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Thirty teams from thirty schools attended the 2022 NAQT Missouri Qualifier at Columbia College on March 5, 2022.
The teams were originally divided into 6 pools of 5 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, the fourth place teams to Consolation 2, and the fifth place teams to Consolation 3. Each consolation pool played a round robin in rounds 6-10.
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, Parkway West, Clayton, and Ladue advanced to the top 4 superplayoffs. After round 11, College Heights and Ladue were both 2-1, setting up a one game final, which Ladue won 325-145 to earn their school's fifth 2022 NAQT Missouri Qualifier title! Clayton and Parkway West were both 1-2 and played a tiebreaker game for third, which Clayton won 375-125.
For the small school title, Fair Grove finished sixth overall while Eldon finished in eighth, setting up an advantaged final. Holding the advantage as the higher ranked team, Fair Grove won the first game 400-55 to earn their first NAQT Missouri Qualifier Small School title! As the only eligible team to advance to Consolation 2, Eugene was awarded the Very Small School title.
The top 15% (5 teams) qualified for the NAQT High School National Championship Tournament on May 27-29 in Atlanta. Congratulations to Ladue, College Heights, Clayton, Parkway West, and St. Joseph Central for qualifying at this tournament.
Of our 30 teams, we had 11 small school-eligible teams, continuing Missouri's tradition of strong quizbowl participation by smaller schools. The top 30% of small school teams (4 teams) have qualified for the NAQT Small School National Championship Tournament on April 22-24 in Chicago. Congratulations to Fair Grove, Eldon, Hallsville, and Orchard Farm for qualifying for the Traditional Public division of SSNCT! We also had five teams eligible to participate in the Open division of SSNCT; congratulations to College Heights and Columbia Independent for earning bids to SSNCT by finishing in the top 30% of eligible teams!
(All projected bids to NAQT national championships are pending official confirmation from NAQT.)
We expect this tournament will be platinum certified by PACE. If that occurs, the top 25% (8 teams) will qualify for the PACE National Scholastic Championship in Chicago on June 11-12. We anticipate that Ladue, College Heights Christian, Clayton, Parkway West, St. Joseph Central, Fair Grove, Washington, and Eldon will receive bids to NSC.
During the awards ceremony, we presented the MOQBA Values Award to coaches Jeff and Becky Carter of Central High School in St. Joseph for exemplifying the core values of sportsmanship, fairness, and integrity by helping the Savannah High School Quiz Bowl team get home safely after they were stranded following the North Kansas City Varsity Invitational. We commend Jeff and Becky for their selfless service and look forward to recognizing more outstanding individuals in the future.
Thanks to our incredible staff for donating their Saturdays to provide you all a great day of competition, including Matt from College Heights, Hunter and Thomas from Hallsville; Garrett Blum, Logan Durk, Angela Forrest, John Lachowsky, Whitney Kertz, Audra Koch, William Koch, Joel Miles, David Roth, Rachael Walker, Rhonda Wertz, April Wickham, and Eric Yin; and coaches Scott Allen, Holly Bennett, David Dennis, Ginger Luetkemeyer, Lisa McClary, Jean Miller, Branden Stilwell, Patrick Troy, and Holly Wooldridge. Special thanks go to our many supportive friends in the Missouri Quizbowl Alliance for additional assistance before and during the tournament: Sean Phillips for presenting the MOQBA Values Award; Jacob O'Rourke for running the St. Clair control room, entering the stats into YellowFruit, ordering the awards, and handling payments; and Alex Dzurick, Michael Menkhus, and Kevin Stockman for arriving early to campus to help with final setup and check in tasks after Matt was unexpectedly not able to travel to Columbia to co-direct.
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. We look forward to collaborating with Columbia College on future tournaments and anticipate returning to campus again next season on our usual dates: the second Saturday in December (the 10th) for the seventh MOQBA Fall Championship, and the first Saturday in March (the 4th) for the fifteenth NAQT Missouri Qualifier.
Thank you once again for attending the 2022 Qualifier! We greatly enjoyed hosting so many talented teams and the uncommon opportunity to host such a large tournament with only one team from each school. We hope to see you all again next year!
Jeffrey Hill and Matt Chadbourne
2022 NAQT Missouri Qualifier co-directors