By Jon Matte
Quiz Team coach, Upper School Math
Small School National Championship Tournament in Chicago: Day 1, May 4
After today’s preliminary matches, the GFA Quiz Team (consisting of Oliver Diamond, Willem Schuddeboom, Win Courtemanche, Zach Rothwell, and Karsten Rynearson) emerged with a 9–1 record — the only school without multiple losses on the day. The team played tough matches all afternoon and the playoff-bound teams (of which GFA will have the No. 1 seed tomorrow) are pretty equal at this stage.
Karsten finished the day as the top scoring player of the entire tournament but notably all team members had major contributions during the matches.
We don’t know what tomorrow will bring but today was indeed a phenomenal showing for the Dragons.
If desired, you can check out stats, standings, etc. and follow how the team is doing tomorrow at naqt.com (click on Small School Championship Tournament and then on “Open Division” rather than Public Schools).
Stay tuned for the conclusion after tomorrow’s playoffs.
Small School National Championship Tournament in Chicago: Day 2, May 5
Whew. Quite a showing for the GFA Quiz Team at Small School Nationals. It’s hard to give a complete play-by-play, but ... here are the highlights.
After yesterday’s 9–1 showing, the team went 3-2 in the playoff bracket today, which earned them the fifth place overall standing when the smoke cleared.
Their 12–3 record was actually the second-best record at the tournament, but as is the case with a bracketed tournament, when you lose makes a difference. The only teams to which GFA lost during the weekend were the teams that finished first, second, and fourth, respectively, and they beat both the second and third place teams (twice) along the way.
On an individual note, Karsten finished with the top score overall and established himself as a force in the Quiz Team world for years to come.
I’m sure team members will regale you with tales if you ask them, including the most epic comeback I have seen in my years as coach.