After months of anticipation, the new quizbowl season is upon us. With it will come more great matches, close tournaments, and continued advancement of Pennsylvania quizbowl. These pre-season rankings represent teams to watch as the season unfolds, but the list is by no means exhaustive and every year sees new to pyramidal schools pick up buzzers and find their way to contention. With that said, it’s time to take stock about where our pundits stand at the beginning of the 2017-2018 competition year.
10 ballots were cast in this poll. Here are the results:
1) Lehigh Valley Academy (100 points, unanimous #1)
2) Great Valley (82 points)
3) Downingtown STEM (77 points)
4) Alagar Homeschool (74 points)
5) Friends Select (53 points)
6) Delaware Valley (48 points)
7) Downingtown East (36 points)
8) Henderson (25 points)
9) Manheim Township (22 points)
10) Allderdice (20 points)
Also receiving votes: Camp Hill (7), Parkland (3), and Wallenpaupack (3).
Commentary about the poll from panelists will be featured in the next edition of the GPQB podcast.
We wish all competitors and coaches the absolute best of luck this season. See you around the circuit!
The votes in this poll were: Ryan Bilger, Chris Chiego, Emily Dickson, Ben Herman, Ashish Kumbhardare, Nick Luca, Andrew Nadig, Alex Sankaran, Steven Silverman, and Bill Tressler