A fond farewell

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A fond farewell

Post by David Riley » Fri Mar 20, 2009 10:42 pm

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!
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Re: A fond farewell

Post by Siverus Snape » Sat Mar 21, 2009 1:05 am

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.
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Re: A fond farewell

Post by Charley Pride » Sat Mar 21, 2009 1:14 am

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:
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Re: A fond farewell

Post by Tegan » Sat Mar 21, 2009 12:43 pm

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.

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Re: A fond farewell

Post by Geringer » Sun Mar 22, 2009 2:15 am

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).
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Re: A fond farewell

Post by David Riley » Tue Mar 24, 2009 7:56 am

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.
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Re: A fond farewell

Post by jonah » Tue Mar 24, 2009 12:01 pm

David Riley wrote:Jeff, forget about computational math. Face it, it's doomed!
Would someone please inform the IHSA and Mr. Reinstein?
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Re: A fond farewell

Post by Scobowls and Speedos » Mon Mar 30, 2009 10:23 pm

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.
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Re: A fond farewell

Post by the return of AHAN » Tue Mar 31, 2009 10:10 am

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
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Re: A fond farewell

Post by Scobowls and Speedos » Wed Apr 01, 2009 4:01 pm

Indeed.
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Re: A fond farewell

Post by David Riley » Thu Apr 02, 2009 7:58 am

Zach, where did you get that moniker? Sounds like a bad Jane Austen novel.

Hit it, Tegan! :grin:
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Re: A fond farewell

Post by Tegan » Thu Apr 02, 2009 6:31 pm

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:

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Re: A fond farewell

Post by cornfused » Thu Apr 02, 2009 6:53 pm

Tegan wrote:is also a member of the Stevenson water polo team.
...or a male model.
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Re: A fond farewell

Post by the return of AHAN » Thu Apr 02, 2009 8:38 pm

Welcome aboard, Zach!
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Re: A fond farewell

Post by abnormal abdomen » Fri Apr 03, 2009 11:21 pm

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.
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