PACE NSC Commentary and Coverage

June 3, 2011

2011 Previews: Part Three

Filed under: Team Previews,Uncategorized — George Berry @ 12:00 pm

And now, we continue (and probably conclude unless my laptop starts working again) our team preview series for this year’s NSC. 

Seven Lakes
Seven Lakes, perhaps the best team yet to be previewed so far in our coverage this year, has a distinct advantage in that they are the only team I have examined that is coached by a former ACF National Champion. Chris Romero’s presence and influence has to be considered, and perhaps explains how quickly this team blasted onto the scene last year. This year, their rise continued as the Jiawei Li-led Seven Lakes went on a barnstorming tour of the country, playing ACF Fall in Virginia, playing a Harvard Fall mirror in Illinois, and going to the Midwest NAQT Championship in Indiana, where they made the finals against Dorman. The question is, if they hit the super playoffs, will they have parlayed their advantages in to the knowledge and mental fortitude to pull off the big wins and return to Houston victorious?

Thomas Jefferson “B”
This team, despite its “B” designation just keeps on making upsets and beating teams they supposedly should not, including their defeat of Dorman’s “A” team at the GSAC tournament and avenging their “A” team’s loss to Olmsted Falls in the HSNCT playoffs. They especially have their own teammates’ number, repeatedly defeating their own “A” team over the course of this spring, culminating in knocking them out of the HSNCT playoffs on their way to tying for 8th place. How does this team keep winning?? The top scorers on this team are a freshman and a senior who two years ago had never played a quizbowl tournament. That progress and skill is quite simply amazing, and a great sign for the future of the TJ team.

Detroit Central Catholic “A”
DCC has attended every single NSC, but has yet to actually come home with a NSC title. DCC is perhaps the only of the top teams to regularly bring substitutes with their “A” team who get regular rotation, simply because they have six players capable of being regular contributors on the “A” team. In 2002, they lost to the upstart Richard Montgomery team, and three times finished in the semi-finals, but none of those appearances have come since 2004. Can this be the year they finally manage to break their unfortunate streak?

Alpharetta
William Horton is a very strong generalist who fell short of making the playoffs last year after finding himself in the same prelim group as Maggie Walker and Stevenson, and hinted that he may have belonged when he ran through the tough second tier of the tournament, including beating Seven Lakes to win that group. He could certainly find himself in the playoffs and may even make the All-Star Game. His play will almost certainly determine the fate of his team this weekend.

Dunbar
Idrees Kahloon and Helen Fu are the main scorers for this Midwestern traditional regional power. Dunbar has a bit of bad fortune in that many of the tournaments that they play feature a top-heavy field making for a harder path to the championship and as such are sort of underrated. At this year’s Midwest Regional Championship, they notably were able to upset Dorman (perhaps it should be a concern for Dorman how often I am typing those words while writing these previews?).

Auburn
Lloyd Sy is one of the top players in the country and he and Abid make quite the combination, and on a very strong team, Llyod led last year’s NASAT Illinois All-Star team in scoring. Despite being considered to be below fellow Illinoisans Stevenson in most polls and rankings, they have been able to defeat Stevenson to win multiple tournaments this year, including victories at Northwestern’s Prison Bowl mirror and NIU’s Huskie Bowl.

Olmsted Falls
Olmstead Falls beat Thomas Jefferson “A” in the prelims at HSNCT, proving they are a legit threat to top teams. Jim Coury is certainly one of the best players from Ohio, and his team is can make the same claim as a group. They finished tied for 21st at HSNCT, and I have no reason to believe they can’t do at least that well this weekend.

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4 Comments »

  1. No mention of Northmont yet?

    Comment by Jarret — June 3, 2011 @ 12:09 pm | Reply

  2. I DEMAND YOU MENTION EVERY SINGLE TEAM AT ONCE IN YOUR PREVIEW THAT YOU ARE BREAKING INTO PARTS

    Comment by qbrank — June 3, 2011 @ 1:27 pm | Reply

  3. 😦

    Comment by Jarret — June 3, 2011 @ 7:33 pm | Reply

  4. Northmont is not that great at trash, so their ability to finish T-13 at HSNCT should bode well for how well they do at NSC. Also, Joe Nutter gets teammates this weekend, and when he has teammates, Walnut Hills has beaten Northmont, Olmsted Falls, DCC, and Chattahoochee.

    Comment by Ohio quizbowl fan — June 3, 2011 @ 10:49 pm | Reply


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