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by David Riley
Fri Feb 18, 2011 1:33 am
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: Post-ATROPHY Singles Tournament
Replies: 26
Views: 6056

Re: Post-ATROPHY Singles Tournament

We may enter as many as four and if so I'll be willing to staff; I'll check with my students next week.
by David Riley
Thu Feb 17, 2011 3:14 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: MUT Mirror at Notre Dame (04/02/11)
Replies: 46
Views: 14230

Re: MUT Mirror at Notre Dame (04/02/11)

Team Illinois for NASAT would like to attend again.
by David Riley
Wed Feb 16, 2011 11:20 am
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: Illinois '10 - '11
Replies: 296
Views: 61715

Re: Illinois '10 - '11

I'm with Brad. It's like my experience with the musicians' union: a musician is a musician is a musician, no matter how good or bad they might be.
by David Riley
Tue Feb 15, 2011 11:51 am
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: Illinois '10 - '11
Replies: 296
Views: 61715

Re: Illinois '10 - '11

Well, it depends on how you define "circuit". Many coaches play only their league matches and yet those coaches consider themselves well-informed (I recall the first year of seeding, when several teams from a certain league did not want to seed New Trier, who had a stellar record that year, because ...
by David Riley
Mon Feb 14, 2011 12:54 am
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: Illinois '10 - '11
Replies: 296
Views: 61715

Re: Illinois '10 - '11

Fourteen students participated in the Team Illinois tryout today at the University of Illinois. Team Illinois 2011 is (again): Ben Carbery, OPRF Andrew Deveau, St. Ignatius Kevin Malis, Stevenson Lloyd Sy, Rockford Auburn Thanks to everyone who tried out today. If you have any comments about the try...
by David Riley
Thu Feb 10, 2011 7:27 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: Illinois '10 - '11
Replies: 296
Views: 61715

Re: Illinois '10 - '11

Any news yet on the Stevenson area sectional?
by David Riley
Sat Jan 22, 2011 9:33 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: Loyola Ultima, Wilmette IL (1/22/11)
Replies: 12
Views: 3239

Re: Loyola Ultima, Wilmette IL (1/22/11)

Thanks to everyone who made this a successful tournament--we were done with 10 rounds by 3pm! 1st: Detroit Catholic Central A 2nd: Stevenson 3rd: Loyola A 4th: St. Ignatius I'd especially like to thank my co-coach and statskeeper Matt Laird, and my modertors Dan Donohue, Tom Egan, Brad Fischer, Davi...
by David Riley
Fri Jan 21, 2011 1:48 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: Loyola Ultima, Wilmette IL (1/22/11)
Replies: 12
Views: 3239

Re: Loyola Ultima, Wilmette IL (1/22/11)

Here you go:

Auburn x2
Belvidere North
Carbondale
Chicago Christian
Culver
Detroit Catholic Central x2
IMSA x2
Lisle
Loyola x2
New Trier x2
OPRF
St. Ignatius
Stevenson
by David Riley
Wed Jan 19, 2011 12:06 pm
Forum: Middle school area archives
Topic: New to NAQT
Replies: 6
Views: 3336

Re: New to NAQT

Emily--welcome to the boards from a recently retired librarian! You'll find a lot of helpful posts here, stay tuned often!
by David Riley
Wed Jan 12, 2011 1:25 pm
Forum: Middle school area archives
Topic: Jr. Wildcat @ Northwestern University (3/5/11)
Replies: 24
Views: 7088

Re: Jr. Wildcat @ Northwestern University (3/5/11)

I can probably staff this is needed, let me know.
by David Riley
Sun Jan 09, 2011 11:45 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: 2011 PACE NSC Hotels and Transportation information
Replies: 9
Views: 4117

Re: 2011 PACE NSC Hotels and Transportation information

This was roughly the same era. I traveled a lot when I lived in the city, and when I stood in the queue for a taxi I always had to tell the dispatcher that I need a taxi that accepted credit cards. Perhaps that has now changed.
by David Riley
Sun Jan 09, 2011 6:56 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: 2011 PACE NSC Hotels and Transportation information
Replies: 9
Views: 4117

Re: 2011 PACE NSC Hotels and Transportation information

A further word from an almost native: Any of the suburban taxis (American, 303, etc.) are generally good and will pick you up at O'Hare or Midway. If you take a Chicago taxi, keep in mind that most do NOT take credit cards, and quality of service is hit or miss. Also, if it's a typical Chicago June,...
by David Riley
Mon Dec 20, 2010 9:59 am
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: Quizbowl in Oregon
Replies: 31
Views: 9076

Re: Quizbowl in Oregon

Angelo, your points are well taken with regard to "legitimacy". But Charlie and Fred are right. If you want to promote good quiz bowl, then involving the OSAA is hardly worth it. Continue to do all the promotion you can, it might take awhile and you might end up with a much smaller numnber of teams,...
by David Riley
Sat Dec 18, 2010 10:07 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: ADVANTAGE (12/18/2010) at New Trier (Winnetka, IL)
Replies: 100
Views: 45082

Re: ADVANTAGE (12/18/2010) at New Trier (Winnetka, IL)

Except for my sudden malaise, I thoroughly enjoyed the tournament. We had excellent moderators, and I always enjoy it when we play DCC. With potential representatives from other states, this should be and is one of the premiere tornaments in Illinois.
by David Riley
Tue Dec 14, 2010 8:47 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: 2011 PACE NSC
Replies: 114
Views: 164824

Re: 2011 PACE NSC

It is true that motels in Evanston and the surrounding area are not cheap. There is a Motel 6 in Glenview, about a 30-40 min. drive to Northwestern, which may be your best bet.
by David Riley
Mon Dec 13, 2010 3:11 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: Illinois '10 - '11
Replies: 296
Views: 61715

Re: Illinois '10 - '11

Done.
by David Riley
Mon Dec 13, 2010 3:03 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: Illinois '10 - '11
Replies: 296
Views: 61715

Re: Illinois '10 - '11

Hmm...where's Maine East in the Maine South Sectional? And with Loyola, New Trier, OPRF and St. Ignatius it should be the usual bloodbath. And how are the Nileses this year? And Evanston?
by David Riley
Mon Dec 13, 2010 9:16 am
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: BATE High School Tournament Available for Mirrors
Replies: 13
Views: 9579

Re: BATE High School Tournament Available for Mirrors

Just for clarification, BATE will be mirrored at Loyola Academy on Jan 22, Dec 11 was the Harvard Fall Tournament Mirror at Auburn.
by David Riley
Sun Dec 12, 2010 3:27 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: Illinois '10 - '11
Replies: 296
Views: 61715

Re: Illinois '10 - '11

And thanks to Chris Romero and his Seven Lakes teams for coming to Illinois and putting up with the horrid weather at the end of the day yesterday. I'm lookinig forward to seeing all of the out of state teams at New Trier ADVANTAGE next weekend as well!
by David Riley
Fri Dec 10, 2010 9:08 am
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: TRIUMVIR at Metea Valley (1-15-2011)
Replies: 26
Views: 6167

Re: TRIUMVIR at Metea Valley (1-15-2010)

Not sure if my team is available, but if I can get a ride to Aurora then I can probably moderate if needed.
by David Riley
Thu Dec 09, 2010 4:20 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: Bouncebacks on bonuses
Replies: 54
Views: 14192

Re: Bouncebacks on bonuses

Yeah, a certain downstate team tried that strategy with us......once....
by David Riley
Thu Dec 09, 2010 3:48 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: Bouncebacks on bonuses
Replies: 54
Views: 14192

Re: Bouncebacks on bonuses

I do use bouncebacks in practice; at tournaments, it depends on the field...I think with mostly competitive teams it makes for exciting games. Otherwise, it really gets frustrating when you have teams that refuse to admit they don't have an answer, but let time run out. It isn't THAT much time, but ...
by David Riley
Thu Dec 09, 2010 3:34 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: TRIUMVIR at Metea Valley (1-15-2011)
Replies: 26
Views: 6167

Re: TRIUMVIR at Metea Valley (1-15-2010)

The acronyms are getting a little out of hand . . .
by David Riley
Thu Dec 09, 2010 2:57 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: Bouncebacks on bonuses
Replies: 54
Views: 14192

Re: Bouncebacks on bonuses

Nalin, I like the way you think.
by David Riley
Wed Dec 08, 2010 10:59 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: ADVANTAGE (12/18/2010) at New Trier (Winnetka, IL)
Replies: 100
Views: 45082

Re: ADVANTAGE (12/18/2010) at New Trier (Winnetka, IL)

Let me know if you don't get enough staffers, awesome pizza is adeaquate enough reward. :grin:
by David Riley
Thu Dec 02, 2010 4:07 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: NAQT, new moderators, and time
Replies: 9
Views: 1476

Re: NAQT, new moderators, and time

My two cents worth: If there is a risk of even one slow moderator, then I would have untimed matches. It's not fair to the teams otherwise. As preventive maintenance, though, I would sound out who the moderators would be and avoid any who are ungodly slow....back in the bad quiz bowl era, I once had...
by David Riley
Thu Dec 02, 2010 2:50 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: Fall Kickoff Tournament at Boise State (10/30/10)
Replies: 24
Views: 4936

Re: Fall Kickoff Tournament at Boise State (10/30/10)

Oh yeah, that other school in our direction and the one due north of you.
by David Riley
Thu Dec 02, 2010 2:15 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: Fall Kickoff Tournament at Boise State (10/30/10)
Replies: 24
Views: 4936

Re: Fall Kickoff Tournament at Boise State (10/30/10)

Hey, we always come to your tournaments! :grin:
by David Riley
Wed Dec 01, 2010 11:58 am
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: Loyburn Invitational (Wilmette, IL--11/13/10)
Replies: 14
Views: 3995

Re: Loyburn Invitational (Wilmette, IL--11/13/10)

This tournament has been certified Platinum by PACE. The following teams have qualified for the NSC:

Auburn A
Auburn B
Carbondale
Culver Academies
IMSA
Lisle
Loyola Academy
Stevenson

Go to http://pace-nsc.org for further details.
by David Riley
Mon Nov 29, 2010 1:49 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: trophies?
Replies: 46
Views: 10333

Re: trophies?

Colin--if there's a Half-Price Books in your area, check them out; as the title implies, they have lots of classics and other books for reduced or half-price.
by David Riley
Mon Nov 29, 2010 9:54 am
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: trophies?
Replies: 46
Views: 10333

Re: trophies?

Although I have nothing against trophies, I have been giving books and certificates as awards for the past couple of years. Many of the schools at my tournaments tend to field competitive teams, and while some appear to have unlimited trophy space availalble, that isn't the case with others. I do ag...
by David Riley
Sat Nov 27, 2010 10:28 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: Loyola Ultima, Wilmette IL (1/22/11)
Replies: 12
Views: 3239

Re: Loyola Ultima, Wilmette IL (1/22/11)

This space reserved for updates:

As of 11/29/10:

Loyola
Culver
Auburn
IMSA
Carbondale
Deveau (and breau?)?
Stevenson High Outstanding Response Team?
by David Riley
Sat Nov 27, 2010 10:25 am
Forum: College area archives
Topic: Establishing successful programs at smaller schools
Replies: 9
Views: 2301

Re: Establishing successful programs at smaller schools

Wow, is this topic timely. Given our present economy, I know several students within the past few years who are otherwise academically talented people, but due to a lack of family finances or availability of financial aid cannot afford to go to a large public university or a private school. The tale...
by David Riley
Fri Nov 26, 2010 11:43 am
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: Illinois '10 - '11
Replies: 296
Views: 61715

Re: Illinois '10 - '11

Face it, Kay, computational math in quiz bowl is doomed! :twisted: :grin:
by David Riley
Thu Nov 25, 2010 12:34 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: How to Deal with Regional Teams
Replies: 3
Views: 1225

Re: How to Deal with Regional Teams

Scott--I second everything that Mr. Reinstein said. Unfortunately, this situation is rampant around here and his suggestions are the best ways of handling it. I might add, many non-competitive teams of my acquaintance look at quiz bowl as simply a variant on Trivial Pursuit, etc. These same people (...
by David Riley
Wed Nov 24, 2010 2:42 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: Bouncebacks on bonuses
Replies: 54
Views: 14192

Re: Bouncebacks on bonuses

But does it often happen that the rebounding team (outside of a competitive match or tournament) has more knowledge?
by David Riley
Tue Nov 23, 2010 3:00 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: Bouncebacks on bonuses
Replies: 54
Views: 14192

Re: Bouncebacks on bonuses

Please post links to these. Thanks!
by David Riley
Mon Nov 22, 2010 4:29 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: "This makes me feel stupid. I don't think i'm coming back."
Replies: 74
Views: 20479

Re: "This makes me feel stupid. I don't think i'm coming back."

There is a downside, though: because of the relatively small number of dedicated staffers, some TDs here are reluctant to go above 24 teams (guilty) because of the lack of more than 15 or so qualified staffers on a given weekend. This means that there are fewer opportunities for B and C teams to pla...
by David Riley
Mon Nov 22, 2010 9:16 am
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: "This makes me feel stupid. I don't think i'm coming back."
Replies: 74
Views: 20479

Re: "This makes me feel stupid. I don't think i'm coming back."

I agree with everything that's ben said, but I do want to add another variable to the equation. Quiz bowl is a competition. I always tell my students that if they just want to do it for fun, then that's fine, but if they aspire to be on the top team, then they're going to have to work at it. This be...
by David Riley
Thu Nov 18, 2010 7:31 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: Cheap books that are quiz bowl useful
Replies: 14
Views: 2862

Re: Cheap books that are quiz bowl useful

I can vouch for Dawn Treader, where I spent many weekend afternoons when I lived in Ann Arbor (1989-90, so it's been awhile). As for Treemonisha, after a surge of popularity in the seventies, I don't think it is in the repertoire of many opera companies now, though it may be in university workshop p...
by David Riley
Thu Nov 18, 2010 10:12 am
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: Cheap books that are quiz bowl useful
Replies: 14
Views: 2862

Re: Cheap books that are quiz bowl useful

If this chain store in your area, I would recommend a concern called Half-Price Books. They have a huge selection, including a $1.00 discount area, and many classics. The merchandise is well-organized.
by David Riley
Wed Nov 17, 2010 2:07 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: Loyola Ultima, Wilmette IL (1/22/11)
Replies: 12
Views: 3239

Loyola Ultima, Wilmette IL (1/22/11)

The annual Ultima tournament will be held at Loyola Academy on Saturday, January 22, 2011. The field will be capped at 24 teams, with preference given to single teams. If I do not have 24 single teams by December 15, I will fill the remaining slots with schools that have expressed an interest in B a...
by David Riley
Mon Nov 15, 2010 2:59 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: Some thoughts on the distribution and regular difficulty
Replies: 42
Views: 13338

Re: Some thoughts on the distribution and regular difficulty

True, we teach world lit as a separate senior course and some world lit is included in our freshman classes, but I agree few schools seems to do so, and in our examination (we looked at a representative 50 schools) we saw no one that taught anthropology.
by David Riley
Mon Nov 15, 2010 2:16 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: Some thoughts on the distribution and regular difficulty
Replies: 42
Views: 13338

Re: Some thoughts on the distribution and regular difficulty

Interesting discussion here. While I accept Charlie's basic premise, I accept many of the other points here because despite the effots of ex-President Bush and President Obama,and (ahem) the State of Texas, high school curricula vary widely throughout the country. Many of us are unaware of the diffe...
by David Riley
Sun Nov 14, 2010 12:52 am
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: Loyburn Invitational (Wilmette, IL--11/13/10)
Replies: 14
Views: 3995

Re: Loyburn Invitational (Wilmette, IL--11/13/10)

Thanks to everyone who made this a successful tournament. Thanks especially to my statistician, Donald Taylor, and to my moderators Jonah Greenthal, Tom Egan, James Logan, David Garb, Mike Perovanovic, Jimmy Ready, Connie Prater, Matt Menard, Brad Fischer, Kristen Strey, Danielle Long, Zahed Haseeb ...
by David Riley
Sat Nov 13, 2010 12:59 am
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: Illinois '10 - '11
Replies: 296
Views: 61715

Re: Illinois '10 - '11

Jonah can correct me if I'm wrong, but I think it's because we had a lot of untrained scorekeepers (I know, I know), and it got to the point that Jonah, Kristen et alia had to do just enough to keep the tournament moving and do the rest later.

Or, it's because Jonah's a bum :grin:
by David Riley
Thu Nov 11, 2010 1:36 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: Bouncebacks on bonuses
Replies: 54
Views: 14192

Re: Bouncebacks on bonuses

Jeremy Gibbs Freesy Does It wrote:I think that format is a huge mess in execution and a timesink for writers and IHSA needs to scrap it immediately.
From your mouth to God's ears.