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A fond farewell

Posted: Fri Mar 20, 2009 10:42 pm
by David Riley
As our official season comes to a close, I would like to take this opportunity to pay tribute to some of our graduating seniors, who furthered the cause of good quiz bowl in Illinois: Everyone feel free to add your own comments.

Siva Sundaram—one of the best players in the history of Illinois quiz bowl, and one who states his opinions on quiz bowl matters articulately and with dignity. He is a welcome addition to the IHSSBCA Executive Committee as one of our high school liaisons.

His compadre, Michael Jiang who may have been overshadowed by Siva in tournaments but can more than hold his own in a solo contest

The Carbondale trio of Jerry Chang, Tony Cao, and Paul Botros—these guys were a force to be reckoned with, and kudos to Ms. Lorinskas for bringing them to so many tournaments up north.

Ben Cohen—an autodidact whose breadth and depth of knowledge continued New Trier’s domination of the North Shore.

David Garb and Nick Bergeon—this duo from Buffalo Grove worked tirelessly on behalf of their team.

The St. Viator varsity team (Jeff, Alex, Sean, et alia), who showed us what you can do with limited resources but a will to succeed.
And last but not least, Loyola’s Joe Ahmad,whose intellectualism and bent for quiz bowl was evident when he was a freshman, and Jack Glerum, probably the most enthusiastic high school quiz bowl player in Illinois since Brad Fischer and Nick Matchen.

Apologies to anyone I forgot who deserves a mention.

Best wishes with your college choices and all of your future endeavors!

Re: A fond farewell

Posted: Sat Mar 21, 2009 1:05 am
by Siverus Snape
Thank you so much, Coach Riley. It has truly been a pleasure getting to know you and competing with your teams over the years. I'm looking forward to our NSC Illinois reunion dinner.

Re: A fond farewell

Posted: Sat Mar 21, 2009 1:14 am
by Charley Pride
Don't scare me like that, Colonel! When I read the title, I thought I was about to see a retirement announcement...Thank goodness it wasn't. :party:

Re: A fond farewell

Posted: Sat Mar 21, 2009 12:43 pm
by Tegan
I'll second the colonel's sentiments. No offense at all to Auburn who still has an amazing streak of consecutive state appearances and state placing intact .... and no sign that it will be ending soon, but I think Carbondale came off as more of the "surprise". Everyone who knew anything knew that they would be good, but I'm not sure any one saw early on how good they would get over the course of the season.

I also agree: props to the Arlington Heights Road crews from St. Viator and BG. They had great seasons and can be proud of the work they did.

Re: A fond farewell

Posted: Sun Mar 22, 2009 2:15 am
by Geringer
I'm going to miss the computational math... :sad:

It's been a great year. I really feel like that we, the underfunded gentlemen of St. Viator, have been accepted by the SchoBo elite, and it's been a good year. Thank you all for that.

For those going to Pace, I've got a helluva t-shirt idea (see avatar).

Re: A fond farewell

Posted: Tue Mar 24, 2009 7:56 am
by David Riley
Jeff, forget about computational math. Face it, it's doomed! :smile:

And I don't know if I want to wear Rob Blagoevich on my chest....or anywhere else, for that matter.

Re: A fond farewell

Posted: Tue Mar 24, 2009 12:01 pm
by jonah
David Riley wrote:Jeff, forget about computational math. Face it, it's doomed!
Would someone please inform the IHSA and Mr. Reinstein?

Re: A fond farewell

Posted: Mon Mar 30, 2009 10:23 pm
by Scobowls and Speedos
You're forgetting Stevenson's Jonathon Safron and Donald Yang, two underrated contributors and crucial members of our team. Jonathon single-handedly led us past Fremd in the Sectionals. It will be hard to replace their production next year.

Re: A fond farewell

Posted: Tue Mar 31, 2009 10:10 am
by the return of AHAN
Scobowls and Speedos wrote:You're forgetting Stevenson's Jonathon Safron and Donald Yang, two underrated contributors and crucial members of our team. Jonathon single-handedly led us past Fremd in the Sectionals. It will be hard to replace their production next year.
Is this Zach B?

EDIT: Corrected spelling

Re: A fond farewell

Posted: Wed Apr 01, 2009 4:01 pm
by Scobowls and Speedos
Indeed.

Re: A fond farewell

Posted: Thu Apr 02, 2009 7:58 am
by David Riley
Zach, where did you get that moniker? Sounds like a bad Jane Austen novel.

Hit it, Tegan! :grin:

Re: A fond farewell

Posted: Thu Apr 02, 2009 6:31 pm
by Tegan
David Riley wrote:Zach, where did you get that moniker? Sounds like a bad Jane Austen novel.

Hit it, Tegan! :grin:
His moniker clearly implies that Zach, in addition to playing quizbowl, is also member of the Stevenson water polo team.

and .... "bad Jane Austen novel" is just being repetitive, kind of like "bad Chicago Bears quarterba....."

Wait ......

Gimme a J! :grin:

Re: A fond farewell

Posted: Thu Apr 02, 2009 6:53 pm
by cornfused
Tegan wrote:is also a member of the Stevenson water polo team.
...or a male model.

Re: A fond farewell

Posted: Thu Apr 02, 2009 8:38 pm
by the return of AHAN
Welcome aboard, Zach!

Re: A fond farewell

Posted: Fri Apr 03, 2009 11:21 pm
by abnormal abdomen
David Riley wrote:Zach, where did you get that moniker? Sounds like a bad Jane Austen novel.

Hit it, Tegan! :grin:
I don't think that a fellow Auburn freshman would approve.