2009 MSHSAA State Championship

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The 2009 MSHSAA State Championship was held on May 8-9, 2009. Classes 1 and 2 competed on Friday and Classes 3 and 4 played on Saturday. Questions for Districts and State were provided by Questions Galore.

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Districts

Sixteen district tournaments in each of the four classes were held on April 18. There were previously eight districts in each class, but beginning this year the districts were divided in two and a best two-of-three sectionals round was added to the MSHSAA State series. This resulted in several districts of only two or three teams participating, and in at least one case a win-by-default as all other teams decided not to participate.

In addition to the halved districts, this is the first year that districts were scheduled for the afternoon, with preliminary rounds from 2-5 pm and the single-elimination finals from 6-8 pm. This change was made to avoid conflicts with the ACT, but in typical MSHSAA fashion, instead of conflicting with a test that was administered two weeks earlier and can also be taken at 5 other times during the year, it conflicted with several proms.

District championship scores are posted here

Sectionals

The Sectionals round was the first round of the state championship and took place on April 23. Sectionals consisted of best two-of-three matchups between the winners of two adjacent districts. The winner of each sectional advanced to the remaining rounds of the state championship.

Class 1

Class 2

Class 3

Class 4

State Finals

The Class 1 and 2 state finals were held May 8, and the Class 3 and 4 state finals were held May 9. As always, finals consisted of three preliminary rounds with a pre-determined schedule based on sectional, followed by a 4-team single-elimination bracket.

Class 1

2009 MSHSAA State Championship
(Class 1)
Champion Tarkio
Runner-up Leeton
Third Glasgow
Fourth Stanberry
High scorer Kevin Lang, Tarkio
Editor/s Questions Galore
Site University of Missouri-Columbia (obviously unaffiliated with the Missouri quizbowl team)
Stats

Round 1
Stanberry 150, Bradleyville 100
Thomas Jefferson 195, North Shelby 120
Leeton 170, Glasgow 120
Tarkio 230, Pilot Grove 170

Round 2
Tarkio 255, Bradleyville 130
Stanberry 210, Thomas Jefferson 195
Leeton 170, North Shelby 105
Glasgow 250, Pilot Grove 195

Round 3
Tarkio 205, Thomas Jefferson 190
Glasgow 165, Bradleyville 85
Pilot Grove 215, North Shelby 135
Leeton 200, Stanberry 185

Preliminary Round Standings
1. Tarkio 3-0, 690 pts.
2. Leeton 3-0, 540 pts.
3. Stanberry 2-1, 545 pts.
4. Glasgow 2-1, 535 pts.
5. Pilot Grove 1-2, 580 pts.
5. Thomas Jefferson 1-2, 580 pts.
7. North Shelby 0-3, 360 pts.
8. Bradleyville 0-3, 315 pts.

Semifinals
(1) Tarkio 175, (4) Glasgow 125
(2) Leeton 170, (3) Stanberry 150

Consolation
(4) Glasgow 225, (3) Stanberry 130

Championship Game
(1) Tarkio 255, (2) Leeton 60

Class 2

2009 MSHSAA State Championship
(Class 2)
Champion Richland (Missouri High School)
Runner-up St. Paul Lutheran
Third Belle
Fourth Purdy
High scorer John Prewitt, Thayer
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Site University of Missouri-Columbia (obviously unaffiliated with the Missouri quizbowl team)
Stats

Round 1
Thayer 155, Sherwood 130
Belle 200, Purdy 120
Richland 300, Elsberry 80
St. Paul Lutheran 240, Gallatin 130

Round 2
Gallatin 210, Thayer 145
Belle 200, Sherwood 150
Purdy 205, Elsberry 155
Richland 230, St. Paul Lutheran 220

Round 3
Sherwood 180, Elsberry 70
Belle 215, Gallatin 180
St. Paul Lutheran 250, Purdy 235
Richland 280, Thayer 170

Preliminary Round Standings
1. Richland 3-0, 810 pts.
2. Belle 3-0, 615 pts.
3. St. Paul Lutheran 2-1, 710 pts.
4. Purdy 1-2, 560 pts.
5. Gallatin 1-2, 520 pts.
6. Thayer 1-2, 470 pts.
7. Sherwood 1-2, 460 pts.
8. Elsberry 0-3, 305 pts.

Semifinals
(1) Richland 255, (4) Purdy 105
(3) St. Paul Lutheran 225, (2) Belle 160

Consolation
(2) Belle 245, (4) Purdy 180

Championship Game
(1) Richland 280, (3) St. Paul Lutheran 275

Class 3

2009 MSHSAA State Championship
(Class 3)
Champion Priory
Runner-up Notre Dame
Third Hallsville
Fourth Cassville
High scorer Taylor Smith, Hallsville
Editor/s Questions Galore
Site University of Missouri-Columbia (obviously unaffiliated with the Missouri quizbowl team)
Stats

Round 1
Notre Dame (Cape Girardeau) 265, Holden 175
Cassville 270, Priory 240
Salem 265, Clark County 130
Hallsville 295, Smithville 150

Round 2
Notre Dame (Cape Girardeau) 270, Smithville 225
Priory 285, Holden 210
Cassville 150, Clark County 110
Hallsville 260, Salem 190

Round 3
Notre Dame (Cape Girardeau) 265, Salem 160
Priory 285, Smithville 195
Holden 255, Clark County 120
Hallsville 225, Cassville 175

Preliminary Round Standings
1. Notre Dame (Cape Girardeau) 3-0, 800 pts.
2. Hallsville 3-0, 780 pts.
3. Priory 2-1, 810 pts.
4. Cassville 2-1, 595 pts.
5. Holden 1-2, 640 pts.
6. Salem 1-2, 615 pts.
7. Smithville 0-3 570 pts.
8. Clark Co. 0-3, 360 pts.

Semifinals
(1) Notre Dame (Cape Girardeau) 275, (4) Cassville 165
(3) Priory 330, (2) Hallsville 270

Consolation
(3) Hallsville 260, (4) Cassville 170

Championship Game
(2) Priory 225, (1) Notre Dame (Cape Girardeau) 160

Class 4

2009 MSHSAA State Championship
(Class 4)
Champion Ladue
Runner-up North Kansas City
Third Clayton
Fourth Fort Zumwalt West
High scorer Julia Price, Fort Zumwalt West
Editor/s Questions Galore
Site University of Missouri-Columbia (obviously unaffiliated with the Missouri quizbowl team)
Stats

Round 1
Truman 230, Jackson 220
Clayton 265, Nixa 210
Ladue 410, Helias 170
North Kansas City 320, Fort Zumwalt West 270

Round 2
NKC 400, Jackson 255
Truman 280, Clayton 240
Ladue 455, Nixa 170
Fort Zumwalt West 335, Helias 250

Round 3
Jackson 245, Helias 190
Clayton 295, NKC 215
Ladue 345, Truman 200
Fort Zumwalt West 380, Nixa 90

Preliminary Round Standings
1. Ladue Horton Watkins 3-0, 1210 pts.
2. Ft. Zumwalt West 2-1, 985 pts.
3. North Kansas City 2-1, 935 pts.
4. Clayton 2-1, 800 pts.
5. Truman 2-1, 710 pts.
6. Jackson 1-2, 720 pts.
7. Helias 0-3, 615 pts.
8. Nixa 0-3, 470 pts.

Semifinals
(1) Ladue 345, (4) Clayton 270
(3) North Kansas City 295, (2) Fort Zumwalt West 275

Consolation
(4) Clayton 215, (2) Fort Zumwalt West 200

Championship Game
(1) Ladue 400, (3) North Kansas City 235

All-State Teams

All-State recognition is given to the top eight in individual scoring based on tossups per game throughout the entire tournament.

Players marked with * only played three games.

Class 1

1. Kevin Lang, Tarkio, 15.4 tossups per game
2. Kevin Lyon, Leeton, 11 tossups per game
3. Virginia Geddie*, Thomas Jefferson, 8.67 tossups per game
4. Grant Monnig, Glasgow, 8.2 tossups per game
5. Colten Ross*, Bradleyville, 8 tossups per game
6. Bill Hodge, Stanberry, 6.4 tossups per game
7. Levi Malott*, Pilot Grove, 5.33 tossups per game
8. Levi Gerke*, Pilot Grove, 4 tossups per game

Class 2

1. John Prewitt*, Thayer, 11.33 tossups per game
2. Ben Simpson, Belle, 9.2 tossups per game
3. Cameron King*, Gallatin, 9 tossups per game
4. Laura Sprague, Richland, 8.2 tossups per game
5. Logan Terry, Purdy, 7.4 tossups per game
6. Stephan Mason, St. Paul Lutheran. 6.6 tossups per game
7. Jasmine Tillotson*, Elsberry, 5.33 tossups per game
8. Yu-Hsuan Ho, St. Paul Lutheran, 5.2 tossups per game

Class 3

1. Taylor Smith, Hallsville, 13.6 tossups per game
2. Matt Prince*, Salem, 8.33 tossups per game
3. Jacob Billingsley*, Holden, 7.67 tossups per game
4. John McLain, Notre Dame, 7.00 tossups per game
5. Joshua Hughes*, Smithville, 6.00 tossups per game
6. Marlow Gazzoli, Priory, 5.80 tossups per game
7. Michael Gober*, Holden, 5.67 tossups per game
8. Andrew Fries*, Smithville, 5.33 tossups per game

Class 4

1. Julia Price, Fort Zumwalt West, 9.8 tossups per game
2. Michael McClellan*, Truman, 9.3 tossups per game
3. Ikshu Neithalath, Clayton, 8.2 tossups per game
4. Caleb Jones*, Jackson, 7.67 tossups per game
5. Jack Chen, Ladue, 7.6 tossups per game
5. Grant Gates, North Kansas City, 7.6 tossups per game
7. Jason Bell, Ladue, 7.2 tossups per game
7. Brandon Roney, North Kansas City, 7.2 tossups per game

Questions

As expected, the questions were terribly written and many times completely unanswerable.

Out of 900 possible points, Class 1 teams at the state finals averaged 169.85 points per game (172.71 in prelims), while Class 2 teams averaged 192.97 points per game (185.42 in prelims). This results in a combined average of 181.41 points per game, barely higher than the 2006 MSHSAA State Championship average of 179.69 points per game, making this the second lowest scoring Class 1/2 state tournament since at least 2004, probably ever. The 2009 prelim average of 179.06 ppg is lower than the 2006 prelim average of 184.16 ppg. [1]

Class 3 teams at the state finals averaged 219.53 points per game (215.42 in prelims), while Class 4 teams averaged 271.1 points per game (268.33 in prelims). This results in a combined average of 245.32 points per game, slightly higher than the 2006 average of 234.07 ppg, but lower than the 304.22 point average of the previous year's tournament (written by Shawn Pickrell). Like the smaller classes, this makes the 2009 tournament the second lowest scoring Class 3/4 state tournament since at least 2004 and probably all-time. The 2009 prelim average of 241.88 ppg is barely higher than the 2006 prelim average of 240.52 ppg.

External References

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