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May 28, 2011

HSNCT Previews: B Teams and Small Schools

Filed under: Pre-Tournament Coverage — Harry @ 6:10 am

Good morning everyone! As we await the start of competition today, let’s take a look at some of the top  B teams in attendance as well as some contenders for the small school title. A small school is defined as one that has less than 500 students in grades 10-12, and does not have a selective admissions policy.

(Note: The numbers in parentheses correspond to the rankings given in Fred Morlan’s rankings.)

B teams:
DCC B (#35): This is a team that has finished in the top five at almost every tournament that they’ve gone to, which is no small feat for a B team. Look for them to finish Saturday with seven wins.
Dorman B (#39): Dorman has been famous for having extremely good B teams (their B team from 2008 finished 4th at HSNCT). They have put up very good team stats at tournaments (usually over 20 PPB), and should be a playoff contender.
TJ B (#41): This is a team that has beaten Dorman, Maggie Walker, St. Anselm’s, and Thomas Jefferson. These guys have the potential to really wreak some havoc over the weekend with a win over a top team. Their top player got moved up to TJ A to fill up a vacancy in that team, though, but that didn’t stop them from beating Maggie Walker at NAQT States.
LASA B (#51): LASA has incredible depth in their Quizbowl program — they managed to qualify four teams to HSNCT this year. Expect them to make a run for seven wins on Saturday.

Small Schools:
Lisle (#32): Lisle has performed quite well in the Quizbowl-dense state of Illinois, and would certainly have won their fair share of tournaments if they were in almost any other state. Look for them to be favorites coming into the small-school playoffs.
George Mason (#53): A team that was to be feared in the DC area this year, they have beaten local powerhouses Thomas Jefferson and Richard Montgomery this year. They are definitely contenders for the small school title.
Danville (#72)/ Russell (#96): These schools from Kentucky have combined for four small school champions, and both teams will once again be making an appearance this year. It will be hard for either of them to add to their collection, though, as George Mason and Lisle have really started to shine this year.
Camp Hill (#79): Even though they have played in only two tournaments this year, the Pennsylvania team managed to put up good numbers in both of them. While conventional wisdom says that they should finish 6-4 on Saturday, it is going to be hard to predict where this team will end up this year.

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