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32 teams from a tournament record 29 schools attended the sixth MOQBA Fall Championship at Columbia College on December 11, 2021.
The teams were originally divided into 6 pools of either 5 or 6 for preliminary rounds 1-5.
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 and the fourth place teams to Consolation 2, with each pool playing a round robin in rounds 6-10. The fifth and sixth place teams were divided into two parallel pools of four in rounds 6-8, followed by rebracketing into crossover upper and lower pools in rounds 9-10.
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 three of the six pools. Each of these pools played a crossover playoff, with games in rounds 6-9 and one preliminary game carrying over.
After round 9, College Heights Christian A, Parkway West, St. Joseph Central, and Fair Grove advanced to the superplayoffs, while the remaining championship tier teams played round 10 placement games. After round 11, College Heights, Parkway West, and Central were tied at 2-1. This set up a two stage final, seeded by points per game within the superplayoff pool. Tied going into the last tossup, Parkway West won the first game 320-285 over Central to advance to the championship game against College Heights. While Parkway West had won the round 9 game 330-305 on the last tossup, College Heights emerged victorious in the finals rematch, 325-290, to repeat as champions of the MOQBA Fall Championship! As the only small school eligible team to reach the superplayoffs, Fair Grove earned their first MOQBA Fall Championship small school title.
On the strength of their performances, the top eight teams (College Heights Christian A, Parkway West, St. Joseph Central, Fair Grove, Hallsville, Washington, Eldon, and Mexico A) have qualified for the PACE National Scholastic Championship, which is scheduled for June 11-12 at the Hyatt Regency O'Hare in the suburbs of Chicago. Information on this national championship event can be found at pace-nsc.org.
This tournament would not have been possible without the unwavering support of our exceptional moderators, scorekeepers, and statisticians. We are so thankful for all of our amazing staff volunteers who donated their time and energy on Saturday: Baily and Stephenie from Fair Grove; Kennedy and Kenny from Sullivan; Sam Bailey, Logan Durk, Angela Forrest, Brendan Fuller, William Koch, Aidan McWilliams, Felix Wang, and April Wickham; coaches Scott Allen, David Dennis, Jason Loy, Ginger Luetkemeyer, Josh Malecki, Levi Maxwell, Lisa McClary, Quinn McGarry, Jean Miller, Dale Schenewerk, Louis Schnoebelen, Patrick Troy, and Scott Walker; and fellow MOQBA members Ganon Evans, Michael Menkhus, Sean Phillips, and Max Ryle. Special thanks to our finals moderator, Sharon Lorinskas, for joining us from Illinois; Alex Smith for his continued assistance with setup and cleanup tasks; Kyle Hill for his continued dedication to enhancing the HILLSheets scorekeeping system; and Jacob O'Rourke for entering the stats into YellowFruit, ordering the awards, and handling payments.
In addition, we are immensely thankful for the unmatched support we always receive from Columbia College. The assistance of Maeve Hogan, Kim Craig, and the rest of the Columbia College team is critical to ensuring these tournaments run as smoothly as they do. This is the tenth tournament we have hosted at Columbia College and we continue to be impressed by the enthusiasm and kindness of each and every member of the Columbia College community we have interacted with over the last six years. We can't wait to return for our next tournament!
Thanks to everybody in attendance for helping to make our return to in-person competition a huge success! We sincerely hope that everyone had as great of an experience as we had directing the tournament. We always welcome any comments or suggestions you have toward improving our future events. In particular, we are interested to hear any feedback you may have about differences in the configuration of game rooms or how we distributed schedules since our last in-person tournament.
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 the fourteenth NAQT Missouri Qualifier on March 5. Registration opens on Wednesday, December 15 at 6:00 AM.
Best of luck to each of your teams as they compete the rest of the season!
Jeffrey Hill and Matt Chadbourne
Co-Directors, 2021 MOQBA Fall Championship