I think we can all agree that last season was one of the most highly competitive seasons the New England circuit has seen. All of our teams performed very well, and Lexington in particular had a great year with a 2nd place finish at NHBB and a 5th place finish at HSNCT. However, New England has also lost a large amount of experienced players in the form of graduating seniors. This has been a severe blow to Lexington and AMSA in particular, but the entire circuit has been hit hard as well. It will take some time to rebuild our circuit to the level of competition that it experienced last season, but in the meantime we still have a lot of talented teams and players who deserve recognition. I offer my apologies in advance if I forget your team, and if you comment your school name on this thread, I will add them to my analysis.#1) Lexington A:
Colin Cantwell is very skilled, and should dominate the circuit as a solo player this year. He formed much of the backbone for Lexington's incredible success last year, and is a very hard player to beat. As far as I know, no New England team has been able to beat him at any tournament this year, with the closest challenger being AMSA during History Bowl, where he won by only 30 points. He may be (with the possible exception of Michael Borecki of Darien A) the best player in the New England circuit.#2) Phillips Andover:
Phillips Andover has has a strong performance this year, and is the only team this year other than Lexington A to consistently beat AMSA, albeit by a narrow margin. The team is a solid one, with both Sam He and Brandon Qi in particular having great performances so far. Matches against them are very competitive, and they are always fun to play against.#3) AMSA:
We lost all of A team from last season to graduation, and we are still in the rebuilding phase. But we have put up a good performance so far this year, particularly in the last few months when we won Darien Invitational and took 2nd place at LIIMIT. I expect that AMSA and Phillips Academy along with Acton-Boxboro and Hingham will be in stiff competition for the title of 2nd best team in Massachusetts for the rest of the season.#4) Acton-Boxboro:
Acton-Boxboro has also had a great performance so far this season, with lead scorer Pratt Hedge deserving particular praise. They are a very skilled team, and I can easily see them upsetting AMSA or Phillips Academy for the title of 2nd best team. Given time and dedication, they could come to dominate the field in the next few years.#5) Hingham:
Hingham has also performed well this season, and is the only team besides AMSA and Lexington to have won a tournament so far this year. They had a particularly good performance at LIIMIT, where they achieved their first tournament win of the season by upsetting both Phillips Academy during the playoffs and AMSA A during the finals. They are a very skilled team, and should never be underestimated. #6) Brookline:
Brookline has had another strong performance this year, and with their lead scorer Michael Greenberg they have even occasionally upset AMSA. They are another team that could easily dominate the field in the next few years given hard work and dedication. They are always a threat during tournaments, and have the capacity to do very well over the next few years.#7) Framingham:
They have improved a lot this season, and perform well during tournaments, with lead scorer Elijah Bondar deserving particular praise. Along with Brookline, they dominate the middle tier of Massachusetts quiz bowl, and have the potential to rise to the top within the next few years.#8) Darien:
Michael Borecki is a very talented player, and Darien should have a good chance of winning many of the tournaments that they attend. Additionally, John Phipps is a valuable asset to the team and is a top-tier player within the circuit. Darien will continue to be a top team for many years to come, and will dominate Connecticut for the foreseeable future.
All in all, this year will be a rebuilding year for the New England Circuit. With the end of Bishop-Guirtein and the loss of many good players on other teams, our circuit is redeveloping. With the exception of Darien and Lexington, most of the teams I have talked about play very competitive games against each other, and upsets are common. It simply cannot be foreseen at the moment which team will dominate the circuit next year after Colin and Michael graduate, and the competition will be intense. It is always a joy to watch new teams grow and develop, and watch competitive rivalries escalate. I wish you all a good second half of the season!
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