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 win all 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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2020-21 League Information
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