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by mhanna
Sun May 18, 2008 4:34 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: Greatest Quiz Bowl team ever?
Replies: 41
Views: 11198

Re: Greatest Quiz Bowl team ever?

The Jim Garrick coached Dorman teams of the early 1990s took on all comers including TJ and Maggie Walker and kept on winning.
by mhanna
Fri May 02, 2008 6:41 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: South Carolina 07-08
Replies: 73
Views: 13813

Re: South Carolina 07-08

James Island knows only too well why they are not going to NAQT. With the attitude displayed by some of the players at tournaments and at school, they are lucky to be going anyplace. The team has the ability to be one of the top five teams in the nation, but has difficulty playing consistently at a ...
by mhanna
Mon Apr 14, 2008 8:19 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: School Budget Votes = Death
Replies: 9
Views: 1425

Re: School Budget Votes = Death

We also lost our funding for nationals.
by mhanna
Thu Jan 31, 2008 11:39 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: South Carolina 07-08
Replies: 73
Views: 13813

Aiken County. We use Patrick's Press questions with 20 questions, or 20-minute time limit and 2 two-minute 10-question lightening rounds.
by mhanna
Sat Jan 19, 2008 11:04 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: Dorman Cavalier Academic Challenge (1/19/08)-Spartanburg, SC
Replies: 18
Views: 4837

I thought that Irmo played Brookwood. Was it Irmo or Russell that beat Aiken in the round of 16 in the varsity division? James Island didn't field a varsity team.
by mhanna
Wed Jan 09, 2008 12:37 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: Alabama '07-'08
Replies: 191
Views: 49897

Our goal is always to be competitive in our county. We play two county rivals on Monday night and haven't played or practiced since the first weekend in December. We have been hit by a virus and some of the kids are just now getting back to school. It is over six hours to Huntsville and we are comin...
by mhanna
Sun Dec 23, 2007 9:16 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: Merry Christmas to all!
Replies: 11
Views: 2314

And also for you.
by mhanna
Tue Dec 18, 2007 1:15 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: Georgia 2007-2008
Replies: 268
Views: 57114

I have the formula for Norcross' path to success. Let Aiken sit at the table and all of a sudden all of the stars are in alignment.
by mhanna
Fri Dec 14, 2007 5:49 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: The 2008 Bulldog Brawl at Cedar Shoals (Feb 2, 2008)
Replies: 14
Views: 3753

Robin,

Put Aiken down for 1 team.

Mac
by mhanna
Fri Dec 14, 2007 1:24 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: Georgia 2007-2008
Replies: 268
Views: 57114

Ahhhhh, the season is still young. Chattahoochee and Walton are super teams and out of the gate fast. Norcross is quick and knowledgeable, but in the end I see Brookwood rising as a phoenix. That said, this could be one of the Brookmeister's best coaching years.
by mhanna
Thu Dec 13, 2007 11:31 am
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: Furniture City Classic High Point, NC 1/26/08
Replies: 15
Views: 5000

Aiken is bringing one team for sure and maybe a second team. Depends on money.
by mhanna
Thu Dec 13, 2007 6:38 am
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: Questions in posession of coaches
Replies: 16
Views: 3454

I remember playing at Savannah Country Day when some of us had played questions in a SC tournament and the vendor sent the same questions to SCD for their tournament. All I could do was smile at Hodges Lewis when Irmo solved a math problem after the first number was read. That was how I knew the que...
by mhanna
Wed Dec 12, 2007 4:22 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: Furniture City Classic High Point, NC 1/26/08
Replies: 15
Views: 5000

Tried the link, but it did not work.
by mhanna
Wed Dec 12, 2007 7:21 am
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: Wiki Project: Defunct national championships
Replies: 28
Views: 7348

Matt, Wish that I could tell you more. The tournament was already in existence when I heard about it at ASCN. It was very short-lived as the sponsor had a difficult time breaking even with the prizes awarded. The tournament was held on the campus of St. Louis University. We went in either '94 or '95...
by mhanna
Mon Dec 10, 2007 7:02 am
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: Wiki Project: Defunct national championships
Replies: 28
Views: 7348

Griffin Experience in early 1990s in St. Louis. Eisenhower, DCC and Aiken were the top three teams. We all received a nice trophy and a cash prize.
by mhanna
Sun Dec 02, 2007 1:08 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: University of South Carolina tournament is Dec. 1
Replies: 5
Views: 2300

Historically this tournament is always the first weekend in December for SC teams only. Letters are mailed to SC schools in September. I think that the date was established as the first weekend in December because Brookwood attracted a number of SC schools when its tournament was held the second wee...
by mhanna
Thu Nov 29, 2007 8:08 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: University of South Carolina tournament is Dec. 1
Replies: 5
Views: 2300

The questions stink and there are repeats. If the USC quiz bowl team writes them, the questions are good. There just are not enough of the quality questions for the entire tournament. I suspect that James Island, one of the Dorman teams, and the Governor's School for Math and Science will be the fav...
by mhanna
Thu Nov 08, 2007 11:21 am
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: Possible Tournament
Replies: 9
Views: 2807

Aiken would bring two teams.
by mhanna
Tue Oct 16, 2007 10:57 am
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: Crusader Cup (10/13/2007) at N. Greenville Univ. (SC)
Replies: 7
Views: 4093

Norcross really wouldn't like playing in the foothills of SC. You much prefer the impossible questions in the afternoon rounds at Walton. This tournament is much too nice for you guys -- well run, competent readers, fair questions and generally a lack of intensity that one sees around Atlanta. I am ...
by mhanna
Wed Aug 22, 2007 10:50 am
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: The judge
Replies: 51
Views: 15878

My Anderson system lasted a year. But, to their credit, I shipped it back and Anderson repaired the system quickly and inexpensively. I hesitate to send my Zee Craft for repairs. Eventhough the system is expensive, it is extremely delicate and the wiring appears to become brittle. We went from 16 wo...
by mhanna
Mon Aug 13, 2007 3:07 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: Preseason
Replies: 84
Views: 28744

"Pretty much crap" That's no way for someone from Furman to talk.
by mhanna
Wed Aug 08, 2007 9:31 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: South Carolina 07-08
Replies: 73
Views: 13813

I'm crushed. Byko thinks that we are barely a top 100 team. What's the use? Woe is me and my team. Alas, but we did beat a few teams that he put in front of us.
by mhanna
Thu Aug 02, 2007 4:53 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: Magnet school discussion
Replies: 58
Views: 18206

J.R., I daresay that you have taught these kids and their coaches everything that they know, but not everything that you know. I still give the edge to Brookwood.
by mhanna
Wed Jul 25, 2007 2:12 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: Magnet school discussion
Replies: 58
Views: 18206

JR, At least you can recruit. We have three middle schools and there is not a clean feed for any one of them. Although there are some students at the middle school level who want to play for us, they can't because they live outside our zone or else they attend a private school and can't play at all ...
by mhanna
Fri Jul 13, 2007 10:09 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: 2007 Post-Nationals Poll Discussion - Results are in!
Replies: 83
Views: 29126

I did withdraw my ballot as Fred said because there was some bias and I did not know enough about some of the teams. We rarely play teams from out of the region and I feel very comfortable in knowing the approximate abilities of teams in our area. There are very few West Coast teams I know anything ...
by mhanna
Fri Jul 13, 2007 3:49 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: 2007 Post-Nationals Poll Discussion - Results are in!
Replies: 83
Views: 29126

The poll is not what Fred thinks, but what the person submitting the rankings thinks. Obviously any poll will reflect some bias. That is what opinions are. We can disagree but be agreeable.
by mhanna
Fri Jul 13, 2007 3:19 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: 2007 Post-Nationals Poll Discussion - Results are in!
Replies: 83
Views: 29126

One tournament does not a season make. Some teams did not do well at nationals, but excelled throughout the year and seemed to get stronger as the year progressed. I meant no offense toward Fred or anyone else, but I know of at least two Georgia teams most deserving of strong consideration and neith...
by mhanna
Fri Jul 13, 2007 2:54 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: 2007 Post-Nationals Poll Discussion - Results are in!
Replies: 83
Views: 29126

Did anyone else questioned about why they ranked teams either higher or lower than the poll moderator thought that they should be? I withdrew my ballot because I felt that maybe I was being unfair to some of the teams. No offense meant to any of the teams or to our moderator, but everyone can't be i...
by mhanna
Mon Jul 09, 2007 4:43 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: Quiz Bowl: The Evolution/Revolution in the Game
Replies: 46
Views: 14121

Howard,

I could not have stated the situation better.

Thanks,

Mac
by mhanna
Sun Jul 08, 2007 7:39 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: Quiz Bowl: The Evolution/Revolution in the Game
Replies: 46
Views: 14121

Bad quiz bowl is not necessarily limited to question quality. To me bad quiz bowl means: Poor question quality. We attend USC-Columbia every year. Questions written by their academic team are excellent and demanding (NAQT-style). Vendor supplied questions are poor with substantial repeats from years...
by mhanna
Sat Jul 07, 2007 7:45 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: Quiz Bowl: The Evolution/Revolution in the Game
Replies: 46
Views: 14121

Quiz Bowl: The Evolution/Revolution in the Game

What revolution in quiz bowl? I am not taking pot shots at anyone, but I can't recall getting more messed over than the last time my team attended a tournament on a certain university campus in Durham and the last two times I attended tournaments in Virginia. Maggie Walker deserves all the credit an...
by mhanna
Thu Jun 28, 2007 5:18 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: 2007 Post-Nationals Poll Discussion - Results are in!
Replies: 83
Views: 29126

Where do I e-mail my poll for top 25?
by mhanna
Sat Jun 23, 2007 4:40 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: The annual summer format discussion
Replies: 48
Views: 15551

We point to our county competition. Anything after that is gravy. My team has a say in which tournaments we attend. I do want them to know success and sometimes we travel out of the region to play teams they have no preconceived notions about. At times we are successful and other times not. We do no...
by mhanna
Sat Jun 23, 2007 9:53 am
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: The annual summer format discussion
Replies: 48
Views: 15551

Bravo, Byko! My sentiments exactly. More to the point about good quiz bowl. Why play at all? Good questions or bad? TU/TU-BO/ four quarter? I used to host softball tournaments as well as quiz bowl tournaments. The winner was going to be one of four or five teams and the rest paid their money and got...
by mhanna
Thu Jun 21, 2007 8:59 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: The annual summer format discussion
Replies: 48
Views: 15551

Bonus bouncebacks? Are there opportunities to steal points on missed lightening round questions? There are many variations. No one is better than the others. Overall, I think familiarity with a particular format might make for one team's preference. Before NAQT there was ASCN and NAC and both used t...
by mhanna
Thu Jun 21, 2007 6:29 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: The annual summer format discussion
Replies: 48
Views: 15551

My team prefers the variety of the four-quarter format as it more closely resembles what we play in our county competition. Most of the tournaments in which we participate, with the exception of NAQT tournnaments, are a variation of the four-quarter style.

Mac Hanna
Aiken
by mhanna
Mon Jun 18, 2007 11:06 am
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: National Board Certification
Replies: 3
Views: 2034

I am looking for portfolio guidance.
by mhanna
Mon Jun 18, 2007 9:28 am
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: National Board Certification
Replies: 3
Views: 2034

National Board Certification

Any coaches out there with national board certification in social studies? HELP!

Mac Hanna
AIken High
by mhanna
Thu Jun 14, 2007 7:32 am
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: DC/Metro Area 2007-08
Replies: 164
Views: 44870

Although I can't speak for other programs, Aiken would love to attend events in the DC area. However, we are limited by time and money. I can't take the team out of class to leave early on a Friday. Maryland is a Sunday tournament. It's a 10-11 hour drive to DC. We have attended Spotswood in the spr...
by mhanna
Wed Jun 13, 2007 1:46 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: RESULTS: Harrison (IN) wins QU NAC 2007!
Replies: 150
Views: 55707

Bayside Academy is from Daphne, Alabama, which is outside of Mobile. We played them at LAMP in Montgomery in January.
by mhanna
Mon Jun 11, 2007 8:09 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: RESULTS: Harrison (IN) wins QU NAC 2007!
Replies: 150
Views: 55707

Manchester is a small school south of Ann Arbor. Like Wilmington, Aiken also played four playoff teams. We stumped our toe and it cost us against Shanghai the second time around, but they beat us fair and square on the last question by 10 points and sent us home earlier than I had planned. At least ...
by mhanna
Wed May 23, 2007 5:36 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: 2008 PACE NSC (yes, I said 2008)
Replies: 29
Views: 10198

We haven't been to PACE in a while, but May 31-June 1, takes us out of consideration because of graduation and underclassmen exams.

Mac Hanna
Aiken
by mhanna
Mon May 21, 2007 6:46 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: 2007 NAQT HSNCT Predictions
Replies: 79
Views: 26968

David, Thanks for the vote of confidence, but you are absolutely killing me. Aiken hasn't played since MIT and hasn't practiced as a team in the last month because of AP and IB exams. I have two guys taking exams this Friday so we can't leave early. But, hopefully we will show up. We gain our social...
by mhanna
Mon May 21, 2007 6:30 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: RESULTS: Harrison (IN) wins QU NAC 2007!
Replies: 150
Views: 55707

Add Wilmington Charter to the Orlando list. Looks as if the field with be pretty solid.
by mhanna
Sun May 20, 2007 5:18 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: RESULTS: Harrison (IN) wins QU NAC 2007!
Replies: 150
Views: 55707

I look for 90 teams or less total with a large contingent from Westchester County, NY.
by mhanna
Sat May 19, 2007 1:56 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: RESULTS: Harrison (IN) wins QU NAC 2007!
Replies: 150
Views: 55707

Chip is a marketer and I look for NAC to rebound. I predict that there will be changes before next year to slow the bleeding.
by mhanna
Fri Apr 06, 2007 2:03 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: 2007 Pre-Nationals National Poll Results
Replies: 66
Views: 23536

Thanks to Ballot #! for mentioning Aiken. Rarely have we had our first team together, but on most occasions, we played well. Yep, we also got smoked a few times. We have had some quality wins and some quality losses in several tournaments. We lost to James Island in the finals at USC and Indian Spri...
by mhanna
Sat Mar 24, 2007 4:42 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: SC NAQT State Results
Replies: 2
Views: 1495

SC NAQT State Results

30 teams played in two divisions in South Carolina today. Division I Semi-finals James Island A 470 Academic Magnet A 140 Dorman A 460 Dorman B 200 Finals James Island A 280 Dorman A 250 Division II Semi-Finals Southside Christian A 180 Hilton Head Prep 90 James Island B 80 Governor's School A 365 F...
by mhanna
Mon Mar 12, 2007 12:27 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: 2007 HSNCT Field is Full
Replies: 107
Views: 38537

I have no problem with teams qualifying multiple teams. Some of us are just a bit late in qualifying and now we will pay the price.