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by Ithaca Cricket Ump
Mon Mar 31, 2014 1:52 am
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: NJ/NY 2013-2014
Replies: 94
Views: 39106

Re: NJ/NY 2013-2014

Mark: I stupidly didn't mention this earlier, but geolawyerman's post reminded me that there one way remaining that Bethlehem can qualify for a spot at HSNCT, without having to worry about the waiting list: attend and win the Saturday, April 19, NAQT Upstate New York Championship tournament to be he...
by Ithaca Cricket Ump
Mon Mar 31, 2014 12:14 am
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: NJ/NY 2013-2014
Replies: 94
Views: 39106

Re: NJ/NY 2013-2014

I feel fairly good about the HS's chances of winning the NYS Masterminds tournament. I am not sure if that qualifies them for anything else.... Masterminds is a qualifier for NAQT HSNCT (and I suspect that Bethlehem's Prison Bowl performance would have a good case for a wildcard). Interestingly, it...
by Ithaca Cricket Ump
Sun Mar 30, 2014 4:23 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: NY Quizbowl Championship @ Ithaca HS (3/29/14)
Replies: 4
Views: 4862

Re: NY Quizbowl Championship @ Ithaca HS (3/29/14)

Ithaca High School won the inaugural HSAPQ New York State Quizbowl Championship by defeating Kellenberg Memorial High School (Uniondale, NY) 270-90 in a one-game final after both teams finished 9-1 in the preliminary rounds. Amherst High School finished 3rd, and Emma Willard School (Troy, NY) finish...
by Ithaca Cricket Ump
Sun Mar 30, 2014 4:18 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: BrainBusters Solo Tournament - Victor, NY (5/17/2014)
Replies: 4
Views: 2787

Re: BrainBusters Solo Tournament - Victor, NY (5/17/2014)

Good to hear, Mark. I'll be sending out a reminder e-mail within the week to my mailing list, and I'll add you to it if you can PM me your e-mail address.

--Scott
by Ithaca Cricket Ump
Wed Feb 12, 2014 11:19 am
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: BrainBusters Solo Tournament - Victor, NY (5/17/2014)
Replies: 4
Views: 2787

BrainBusters Solo Tournament - Victor, NY (5/17/2014)

Hi everyone: BrainBusters Solo is officially a go! The first-ever all-subject quizbowl tournament in upstate New York/northern Pennsylvania designed specifically for solo players will take place at VICTOR HIGH SCHOOL in Victor, NY (suburban Rochester, located very conveniently just off the New York ...
by Ithaca Cricket Ump
Fri Jan 24, 2014 5:48 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: St. Joes's Rescheduled GSAC: April 12, 2014
Replies: 31
Views: 12284

Re: St. Joes's Rescheduled GSAC: April 12, 2014

Hi Ed: I would like to offer my services as a moderator for the tournament, as I will be accompanying one of the teams in the field to the tournament for logistic reasons better explained in a PM or in a private e-mail to [email protected].com. Get in touch and I'll let you know what's going on. --Sc...
by Ithaca Cricket Ump
Mon Dec 30, 2013 6:37 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: Mountain Lakes Invitational - Mountain Lakes, NJ - 1/4/14
Replies: 24
Views: 11148

Re: Mountain Lakes Invitational - Mountain Lakes, NJ - 1/4/1

Andrew: If you need another experienced moderator for the ML Invitational, please let me know (e-mail at scottblish at gmail.com) by this Thursday evening, as I should be able to make it down this weekend if you need the help. I'll have to know by then, though, so that I can make sure that the day i...
by Ithaca Cricket Ump
Mon Dec 09, 2013 4:10 am
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: Brainbusters Fall Tournament @ Ithaca, NY (12/7/2013)
Replies: 6
Views: 4321

Re: Brainbusters Fall Tournament @ Ithaca, NY (12/7/2013)

Ithaca A (11-0) (Tracy Lai, Jensen Lo, Andrew Robertson, Casey Wetherbee) successfully defended its BrainBusters Fall quizbowl championship with a convincing 525-75 victory in the final over previously-undefeated Cooperstown A (9-1) (Claire Dohner, Joey Katz, Michael Kern, Sean Mebust, Jacob Russell...
by Ithaca Cricket Ump
Sat Nov 30, 2013 2:27 pm
Forum: New High School Teams
Topic: Non-pyramidal question sources?
Replies: 19
Views: 10949

Re: Non-pyramidal question sources?

you could try what some of my teammates and I did years ago before nationals to get over some problematic buzzer-shyness: read the last two lines or so of pyramidal tossups (for these purposes, you can even use packets you've already practiced on in full). You could also read bonuses as tossups for...
by Ithaca Cricket Ump
Wed Nov 20, 2013 12:18 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: Mountain Lakes Invitational - Mountain Lakes, NJ - 1/4/14
Replies: 24
Views: 11148

Re: Mountain Lakes Invitational - Mountain Lakes, NJ - 1/4/14

Andrew:

I have to check my schedule to be sure, but I may be able to come down that day and help you guys out with moderating the tournament. Contact me at scottblish at gmail.com if it turns out that you need the help, and I'll see what I can do.

--Scott
by Ithaca Cricket Ump
Fri Nov 15, 2013 1:09 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: Brainbusters Fall Tournament @ Ithaca, NY (12/7/2013)
Replies: 6
Views: 4321

Re: Brainbusters Fall Tournament @ Ithaca, NY (12/7/2013)

Hi everyone: With 5 days to go until the registration deadline for BrainBusters Fall, here is the updated field, with buzzer and staffing information, for BrainBusters Fall at Ithaca HS on Saturday, December 7. Amsterdam (2 teams) Cooperstown (4 teams, 1 buzzer, 1-3 staffers) Delaware Valley, PA (2 ...
by Ithaca Cricket Ump
Wed Oct 23, 2013 11:38 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: Brainbusters Fall Tournament @ Ithaca, NY (12/7/2013)
Replies: 6
Views: 4321

Re: Brainbusters Fall Tournament @ Ithaca, NY (12/7/2013)

Several field updates with about 6 weeks to go to the tournament, and 4 weeks to go till the first registration deadline. (SS) indicates that the school is a small public school by NAQT definition and will therefore be competing for spots at the SSNCT in Minneapolis in May, in addition to the HSNCT ...
by Ithaca Cricket Ump
Sun Sep 15, 2013 11:41 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: Brainbusters Fall Tournament @ Ithaca, NY (12/7/2013)
Replies: 6
Views: 4321

Re: Brainbusters Fall Tournament @ Ithaca, NY (12/7/2013)

Important note: the following announcement and website link supercedes the previous BrainBusters Fall announcement, as we are now able to process credit card payments and have changed some other important information regarding the BrainBusters Fall Tournament. The official tournament announcement is...
by Ithaca Cricket Ump
Tue Aug 13, 2013 11:04 am
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: Brainbusters Fall Tournament @ Ithaca, NY (12/7/2013)
Replies: 6
Views: 4321

Brainbusters Fall Tournament @ Ithaca, NY (12/7/2013)

First of all, to give credit where credit is due, I used Cody Voight's very complete and well-written announcement for VCU Fall as the model for this tournament announcement. Actually, in some cases, I outright stole some of the phrasing for use in this announcement, so I wished to credit him as an ...
by Ithaca Cricket Ump
Sat Jul 06, 2013 12:27 am
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: NJ/NY 2013-2014
Replies: 94
Views: 39106

Re: NJ/NY 2013-2014

I should probably give an update on Ithaca, at least so people actually recognize the existence of areas of New York that are signifcantly outside of the metro area. We had some stupid losses at HSNCT, and missed playoffs when we really shouldn't have. (Evident from the scores of our games and cons...
by Ithaca Cricket Ump
Mon Jun 10, 2013 11:03 am
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: 2013 NSC Set Discussion
Replies: 47
Views: 9759

Re: 2013 NSC Set Discussion

Yes, I reduced the amount of opera in this tournament, and slightly increased the number of questions for all of the other Misc. Auditory Arts as consequence, including jazz. But by my count, there was 3/3 in a 25-packet set. I'm not sure if this qualifies as an abundance, but to my mind, that is c...
by Ithaca Cricket Ump
Sun Jun 09, 2013 5:06 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: NY/NJ/CT Dates Claims, 2013-14
Replies: 94
Views: 35339

Re: NY/NJ/CT Dates Claims, 2013-14

I"d like to tentatively claim November 9, 2013 for the BrainBusters Fall tournament at Ithaca HS. While we are expecting a larger and more regional field than last year's edition, which was housewritten and strictly local in scope, we also do not anticipate any field clash with Harvard Fall. This to...
by Ithaca Cricket Ump
Thu Jun 06, 2013 3:31 am
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: SASS (Science Side Event) - 6/8/13 @ PACE
Replies: 20
Views: 12831

Re: SASS (Science Side Event) - 6/8/13 @ PACE

I should be able to read for this. Let me know if you need my help so I know what the plan's going to be. (Drop a line to [email protected]).

--Scott
by Ithaca Cricket Ump
Thu Jun 06, 2013 3:18 am
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: Bull Bowl 13: University at Buffalo, 10/26/13
Replies: 9
Views: 4931

Re: Bull Bowl 13: University at Buffalo, 10/26/13

Hi Zach: Put me down to staff again this year. I may be able to get you up to 6 competing schools from my region, 2 of whom (Ithaca and Wellsboro, PA) competed at HSNCT last year, and 2 of whom (Cooperstown and Montrose, PA) are recent refugees from Chip who are just starting out in pyramidal quizbo...
by Ithaca Cricket Ump
Wed Jun 05, 2013 12:17 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: 2013 NAC
Replies: 89
Views: 39726

Re: 2013 NAC

After my experience at the DC phase of the NAC this weekend, as well as some thoughtful contemplation of the sentiments and arguments that I have read on this board and other places, and conversations that I have had with people in this community whose opinions and input I greatly respect, I would l...
by Ithaca Cricket Ump
Mon Jun 03, 2013 11:50 am
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: 2013 NAC
Replies: 89
Views: 39726

Re: 2013 NAC

Couldn't you have the same fun without giving up your weekend and supporting awful people by ordering delicious Thai food into someone's house(or going beforehand) and reading 1993-era questions to each other? There's a good argument for changing the phrase "awful people" in that sentence to "awful...
by Ithaca Cricket Ump
Mon Apr 29, 2013 5:49 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: Side Event: Schindler's Lit
Replies: 143
Views: 42463

Re: Side Event: Schindler's Lit

I'd be willing to be a moderator for this, if my services are desired. Shoot me a PM on here or an e-mail to [email protected] if they are.
by Ithaca Cricket Ump
Tue Apr 02, 2013 12:19 am
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: NY NASAT
Replies: 12
Views: 4330

Re: NY NASAT

I haven't heard anything, but I'd encourage those interested in trying out to discuss plans at Prison Bowl, as most of the top NY players will be there. Without any real organizational structure in NY, the burden is on the players to get themselves organized. Last year's selection process was decid...
by Ithaca Cricket Ump
Mon Apr 01, 2013 11:14 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: NY NASAT
Replies: 12
Views: 4330

Re: NY NASAT

Ithaca's best player and also almost certainly upstate New York's best player, senior Irit Huq-Kuruvilla, is also good enough to possibly crack this team and would possibly be interested in trying out. I don't know if he's on the board or how often he looks at it, but I'll let him know about this th...
by Ithaca Cricket Ump
Sat Nov 24, 2012 1:16 am
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: Scarsdale Tournament -1/5/13- in Scarsdale, NY
Replies: 55
Views: 14826

Re: Scarsdale Tournament -1/5/13- in Scarsdale, NY

Count me in as a supporter of good quizbowl in Westchester County. If you need some help moderating, I'd be happy to drive down from Ithaca that day to help you guys out...it'll be my second NYC Metro area tournament of the year after Seton Hall's Pirate Open. Drop me an e-mail at scottblish at gmai...
by Ithaca Cricket Ump
Wed Oct 03, 2012 11:02 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: Seton Hall Prep Pirate Open (Sept. 29, 2012 - W. Orange, NJ)
Replies: 44
Views: 14232

Re: Seton Hall Prep Pirate Open (Sept. 29, 2012 - W. Orange, NJ)

Hunter was at nowhere near full strength, as Marianna said. I didn't moderate a Northmont game all day, but apparently Sam wasn't there so it wasn't exactly Northmont A playing either. Mountain Lakes A looked extremely impressive in the morning bracket that I was working, but I didn't see them in th...
by Ithaca Cricket Ump
Wed Oct 03, 2012 8:24 am
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: Seton Hall Prep Pirate Open (Sept. 29, 2012 - W. Orange, NJ)
Replies: 44
Views: 14232

Re: Seton Hall Prep Pirate Open (Sept. 29, 2012 - W. Orange, NJ)

I also wanted to say that any of the teams that played in this tournament that would be willing to come to upstate New York to play in our tournaments are welcome to do so.
by Ithaca Cricket Ump
Wed Oct 03, 2012 8:24 am
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: Seton Hall Prep Pirate Open (Sept. 29, 2012 - W. Orange, NJ)
Replies: 44
Views: 14232

Re: Seton Hall Prep Pirate Open (Sept. 29, 2012 - W. Orange, NJ)

I want to join in the praise for this tournament, and to thank Mike and the guys from Seton Hall Prep for having me as a reader and commend them for putting on an excellent tournament that went off without a hitch (except for the technical issue at the end, which really had no effect on the tourname...
by Ithaca Cricket Ump
Fri Aug 24, 2012 2:17 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: Seton Hall Prep Pirate Open (Sept. 29, 2012 - W. Orange, NJ)
Replies: 44
Views: 14232

Re: Seton Hall Prep Pirate Open (Sept. 29, 2012 - W. Orange, NJ)

Hi Michael: I'm not 100% sure what my schedule is for that weekend yet (I have 5 adopted children, ages 13 to 3, and don't know if my wife has planned anything for them that weekend), but if you're in need of an extra experienced moderator for the Sept. 29 tournament, I might be able to come down fo...
by Ithaca Cricket Ump
Fri Jul 20, 2012 1:55 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: New York Discussion 2012-13
Replies: 92
Views: 21720

Re: New York Discussion 2012-13

Hey, it's the bizarro universe of the "four quarter is more fun" argument! Yes, avoiding this argument/discussion because, from the sounds of ^, it's not exactly the topic to have a hearty debate about, the whole point of what's been said is - there has to be a stronger way of uniting the rest of N...
by Ithaca Cricket Ump
Thu Jul 19, 2012 2:11 am
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: New York Discussion 2012-13
Replies: 92
Views: 21720

Re: New York Discussion 2012-13

though geographically, they're technically the latter False.I do not accept this statement as fact. Anyway, Ardsley was the first Westchester team to go to HSNCT in years (I assume). When I lived in NYC, most people I knew considered Yonkers "part of the city", but would call the rest of the county...
by Ithaca Cricket Ump
Thu Jul 19, 2012 2:06 am
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: New York Discussion 2012-13
Replies: 92
Views: 21720

Re: New York Discussion 2012-13

That'd be the Post Star Academic Bowl (PSAB) - the league I was talking about earlier, and yeah, having read the "Criticisms" page in its entirety, that really sounds like PSAB to the letter - speed check questions, more trivia than academia, and the part about the 60 second round I completely agre...
by Ithaca Cricket Ump
Thu Jul 19, 2012 1:26 am
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: New York Discussion 2012-13
Replies: 92
Views: 21720

Re: New York Discussion 2012-13

There is a long-running quizbowl league based in the area of Elmira, New York, called the Twin Tiers Quiz League that I was quite pleasantly surprised to see was still running when I got back into quizbowl last year, and will be entering its 25th year of competition this fall. (I captained Elmira He...
by Ithaca Cricket Ump
Thu Jul 19, 2012 1:04 am
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: New York Discussion 2012-13
Replies: 92
Views: 21720

Re: New York Discussion 2012-13

In terms of the Adirondack portion of the "upstate" New York region Note that the other (northwest) side of the Adirondacks has a regular NAQT tournament ( this one ), whose champions sometimes attend HSNCT. Colton-Pierrepont qualified for, and were listed to attend until withdrawing in the last fe...
by Ithaca Cricket Ump
Wed Jul 18, 2012 1:15 am
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: New York Discussion 2012-13
Replies: 92
Views: 21720

Re: New York Discussion 2012-13

Sam wrote: OTHER PLACES - Apparently Ithaca was not terrible last year...but yeah, I don't know much about those other regions of the state, and it seems like they tend to be generally weak. Upstate is quite weak, honestly. Ithaca and Horseheads were the two upstate teams that I know of from last ye...
by Ithaca Cricket Ump
Tue Jun 26, 2012 11:37 am
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: Bull Bowl 12 in Buffalo - 11/17/12
Replies: 6
Views: 2332

Re: Bull Bowl 12 in Buffalo - 11/17/12

Zach: Assuming I don't have any issues come up between now and then, I'm planning to be there as well if you need a moderator. I'm in Ithaca and I have family in the Buffalo area (actually Lockport), so maybe we'll make it a family trip with my wife and kids going to visit relatives while I work the...
by Ithaca Cricket Ump
Thu Jun 07, 2012 10:05 am
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: 2012 NAC
Replies: 189
Views: 52911

Re: 2012 NAC

There is something that, out of decency, I need to post here that is not directly related to this year's tournament, but does have to do with insinuations I made in a previous post that, upon further reflection and conversations with others, have turned out to be false. Here are the statements that ...
by Ithaca Cricket Ump
Wed Jun 06, 2012 11:44 am
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: 2012 NAC
Replies: 189
Views: 52911

Re: 2012 NAC

Note that I didn’t say anything about higher-quality PEOPLE, because, honestly, as people there’s nothing bad at all to be said about Ariel, Brick, Ernie, Jason, Brooks and Tina Going 20 years back, the problem was certainly not to do with Ernie Anderson or Brick Barrientos (or for that matter, Mik...
by Ithaca Cricket Ump
Tue Jun 05, 2012 11:27 am
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: 2012 HSNCT discussion
Replies: 173
Views: 43078

Re: 2012 HSNCT discussion

Also, as a few of the moderators brought up earlier in the thread, I would also appreciate some sort of feedback summary regarding the moderator comment cards the teams filled out on me, when Jeff, Joel, Jonah, Matt et al get around to analyzing the data, so I know where to improve for next year. No...
by Ithaca Cricket Ump
Tue Jun 05, 2012 11:16 am
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: 2012 HSNCT discussion
Replies: 173
Views: 43078

Re: 2012 HSNCT discussion

Just out of curiosity, has a Saturday preliminary round spreadsheet akin to this one from last year, https://docs.google.com/spreadsheet/ccc ... _US#gid=16 been posted for the 2012 HSNCT yet, or is that forthcoming?

--Scott
by Ithaca Cricket Ump
Tue Jun 05, 2012 12:15 am
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: 2012 NAC
Replies: 189
Views: 52911

Re: 2012 NAC (PART 2 of WHY I STAFFED THE DC PHASE)

The promised Part 2. Let’s start with an extremely shady piece of “ethical” advice that I was given by Chip Beall: On day 1, I noticed that I was scheduled to moderate one of Ithaca A's games. I was in a game room with Chip at the time (he had me roving from room to room for most of the tournament),...
by Ithaca Cricket Ump
Mon Jun 04, 2012 1:42 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: 2012 NAC
Replies: 189
Views: 52911

Re: 2012 NAC (or, Part 1 of Why I Staffed the DC Phase)

My one-fiftieth of a dollar on what Sam said about the DC portion of the NAC, from the perspective of a recruited-at-the-last-possible-moment mercenary staffer follows. BTW, Sam, if you want to specifically discuss the questions from the playoff rounds that should be okay (in fact, I‘m going to do s...
by Ithaca Cricket Ump
Sun May 27, 2012 10:01 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: 2012 HSNCT discussion
Replies: 173
Views: 43078

Re: 2012 HSNCT discussion

What Maggie said, above. This is my first HSNCT as a staffer, but it certainly won't be my last. I met a lot of great people and teams and am already looking forward to moderating next year's tournament (and PACE NSC, and NHBB, if I can get weekends away from my wife and 4 small children without bei...
by Ithaca Cricket Ump
Sun May 27, 2012 9:15 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: 2012 HSNCT discussion
Replies: 173
Views: 43078

Re: 2012 HSNCT discussion

I just want to say that Game 1 of the final was perhaps the most epic thing I've ever seen in quizbowl. Bellarmine runs absolutely roughshod over the playoffs upon Nikhil's return (not that they were doing badly before then, mind you), and with a 150-point lead with inside 2 minutes left their name ...