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by Stephen Colbert
Sat Feb 07, 2009 10:17 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: Illinois '08-'09
Replies: 1271
Views: 167827

Re: Illinois '08-'09

Results from junior high "Just Solve It" tournament at Wallace on 2/7:
1. Wallace (Ottawa, IL)
2. Northlawn (Streator, IL)
3. Waltham (Utica, IL)
4. Shepherd (Ottawa, IL)
by Stephen Colbert
Mon Feb 02, 2009 8:41 am
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: WUHSAC XI (01/31/2009) at WUSTL (St. Louis, MO)
Replies: 39
Views: 28526

Re: WUHSAC XI (01/31/2009) at WUSTL (St. Louis, MO)

Can you e-mail a copy of the set to me (ralphus84 AT yahoo.com) when it's available? Thanks!
by Stephen Colbert
Tue Jan 27, 2009 3:00 am
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: Illinois '08-'09
Replies: 1271
Views: 167827

Re: Illinois '08-'09

We're planning on keeping the set under wraps for a little bit longer in case someone else comes forth with a mirroring request. In the meantime, I should soon be able to release last year's questions, which were similar in tossup style and quality but had Illinois format bonuses. That would be equ...
by Stephen Colbert
Mon Jan 26, 2009 11:28 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: Illinois '08-'09
Replies: 1271
Views: 167827

Re: Illinois '08-'09

JackGlerum wrote:Springfield was a mirror of Auburn's F/S Knight Challenge, right?
If this is true, and it's not being used anywhere else, will the set be posted? If not, can someone from Rockford Auburn e-mail it to me (ralphus84 AT yahoo.com). Thanks.
by Stephen Colbert
Fri Jan 23, 2009 8:46 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: By-Laws vs. Common Sense...
Replies: 4
Views: 863

Re: By-Laws vs. Common Sense...

Illinois shares a border with Michigan via water on Lake Michigan (http://terraserver-usa.com/image.aspx?T ... ukegan|il|). The state government's official website also lists Michigan as a border state (http://www.illinois.gov/facts/geography.cfm).
by Stephen Colbert
Wed Jan 21, 2009 5:26 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: The predicted demise of Illinois frosh/soph tournaments
Replies: 47
Views: 6539

Re: The predicted demise of Illinois frosh/soph tournaments

What if you did 8 pools of 4 teams in the morning. Broke for lunch, then reconvened with two, seeded 16-team brackets? 1-16 in the championship bracket, and 17-32 in the lower bracket. Each with it's own consolation bracket, thus giving teams the minimum of 5 games? Perhaps as many as 9 in the uppe...
by Stephen Colbert
Tue Jan 20, 2009 12:58 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: The purpose behind the middle school distribution of IESA
Replies: 6
Views: 712

Re: The purpose behind the middle school distribution of IESA

As someone who is bringing a team (Northlawn) to the Junior Wildcat, I actually appreciate you doing away with the "slaughter rule" for the day. If my team were to be up big in a match (this likely will not be the case), I would see it as my responsibility to make sure the match didn't get out of ha...
by Stephen Colbert
Sun Jan 18, 2009 10:07 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: NIU Havoc Mirror: Dogs of War 4/25/09
Replies: 16
Views: 2360

Re: NIU Havoc Mirror: Dogs of War 4/25/09

I'd happily drive up to moderate this (ralphus84 AT yahoo.com).
by Stephen Colbert
Mon Jan 12, 2009 8:48 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: Illinois '08-'09
Replies: 1271
Views: 167827

Re: Illinois '08-'09

Siverus Snape wrote:Auburn F/S tournament
Was this house-written and, if so, will the set be posted?
by Stephen Colbert
Sun Jan 11, 2009 5:30 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: Illinois '08-'09
Replies: 1271
Views: 167827

Re: Illinois '08-'09

mark vigil wrote:What teams are going to be at Fremd
See page 18.
by Stephen Colbert
Mon Jan 05, 2009 7:16 am
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: Illinois '08-'09
Replies: 1271
Views: 167827

Re: Illinois '08-'09

I believe that Dentino prefers questions that are not pyramidal and that many of the teams there do not want pyramidal questions...You could point to the IHSA Rules that make some of the questions he uses illegal, but I just don't know what good it would do. 2. Please clarify the second assertion? ...
by Stephen Colbert
Sun Jan 04, 2009 6:41 am
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: Illinois '08-'09
Replies: 1271
Views: 167827

Re: Illinois '08-'09

MLaudermith wrote:"10th Anal Kaneland Tournament"
Somehow this seems just as accurate.
by Stephen Colbert
Wed Dec 17, 2008 1:54 am
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: Illinois '08-'09
Replies: 1271
Views: 167827

Re: Illinois '08-'09

Question regarding IHSA rules... When I look over my copy of the IHSA rules, it seems that a player giving the "wait" gesture to teammates is not illegally communicating. That didn't occur to me that it could be used as part of game strategy until one of our games at Loyola Saturday. During the rea...
by Stephen Colbert
Sun Dec 14, 2008 5:05 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: Illinois '08-'09
Replies: 1271
Views: 167827

Re: Illinois '08-'09

Will the bonuses from this tournament be posted online?
by Stephen Colbert
Wed Dec 10, 2008 1:50 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: Illinois '08-'09
Replies: 1271
Views: 167827

Re: Illinois '08-'09

Millet is absurdly harder than every single one of those other answers. Is Leutze, too? I know the work but don't recall ever learning who painted it, though that might just be a knowledge gap on my part. Yeah, Leutze is too. For whatever reason I know him as the artist (though I certainly didn't i...
by Stephen Colbert
Wed Dec 10, 2008 3:26 am
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: Illinois '08-'09
Replies: 1271
Views: 167827

Re: Illinois '08-'09

Here is a very incomplete list of some of artists and/or works on which I've written middle school questions in the past few years. Degas/Little Dancer of Fourteen Years; Michelangelo/David/Creation of Adam/Pieta; Calder/mobiles; Rodin/The Kiss/The Thinker; Duchamp/Fountain; Millet/The Gleaners; Wye...
by Stephen Colbert
Thu Nov 13, 2008 6:48 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: Illinois '08-'09
Replies: 1271
Views: 167827

Re: Illinois '08-'09

Northwestern University cordially invites you to its middle school scholastic bowl tournament: Junior Wildcat 2009 to be held on our Evanston, Illinois, campus February 21, 2009. Streator Northlawn will likely be sending one team (with two working buzzer sets, more if needed) to Northwestern’s Juni...
by Stephen Colbert
Mon Nov 10, 2008 3:22 am
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: Illinois '08-'09
Replies: 1271
Views: 167827

Re: Illinois '08-'09

While I agree with this generally, at some point we're going to find teams that will need to improve before they'll respect good quizbowl. Some teams are already there - teams like Streator, whose coach is so hopelessly against questions longer than one line, questions on hard topics, the different...
by Stephen Colbert
Tue Oct 28, 2008 10:12 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: Illinois '08-'09
Replies: 1271
Views: 167827

Re: Illinois '08-'09

Anyone sending teams to the Moline frosh/soph? I've actually scraped together 5 Barrington kids with nothing better to do the day after Halloween and are making a go of it. Anyone know what kind of teams we might see? Auburn? Moline? Dunlap? ??????? Don't quote me on this, as I'm not really in the ...
by Stephen Colbert
Sat Oct 25, 2008 12:35 am
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: Illinois '08-'09
Replies: 1271
Views: 167827

Re: Illinois '08-'09

A special thanks to Tom Egan for presenting today at the IESA Scholastic Bowl Workshop!
by Stephen Colbert
Thu Oct 23, 2008 11:57 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: Illinois '08-'09
Replies: 1271
Views: 167827

Re: Illinois '08-'09

I guess it is if you'll sleep better at night. OTOH, I think a kid what would really happen is that a kid from Streator Township or Peoria Chirstian is going to get an overinflated sense of self-worth as they garner bragging rights to being one of the top 5 players in the state. I can assure you th...
by Stephen Colbert
Sun Jun 15, 2008 2:21 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: Illinois '08-'09
Replies: 1271
Views: 167827

Re: Illinois '08-'09

Even up here ...... The number of people with experience in ACF format is limited ... a few folks at Auburn, New Trier, Wheaton North, Loyola, ...... the list is already getting thin ... and how many of the alums can come back and moderate? I'm only about 50% sure that I will be eligible to moderat...
by Stephen Colbert
Sun Jun 15, 2008 2:26 am
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: Need Some input
Replies: 25
Views: 3744

Re: Need Some input

I have to write a case interpretation, and this was the only question I could come up with that did not have an instant "common sense" answer. So, I would like some help in arriving at an answer. For what it is worth, I would prompt. I think arguments for both prompting after an answer of the Wrigh...
by Stephen Colbert
Sun Jun 08, 2008 2:10 am
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: The Middle School (Nationals)
Replies: 23
Views: 2920

Re: The Middle School (Nationals)

Hmmm... And here I wanted to hire you to be a moderator, assuming Pam was able to come this year. Of course, I just might get one of our staff members to come in the commons and blow a train whistle to announce my arrival. Will that do it for you??? :party: Fair enough. But if I get to moderate nex...
by Stephen Colbert
Sun Jun 08, 2008 2:04 am
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: Stipends for Coaches and Moderators
Replies: 58
Views: 6048

Re: Stipends for Coaches and Moderators

On paying moderators: If your school/program has the ability to do so, then I don’t really see the big deal with paying moderators. Personally, as someone who moderates occasionally, I would feel really guilty about accepting money, only because it’s something I genuinely enjoy. As a coach, I was fo...
by Stephen Colbert
Sat Jun 07, 2008 8:28 am
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: The Middle School (Nationals)
Replies: 23
Views: 2920

Re: The Middle School (Nationals)

[wonders if he should invite Danville Bate to his Barrington tournament to see how good they really are] This! And while you're at it, if :chip: can do it, the Barrington Invitational should become the official middle school national tournament. Now you just need a mail-order-wife from the former E...
by Stephen Colbert
Sat Jun 07, 2008 8:17 am
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: The Middle School (Nationals)
Replies: 23
Views: 2920

Re: The Middle School (Nationals)

Seriously, how definitive can any middle school national tournament be that is :chip:-run, has a field of 11 teams (at least three or four of which were B-teams, so we're looking at a maximum of say 8 different schools), & allows two high school freshmen (per team) to play down on any middle school ...
by Stephen Colbert
Sat May 31, 2008 7:39 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: Illinois '07-'08
Replies: 1091
Views: 213233

Re: Illinois '07-'08

In IESA Advisory Committee action yesterday... 3.) The committee recommended math answers involving pi should now be expressed in terms of pi unless the question specifically states that a decimal answer is needed in the first line of the question... 5.) The committee recommended the following word...
by Stephen Colbert
Thu May 22, 2008 3:11 am
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: ITT suggest your handy memory tricks/devices
Replies: 12
Views: 1613

Re: ITT suggest your handy memory tricks/devices

For Mohs scale of mineral hardness: T wo g ood C ubs f ollowed a (n) f at ( o bese) q uarterback t o C omiskey D iamond. Talc, Gypsum, Calcite, Fluorite, Apatite, Feldspar (Orthoclase), Quartz, Topaz, Corundum, Diamond. Of course, back when I was in eighth grade, U.S. Cellular Field was still Comisk...
by Stephen Colbert
Mon May 12, 2008 6:31 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: The Great Middle School Pyramidal Experiment
Replies: 105
Views: 47563

Re: The Great Middle School Pyramidal Experiment

Only one variety of the domesticated form of this animal is not descended from Anas platyrhynchos. That variety is native to Mexico, Central, and South America, though there exists a small American population as far north as Texas. That variety is uniquely identified by its facial markings, a set o...
by Stephen Colbert
Fri May 02, 2008 8:20 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: Illinois '07-'08
Replies: 1091
Views: 213233

Re: Illinois '07-'08

IESA Class A & AA State Tournament Results: Class A Pool A: Ottawa St. Columba 184 Bloomington Cornerstone 255 Paris Crestwood 241 Illiopolis Sangamon Valley 153 Ottawa St. Columba 235 Paris Crestwood 169 Bloomington Cornerstone 238 Illiopolis Sangamon Valley 140 Ottawa St. Columba 249 Illiopolis Sa...
by Stephen Colbert
Wed Apr 30, 2008 9:39 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: Illinois '07-'08
Replies: 1091
Views: 213233

Re: Illinois '07-'08

Funny how so few top seeds made it through (though Franklin should have been there, too) in Class AA (with unseeded Rockford West getting through!?!), but in Class A the seeds held pretty true. I think Rockford West was both a beneficiary of an incredibly easy sectional and being way under-rated (a...
by Stephen Colbert
Wed Apr 30, 2008 12:52 am
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: Illinois '07-'08
Replies: 1091
Views: 213233

Re: Illinois '07-'08

In Class AA, give me Dunlap over New Lenox Liberty (defeated Daniel Wright at the Barringtonian) in the Championship, Daniel Wright over Macomb in the 3rd place match. Don't know enough about Class A to realistically judge, but any team (Bloomington Cornerstone) that can dispatch Metcalf is always ...
by Stephen Colbert
Tue Apr 29, 2008 12:00 am
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: Illinois '07-'08
Replies: 1091
Views: 213233

Re: Illinois '07-'08

IESA State Tournament Qualifiers: Class A Sectional A Winner: Ottawa St. Columba (2006 state qualifier) Sectional B Winner: Bloomington Cornerstone Sectional C Winner: Peoria Heights GS Sectional D Winner: Paris Crestwood (finished 2nd @ state in 2005) Sectional E Winner: Carthage (finished 3rd @ st...
by Stephen Colbert
Mon Apr 28, 2008 1:03 am
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: Illinois '07-'08
Replies: 1091
Views: 213233

Re: Illinois '07-'08

This situation can be easily avoided by the Stephen Colbert coaching method… If an incredibly ambitious & infinitely patient coach fields a team with more than fifteen players, somewhere prior the start of the post-season said coach must: -politely inform his/her players that he/she is limited to on...
by Stephen Colbert
Fri Apr 25, 2008 10:08 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: The Great Middle School Pyramidal Experiment
Replies: 105
Views: 47563

Re: The Great Middle School Pyramidal Experiment

BarringtonJP wrote:12.) (Geography) MONGOLIA
Don't tell me you were spared from the awesomeness of the original twelfth toss-up:
Where do you put Odor Eaters?
by Stephen Colbert
Fri Apr 25, 2008 8:23 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: Illinois '07-'08
Replies: 1091
Views: 213233

Re: Illinois '07-'08

D-SAR wrote:Are all regionals the same?
Yeah, the questions are the same for all of the regional sites.
by Stephen Colbert
Thu Apr 24, 2008 11:34 am
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: Illinois '07-'08
Replies: 1091
Views: 213233

Re: Illinois '07-'08

Tegan wrote:Questions were awful ... maybe not as abyssmal as some tournaments, but they were bad.
Yeah, I'm not so sure a match should ever be decided with a bonus on naming the family members of the Toys-R-Us mascot, no matter how adorable giraffes may or may not be.
by Stephen Colbert
Thu Apr 24, 2008 11:29 am
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: Illinois '07-'08
Replies: 1091
Views: 213233

Re: Illinois '07-'08

Complete IESA regional results are up at: Class A: http://iesa.org/activities/scb/qualifiers_Sectional.asp?Year=2008&Class=A Class AA: http://iesa.org/activities/scb/qualifiers_Sectional.asp?Year=2008&Class=AA Most surprisingly, the Barrington Station Invitational champs, River Forest Roosevelt, did...
by Stephen Colbert
Thu Apr 24, 2008 12:29 am
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: Illinois '07-'08
Replies: 1091
Views: 213233

Re: Illinois '07-'08

Results from the Class AA IESA Regional at Streator Northlawn: First place (advancing to the Morris Shabbona Sectional): Coal City Second place: Ottawa Shepherd On a semi-related note, a new Class A state champion will be named this year as the defending state champs, Streator St. Anthony, went winl...
by Stephen Colbert
Tue Apr 08, 2008 11:18 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: The Great Middle School Pyramidal Experiment
Replies: 105
Views: 47563

Re: The Great Middle School Pyramidal Experiment

Nathan, Do you have copies of those questions? If you're going with SAS to Antioch, can you bring me a set this weekend? I do still have copies of the questions, but I won’t be at Antioch. I will probably go to watch the state tournament and I’ll definitely be moderating at Northlawn’s all-star tou...
by Stephen Colbert
Tue Apr 08, 2008 12:29 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: The Great Middle School Pyramidal Experiment
Replies: 105
Views: 47563

Re: The Great Middle School Pyramidal Experiment

Questions Galore is the official writer for IESA through 2010. With this being the case, I wonder if the IESA/advisory committee would consider, short of adopting completely pyramidal toss-ups, requesting that toss-ups used during the state series: contain multiple clues when possible moving from h...
by Stephen Colbert
Mon Apr 07, 2008 11:55 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: The Great Middle School Pyramidal Experiment
Replies: 105
Views: 47563

Re: The Great Middle School Pyramidal Experiment

I should probably also mention that they're also the question supplier for the IESA state tournament.
by Stephen Colbert
Mon Apr 07, 2008 11:54 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: The Great Middle School Pyramidal Experiment
Replies: 105
Views: 47563

Re: The Great Middle School Pyramidal Experiment

I do want a name of this question provider ..... there is absolutely no need for this! The questions for this particular tournament were provided by Questions Galore. I'll try to avoid ranting for now, b/c I'm not quite ready to relive the experience quite so soon. But, I can most definitely assure...
by Stephen Colbert
Mon Apr 07, 2008 2:16 am
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: The Great Middle School Pyramidal Experiment
Replies: 105
Views: 47563

Re: The Great Middle School Pyramidal Experiment

For anyone opposed to the introduction of more pyramidal toss-ups at the middle school level (though it's not likely they're frequently visiting this board), I offer the following gems from a tournament I attended this weekend where I literally had to sit on my hands to avoid ripping out my hair. Ti...
by Stephen Colbert
Sat Mar 29, 2008 12:36 am
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: Illinois '07-'08
Replies: 1091
Views: 213233

Re: Illinois '07-'08

A = Barrington Station (#2 = Lincolnshire Daniel Wright (feeds Stevenson), #3 = Buffalo Grove Aptakisic (feeds Stevenson), #4 = Barrington Prairie, #5 = Vernon HIlls Hawthorn South (feeds Libertyville, Mundelein & Vernon Hills), #6 = Lake in the Hills Marlowe (feeds Huntley), #7 = Wadsworth Millbur...
by Stephen Colbert
Mon Mar 17, 2008 2:07 am
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: Illinois '07-'08
Replies: 1091
Views: 213233

Re: Illinois '07-'08

I didn't hear but one complaint from one coach (whose team was clearly not prepared, pretty much demanded personal treatment because her team wasn't used to these rules, and then complained "these questions are soooo long" My impression is that she didn't know enough about what was going on to have...
by Stephen Colbert
Sun Mar 16, 2008 5:29 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: Illinois '07-'08
Replies: 1091
Views: 213233

Re: Illinois '07-'08

Finally, how did the students and coaches respond to them? For what it's worth, I heard no complaints about the questions from the team of primarily sixth-graders I was with nor from any of their opponents. The set, particularly the toss-ups, by and far exceeded my expectations. In the matches I sa...
by Stephen Colbert
Sun Mar 16, 2008 2:26 am
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: 500 things...
Replies: 87
Views: 10303

Re: 500 things...

46.) The people with the most complaints about your tournament have never hosted a tournament themselves. My favorite piece of advice from Pam Riss for dealing with such complaints is to simply ask, "And when will you be hosting your tournament this year?" She then said if they can't come up with a...
by Stephen Colbert
Sat Mar 08, 2008 8:28 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: Illinois '07-'08
Replies: 1091
Views: 213233

Re: Illinois '07-'08

Unofficial State Qualifiers by Sectional: Class A: Carlinville Sectional: Litchfield Chicago Latin Sectional: Chicago Latin Herrin Sectional: Murphysboro Knoxville Sectional: Kewanee Wethersfield Newton Sectional: Fairfield PORTA Sectional: PORTA Warrensburg Latham Sectional: Rochester Winnebago Sec...