Yet another exciting area event provided some great competition in Malvern as Great Valley High School hosed their second annual invitational. There were a lot of close, fiercely competed matches by regulars and new faces on the circuit. Here’s the highlight reel:
- In a re-match from last fall’s Henderson Invitational, Manheim Township avenged their loss to Emmaus with a 430-270 victory. The match was well fought, with the teams separated by just 10 at halftime. In a broad based team effort, Manheim rallied for the win. Notable was three gets from Eric Zhuang, recently promoted from the B team.
- Conestoga, at their first tournament of the season, finished a strong third behind Robert Tang’s 69 points a game. Both their losses were within one question margins. I had them raked 4th in the preseason, and if they come to more events, they have a solid chance of getting back there.
- We have mentioned PALCS as an up-and-coming young team, waiting to break through. Yesterday, that happened a whole six months before we anticipated. PALCS finished 4th with all players clearing 20 points a game and getting three out of four bonus questions. They notably beat Manheim Township B, who I had ranked ahead of them last week.
- A new contender appeared in the form of Souderton High, who put in the best debut performance by a school in quite some time. They went 7-3, with two of those losses coming to eventual champion Manheim A. For a team to come out as a first time squad and finish so well is quite a feat. I hope we see more of Souderton in the future.
- Other playoff teams included circuit stalwarts Lehigh Valley Academy, Henderson, Concord, Archmere, and Downingtown East. The later is notable for finishing tied 5th behind a tour-de-force performance by Nicholas Wu, who was not with them last time. He finished third in scoring after LVA’s Alex Schmidt and Emmaus’ Ryan Bilger.
- Other participating schools included Phillipsburg, Camp Hill, and Eastern Lebanon County.
Congratulations to all the teams who competed, this was one of the most fun and high-achieving high school events we’ve had in some time in Philadelphia! Complete stats can be found here.