48 teams attended the MOQBA Winter Kickoff online on January 9, 2021. The teams were split into two divisions, with half competing on Google Meet and half competing on Zoom.
Within each division, the 24 teams were divided further into 4 pools of 6 for preliminary rounds 1-5.
The top two teams in each preliminary pool advanced to the championship tier, remaining eligible to win the division. The third place teams advanced to Consolation 1, the fourth place teams to Consolation 2, the fifth place teams to Consolation 3, and the sixth place teams to Consolation 4. Each consolation pool played a round robin in rounds 6-8.
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 opposite pool. This resulted in two parallel championship pools consisting of two first place teams and two second place teams from different preliminary pools. Each championship pool played a round robin in rounds 6-8.
In the Google Meet division, after round 8, St. Louis Patriots and College Heights Christian were undefeated, advancing to the championship game. College Heights won this game 350-335 after claiming seven tossups in the second half. Fair Grove was the small school champion, finishing in fourth place overall.
In the Zoom division, after round 8, Kirksville and St. Joseph Central were undefeated, advancing to the championship game. Kirksville won this game 365-345 after another competitive championship match. Centralia was the small school champion.
Pending confirmation from PACE, the top five teams in each division will qualify for the PACE National Scholastic Championship, which will be held online using Zoom on June 5-6, 2021. We expect that College Heights A, St. Louis Patriots, North Kansas City A, Fair Grove, and Eldon will qualify from the Google Meet division, and Kirksville, St. Joseph Central, Kickapoo, Rock Bridge, and Washington A will qualify from the Zoom division. Information on this national championship event can be found at pace-nsc.org.
This large tournament could not have run as well as it did without the incredible support of our talented moderators, scorekeepers, statisticians, and virtual meeting managers from throughout Missouri and several other states. A huge thanks to our amazing staff volunteers who donated their time and energy on Saturday: Kayla from College Heights Christian; Alex from Fair Grove; Aubrey and Kaileigh from Houston; Sarah from North Kansas City; Sam from Sullivan; Gordon Arsenoff, Jeremy Copeland, Logan Durk, Ganon Evans, Brandy Farmer, Mary Grinter, Diana Hilton, Jason Keller, Sharon Lorinskas, Aidan McWilliams, Joel Miles, Miranda Read, Ryan Read, Amanda Stears, Bryan Townsend, and Dargan Ware; coaches James Allen, Kathy Brandon, Andrew Darr, Jeff Davis, David Dennis, Caroline Doerhoff, Jen Farra, Angela Forrest, Jason Loy, Levi Maxwell, Lisa McCarthy, Jean Miller, Pat O'Keefe, Jason Pounds, Andrew Reynolds, Dale Schenewerk, Louis Schnoebelen, Branden Stilwell, Michael VanCleave, and Scott Walker; and fellow MOQBA members Audrey Brandon, Michael Menkhus, Sean Phillips, Max Ryle, and Shelley Swoyer. Special thanks go to Ganon Evans for additional assistance before the tournament; Jacob O'Rourke, Kyle Hill, and Angie Odom for managing the Zoom pools; Kyle and Jacob for entering the Zoom statistics; Alex Smith for managing half of the Google Meet rooms and entering all of the Meet statistics; Sean Phillips for his assistance recruiting several moderators; Jacob for handling payments and awards; Kyle for leading the effort to develop the Google scoresheets we used; and Ganon and Jacob for their work co-editing and coordinating the Matt Cvijanovich Memorial Tournament question set.
Thanks to everybody in attendance for helping to make this the largest tournament MOQBA has ever hosted! We hope that everyone had a great experience. Especially since this was our first virtual event, we always welcome any comments or suggestions you have toward improving our future events.
Finally, we would like to remind everyone that we will be hosting another virtual tournament on March 6. More details will be available soon.
Best of luck to each of your teams as they compete the rest of this unprecedented season! Best wishes for a safe and healthy 2021, and I hope it won't be too much longer before we will meet at in-person tournaments again.
MOQBA Winter Kickoff director and MOQBA President