pigeon Shooting Association wrote:Top 5 predictions
1.) Olmsted Falls (a very strong B team with probably the best science player in the state perhaps?Returning Sohan and Marty, plus a strong core of underclassmen, they will be very good.)
2.) Warren G. Harding (Returning I think their whole A team who made the playoffs this past year, including Michael Coates, who finished 8 overall individually scoring wise at the HSNCT, this team will make some noise and I personally think they're a lock to make OAC States once again)
3.) Northmont (I think Northmont will be an extremely competitive team this coming year. Whether I think they can win a State Title in either NAQT/OAC remains to be seen.)
4.) Sycamore (that is if they're returning Artur Meller and if they travel)
5.) Solon (Supposedly they're sending players to ACE Camp and I guess they had a really good sophomore last year to complement Nishanth)
Teams that I think will field competitive squads: Walnut Hills and St. Charles
jgalea84 wrote:I believe Beachwood returns most of the scoring from their #2 small school in the nation team, and they should be very, very good as well. Definitely capable of advancing out of the OAC NE regional.
Ulster Clay Pigeon Shooting Association wrote:I don't know about anyone else, but this year seems to be going as many thought it would. If Hawken and Beachwood get into traveling more, they could perhaps break open the field a little bit.
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