Quizbowl Action heated up with the University of Delaware’s annual fall tournament, this time using the SCOP novice set. 23 teams from as far as Long Island and Northern Virginia duked it out in two brackets- one for seasoned varsity players, the other for first time teams or novices. Even a couple middle schools got in on the action! While the winner came from a performance for the ages by Georgetown Day School of DC’s Noah Cowan (195 points per game!), many Greater Philadelphia teams did swimmingly.
- Emmaus continued their breakout season by reaching 3rd place, and came within 5 points of defeating Georgetown Day in the semifinal. Ryan continues to impress me, his achievement for a new pyramidal player is astounding. He got some points from the team around him too, which he did not a Princeton. As they continue to settle into quizbowl and pick up more of the cannon, I expect great things.
- This was also a big breakout day for Archmere Academy. This Delaware school won the Newcomer Bracket outright, taking just a single one-question loss along the way. They’re very much a one man team right now- Ashish made up about 80% of their scoring- but nonetheless, there is great potential there. Not only did Archmere win its first UD event since 2001, they also re-announced their presence to the community.
- Wilmington Charter sent four teams, which did not include their core A and B team, but newer players trying to find their voices on a novice set. Many did. Sohan of Charter A and Christina and Grace of Charter C put up some strong numbers, and many other teammates made lesser contributions. Today we saw that Wilmington Charter still has its signature depth.
- Other Greater Philly quizbowl notes: Newark Charter School competed in their second ever tournament. This new school looks sharper than last year. One time regional powerhouse Caesar Rodney, from outside Dover, had their best event in years, and their first winning record in three seasons. Henderson continues to fade, and it does not look like their players are improving. I clearly over-ranked them in the preseason.