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by Ben_Dodson
Wed Nov 26, 2008 2:31 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: Georgia 2008-2009
Replies: 224
Views: 35181

Re: Georgia 2008-2009

Emory University is rebuilding their academic team for the Spring Season. We might consider hosting a small high school tournament during the spring or possibly next fall. If we were to host a tournament, which schools would be interested in attending and what weekend would be best for you? Thank yo...
by Ben_Dodson
Thu Aug 21, 2008 7:01 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: Georgia 2008-2009
Replies: 224
Views: 35181

Re: Georgia 2008-2009

In single A, Rabun-Gap Nacoochee School could be the best team in Rabun County. I believe you guys are undefeated right? Look forward to seeing how you guys do over the next few years. :grin: I believe Brookwood will be the strongest program in Georgia this year without question. They have two very...
by Ben_Dodson
Thu Apr 24, 2008 7:14 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: Georgia 2007-2008
Replies: 268
Views: 58018

Re: Georgia 2007-2008

I agree, Mr. Barry, that the questions were overall of a good quality, but some things stuck out as problems. One such problem that bugged me was non-unique lead-ins. These included "One of the first American writers to make a living from writing", "One of Shakespeare's first comedies to be perform...
by Ben_Dodson
Sun Mar 16, 2008 10:41 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: Georgia Tech high school tournament 3/15/08
Replies: 28
Views: 4935

Re: Georgia Tech high school tournament 3/15/08

Even if it isn't the weekend of the 22nd, there are still weekends during April and etc that the tournament can potentially be rescheduled. Granted, I do not know about any of GT's events or conflicts, but considering the last minute cancellation of this tournament, an attempt to reschedule would un...
by Ben_Dodson
Sun Mar 16, 2008 10:16 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: Georgia Tech high school tournament 3/15/08
Replies: 28
Views: 4935

Re: Georgia Tech high school tournament 3/15/08

Probably most private christian schools, but I'm guessing there are plenty of public schools that have no problem with it. It is after all Easter Sunday and not Easter Weekend.
by Ben_Dodson
Sun Mar 16, 2008 4:33 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: Georgia Tech high school tournament 3/15/08
Replies: 28
Views: 4935

Re: Georgia Tech high school tournament 3/15/08

Since the tournament was canceled on such short notice, I'm assuming that you guys still have all the questions and etc that was prepared for the tournament. In that case, would it be possible to simply reschedule the tournament to be held this coming weekend on the 22nd? The field was originally pr...
by Ben_Dodson
Sat Mar 08, 2008 4:54 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: Georgia 2007-2008
Replies: 268
Views: 58018

Re: Georgia 2007-2008

Semis:

Chattahoochee def Walton
Brookwood def Norcross

Finals

Chattahoochee def Brookwood

Consolation round:

Walton def Norcross.
by Ben_Dodson
Sat Mar 08, 2008 12:48 am
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: Georgia 2007-2008
Replies: 268
Views: 58018

Re: Georgia 2007-2008

Um yea, let's not turn Georgia's Comparison thread into a discussion about Dorman again. I think once was enough. After 4 preliminary matches tonight, three teams went undefeated. Top team that is not undefeated is Walton. Ranked in order of point average, they are: 1. Norcross (4-0) 305 ppg 2. Broo...
by Ben_Dodson
Thu Mar 06, 2008 2:37 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: Georgia Tech high school tournament 3/15/08
Replies: 28
Views: 4935

Re: Georgia Tech high school tournament 3/15/08

Would a field update be possible soon?
by Ben_Dodson
Wed Mar 05, 2008 11:37 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: Georgia 2007-2008
Replies: 268
Views: 58018

Re: Georgia 2007-2008

anyone else getting really excited about State? I think Georgia is unique in having 4 teams ranked in the top 25 with

1. Chattahoochee -16
2. Brookwood -22
3. Walton -23
4. Norcross -25

Just thought that was interesting.
by Ben_Dodson
Sun Mar 02, 2008 11:30 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: High Q
Replies: 40
Views: 9166

Re: High Q

WSB-TV does not care enough to conduct any reforms regarding High-Q. All that matters is that the station can claim they "care" for the education system in Georgia by doing something like hosting an academic tournament that offers a scholarship. By doing this, they are obviously doing their part in ...
by Ben_Dodson
Sun Mar 02, 2008 10:55 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: Tournament at the Arch (Varsity/JV) on March 1st @ UGA
Replies: 10
Views: 2381

Re: Tournament at the Arch (Varsity/JV) on March 1st @ UGA

In the quarters Chattahoochee def Norcross 360-260

In the finals Dorman A def Dorman B.
by Ben_Dodson
Sun Mar 02, 2008 10:05 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: Georgia 2007-2008
Replies: 268
Views: 58018

Re: Georgia 2007-2008

Did anyone else notice that for the JV Division at least, the questions seemed very difficult? In our semifinal match against Dorman, 9 of the tossups went unanswered. That really shouldn't happen for two of the top 4 teams at a tournament. The packets varied in difficulty as well, because in our m...
by Ben_Dodson
Sat Mar 01, 2008 11:10 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: Georgia 2007-2008
Replies: 268
Views: 58018

Re: Georgia 2007-2008

Alpharetta's ability to upset at State was proven today when they beat Norcross 180-230. This round was interesting in that Alpharetta scored probably twice as many tossups as Norcross, but couldn't covert bonuses to secure a lead until the last two questions. We scored only 6 toss ups total. They d...
by Ben_Dodson
Fri Feb 22, 2008 6:21 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: Georgia 2007-2008
Replies: 268
Views: 58018

If you are playing in a prelim match at State you know that before the round begins the second half is more crucial that the first half. That means that a more knowledgeable team, as opposed to a faster team, should be rewarded by their superior bonus conversion and deeper subject knowledge regardl...
by Ben_Dodson
Thu Feb 21, 2008 2:06 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: Georgia 2007-2008
Replies: 268
Views: 58018

So at State last year, the first half didn't have bonuses? Was there a reason why they did that? my wild guess is that Mr. Barry wanted to try to simulate a 4 quarters tournament instead of the reviled 20TU/Bonus. :smile: The 20 TU/bonus rounds is superior to the 1/2 bonus rounds they use at State....
by Ben_Dodson
Wed Feb 20, 2008 9:12 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: Georgia 2007-2008
Replies: 268
Views: 58018

for UGA... I predict 1. Dorman A 2. Dorman B 3. Brookwood 4. Walton Assuming those teams are carrying their full a-teams. Also Gunnells, we probably should have lost to Grayson and, coincidentally, we did lose to Grayson. We went 4-4 in the prelims for that tournament, losing all 4 on the last quest...
by Ben_Dodson
Mon Feb 18, 2008 10:24 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: Georgia 2007-2008
Replies: 268
Views: 58018

Tossup: "How do you serve clams?" Tossup: "What is a donnybrook?" Tossup: "Why do birds fly in a V-shape?" Hmm...How/Why questions. Great for literary analysis. Horrible for quizbowl. I'm surprised to hear the County Tournament for Fulton is so horrible. Gwinnett has used NAQT for as long as I have...
by Ben_Dodson
Mon Feb 18, 2008 8:41 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: Georgia 2007-2008
Replies: 268
Views: 58018

We have played Brookwood, Walton, Norcross, Grayson, Alpharetta, Centennial, Roswell, and other 5A schools this year. Those teams have the ability to bite you if you are not on top of your game. I would throw Central in there as well. Although not as strong as they were last year, Central has one g...
by Ben_Dodson
Sun Feb 17, 2008 10:38 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: Georgia 2007-2008
Replies: 268
Views: 58018

i heard alpharetta has one guy that is ridiculously good for a jv player. anyone like to comment on this?
by Ben_Dodson
Tue Feb 12, 2008 11:24 am
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: Georgia 2007-2008
Replies: 268
Views: 58018

sorry, didn't see Brookwood was signed up. I suppose i"ll just wait for the rest of the field to be posted though. feel free to delete.
by Ben_Dodson
Mon Feb 11, 2008 10:29 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: Georgia 2007-2008
Replies: 268
Views: 58018

Will Brookwood or Walton be attending UGA? If so, it seems like UGA will turn into a pre-State warm-up for the top spot.
by Ben_Dodson
Sat Feb 09, 2008 6:34 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: Players
Replies: 67
Views: 12239

I noticed you didn't address the "consulting statistics" part of the argument. Also, considering and weighing what other people have said is in no way "essentially regurgitating someone else's opinion." MaS Wouldn't comparing a Minnesota team's accomplishments with a team from South Carolina essent...
by Ben_Dodson
Fri Feb 08, 2008 2:50 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: Dorman HS NAQT "Season Ender" - (5/10/08)
Replies: 13
Views: 2447

agreed. I believe this conflicts directly with IB and AP exams... unfortunately, there's not much one can do about that in the month of may sorry, I spoke too soon. I checked the schedule and looks like no ap or ib test dates fall on the 10th. hopefully this will be a nice break in the midst of all...
by Ben_Dodson
Mon Feb 04, 2008 11:02 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: Dorman HS NAQT "Season Ender" - (5/10/08)
Replies: 13
Views: 2447

agreed. I believe this conflicts directly with IB and AP exams...

unfortunately, there's not much one can do about that in the month of may
by Ben_Dodson
Mon Feb 04, 2008 2:46 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: Players
Replies: 67
Views: 12239

considering that most teams stay within their own region and do not play all the good teams around the country until nationals, this discussion doesn't really go beyond "who's the best player/team in your region". anything beyond that is just bad speculation.
by Ben_Dodson
Thu Jan 31, 2008 11:26 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: Georgia 2007-2008
Replies: 268
Views: 58018

is chattahoochee going to be entirely sophomores? I did not realize a calamity of such magnitude existed to stop the Cougars from bringing their A game. Unless, of course, this is a clever ploy to lower the guard of your competition. Hmm... not bring home a trophy indeed. Norcross might go to PACE t...
by Ben_Dodson
Sun Jan 27, 2008 10:49 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: Georgia 2007-2008
Replies: 268
Views: 58018

oh, and btw. for cedar shoals on the 2nd, a UPENN interview and All-State auditions (rescheduled due to the snow...) are taking away another two of our top four. Needless to say, Norcross will probably be less than spectacular once again.
by Ben_Dodson
Sun Jan 27, 2008 10:35 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: Georgia 2007-2008
Replies: 268
Views: 58018

it was basically a combination of college interviews, SAT's, and chinese school that took away a sizable chunk of our team. Thats why there also ended up being confusion over a Norcross B, because several people said they couldn't go at the last minute, then vice versa, and vice vice(?) versa. It se...
by Ben_Dodson
Sun Jan 27, 2008 7:26 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: Scholar's Bowl @ Berry College Mount Berry, GA -- UPDATE!!!!
Replies: 30
Views: 6484

Berry was a nicely run tournament. It was a bit long given the number of rounds, but fun nonetheless. I would however disagree with the questions being NAQT level in the difficulty. Most of the questions, in the prelims at least, bordered on JV level questions.
by Ben_Dodson
Sun Jan 27, 2008 7:21 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: Georgia 2007-2008
Replies: 268
Views: 58018

Academic Team Tip #195: When you ask a team "what was the score last round against *insert good team here*", a follow-up question should be added. That question is..."Who won?". Now, I bring this up because in a recent tournament, we happened to play and beat a well respected team by a fairly wide m...
by Ben_Dodson
Sat Jan 19, 2008 9:45 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: Dorman Cavalier Academic Challenge (1/19/08)-Spartanburg, SC
Replies: 18
Views: 4928

Norcross was told that we were not allowed to hold any school functions. Even our Robotics Team, which had an event at the high school today, was not allowed to come in. I assumed it was the County but I suppose not. In any case, the weather reports said the driving conditions would be extremely dan...
by Ben_Dodson
Fri Jan 18, 2008 10:14 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: Dorman Cavalier Academic Challenge (1/19/08)-Spartanburg, SC
Replies: 18
Views: 4928

how many people are canceling because of snow? Norcross cannot go, and I believe Gwinnett County closed schooling events. I'm not sure how many Southwest teams this affects but it's really a shame.
by Ben_Dodson
Thu Jan 17, 2008 7:07 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: High Q
Replies: 40
Views: 9166

Oh one more thing though I forgot. The thing they have with the "This Day in History" should be done away with. Really, having the teams know HALF the answers ahead of time is ridiculous. One tossup I got started as "He born in India...*Buzz*!!!" Me:" Kipling." Chuck: "Correct!". I mean, come on. Th...
by Ben_Dodson
Thu Jan 17, 2008 7:04 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: High Q
Replies: 40
Views: 9166

The Norcross- Walton match was...interesting. Since the episode already aired I'll replay it back to those that may have missed the 7 A.M. programming time. Basically in round 1, Walton and Norcross was pretty even in score until Walton missed the higher Q question and lost 40 points. At the end of ...
by Ben_Dodson
Wed Jan 16, 2008 9:55 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: Georgia 2007-2008
Replies: 268
Views: 58018

Norcross may be unable to attend tournaments in the near future since we might all be playing in the snow instead. That's right. It's snowing in Georgia.
by Ben_Dodson
Tue Dec 11, 2007 4:05 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: Georgia 2007-2008
Replies: 268
Views: 58018

. I'm not sure how many of Grayson's players from last year were Seniors, but I know that their strongest player graduated. One of their players, Mimi, was very solid I remember. She's still with Grayson this year, and if she continues to improve then Grayson could start going much farther in the p...
by Ben_Dodson
Sun Dec 09, 2007 7:50 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: Georgia 2007-2008
Replies: 268
Views: 58018

I was telling you that teams in the mid-Atlantic all know Dorman is good, which considering your anger at the non-existant "god-like mentality" of that region is 100% appropriate considering it's true and contrary to what you just posted, you implied that that region doesn't respect Dorman (don't t...
by Ben_Dodson
Sun Dec 09, 2007 1:07 am
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: Georgia 2007-2008
Replies: 268
Views: 58018

My point is that they're not gods, or TJ of 2005. They are possible to beat. So a southern team that was willing to work insanely probably could win. Any team could win. They just probably won't. I'm not saying the can't be beaten so much as you don't expect to. It's fun playing them and losing, bu...
by Ben_Dodson
Sun Dec 09, 2007 12:58 am
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: Georgia 2007-2008
Replies: 268
Views: 58018

Well, I think the bigger emphasis there was the "in the south" part since the discussion revolved around how Ben Dodson got tired of running into them and always losing. I believe the "in the South" emphasis concerns the comment about Southern teams not playing as many good teams as the mid-A. My c...
by Ben_Dodson
Sat Dec 08, 2007 11:34 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: Chattahoochee HS Tournament (12/8/07) in Alpharetta, GA
Replies: 10
Views: 3656

I agree. It's rare you find tournaments that reach 30 tossup questions. That just made for more exciting rounds and was probably one of the best formats I've ever seen.
by Ben_Dodson
Sat Dec 08, 2007 9:24 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: Georgia 2007-2008
Replies: 268
Views: 58018

I suppose my jokingly-stated final line of "Take that, haters" might have misled you, but I promise -- I meant that as sarcastically as possible. Obviously, I don't think there's some huge conspiracy against southern quizbowl ("haters") on this board. My mistake for attempting a little humor. Sarca...
by Ben_Dodson
Sat Dec 08, 2007 9:20 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: Georgia 2007-2008
Replies: 268
Views: 58018

AdamL wrote: But they’re not invincible… they’ve had some pretty close games with a few teams in the south.
They do that to sow a seed of hope in teams so they can crush it by the end of the match. The victory is all the sweeter that way.
by Ben_Dodson
Sat Dec 08, 2007 9:14 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: Georgia 2007-2008
Replies: 268
Views: 58018

Bringing this of back to the topic of Georgia.... What did everyone think of the Chattahoochee tournament? There were a few interesting upsets that occured. Walton was upset by Centennial I believe and Norcross was upset by Brookwood B. I'm not sure who won the tournament, but the final 4 was probab...
by Ben_Dodson
Sat Dec 08, 2007 9:02 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: Chattahoochee HS Tournament (12/8/07) in Alpharetta, GA
Replies: 10
Views: 3656

Great tournament Mr. Rountree. Norcross had a great time. The rounds were nicely run and the questions (with the exception of F. Scott Fitzgerald being listed as a character in Great Gatsby) were excellent. Spectacular job and Norcross looks forward to attending next year.
by Ben_Dodson
Wed Dec 05, 2007 4:38 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: Georgia 2007-2008
Replies: 268
Views: 58018

Charlie, I was talking about tournaments they've attended so far this year, as in fall semester. As far as I know, it's only been one so far; the point being that Southern teams have to play Dorman far more often. Seriously, that's great you know the schedule of Dorman for the past 12 months. I'm al...
by Ben_Dodson
Tue Dec 04, 2007 11:31 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: Georgia 2007-2008
Replies: 268
Views: 58018

Why would you write this in response to a comment from another Georgia high school person? I didn't realize that person was from Georgia. At the time, I unfortunately did not think to recognize the unmistakably Southern name of Ragnarok and associate that with Georgia. My opinion of MLK is that it'...
by Ben_Dodson
Tue Dec 04, 2007 5:54 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: Georgia 2007-2008
Replies: 268
Views: 58018

Adam, you are right. That did come out a little too harsh and for that I apologize. However, I still believe there is no foundation in saying southeast teams don't play as many good teams as the mid-atlantic does. I personally did not go to UGA due to a conflict with SAT II's; it was my last despera...
by Ben_Dodson
Mon Dec 03, 2007 8:36 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: Georgia 2007-2008
Replies: 268
Views: 58018

Also, Chattahoochee, Brookwood, and Walton are rated 13, 15, and 18, respectively, in the national rankings. What does everyone think about this? No offense to Chattahoochee, Brookwood, Walton, or Norcross, but I think those rankings are skewed because to me, it seems the teams up North or in the m...
by Ben_Dodson
Mon Dec 03, 2007 8:29 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: Georgia 2007-2008
Replies: 268
Views: 58018

Chattahoochee: Very strong team. They've got great knowledge in Lit and Science and Adam was one of the best players at ACE. With tons of knowledge and lots of experience, they have the potential to take down almost any team in the southeast in not the country. When they lose, it's usually only thro...