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by Stephen Colbert
Fri May 04, 2012 10:19 pm
Forum: Middle school area archives
Topic: Back to the future... with the IESA!
Replies: 22
Views: 8313

Re: Back to the future... with the IESA!

FINALS: Metcalf defeats Our Savior 3rd Place: Peoria Academy defeats Palatine Quest NOTE: Most of these have no basis in fact and/or reason and are just me having fun. :grin: Not bad. 4 for 4 in Class A. Now I'll be really impressed if you can pull off another superfecta with the Kentucky Derby tom...
by Stephen Colbert
Tue Apr 12, 2011 3:58 pm
Forum: Middle school area archives
Topic: Should middle school tournaments used timed rounds?
Replies: 15
Views: 3976

Re: NAQT's middle school program

I'm not so sure moderator speed will be the only factor in increasing the number of toss-ups heard each round. Players unfamiliar with timed rounds, especially middle school players, tend not to play with a sense of urgency related to being on the clock. Middle school teams (particularly the inexper...
by Stephen Colbert
Tue Apr 12, 2011 1:56 pm
Forum: Middle school area archives
Topic: 2011 NAQT MSNCT
Replies: 59
Views: 19768

Re: NAQT's middle school program

Given that the MSNCT begins with scrimmage rounds on the evening of the IESA State Finals, any team that has designs on playing in Bloomington probably sees playing in Rosemont the very next morning as a non-starter. We're signed up for MSNCT, but we're in a tough enough sectional* that we're proba...
by Stephen Colbert
Tue Apr 12, 2011 1:49 pm
Forum: Middle school area archives
Topic: Should middle school tournaments used timed rounds?
Replies: 15
Views: 3976

Re: NAQT's middle school program

Yes, MSNCT will use timed rounds. No, you're not the only one who has expressed concern about that fact. Yes, some of the qualifiers have used timed rounds . Thanks for your prompt reply. I'm glad to see that some of the qualifying tournaments have used timed rounds, though the TUH seem low. I'm cu...
by Stephen Colbert
Tue Apr 12, 2011 12:37 pm
Forum: Middle school area archives
Topic: Should middle school tournaments used timed rounds?
Replies: 15
Views: 3976

Re: NAQT's middle school program

Will the 2011 NAQT MSNCT use timed rounds? Am I the only person who views this as possibly problematic? Have any of the qualifying tournaments been on the clock? If so, I would love to hear about those experiences.
by Stephen Colbert
Tue Apr 12, 2011 12:33 pm
Forum: Middle school area archives
Topic: 2011 NAQT MSNCT
Replies: 59
Views: 19768

Re: NAQT's middle school program

What is NAQT's target field size for the MSNCT? Is there any expectation that the field will increase drastically in the near future? I'm disappointed to see so few teams from Illinois in the current field . Is there any on-going effort to recruit additional teams from Illinois? Teams like Normal Me...
by Stephen Colbert
Thu Apr 07, 2011 1:03 pm
Forum: Middle school area archives
Topic: IESA State Series 2011
Replies: 8
Views: 2974

Re: IESA State Series 2011

On another note, my computer survived being thrown against the wall when I received the following response from the IESA in regards to their survey results*: Jeff, I understand you called yesterday about the survey results for scholastic bowl. I can tell you we had more interested in the single eli...
by Stephen Colbert
Thu Apr 07, 2011 12:11 pm
Forum: Middle school area archives
Topic: IESA State Series 2011
Replies: 8
Views: 2974

Re: IESA State Series 2011

Unless the other teams in Normal Metcalf's sectional are especially strong (and, historically-speaking, a few are certainly capable), Metcalf seems way underrated. I still think Metcalf is a heavy favorite to repeat as Class A state champs. It's unfortunate Palatine Quest and Lindenhurst Millburn We...
by Stephen Colbert
Sat Mar 05, 2011 7:15 am
Forum: Middle school area archives
Topic: Jr. Wildcat @ Northwestern University (3/5/11)
Replies: 24
Views: 6873

Re: Jr. Wildcat @ Northwestern University (3/5/11)

Leaving home shortly on very little sleep. Will nap in thirty second intervals on the Dan Ryan to pay homage to a day of no computational math. Given the events of this week at NU, I just hope I don't walk into the wrong auditorium. Assuming I do, someone should probably be sent in after me.
by Stephen Colbert
Sat Feb 26, 2011 5:16 pm
Forum: Middle school area archives
Topic: Barrington Invitational Tournament VIII (CMST II)
Replies: 33
Views: 8598

Re: Barrington Invitational Tournament VIII (CMST II)

We're just TWO weeks away and I'm actually starting to feel good about the preparations. I think I've got a decent playoff system set up where I can even use an advantaged final if there's a re-match in the championship or 3rd place games. At this point, "A"team-wise, I have 3 pools of 6 teams and ...
by Stephen Colbert
Mon Dec 13, 2010 5:22 pm
Forum: Middle school area archives
Topic: Jr. Wildcat @ Northwestern University (3/5/11)
Replies: 24
Views: 6873

Re: Jr. Wildcat @ Northwestern University (3/5/11)

I would be happy to staff this tournament if needed.
by Stephen Colbert
Fri Dec 10, 2010 1:38 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: BMI: Bloomington Mirror of IMSANITY
Replies: 12
Views: 3535

Re: BMI: Bloomington Mirror of IMSANITY

I would be happy to staff this.
by Stephen Colbert
Thu Dec 02, 2010 12:03 am
Forum: Middle school area archives
Topic: CMST II: Searching For Writers
Replies: 42
Views: 10750

Re: CMST II: Searching For Writers

I can write 10/10 of whatever is needed most (preferably science, math, fine arts, or literature). I would also be happy to help with proofreading or difficulty control.
by Stephen Colbert
Mon Nov 29, 2010 6:07 pm
Forum: Middle school area archives
Topic: ATTN: U of I Quizbowl people and/or Coach Grant
Replies: 15
Views: 3624

Re: ATTN: U of I Quizbowl people and/or Coach Grant

I would be willing to contact the coaches/teams that attended the mirror of the 2010 CMST at IVCC. I still have contact information for most of the schools in north/central Illinois. Depending on the date, I would be happy to staff as well.
by Stephen Colbert
Tue Nov 16, 2010 1:31 am
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: NIU Huskie Bowl 29 Jan 2011
Replies: 41
Views: 9145

Re: NIU Huskie Bowl 29 Jan 2011

I'll gladly volunteer to staff the main tournament and play in the Harry Potter tournament if someone will have me on their team.
by Stephen Colbert
Wed Oct 27, 2010 3:27 am
Forum: Middle school area archives
Topic: Middle School Scoresheet
Replies: 1
Views: 1846

Re: Middle School Scoresheet

This is the scoresheet I created for the Albus Dumbledore Memorial Tournament (a mirror of the CSMT). It allows for a maximum of ten players per team, twenty tossups per round, and the possibility of bouncebacks on bonuses; however, it could be easily adapted for different formats. Sample scoresheet...
by Stephen Colbert
Fri May 07, 2010 10:11 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: IESA State Series 2010
Replies: 34
Views: 4267

Re: IESA State Series 2010

IESA State Final Results

Class A
Championship Match: Normal Metcalf 265, Paris Crestwood 146
Third Place Match: Peoria Academy 229, Ottawa Wallace 225

Class AA
Championship Match: Lincolnshire Daniel Wright 312, v. Dunlap Valley MS 150
Third Place Match: New Lenox Liberty 289, Charleston 207
by Stephen Colbert
Fri May 07, 2010 8:50 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: IESA State Series 2010
Replies: 34
Views: 4267

Re: IESA State Series 2010

Class A Win/Loss (after 3 rounds) Pool A Normal Metcalf 3-0 Peoria Academy 2-1 Lostant 1-2 Aviston 0-3 Pool B Paris Crestwood 3-0 Ottawa Wallace 2-1 Beecher City 1-2 Bushnell-Prairie 0-3 Championship Match: Metcalf v. Paris Crestwood Third Place Match: Peoria Academy v. Ottawa Wallace Class AA Win/L...
by Stephen Colbert
Fri May 07, 2010 8:40 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: IESA State Series 2010
Replies: 34
Views: 4267

Re: IESA State Series 2010

Class A Results Round 3 Pool A Metcalf 303 Peoria Academy 183 Lostant 252 Aviston 183 Pool B Paris Crestwood 286 Beecher City 87 Ottawa Wallace 185 Bushnell-Prairie City 117 Class AA Results Pool A Dunlap Valley 271 O'Fallon Fulton 197 Jacksonville Turner 220 New Lenox Liberty 173 Pool B Charleston ...
by Stephen Colbert
Fri May 07, 2010 8:36 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: IESA State Series 2010
Replies: 34
Views: 4267

Re: IESA State Series 2010

Class A Results Round Two Pool A Metcalf 298 Aviston 199 Peoria Academy 253 Lostant 203 Pool B Beecher City 209 Bushnell-Prairie City 203 Paris Crestwood 248 Ottawa Wallace 196 Class AA Results Round Two Pool A O'Fallon Fulton 267 Jacksonville Turner 219 Dunlap Valley 283 New Lenox Liberty 200 Pool ...
by Stephen Colbert
Fri May 07, 2010 5:48 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: IESA State Series 2010
Replies: 34
Views: 4267

Re: IESA State Series 2010

Class A Results Round One Pool A Metcalf 303 Lostant 205 Peoria Academy 275 Aviston 102 Ottawa Wallace 172 Beecher City 91 Paris Crestwood 222 Bushnell-Prairie City 151 Class AA Results Round One Pool A New Lenox Liberty 300 O'Fallon Fulton 97 Dunlap Valley 270 Jacksonville Turner 166 Pool B Charles...
by Stephen Colbert
Tue May 04, 2010 5:15 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: IESA State Series 2010
Replies: 34
Views: 4267

Re: IESA State Series 2010

Class A Predictions Pool A Normal Metcalf (2-1)* Peoria Academy (2-1) Lostant (1-2) Aviston (1-2) Pool B Ottawa Wallace (3-0) Paris Crestwood (2-1) Bushnell-Prairie City (1-2) Beecher City (0-3) 1. Normal Metcalf 2. Ottawa Wallace 3. Peoria Academy 4. Paris Crestwood Dark Horse: Lostant Class AA Pre...
by Stephen Colbert
Mon May 03, 2010 11:05 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: ITT I sort of live blog an IESA sectional....
Replies: 20
Views: 1462

Re: ITT I sort of live blog an IESA sectional....

On more than one occassion, the Slammer Systems paddles were inadvertently pressed, causing people, including Mr. Laudermith, to think that time had been called. It was enough of an issue that I may ask the AdCo to address it in the rules, to make it a clear verbal declaration if you wish to end co...
by Stephen Colbert
Mon May 03, 2010 10:48 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: IESA State Series 2010
Replies: 34
Views: 4267

Re: IESA State Series 2010

Moving Day wrote:Added. How'd your own sectional go?
See your liveblog.
by Stephen Colbert
Mon May 03, 2010 10:41 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: IESA State Series 2010
Replies: 34
Views: 4267

Re: IESA State Series 2010

You can add Bushnell-Prairie city to the Class A list & Charleston to the Class AA list.
by Stephen Colbert
Mon May 03, 2010 10:38 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: ITT I sort of live blog an IESA sectional....
Replies: 20
Views: 1462

Re: ITT I sort of live blog an IESA sectional....

Ottawa Wallace wins the Sterling St. Mary's sectional. Millburn West players claimed they had a moderator at the Barrington Invitational who looked exactly like me. Millburn West captain annoyed me by trying to buzz in on bonuses. Eventually she just resorted to screaming "buzz". Wallace parents wer...
by Stephen Colbert
Thu Apr 29, 2010 12:58 am
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: IESA State Series 2010
Replies: 34
Views: 4267

Re: IESA State Series 2010

Ottawa St. Columba won its own regional over Peru Catholic (218-86). None of the teams I read for were particularly strong, though St. Columba had some impressive buzzes in the championship match. I can't really figure out the decision-making of Peru Catholic's coach. After jumping out to an early l...
by Stephen Colbert
Mon Apr 26, 2010 12:07 am
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: IESA State Series 2010
Replies: 34
Views: 4267

Re: IESA State Series 2010

I received the sectional questions at least a week ago. Unfortunately, I've been assigned to a sectional without a host. I predict an insanely long drive to either Palatine, Sterling, or Rockford during which I'll spend more money on gas than the IESA will pay me to moderate.
by Stephen Colbert
Sun Apr 18, 2010 3:35 am
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: Albus Dumbledore Memorial (4/17/2010) @ IVCC (Oglesby, IL)
Replies: 58
Views: 6830

Re: Albus Dumbledore Memorial (4/17/2010) @ IVCC (Oglesby, IL)

I eagerly await what is sure to be a great narrative.... I suppose, in the wake of my Masonic sectional post, that a narrative is probably expected. But, I think most coaches and players were relatively open-minded and any sense of "central Illinois drama" was basically non-existent. Like Jonah, my...
by Stephen Colbert
Sun Apr 18, 2010 2:25 am
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: Albus Dumbledore Memorial (4/17/2010) @ IVCC (Oglesby, IL)
Replies: 58
Views: 6830

Re: Albus Dumbledore Memorial (4/17/2010) @ IVCC (Oglesby, IL)

I'm in the process of creating a post-tournament survey for coaches. Please feel free to suggest questions you'd like included on the survey. I'm nearing the point of exhaustion, so I probably won't finish this until Sunday night.
by Stephen Colbert
Sun Apr 18, 2010 12:39 am
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: Albus Dumbledore Memorial (4/17/2010) @ IVCC (Oglesby, IL)
Replies: 58
Views: 6830

Re: Albus Dumbledore Memorial (4/17/2010) @ IVCC (Oglesby, IL)

I'm extremely grateful to the members of the tournament staff. Without their assistance, this tournament would not have been possible. I'd especially like to thank Brad, Kristin, Jimmy, and Jonah for giving up their Saturdays to help out. Somehow, Kristin flawlessly handled stats while taking care o...
by Stephen Colbert
Sat Apr 17, 2010 11:33 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: Albus Dumbledore Memorial (4/17/2010) @ IVCC (Oglesby, IL)
Replies: 58
Views: 6830

Re: Albus Dumbledore Memorial (4/17/2010) @ IVCC (Oglesby, IL)

Playoff Results Sorcerer's Stone (Championship Bracket) 1. King's Academy (3-1) 325.0 PPG 2. Stephen Mack (2-2) 245.0 PPG 3. Sycamore A (1-2) 206.7 PPG 4. Holy Trinity (1-2) 193.3 PPG King's Academy and Stephen Mack A both finished the championship bracket with two wins and one loss. In a one game ...
by Stephen Colbert
Sat Apr 17, 2010 11:24 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: Albus Dumbledore Memorial (4/17/2010) @ IVCC (Oglesby, IL)
Replies: 58
Views: 6830

Re: Albus Dumbledore Memorial (4/17/2010) @ IVCC (Oglesby, IL)

Preliminary Round Results Gryffindor: 1. Stephen Mack A (3-1) 310.0 PPG 2. Flanagan A (3-1) 275.0 PPG 3. PORTA B (3-1) 212.5 PPG 4. Sycamore B (1-3) 107.5 PPG 5. Dimmick (0-4) 120.0 PPG Hufflepuff: 1. Holy Trinity (4-0) 305.0 PPG 2. Freeport (2-2) 142.5 PPG 3. Princeville B (2-2) 127.5 PPG 4. Crete...
by Stephen Colbert
Sat Apr 17, 2010 1:46 am
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: Albus Dumbledore Memorial (4/17/2010) @ IVCC (Oglesby, IL)
Replies: 58
Views: 6830

Re: Albus Dumbledore Memorial (4/17/2010) @ IVCC (Oglesby, IL)

Good luck to all the teams tomorrow! Thanks in advance to the fine crew staffing this tournament (Jonah, Brad, Kristin, and contingents from Bettendorf and Streator). Please travel safely everyone. I'm sure we'll try to post updates periodically. I can only hope we have some level of success trying ...
by Stephen Colbert
Sat Apr 17, 2010 1:31 am
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: ITT Help me finish Harry Potter subject tournament!
Replies: 8
Views: 1402

Re: ITT Help me finish Harry Potter subject tournament!

jdeliverer wrote:Nice. Will this be made available at some point in the future?
If you'd like, I can e-mail it to you. Give me until the end of the weekend when I'm less distracted by tournament stuff.
by Stephen Colbert
Wed Apr 14, 2010 9:20 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: ITT Help me finish Harry Potter subject tournament!
Replies: 8
Views: 1402

Re: ITT Help me finish Harry Potter subject tournament!

This packet is also being used at Dorman's mirror of the CMST.
by Stephen Colbert
Wed Apr 14, 2010 9:19 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: ITT Help me finish Harry Potter subject tournament!
Replies: 8
Views: 1402

Re: ITT Help me finish Harry Potter subject tournament!

Dan-Don wrote:
Stephen Colbert wrote:This is finished! Thanks to Ben Dillon and Gregory Peacock for submitting questions.
Could you email me a copy?
Sent.
by Stephen Colbert
Wed Apr 14, 2010 2:44 am
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: ITT Help me finish Harry Potter subject tournament!
Replies: 8
Views: 1402

Re: ITT Help me finish Harry Potter subject tournament!

This is finished! Thanks to Ben Dillon and Gregory Peacock for submitting questions.
by Stephen Colbert
Tue Apr 13, 2010 1:50 pm
Forum: Middle school area archives
Topic: Midwest Academic Questions
Replies: 67
Views: 21453

Re: Midwest Academic Questions

I was originally planning to use a packet from the 2009 Jr. Wildcat. I did provide coaches with a link to the archived set, but that's not a big deal since it's only a demonstration match. Don't worry if you don't have time to write 5/5. I'll do my best to talk up MAQ, especially if the response to ...
by Stephen Colbert
Tue Apr 13, 2010 3:49 am
Forum: Middle school area archives
Topic: Midwest Academic Questions
Replies: 67
Views: 21453

Re: Midwest Academic Questions

To help familiarize middle school players with the ACF format, I plan to hold a brief demonstration match between members of the tournament staff before the start of the Albus Dumbledore Memorial. The purpose is basically to introduce differences in timing rules, bonus formats, and bouncebacks. Addi...
by Stephen Colbert
Tue Apr 13, 2010 1:32 am
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: IESA State Series 2010
Replies: 34
Views: 4267

Re: IESA State Series 2010

Why must the IESA and/or IHSA always be involved just because an activity exists? There are already a lot of good national, state, and local math competitions at the middle school level. The IESA will farm out the writing to the lowest bidder, ensuring the crappiest test possible. Then, all IESA mem...
by Stephen Colbert
Wed Apr 07, 2010 6:05 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: Albus Dumbledore Memorial (4/17/2010) @ IVCC (Oglesby, IL)
Replies: 58
Views: 6830

Re: Albus Dumbledore Memorial (4/17/2010) @ IVCC (Oglesby, IL)

The field is officially closed at 20 teams and can be found below. Crete Monee Middle School (Univesity Park, IL) Dimmick Grade School (LaSalle, IL) Fieldcrest Middle School (Wenona, IL) x 2 Flanagan Grade School (Flanagan, IL) x 2 Freeport Junior High School (Freeport, IL) Holy Trinity Catholic Sch...
by Stephen Colbert
Tue Apr 06, 2010 2:40 am
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: IESA State Series 2010
Replies: 34
Views: 4267

Re: IESA State Series 2010

Wow, that sucks. I don't really know much about Hawthorn North/South, but based on the results of the Barrington Invitational, Carl Sandburg is no pushover (especially with the unpredictable nature of QG). Even if you had been successful with the soft-sell, I have a feeling the makeup of this region...
by Stephen Colbert
Sat Apr 03, 2010 12:38 am
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: ITT Help me finish Harry Potter subject tournament!
Replies: 8
Views: 1402

ITT Help me finish Harry Potter subject tournament!

So to conclude the Albus Dumbledore Memorial, I’ve decided to write a Harry Potter subject tournament consisting of a single round of pyramidal tossups/ACF-style bonuses. Since we’re only playing one round, I thought I would aim for 25/25 or 30/30. I have about 10/10 written, but in order to finish ...
by Stephen Colbert
Sat Apr 03, 2010 12:12 am
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: Albus Dumbledore Memorial (4/17/2010) @ IVCC (Oglesby, IL)
Replies: 58
Views: 6830

Re: Albus Dumbledore Memorial (4/17/2010) @ IVCC (Oglesby, IL)

After a flurry of e-mails at the last second, I'm expanding the field to 20 teams. The final two spots will go to Holy Trinity (Bloomington, IL) and either Odell Grade School (Odell, IL) or Princeville B (Princeville, IL).
by Stephen Colbert
Fri Apr 02, 2010 10:24 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: David Riley
Replies: 27
Views: 3697

Re: David Riley

Best wishes for a speedy recovery Mr. Riley!
by Stephen Colbert
Sat Mar 27, 2010 8:37 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: Collaborative Middle School Tournament Available for Mirrors
Replies: 21
Views: 8161

Re: Collaborative Middle School Tournament Available for Mirrors

From what I can tell, it looks like Longfellow had the opportunity to answer 33 bonus parts missed by their opponents. They converted on 25 of 33 parts or at a rate of 7.57 points (out of a possible 10) per bouncepark part. I don't know how that compares to the rest of the field or if it's at all us...
by Stephen Colbert
Thu Mar 25, 2010 12:13 am
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: Albus Dumbledore Memorial (4/17/2010) @ IVCC (Oglesby, IL)
Replies: 58
Views: 6830

Re: Albus Dumbledore Memorial (4/17/2010) @ IVCC (Oglesby, IL)

With the recent additions of King's Academy (West Chicago, IL) and a second team from Flanagan Jr. High, the field is officially closed at 18 teams. The schedule should be finalized by this weekend and more details will follow shortly.
by Stephen Colbert
Tue Mar 23, 2010 2:13 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: Albus Dumbledore Memorial (4/17/2010) @ IVCC (Oglesby, IL)
Replies: 58
Views: 6830

Re: Albus Dumbledore Memorial (4/17/2010) @ IVCC (Oglesby, IL)

Are you awarding any sort of trophy for the bottom bracket winner? If not, an incomplete RR shouldn't cause any big issue. They don't want more than 8 matches? There you go. All the consolation bracket winners will get a small trophy. So, I'll figure out some measure to determine the best team in t...
by Stephen Colbert
Tue Mar 23, 2010 4:10 am
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: Albus Dumbledore Memorial (4/17/2010) @ IVCC (Oglesby, IL)
Replies: 58
Views: 6830

Re: Albus Dumbledore Memorial (4/17/2010) @ IVCC (Oglesby, IL)

I have surveyed the coaches of the registered teams, and the prevailing sentiment is that teams don’t want to play more than 8 matches. If I adhere to that sentiment, are there any major criticisms of or suggestions to improve the following formats? I currently have 16 teams registered. Assuming thi...