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by Tegan
Thu Jan 20, 2005 9:29 am
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: Illinois 04-05
Replies: 586
Views: 243351

The Sectional assignments are FINALLY up at ihsa.org.

Any predictions?

"New England is ripe for the picking."
--Mike Vanderjagt, kicker, Indianapolis Colts
by Tegan
Tue Jan 11, 2005 7:26 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: Officiating Book
Replies: 13
Views: 6101

Mr. Egan, with all due respect, I love the idea, but I'm not so sure it would work because first of all the "ratings cards" could be filled out with a bias toward certain coaches and secondly <sic> The best idea put forth is a certification, and I think that anyone who wants to become a quiz bowl c...
by Tegan
Sat Dec 25, 2004 9:13 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: Illinois 04-05
Replies: 586
Views: 243351

I would never say "Illinois is #1", but I think we're right there. I don't think we need to have extensive participation in nationals to prove that. What proves that? A large league circuit and decent showings at KMO and Panasonic? I can imagine no way to prove a state's quiz bowl merit other than ...
by Tegan
Fri Dec 24, 2004 12:53 am
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: Illinois 04-05
Replies: 586
Views: 243351

So yeah, if you Illinois coaches think your state's qb programs are that much better than Wisconsin's, then 1) play against the Wisconsin teams a ton, and 2) play at nationals. I can suspect that in due time, the Wisconsin teams, no matter how small in number they are, will begin to improve to a po...
by Tegan
Fri Dec 17, 2004 8:29 am
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: Rebracketing or Power Matching VS. Round Robin & Playoff
Replies: 33
Views: 20136

Or they could lie.... If I were running a tournament (or even if I wasn't), and found out that a coach lied about their record....it'd be a cold day in Ecuador before I ever extended that coach's team an invite. Word gets around....if I heard from a reliable TD that this had gone on (and it is easy...
by Tegan
Fri Dec 17, 2004 8:24 am
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: Rebracketing or Power Matching VS. Round Robin & Playoff
Replies: 33
Views: 20136

What if you're running a large, regional tournament? My past experience tells me that going 20-5 in Alabama probably isn't the same as going 20-5 elsewhere in the country? I agree.....in reality, the broader the base of attending teams, the harder it is to do a true seed.......that's why I've alway...
by Tegan
Thu Dec 16, 2004 5:50 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: Bad Negs
Replies: 826
Views: 313480

frosh-soph "B" match (still no excuse)....


blah, blah.....captain of the Bounty



nine seconds of silence....<buzz>

Captain Morgan?


[mumble,mumble, grumble, grumble]
by Tegan
Thu Dec 16, 2004 5:46 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: Rebracketing or Power Matching VS. Round Robin & Playoff
Replies: 33
Views: 20136

That's a good arrangement of the initial pools -- that's how it should be. If the TD can roughly estimate which teams are likely to be the best 12, then two (ideally 1&12, 2&11, ... , 6&7) should end up in each pool. I agree....BUT.....how do you determine the "top schools"......a good coach might ...
by Tegan
Wed Dec 15, 2004 3:56 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: Rebracketing or Power Matching VS. Round Robin & Playoff
Replies: 33
Views: 20136

I'm sorry that I contributed to weaving this off the main point of bracketing......even though I thought the discourse was quite good. For people who don't like the lack of afternoon rounds found in power bracketing: a partial solution: Ask the TD (in advance) if they wouldn't mind making available ...
by Tegan
Wed Dec 15, 2004 10:51 am
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: Rebracketing or Power Matching VS. Round Robin & Playoff
Replies: 33
Views: 20136

At any rate, there is a paradox here. The teams that would most benefit from power bracketing are the weaker teams that need to develop and have more experience. However, with few exceptions, it is these weaker teams that are so apathetic that they will leave a tournament early rather than take the...
by Tegan
Wed Dec 15, 2004 10:45 am
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: Rebracketing or Power Matching VS. Round Robin & Playoff
Replies: 33
Views: 20136

Maybe this is just me (as a coach and teacher), but don't coaches have an obligation to do the right thing, and actually teach their players (who are after all students) to do the right thing? That means that when you commit to playing a tournament that, except for an emergency, you stick it out unt...
by Tegan
Wed Dec 15, 2004 12:13 am
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: Rebracketing or Power Matching VS. Round Robin & Playoff
Replies: 33
Views: 20136

I cannot agree more with NotBhan.....TD have got to make sure that teams are aware at registration how bracketing and seeding is going to work. (not that I would publish the pairings in advance for obvious reasons. There is a touranment that we still go to (it is often the only one availble on that ...
by Tegan
Mon Dec 13, 2004 11:14 am
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: another bounceback debate
Replies: 32
Views: 17534

This is not France. Now hang on there D.G....there's no need to go hitting below the belt. No one's getting to the point where we're suggesting a cheese and wine break at the half :wink: I don't think anyone is asking to water down the competition and I would hope no one is saying "let us pity the ...
by Tegan
Mon Dec 13, 2004 9:23 am
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: another bounceback debate
Replies: 32
Views: 17534

This is a pretty neat conversation here...... In Illinois, we use rebounds (part of the reason why we, unfortunately, don't have many NAQT contests....even with modification, many of their bonuses don't allow for it....even though I really like their style of question)....it also means no 30-20-10 o...
by Tegan
Sun Dec 12, 2004 9:22 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: Richards "Bulldog" Classic
Replies: 2
Views: 1988

On some other thread, I posted that Buffalo Grove is among the most underrated programs in the state. They have been in the shadow of Fremd and Libertyville, and Stevenson for a long time.....move them to another sectional, and they go down state with a lot more regularity......the only people who d...
by Tegan
Sun Dec 12, 2004 9:16 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: Illinois 04-05
Replies: 586
Views: 243351

Congratulations to Culver Academy for knocking out New Trier yesterday at the Loyola Frosh/Soph. One problem with the Illinois season is that it's exhausting. Without ever driving more than an hour, I can pretty much enter a tournament every weekend from mid-October through mid-March (and I pretty ...
by Tegan
Fri Dec 10, 2004 4:23 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: Officiating Book
Replies: 13
Views: 6101

I somewhat disagree with my esteemed colleague from Wilmette. Tournament directors should consider designating a coach as the moderator (that is, pick the one who moderates the best), and name them the official.....it might motivate other coaches to get with it and learn to do a better job. Of cours...
by Tegan
Fri Dec 10, 2004 11:08 am
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: Officiating Book
Replies: 13
Views: 6101

Thanks everyone, I will be sure to credit and cite for this (assuming I ever do get it printed). Mr. E.T. mentioned a concern on how would "buy" it.......I'm certainly not doing this as a "for massive profit" venture....just limited printings to cover cost. But having run into 2-3 mediochre and plai...
by Tegan
Fri Dec 10, 2004 8:40 am
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: Illinois 04-05
Replies: 586
Views: 243351

Gentlemen, I certainly don't want to see a war of words between two such esteemed coaches, both of whom I proudly call colleagues for their work and dedication to young people. I can only speak in terms of 03-04, as that is the last time I saw teams from Wisconsin and Illinois. Rufus King (Milwaukee...
by Tegan
Thu Dec 09, 2004 11:00 am
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: Officiating Book
Replies: 13
Views: 6101

Thank you both......if there is an on-line book somewhere (Even if it is for college), I would love a chance to see it (if I use anything, I would be sure to credit it). If you know the URL, I'd love to know.
by Tegan
Thu Dec 09, 2004 10:57 am
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: Best Ever Scholastic Bowlers
Replies: 14
Views: 9198

One thing that usually upsets me a lot in the world of professional sports is when people say "such and such" isn't that good....because he/she/it never played on a champion. A team championship, while the highest goal for everyone, is a TEAM accolade. I have always believed that no "individual" sho...
by Tegan
Tue Dec 07, 2004 9:25 am
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: Illinois 04-05
Replies: 586
Views: 243351

One of the big debates I have with Dr. Riley at Loyola is that of timing. For reasons of philosophy, I will not start Maine South's season before the last week of October. That is when Northwestern has their tournament (traditionally), and is well past when UIUC has their earlybird. Bot hgreat tourn...
by Tegan
Mon Dec 06, 2004 11:05 am
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: Buzzer Fright
Replies: 12
Views: 6826

E.T's post reminded me of something else. The problem (as has been mentioned) with pushing too hard is that pretty soon the kids are buzzing too soon and frustrating the team. I try to tell the kids to start buzzing early in practice.....only in trying to answer questions will you learn when you hav...
by Tegan
Mon Dec 06, 2004 9:23 am
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: Best Ever Scholastic Bowlers
Replies: 14
Views: 9198

Paul Gauthier was a member of three state champions (and would have been a freshman on a state runner-up, but I don't recall the extent of his impact). After graduating two All-State players, he was the big cog on a team that went 95-1 for their third state championship in a row. Wheaton North was a...
by Tegan
Mon Dec 06, 2004 9:10 am
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: Illinois 04-05
Replies: 586
Views: 243351

We qualified for NAQTfinished in the top 4 at Conserve (Wisconsin), and we plan on attending Loyola this year, and perhaps one out of state tournament in either Minnesota or Indiana (NAQT). It is likely that we will not go to the Nationals (even if we do somehow qualify again) due to time and money ...
by Tegan
Mon Dec 06, 2004 9:02 am
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: Sandbagging
Replies: 22
Views: 12923

I'm not sure how it is in other parts of the country, but in Illinois, we routinely do not submit rosters in advance. Once the pairings are posted, the coach can decide what they are going to do with assigning players. It really is not much of an issue in Illinois any more, but when coaches get foun...
by Tegan
Mon Dec 06, 2004 8:59 am
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: Buzzer Fright
Replies: 12
Views: 6826

I'm with Bruce. Whenever one of my kids gives a pretty thoughtful answer that is wrong, I make sure to not only say "That's OK", but I praise them for ringing in and trying something. Whenever I hear a kid say "Oh, I knew that" and I ask why they didn't ring in and they reply "I wasn't sure", I tend...
by Tegan
Sun Dec 05, 2004 6:03 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: Illinois 04-05
Replies: 586
Views: 243351

Being from Maine South it's hard for me to complain either. My team had some lights out play against some decent competition, and played well (with a little luck at one point in the match) against Stevenson. Libertyville played great, and I was glad to see little Evergreen Park play about as good as...
by Tegan
Sun Dec 05, 2004 5:58 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: Tournament Seeding Procedures
Replies: 7
Views: 4026

But I can't see how an initial reputation ranking format would ever work successfully, since we can't really judge the quality of the field at the tournaments. For instance, my team has won just about every NC tournament in the last three years, but the fields tend to be relatively weak (not a slam...
by Tegan
Sun Dec 05, 2004 5:52 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: Richards "Bulldog" Classic
Replies: 2
Views: 1988

Richards "Bulldog" Classic

Results from the Richards "Bulldog" Classic held in Oak Lawn, IL at Richards H.S. Mike Cleary, T.D. (48 teams, 8 divisions, division winners only advance to quarterfinals) 1. Fremd (Palatine) 2. Maine South (Park Ridge) 3. Wheaton North 4. Maine East (Park Ridge) Other quarterfinalists: Timothy Chri...
by Tegan
Wed Dec 01, 2004 12:40 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: Illinois 04-05
Replies: 586
Views: 243351

First of all, where did your "B" team get beat by Fremd? My first guess would be the kickoff, but other than that, I did not know of any tournaments taking place up there recently. Also, what makes you think IMSA will live up to expectations when they didn't even win a kickoff? Don't count D Mac ou...
by Tegan
Wed Dec 01, 2004 11:00 am
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: Officiating Book
Replies: 13
Views: 6101

Officiating Book

I am nearing (hoping I am nearing) the end of a process of writing a short book (about 30-40 pages) on how to be a good official for high school academic bowl style matches. I am trying to write it without placing emphasis on particular state "styles" (I hope it would be something that could be univ...
by Tegan
Wed Dec 01, 2004 9:03 am
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: Illinois 04-05
Replies: 586
Views: 243351

An Admiral, I am not....just a humble ensign. (but I would like to know as well...AHEM!) Richards is always interesting.......a lot of the not-so-ususal suspects....especially from the SICA come out (Richards, B-B, and the L-W's are pretty much the usual SICA suspects).....but you get to finally see...
by Tegan
Fri Nov 19, 2004 4:49 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: Best Ever Scholastic Bowlers
Replies: 14
Views: 9198

There was a guy named "Nick" from Latin that was pretty good too. Since Latin plays in things that people have actually heard of, some of you may know of him. If you speak of Nick Butrick, I will vouch for him. He was good. But before Nick Buttrick there was Jim "Crash" Davis who was a really good ...
by Tegan
Wed Nov 17, 2004 4:17 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: Illinois 04-05
Replies: 586
Views: 243351

I didn't get to see the Dmac-NT-Fremd match, but I heard it was a doozy! It would be incorrect to list the best in the State of Illinois and not list MacArthur. They are a defending Sectional Champion and State Tournament Qualifier. That in and of itself would not qualify it for "elite" status, but ...
by Tegan
Tue Nov 16, 2004 11:10 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: Illinois 04-05
Replies: 586
Views: 243351

I only got to see Fremd play once when I moderated at Ultima....they did not win that match, but impressed me. If Fremd was also short handed, then they undisputedly deserve to be in the elite grouping right now. As for Lincoln-Way East, if they beat Auburn A then that makes them pretty for real in ...
by Tegan
Tue Nov 16, 2004 11:43 am
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: Tournament Seeding Procedures
Replies: 7
Views: 4026

jewtemplar wrote:Swiss pair.
Ding! That sounds logical (I know a lot of tournament hosts around here would never do it......the New Trier Scholbol Solo comes the closest)
by Tegan
Tue Nov 16, 2004 11:41 am
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: Illinois 04-05
Replies: 586
Views: 243351

Just wondering, but has anyone in the state heard any buzz about any teams in Southern Illinois? By southern, of course, I mean below Decatur. We've had a smattering of good teams before (someone mentioned the Carbondale teams of old, and the recent rise of Carterville is fun to watch in the small ...
by Tegan
Tue Nov 16, 2004 11:26 am
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: Illinois 04-05
Replies: 586
Views: 243351

I heard that Stevenson didn't show well at the New Trier individual tournament. Both Fremd and New Trier had two in the final round, so that should count for something. Buffalo Grove, from what I hear, had one kid in the finals and another taking the desperation shot. Has anyone heard anything abou...
by Tegan
Tue Nov 16, 2004 11:16 am
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: Illinois 04-05
Replies: 586
Views: 243351

BUMP After about a month of tournaments, what do you guys feel the current rankings are? I've heard that unofficially, the rankings are: 1. Auburn 2. Stevenson 3. Fremd 4. New Trier the rest I dont know. My opinion would be that these four are running at the head of the pack (at least in Class AA)....
by Tegan
Mon Nov 15, 2004 10:51 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: Tournament Seeding Procedures
Replies: 7
Views: 4026

Tournament Seeding Procedures

I am getting ready to write an article addressing some problems in tournament seeding. I am wondering how other states do this? In Illinois, tehre is no set procedure. The most common is "reputation" if you have been good in the past, some Hosts think you are always good, and you get an easier ride....
by Tegan
Mon Nov 15, 2004 10:44 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: Sandbagging
Replies: 22
Views: 12923

As a coach, I would have a hard time going to my players and saying "Star, Star, Star, Star, and Star" are playing the "B" schedule because it is easier, and the rest of you are going to sent to the slaughter. This used to be a big problem in Illinois, but it has become a pretty frowned upon habit. ...
by Tegan
Sat Nov 13, 2004 9:30 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: New Trier Schbol Solo Results
Replies: 6
Views: 4046

New Trier Schbol Solo Results

The final 9 players at the New Trier Scholbol Solo Touranment: 1. Sara Garnett..........Okemos [Michigan] 2. Cliff Chang.............New Trier 3. Alex Beata.............Fremd 4. Billy Ouska.............Buffalo Grove T5. Alex Inman............Fremd T5. Jonathan Mayer......Latin School 7. Alex Schallm...