Drive For Five Reaches the Goal as Clark Wins Fifth Consecutive State Title
It's getting to be a common refrain, but it gets more and more impressive every year. The Clark Chargers are the Champions of Nevada. They posted a perfect 7-0 record on Saturday to win the 2021 University Peak Nevada State Tournament. In five years of state tournaments, the Chargers have yet to drop a single game.
After 6 rounds of play, both Clark and runners-up Faith Lutheran A had a one-game difference between them. The Chargers defeated the Crusaders in the first round of the advantaged final, 420-210, to claim the championship.
During preliminary play, the Chargers defeated the rest of the Frontier Pool (Red Rock A, Rancho, Faith Lutheran B) by a combined score of 1680-195. Blu Mehari rolled to a morning line of 16-12-0 (360 points) and claimed All-State First team honors.
In the afternoon Gold Pool, the Chargers once again defeated everyone on their schedule. This time, their 3-0 record featured a combined score of 1640-305 over Faith Lutheran A, Red Rock A, and Liberty.
Without question, today showed why Clark continues to be the class of the field in Nevada. Each year, when the biggest matches happen, the Chargers always show up with their best performances. Today was definitely no exception.
Faith Lutheran Wins First-Ever State Runners-Up
There were plenty of exciting stories among the other teams in the field, too. One of the biggest developments of the day belonged to Faith Lutheran, as they took home runners-up honors and claimed their highest finish in school history at the state tournament. In the Pacific pool morning matches, the Crusaders defeated Faith Lutheran MS, Red Rock B, and Liberty. Nate Allison, one of this season's breakout stars, continued to be dependable as always. He posted a 5-23-2 morning line (295 points) and took home All-State First Team honors.
During the afternoon Gold Pool, the Crusaders beat everyone in their pool except for Clark. They finished with an overall record of 5-2 after the advantaged final was completed. The day capped off one of the steadiest year-to-year rises of any quiz bowl program in the state. If they continue at their current pace, the Crusaders will unquestionably maintain their status at the top of a crowded field in 2022.
Rancho Earns Silver Pool Bragging Rights
Even though the afternoon Silver Pool matches are strictly for bragging rights, the teams treated them as if they were their own state finals. After going 3-0 in the afternoon, the Rancho Rams took home top honors. They defeated Red Rock B, Faith Lutheran B, and Faith Lutheran MS by a combined total of 760-195. Usually, the Silver Pool matches at the state tournament often give a glimpse of the future. Based on how this afternoon went, it would not be surprising to see some of these teams jump into the Gold Pool next year. With the bulk of the scoring coming from players in 10th grade and below, the future is bright as always for Nevada quiz bowl.
A Final Thank You From The LVQBA
On behalf of all league personnel, we want to thank the unfailingly committed volunteers, coaches, and players who made the 2021 season happen. Pyramidal quiz bowl in Nevada can not exist without the shared vision among all who are involved in these matches. We are so proud to boast experienced moderators, scorekeepers, and coaches who collaborate on a weekly basis to help grow more and more quiz bowl players every year in our state. We are greatly looking forward to working with everyone again next year in a return to live, in-person quiz bowl. See you all in September 2021!
Week 5 Recap: Five is Alive For Champion Chargers, Crusaders Earn Highest Finish in School History
Just because the personnel changes doesn't mean the results do--the Clark Chargers are still the only sheriff in town for Nevada Quiz Bowl as they wrapped up their fifth-consecutive league championship on Saturday. The Chargers came in to the day needing 1 win and 1 Faith Lutheran loss to make it official. For good measure, they decided to make it a clean sheet anyway, setting a mark that will remain unchallenged for quite some time.
Chargers and Crusaders Solidify First and Second In Final Match
In the final match of the season, the Chargers and Crusaders had already clinched the top 2 spots in the league. The only question was in which order they would finish. The Chargers stood at 9-0 and the Crusaders held fast at 8-1. That meant Faith Lutheran A could steal the championship if they beat Clark and outscored them by enough points to overtake them on points per tossup heard. With Clark already averaging 9.4 more PPTH than Faith Lutheran A, the task would have been Herculean. In the end, the Chargers made it all moot with a 520-225 victory.
For the Chargers, it is a perfect 5 for 5--five championships in five years. Faith Lutheran A had cause for celebration, too. Their runner-up finish is the best in school history and adds yet another chapter to a rise that has lasted for three years now. Their experience and speed may be peaking at just the right time to help them stay at the top of the standings for at least the next few seasons.
Rams Win Consolation Pool
The Rancho Rams also had a strong finish to their regular season as well, winning the consolation pool and being the only team to finish above .500 in their bracket. They defeated Red Rock B and Faith Lutheran B to finish at 6-4 and show why the league remained deep even in an unorthodox season. Aidan Bauer capped off another strong season by going 1-9-1 on the day for 100 points. The Rams will now look to crash the top 4 at the Nevada State Championship on April 10th.
2021 LVQBA Regular Season Champions
2021 LVQBA Regular Season Runners-Up
Week 4 Recap: Championship Pool Finally Set After High Drama
Coming into Saturday's 7th round, three teams had already clinched spots in the championship pool. A mess of possibilities would send the fourth bid to any of three teams--Red Rock A, Faith Lutheran B, and Rancho.
Patriots and Dragons Spar in Wild Match
Within the maelstrom, only Red Rock A controlled its own destiny. If they found a way to defeat a very tough and talented Liberty team, they would climb into the championship pool. After the Patriots took the first two cycles to go up 60-0, the Dragons answered with two of their own to pull within 5 at 60-55. At halftime, the Patriots, thanks to a balanced attack, led by 1 cycle at 175-140. Jo Hartl led all scorers in the half with 30 points.
At the start of the second half, Red Rock A opened with two straight cycles from Dillon Mims and Paige Bowler. They 20'd both bonuses to go up 200-175. The Patriots fired back with 2 tossups from Hartl to take a 235-200 lead. Mims brought the Dragons back on T15, but Red Rock still trailed by 15, 235-220.
After a Liberty neg on T16, the Dragons took the next two tossups to go up 290-230 with 2 cycles to play. Tossup 19 went dead, clinching the result, and the Dragons had their spot in the pool after the seesaw affair. A 10 from Mikayla Hadersbeck on T20 gave Liberty one last bonus and made the final margin only 40 points.
Playoff Pools Begin
With the 8 teams now rebracketed, the playoff pools kicked off the first of three round that will decide the league champion.
In the Championship Pool, Blu Mehari and the Clark Chargers cruised to a 635-70 over Red Rock A. Mehari led all scorers with a 6-3-0 line for 120 points. In the other championship pool match, Faith Lutheran A defeated Liberty 385-180. Nate Allison posted a 3-7-0 line for 115 points.
In the Consolation Pool, Faith Lutheran B and Red Rock B gave a repeat of their exciting tilt earlier in the season. Instead of ending in a tie this time, the Dragons came away with a 285-140 win. In the other match, Rancho and Faith Lutheran MS ended up playing each other again due to how the seeding fell. The Rams were once again victorious, taking the back end of the doubleheader 325-55.
Week 3 Recap: Playoff Pools Start To Take Shape
For three teams on Saturday, spots in the top-4 pool became absolutely certain. Demonstrating the same consistency as they have all season, Clark, Faith Lutheran A, and Liberty nailed down berths in the coveted tier.
The Chargers earned their berth with two wins over Faith Lutheran A (480-180) and Faith Lutheran B (725-10). Blu Mehari put up identical lines of 3-5-0 for 95 points in each match.
The Crusaders clinched their spot with methodical 445-130 victory over Red Rock A. Nate Allison continued his run of dominance with a 1-9-0 line for 105 points.
The Patriots propelled themselves into the top 4 with wins over Faith Lutheran MS (240-70) and Red Rock B (290-35). Jo Hartl had a stellar day with a 1-14-0 line for 155 points.
And so the drama now becomes who will get the fourth and final spot. Three teams are in the running--Red Rock A, Rancho, and Faith Lutheran B.
For Red Rock A, the math is simple. The Dragons can get in with a win over Liberty.
Rancho can get in with a win over Faith MS, a loss from Red Rock A, and a loss from Faith B. The Rams would need to win and score enough points against Faith MS to win statistical tiebreakers in any tie scenarios.
Faith Lutheran B needs a win over their own A-team and a Red Rock A loss to Liberty.
Catch your breath, everyone. Everything unfolds in two weeks on March 13th.
Week 2 Recap: Heart-Stopping Finish Preserves Crusaders' Clean Sheet
It's already the best match of the season, and it'll probably be tough to top it.
Nine lead changes, two ties, and when the dust settled, Faith Lutheran A hung on for 240-230 victory over Rancho. The Crusaders and Rams traded the lead on nearly each of the game's 4 final tossups.
With four tossups to go, Luke Rendel (0-1-0, 10) 10'd on T17 and Faith followed it up with a 20 to go ahead 205-200. Max Hosafros (0-4-1) struck back for Rancho with 10 on T18, but the Rams could only find 10 points.
On Tossup 19, rising star Nate Allison (5-2-0, 95) secured a critical power for the Crusaders, who followed it up with 20 on the bonus to go ahead 240-220. The scores were double-checked and confirmed to help the teams with their strategy, and then the drama really unfolded.
Aidan Bauer won the buzzer race on T20 to pull the Rams within 10, 240-230. Needing only one part to tie and two parts to win, the Rams unluckily drew a bonus that was outside their wheelhouse.
With the win, Faith Lutheran A stayed perfect at 4-0. Rancho fell to 1-3. The next few weeks should be interesting for the standings, though, because Faith Lutheran A now enters the hardest part of their schedule while Rancho has already played against some of the higher-scoring teams in the league.
In other league news, Clark maintained their equally perfect record with two victories. Liberty received some excellent balance from Caleb Fears and Mikayla Hadersbeck to claim 3rd place in the standings for the time being. The race for the final spot in the top 4 pool continued to tighten. Currently, Red Rock A, Faith Lutheran B, Red Rock B, and Rancho are all separated by 1 game or fewer (due to earlier ties).
The LVQBA picks up with its next 2 rounds on February 27th.
Week 1 Recap: Beat Goes On For Clark, Crusaders Start With Strong Showing
The word "rebuild" is not in the vocabulary of the Clark Chargers. That was immediately evident today as they started the 2021 campaign with two decisive victories over Red Rock A and Faith Lutheran Middle School.
Looking to fill the gaps left by the Class of 2020, Blu Mehari ushered in a new era during Round 1 as the Chargers defeated the Dragons 595-30. Mehari's line of 3-8-1 for 120 was the high performance of the day. In Round 2, the Chargers showed their bright future in a 520-20 victory over Faith Lutheran MS. With Mehari only playing 5 tossups, Clark was able to get valuable early-season experience for the rest of their roster, including Charlie Birt (2-2-2, 40) and Kenneth Chung (3-2-0, 65).
While one dynasty continued on, a new challenger appeared to be continuing their rise from late last season. Both Faith Lutheran's A and B teams combined for 3 victories and 1 tie, with the two squads currently sitting in 2nd and 3rd place, respectively. If today is any indication, the Crusaders have a slew of strong players this season, including Nate Allison (2-8-0, 110), Cheryl Kirgan (4-3-0, 90), Ashley Michel (1-6-0, 75), and Caston Murphy (1-2-0, 35). Through 2 rounds, all four of them are ranked in the top 10 for the league's individual standings.
With the first rounds now completed, the attention shifts to next week as each team will look to stay in the hunt for the coveted "Top 4" pool. Two matches to keep an eye on are Rancho vs. Faith Lutheran A and Liberty vs. Faith Lutheran B.
Welcome to the 2020-21 LVQBA Season!
After 10 long months of being essentially in a statewide shutdown, the LVQBA is excited to bring back pyramidal-style quiz bowl for the 2020-21 season!
Like most quiz bowl organizations around the country, the LVQBA has worked closely with its coaches and staff members to put forth its best effort in staging a competitive season. We are happy to announce that our 2020-21 season is ready to move forward starting on January 23rd.
With the pandemic creating significant obstacles for many of our league members and their participation, this season will look like something of a throwback to our first year. This year features 8 teams (7 HS, 1 MS) from 5 different schools. Due to the lower numbers, we are using a modified league format for only this season. All teams will play a round robin (7 matches). Then, the teams will be regrouped into a "Top 4" pool and a "Bottom 4" pool. Teams will then play 1 game against each of the teams in their new pool. Once that's done, the team with the best overall record in the "Top 4" pool will be our league champion.
While it may look different this year, we're still very much looking forward to those first buzzes of the season.
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