Quick SSNCT Update

Day 1 is over. Preliminary results are here. Playoff brackets are here.

Teams that were ranked entering the tournament:

#23 Harmony Science Academy of North Austin (TX) – 9-0, 3 seed
#45 Hallsville (MO) – 9-0, 1 seed
#64 Glasgow (KY) – 9-0, 2 seed
#105 Baconton Charter (GA) – 8-1, 11 seed
#149 Richland (MO) – 9-0, 6 seed

I know BASIS Scottsdale (9-0, 4 seed) and Macomb (8-1, 8 seed) had been in the rankings earlier this year. I’m probably forgetting a few others.

If scoring trends hold up, it sure looks like Hallsville, Glasgow and HSANA are going to end up the top three.

Should be a fun playoff bracket. Best of luck to everyone!

Name of the Year Bracket Analysis

We’re almost done with the first round of this year’s Name of the Year bracket. Since I love stuff like this, we’ll take a quick look at all of the regions.

Dragonwagon Regional

Overall, I find this the weakest bracket in terms of aesthetics. Only two names got more than 80% of the vote in the first round, and they’re my two favorites: Dr. Wallop Promthong and Infinite Grover. I think you’ll see those two meet in the regional finals, especially if Grover beats Genghis Muskox this next round.

Crotchtangle Regional

This region is currently voting. One seed Mussolini Africano is doing well, as is Queeniemoney Hughey, Dr. Data Longjohn and Beethoven Bong. But I’m convinced that the winner is going to be Amanda Miranda Panda, a woman who was arrested in Florida Idaho. Panda vs. Bong may come in the Elite Eight, but it’s probably going to be the real deciding game here.

Bulltron Regional

Kermit Carolina may have provided the requisite 5-12 upset, but this was a very split first round – only Rev. Pierbattista Pizzaballa and Cherries Waffles Tennis breached 80% of the vote, though an actual famous participant (Andromeda Dunker) and some victims of underseeding (Charity Sunshine Tillemann-Dick, Sunshine Crump) might carry some of the blame/credit for this. I really think this will see Cherries Waffles Tennis advance.

Sithole Regional

Two very strong contenders are here in #3 Lancelot Supersad, Jr. and #1 Dr. Electron Kebebew; both received over 89% of the vote. The next closest was #2 Jazznique St. Junious with 73%. I believe the closest result came in this region, with Flavious Coffee beating Erhard Thumfart 50.4-49.6 (late correction: this honor actually belong to Dwellie Striggles vs. Odd Hackwelder from the Dragonwagon region, with a 50.18-49.82 victory for Striggles).

Final Four

I think we’ll come down to Infinite Grover vs. Amanda Miranda Panda and Cherries Waffles Tennis vs. Lancelot Supersad, Jr.

Coming in May: 2015 HSQBRank All-World Teams

I’m pleased to announce that for the first time, HSQBRank will be naming All-World Teams. These teams will recognize the best individual players in high school quiz bowl for the 2014-2015.

Ten people will be announced to the All-World First Team. Ten more will be named to the All-World Second Team. The existence of Honorable Mentions has not been determined at this time. The teams will be announced in May.

I will be naming the teams myself, though this is not so much solely derived from statistics like the rankings would be.

Top 200 High School Quiz Bowl Teams – 3/8/15

After recalculating all of the stat adjustments, adding a month’s worth of tournaments and and everything else, we have a brand new set of rankings.

Due to my schedule, it looks like the next set of rankings won’t be until the pre-nationals set.

Edit one: added a performance from Dougherty Valley, corrected a minor typo for Harmony’s ranking

Edit two: corrected data errors, included a couple of data points that were previously accidentally excluded
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Top 200 High School Quiz Bowl Teams – 2/11/2015 (UPDATED 2/12)

I finally have caught up on the past couple of months of tournaments, and have updated the rankings. The next update will come in March, with updated set adjustments.

UPDATE: I corrected a few errors in terms of states (I will eventually one day get my way and Scarsdale will move to New Jersey by sheer force of will). I also removed the pseudonymous DEEP GREEN from the listings since it was a duplicate.

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New High School Quiz Bowl Rankings – 11/19

I was finally able to calculate new adjustments for a couple of sets this year – specifically, Maryland Spring, ACF Fall and the current HSAPQ set.

Teams whose ranking statistically depended on ACF Fall for their rankings mostly stayed the same – the changes were fairly minor.
Teams whose ranking depended on Maryland Spring tended to move up the rankings, because as of now the Maryland Spring set grades out as about the same difficulty as ACF Fall.
Teams whose ranking depended on the HSAPQ set tended to move down the rankings, as so far that set grades out as noticeably easier than last year’s HSAPQ efforts.

Additionally, some teams from Ohio that were originally credited as having played FKT had that changed to a NAQT A set to reflect reality. This resulted in teams’ adjusted aPPBs dropping, since A sets grade out as much easier than FKT. This caused some teams, like Tippecanoe, to fall out of the rankings.

We’re still ranking 100 teams. I don’t know if this is going to expand this calendar year, but I expect to be at 200 ranked high school teams by March, if not earlier.

In addition to the Singapore American School, which put on another strong performance, Shanghai American School of Puxi debuts in the rankings at 81. Colonel By remains in the top 10. I don’t know if I’ve pointed this out before, but I’m pretty sure this is the first time that a team outside the U.S. has been in the top 10.

Also, the current top 11 represents 11 different states/provinces, which is pretty neat. I don’t know if this is the first time we’ve had two teams in the top 100 from Oklahoma, but I don’t think that’s happened much before.

Teams that I’m sure are making their top 100 debuts are Hingham and West-Windsor Plainsboro South (what a name!)

Finally, this looks like it will almost certainly be the first year the top team in New York will not be Hunter College High School. Hunter remains solid, but Bethlehem Central is off to a great start, with Great Neck South and Ithaca not too far behind.
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