Reach Scores Audio #16

2018 Lisgar Tournament, CB vs Almonte

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From the 2018 Lisgar Reach-style tournament, this round 6 match has Colonel By SS against Almonte DHS. Moderating and production by Ben Smith.

Here is the link to the episode.

Notes:

  • I made an error of blurting out the answer of “Twelfth Night” before the second team had a chance to buzz in. We let it go when it didn’t affect the outcome of the game, but in a proper situation, a spare question would have been read only to the team that missed the buzz due to moderator error.
  • For the relay on identifying bones, both teams took a fancy to the option of pointing to the bones rather than saying their location. This leaves audio gaps that seem as though I award points to nothing!

Thanks for listening!

Reach Scores Audio #14

2018 Lisgar Tournament, Almonte vs UTS B

From the 2018 Lisgar Reach-style tournament, this round 4 match has Almonte DHS against UTS “B”. Moderating and production by Ben Smith.

Here is the link to the episode.

Notes:

  • There is a pause due to a noisy gust from a vent. Don’t think it was a gas leak, since we all survived.
  • The exchange after the question about the namesake of two provincial capitals:

Player: “Queen Victoria?”

Me: “Yes, she is the namesake of Regina.”

Player: “…And what’s the other [provincial capital]?”

Me: “…Victoria.”

Thanks for listening!

More scores

Filling up the provincial fields.

Since my last post, we’ve had a bunch of results leading up to provincials.

Bernice McNaughton hosted the last New Brunswick regional tournament before provincials. Kennebecasis Valley HS won all their matches again to take the victory. Oromocto and Bernice McNaughton were the other schools in the senior division. Hopefully, the provincial tournament will bring out all the other New Brunswick teams; even if a KV title is a foregone conclusion, there is still another nationals spot for the province.

Almonte DHS got through the TV playoffs of Valley Reach and qualified for Ontario provincials again. They have done so several times this decade, but have usually finished mid-field. Despite low finishes when they come to Ottawa, they are taking the time this year to get the extra competition in against strong teams, and this group is one of their best.

Vincent Massey SS won the Windsor-Essex region. Massey is no stranger to provincials, and made the playoffs during the TVO years, but they are probably looking at a midfield finish.

The Halton mega-region wrapped up this week. White Oaks SS and Abbey Park HS (both from the Oakville sub-region) made it through the top 16 elimination playoffs. The summary with playoff scores is found here. Despite their large size, the Halton region still depends on waiting lists to get more teams in; Oakville Trafalgar HS and T.A. Blakelock HS are the semifinalists hoping for some declined provincial invites. White Oaks is a regular attendee at provincials, but has not yet made it to the playoffs despite several finishes in the 11-20 range. They will be knocking on the door this year. Abbey Park has earned their first qualification.

Hamilton also finished with a rare, but statistically valuable, bracketed playoff. Westmount SS built on their good performances throughout the year and handily swept the region with almost double the PPG of any other team. Results are here. There will be further adjustments after results from late regions, but Westmount’s R-value of 196% sits as the third best regional result (after Lisgar 2017 and 2007). Westmount will be neck-and-neck with Martingrove CI (updated to 195%) and will be vying for a nationals qualification.

Most regions are finished, but Ottawa hasn’t even started yet. Ottawa’s schedule and invitations will be a bit of a mess as it leads up to provincial qualifications, but that will be the primary coverage of Reach Scores in this lull before provincials.

Congratulations to all the qualified teams and good luck in your provincial tournaments!

Calgary and Lisgar

13 Nats appearances in past 3 years in this post

After some wait, I finally have results tables again.

First up is the Calgary-Foothills SchoolReach regional tournament. This region has produced four National appearances in the past two years from Renert School, Rundle College, and Webber Academy. The tournament is still in progress with the two Renert teams still undefeated; results are found here. I don’t have a schedule of matchups that have occurred so far, so I can’t give R-values yet. The set PPG of 181 (probably closer to 200 when factoring out some forfeits) feels low for a regional tournament – they have been in the 230-250 PPG range in recent years. Considering that there are Nationals-bound teams in the field, this doesn’t look good for high points scores in other upcoming regions.

This is in contrast to the scoring blitz that was the 2018 Lisgar Reach tournament. UTS and Kennebecasis Valley once again joined the Ottawa-area teams in a tournament that has become a preview of Nationals. Results of the senior division are found here. UTS “A” won the tournament with a tidy points haul, losing only to UTS “C”, who finished second. Lisgar and KVHS rounded out the top 4 bracket. In the junior division, Glebe went undefeated and gave second-place Ashbury their only losses, while two KVHS teams tied for third.

The senior field at Lisgar was stacked. UTS “A” picked up almost 60% of the points available and only had an R-value of 144%. In the past, the junior division used essentially the same set as the seniors, so their results could be included too. For this year, there was enough difference to require separating them. This means there were no “weak” teams in the field to make UTS look relatively stronger. The bottom two finishers, Glebe and Almonte, are expected to end up in the top 20 at Ontario Provincials, while 4th through 9th were covered by a 55 PPG difference. In fact, the whole field can be circled as:

  • Almonte won against Glebe
  • Glebe won against Colonel By
  • Colonel By won against UTS B
  • UTS B won against Lisgar B
  • Lisgar B won against Lisgar C
  • Lisgar C won against KVHS
  • KVHS won against Lisgar A
  • Lisgar A won against UTS C
  • UTS C won against UTS A
  • while UTS A won against Almonte

Also, I made recordings of matches at the tournament, though I think I should withhold releasing them until a decision is made about using the questions at another site (TBD).

History Bowl also began their Canadian leg yesterday, but I don’t have results from Hamilton yet.

Other regions are starting up soon, so there are busy times ahead!

Super Saturday

Three events to wrap up 2017

Yesterday saw a small flurry of tournaments to end the 2017 calendar year. Teams got one more chance to test their skill before most circuits start their SchoolReach regionals in late January and February.

In actual SchoolReach, Kennebecasis Valley HS hosted their leg of the New Brunswick tour. Younger divisions were well-populated, but the senior level drew just 5 teams. Oromocto HS and Bernice McNaughton HS made their first senior appearances of the year. KV’s “A” team once again swept the field, and they finished with a 260-220 final over Bernice McNaughton. The New Brunswick circuit reconvenes in February.

U of T’s “novice” NAQT event was the big draw of the day. Despite the title, all levels of teams participated. Chaminade, UTS, Westmount, White Oaks, and several anonymized clubs made up the 12-team field. UTS A handily won the tournament, with their closest match coming against their own B team, who finished tied for second. An anonymous school from Richmond Hill (they have a lengthy tenure in GTA tournaments), Westmount, and a solo player from upstate New York rounded out the top five. Stats from the Toronto event are here.

Carleton also hosted an event using the question set from Toronto. Seven teams from Almonte, Ashbury, Colonel By, Lisgar, and Nepean participated. This was Ashbury’s first appearance in true quizbowl, though in the past they had played SchoolReach and History Bowl. I had to leave early, but Lisgar’s MVP made his first appearance this year and helped the A team to convincing wins. Stats from Carleton are now available here.

Hamilton is also starting up their SchoolReach regional league, but the championship won’t be decided until spring.

Now that there is a competition down-time for holidays and/or exams, I will again go on a short hiatus. I will probably get one post each in December and January before the season restarts.

Lisgar tournament audio wrap-up

An experiment in recording

Lisgar’s annual Reach-style tournament was held two weeks ago. First of all, my results table is found here. More significantly to me, it was the trial run of recording audio of games.

Recording and production was, thankfully, pretty straightforward. I used a recording app on my iPad and placed it in front of me. In an effort to muffle/anonymize the players, I put a folder between the iPad and the players to dampen their voices. It turned out that players could be understood most of the time, but I don’t think they could be individually identified unless you actually knew the person. What I should have done was find a way to put the iPad between myself and the question papers; I was slightly muffled, and the page turning was the clearest sound in the recordings. The buzzer sound was not overpowering, but I placed a sweater over the speaker to make it quieter. Production was done in Audacity; I didn’t need to edit out identifying names, so I just normalized the audio and faded in and out. In the future, I may add more recording time before and after the reading so that there is more room to fade. Finally, I made the mp3s and uploaded to a free host.

I was satisfied with how these first recordings came out. I had done similar work back in 2005/06 for a VETO tournament, but this was taken a little more seriously. To respect the fact that most players are minors, I guaranteed anonymity, no video or images, and no monetization of the recordings. Most students in the Ottawa school board signed a year-long media waiver to allow things like appearing on the news if a camera crew comes by, but I thought it best not to take any chances with privacy issues. In terms of audio quality, it is okay for a free effort. I am reluctant to invest money for better sound at this stage, lest I end up in a tailspin where I need to start finding ways to get money to sustain the project.

Anyway, here’s what you came for – all 10 rounds of the tournament I recorded:

  1. Kennebecasis Valley vs Lisgar “B” (post) (audio)
  2. Glebe vs Lisgar “A” (post) (audio)
  3. Almonte vs UTS (post) (audio)
  4. Colonel By vs Merivale (post) (audio)
  5. UTS vs Merivale (post) (audio)
  6. Lisgar “B” vs Glebe (post) (audio)
  7. Almonte vs Glebe (post) (audio)
  8. UTS vs Glebe (post) (audio)
  9. Merivale vs Colonel By (post) (audio)
  10. Almonte vs Merivale (post) (audio)

My next effort will be Ottawa’s regional tournament. I’m not sure what will happen after that. If you have audio of games (and permission from associated parties to air it), I’d be glad to either link to it or run it on Reach Scores Audio.

If you have any questions or comments related to these Reach Scores efforts, feel free to contact me at reac5hscores@gmail.com (remove the number). Enjoy!

Reach Scores Audio #10

2017 Lisgar tournament, Almonte vs Merivale

The last round of the day! From the 2017 Lisgar Reach-style tournament, this round 10 match has Almonte DHS against Merivale HS. Moderating and production by Ben Smith.

Here is the link to the episode.

Notes:

  • Since audio does a poor job of portraying what happened with the Titanic/Avatar answer: An Almonte player buzzed in, then two players on the team gave answers. “Avatar” was said by the buzzing player and “Titanic” was said by the other teammate. I was hemming and hawing not about what I’m supposed to do, but whether I should apply rules strictly in the context of the importance of the game (lower bracket playoffs). I decided to follow rules and deem that the “Titanic” answer was consultation after the buzzer.
  • A wrap-up post with links to all games and some overall recording notes will be written in the near future – probably the weekend.

Thanks for listening!