Also taking place this past Saturday was the 2017 Tartan Invitational. 18 teams from 12 schools gathered at Carnegie Mellon in Pittsburgh to battle it out on the NAQT IS-162 set. Full stats from the tournament can be found here.
Even missing their two top scorers, State College A, paced by 79 PPG from Joshua Geselowitz and 54.5 PPG from Mia Cavener, went 11-0 on the day to clear the field. This included some close victories, particularly one by the smallest of margins, 360-355, over Winchester Thurston A, who placed third behind State College B, the latter of whom only lost two close matches to their A team. State College remains an interesting team to watch, as we’ve still only seen what is probably their true A team once this year. Remaining tournaments on the calendar should provide some good opportunities for them to continue to prove their skills before nationals.
Rounding out the top bracket were Shady Side A, Allderdice, and Westmont Hilltop A. These are three improving teams to keep an eye on in future tournaments in western Pennsylvania as well. Shady Side’s A team even led the field in powers, notching a solid 51, with the one-two punch of William Lu and Will Davis recording 20 and 21, respectively. Shady Side’s B team went undefeated in the afternoon rounds behind a strong performance by Nick Becker. These teams appear to currently comprise a solid second tier in the west, behind State College and Alagar Homeschool.
Also in attendance were teams from Central Catholic, Hampton, Huntingdon, South Side, Kane, Yough, and Saegertown, who played their first pyramidal tournament of the year. We hope to see them and all the other attendees at more events in the future!
All in all, it was a good day for the teams out west. We’ll be looking forward to the next tournament, hosted on March 11 at Central Catholic!