Congratulations to College Heights Christian, the champions of the fifth annual MOQBA Fall Championship at Columbia College!
After round 9, North Kansas City, St. Joseph Central, College Heights Christian, and Hallsville advanced to the superplayoffs, while the remaining championship tier teams played round 10 placement games. After round 11, undefeated College Heights was declared the champion outright, as the other three superplayoff teams were tied with two losses each. To break the tie, Central defeated Hallsville 170-75 in a half game, awarding Hallsville fourth place, then North Kansas City won the second place half game 200-90. As the only small school eligible team to reach the superplayoffs, Hallsville was the small school champion for the third consecutive year.
Links to full statistics are available on the Fall Championship page
on our website.
On the strength of their performances, the top nine teams (College Heights Christian, North Kansas City, St. Joseph Central, Hallsville, Thayer, Kickapoo, Washington, Helias Catholic A, and Calvary Lutheran A) have qualified for the PACE National Scholastic Championship, which will be held June 6-7 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 could not have run as well as it did without the incredible support of our talented moderators, scorekeepers, and statisticians. We are so thankful for each and every one of our amazing staff volunteers who donated their time and energy on Saturday: Kadence, Hunter, Harrison, Luke, and Zachary from Hallsville; Aadyn from College Heights; Jessi and Tyler from Houston; Selena Allen, Cris Cristea, Ganon Evans, Sheryl Evans, Brett Kelley, Steven McClary, Michael Menkhus, Caden Stone, Felix Wang, and Dexter Wickham; coaches Scott Allen, Jackie Cleveland, David Dennis, Michael Flandermeyer, Ginger Luetkemeyer, Josh Malecki, Levi Maxwell, Angie Odom, Jason Pounds, and Tara Winn; and fellow MOQBA members Jacob Billingsley, Audrey Brandon, Jon Deering, Stephanie Hull, Jason Loy, Lisa McClary, Sean Phillips, Kevin Stockman, and Shelley Swoyer. Special thanks to Kyle Hill, Jacob O'Rourke, and Alex Smith for their invaluable help in the control rooms, and to Kyle, Stephanie, Jacob, and Alex for assisting with additional tasks before and after the tournament. Because of all of these amazing people, we were actually overstaffed, which is no easy feat for a tournament of this size. Thanks to coaches Mike Kopec and Jean Miller for also being available to moderate.
In addition, we are immensely thankful for the unmatched support we always receive from Columbia College to help our events run smoothly. We are always amazed by the incredible amount of effort that Kerri Coley and the rest of the Columbia College team put into making each tournament we host on their campus a great pleasure to run.
Thanks to everybody in attendance for helping to make this the largest and most successful Fall Championship to date! 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.
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 thirteenth annual NAQT Missouri Qualifier
on February 29. Registration opens on Wednesday, December 4 at 6:00 AM.
Best of luck to each of your teams as they compete the rest of the season, and Happy Thanksgiving!
Jeffrey Hill and Matt Chadbourne
Co-Directors, 2019 MOQBA Fall Championship