32 teams attended the 2017 MOQBA Fall Championship at Columbia College on December 9, 2017.
The teams were initially divided into four pools of 8 for preliminary rounds 1-7.
The top 2 teams in each pool advanced to the championship tier, remaining eligible to win the tournament. The third place teams advanced to Consolation 1, the fourth place teams to Consolation 2, and so on, with each consolation pool of four playing a round robin in rounds 8-10.
In the championship tier, two roughly equal pools were seeded based on the points per bonus of the top team from each preliminary pool, with the corresponding second place teams advancing to the same pool. This resulted in two parallel pools consisting of the first and second place teams from two of the four pools. Each of these pools played a crossover playoff, with games in rounds 8-9 and one preliminary game carrying over.
After round 9, Central High School from St. Joseph, Hallsville A, Helias Catholic A, and Washington A advanced to the superplayoffs, while the remaining championship tier teams played round 10 placement games.
After round 11, Central, Helias A, and Hallsville A each had one loss, setting up a two stage final, seeded by points per game within the superplayoff pool. Helias won the first game 330-120 over Hallsville to advance to the championship game against Central. Central won the final game 415-55 to earn the title of tournament champion. In addition to finishing third overall, Hallsville A was declared the small school champion outright as the only small school eligible team to advance to the final four superplayoffs.
On the strength of their performances, the top eight teams (Central, Helias A, Hallsville A, Washington A, Fort Osage A, Hickman A, Moberly, and Washington B) have qualified for the PACE National Scholastic Championship, which will be held June 2-3 at the Hyatt Regency Reston in the suburbs of Washington, D.C. Information on this national championship event can be found at http://www.pace-nsc.org.
This tournament could not have run as well as it did without the gracious support of our volunteer moderators and scorekeepers. We would like to offer heartfelt thank-yous to everyone who donated their time and energy on Saturday: Mickala from Fort Osage; Jamie from Hallsville; Helena Wang from Jefferson City; Jeremiah Morris and Ashton from Pleasant Hill; Scott from St. Joseph Central; Owen, Samantha, and Silas from Washington; Sally Garbi and Emelie from Eldon; Breana Peters and Dr. Curtis Mason from Columbia College; Aonghus Dollens, Alex Harmata, and Rebecca Mikula; coaches Scott Allen, David Dennis, Shelly Kiesling, Jason Loy, and Josh Malecki; and fellow MOQBA members Jon Deering, Kevin Stockman, and Shelley Swoyer. Special thanks to MOQBA members Kyle Hill, Stephanie Hull, Jacob O'Rourke, Sean Phillips, and Alex Smith for not only staffing the tournament but also assisting with additional tasks before the tournament.
In addition, we are also extremely grateful for the amazing support we always receive from Columbia College to help our events run smoothly. The tireless efforts and event planning expertise of Kimberly Craig, Tera Palozola, Michelle Tharenos, and the rest of the Columbia College team continue to make each tournament we host on their campus a great pleasure to run.
We sincerely hope that everyone had a great experience on Saturday. We are always striving to provide better tournaments, so any and all feedback is appreciated. We would love to hear any comments or suggestions you have toward improving our future events.
Finally, we would like to remind everyone that thanks to the fantastic administration and admissions staff at Columbia College, the Missouri Quizbowl Alliance will be returning to their campus to host two more events this spring! Registration for the eleventh annual NAQT Missouri Qualifier will open later this week, and more details about the Pre-Nationals Tournament on May 12 will be released in early 2018.
Best of luck to each of your teams as they compete the rest of the season!
Jeffrey Hill and Matt Chadbourne
Co-Directors, 2017 MOQBA Fall Championship