Minh’s Notes

Human-readable chicken scratch

Minh Nguyễn
October 31st, 2006
Quiz Team


Buzzerers keep on buzzing

Special to Minh’s Notes from Doug Lim:

On Saturday, the St. Xavier Academic Team (Quiz Team, for those who aren’t into academics – ed.) swept the Greater Catholic Academic League Fall Tournament, winning four matches by an average of 28.26 points. The team received superior games from all of its players. Junior Dan Breyer showed his lightning quick speed throughout the event, while seniors Harrison Lee and AJ Arand proved valuable in the lightning rounds. Seniors Ed Kelly, Jay Kiger, and Doug Lim worked well together in the category rounds, leaving no doubt that the team came prepared to play.

‘We looked good today, although we’re not quite in mid-season form. We looked a little sloppy against Purcell, but we pulled it out. I was happy overall, but I know we can play way better so we can win a state championship this year,’ Kiger said.

The victories ensure St. Xavier a spot in the state regional tournament in April.

The Quiz Team pummeled Roger Bacon 68–23 in the first round, then beat McNicholas 71–46 in the second. After a bye, St. X won a relatively close semifinal match 45–29 against Purcell Marian, later shutting out Chaminade Julienne a comfortable 63–36 in the final to win the tournament. By comparison, the team took on Ursuline in 2004 and beat them by a narrow 11 points.

On the same day, Stanford Quiz Bowl hosted the Fighting Tree Open, the club’s annual intramural trivia tournament, replete with team names that evoked images of class struggle and ’70s rock groups. I didn’t get a special message about this tournament, but you can read a full report at the Daily’s website.

Naturally, I was up to my chin in schoolwork and hadn’t the time to attend either event.