I thought I would get the discussion started on the state of Tennessee quizbowl this year. I thought I would start this thread off by talking about the teams in my area, Middle Tennessee.
First off my team, Battle Ground
. The A team this year will be composed of junior Cameron Clark, a science specialist who I think has really stepped up his game this summer, and me a lockdown player on all things FIFA (also, I try to cover history and the humanities). The other two spots on the A team are up for grabs. However, as far as I can tell, there are four people competing for the remaining two slots. They are freshman Dominick Nesbitt, an excellent world geo specialist, senior Matthew Lewis, a history player who also has a bible specialty, bible/chem specialist Benjamin Ball (senior), and current events player Zach Helberg (senior). We are looking forward to hosting a tournament November 5th although we do not know exactly what question set we will be using. Hume Fogg
should be one of the elite teams in the southern region this year. They are lead by one of the South's best players in senior captain Aditya Srivasta, an excellent all-around generalist who has extreme specialties such as myth. He will be backed up this year by junior music/geo specialist Christopher Hill as well as senior Zach Taylor. I do not know what Zach's specialties are, although I do know he is capable of pulling very good science buzzes. The most likely candidate for the final chair on this team is senior Joachim Kennedy, a strong lit specialist who provides excellent coverage behind Aditya. Merrol Hyde
returns with most of their firepower from last year's 7-3 finish in the prelims of HSNCT and is poised to become one of the state's very best teams this year. Their fearsome 1-2 punch consists of junior history/lit specialist Jonathan Caldwell as well as senior history specialist Michael Ponce, who is also a very good generalist. The Hawks' third scorer will be senior science specialist Kanaan Dopp. Their fourth scorer seems up in the air, however a good candidate to potentially fill that role at some tournaments playing up would be MSNCT rising star Owen Flanagan, who averaged over 58 ppg at the event.
I personally think that the University School of Nashville could be a school that a lot of top teams might seriously underestimate due to the fact that they lost three quarters of their A team. But, based on senior Alex Morgan's scoring throughout last year and especially at PACE, that would be a grave mistake. In addition to solid finishes at pace as well as at many of the regional tournaments they also seem to be eighth in
rankings http://www.qunlimited.com/321/result/HS ... Top100.pdf
I don't really know what to think about that. But anyway, in addition to Alex's deep knowledge in history, lit, and current events, they also return some youngsters who posted strong numbers at regional tournaments throughout last year in Elliot Clark and Margaret Luffman (scored three powers against us at WKU) as well as possibly fine arts specialist Tom Shaw, although I have no idea whether he is a senior or has graduated. I think they have the potential if they can hit their questions to beat potentially anyone in the state.
With senior captain/ strong science specialist David Hammett graduating, Ezell Harding
lose all of their scoring from their team that finished t-13 at the 2015 hsnct. With a full rebuild now underway, they have some players who could rise up and help bring Ezell back to the forefront of Tennessee quizbowl in junior lit specialist Natalie Schultz, another lit specialist in Mark Davis, junior Marcus de Bose (I am not exactly sure what areas he is strong in), and history specialist Joe Morris. Overall, it will be interesting to see how this team grows as the year progresses.
In addition to these teams, there are also some some historically strong teams in the middle tennessee area, the team composition of which I am uncertain. This includes MLK Magnet, Gallatin, Cookeville, Columbia Central, Portland and the Webb School.
That is my wrap up of the quizbowl scene in Middle Tennessee. I would like to hear what other people think about middle Tennessee. Also, it would be really helpful if other people could post about the west and east parts of Tennessee!