| Noted Subjects: |
Math, Physics, Sports, Video Games, Japan, General
|Current Collegiate Team||University of Alabama (2010-)|
|Past Collegiate Teams||University of Louisiana at Lafayette (2004-2010)|
|High School Team||Westgate (2000-2004)|
Jake Sundberg is a Ph.D. candidate in mathematics and current player at Alabama. He was the president of the University of Louisiana at Lafayette Club for Academic Competition from 2005 to 2010, where he was also the club's leader in nearly all statistical areas. He is consistently a top scorer in competitions in the southeast and southwest regions, finishing in the top 5 in scoring in every tournament he has played in but one since the start of the 2008-2009 season.
In his first term as president, the "A-Team" won the 2006 Southwest D2 SCT and advanced to the NAQT ICT, held at the University of Maryland. They defeated Tulane 330-210 in the championship game to advance to ICT, where they unfortunately finished tied for 26th. Also, in his first campaign as president, the team consisting of Jake Sundberg, Scott Broussard, Sumedh Deoras, and German Acuna won the 2006 Sword Bowl mirror held at the University of Oklahoma.
Jake is one of the worst D1 players in the month of January, historically. Over the last four years, he has led his team to an astonishingly horrible 8-37 record at SCT. This only reflects on the fact that he is lazy, particularly after the holiday break, and it takes him another month to get back into quizbowl shape.
His strengths as a player are math, physics, sports, literature, Japan, and general knowledge, as well as buzzer fakes. His scoring abilities don't diminish with respect to difficulty level, either. He also adjusts very well to new teammates, given that his team has had a different lineup at almost every tournament he has attended since 2004.
Move to Alabama
Jake and Jonathan Thompson have been rivals for the past five years. There have been so many games that have gone down to the last tossup between ULL and Alabama over the last five years that Jake basically loathed playing against Alabama and hence joined them. The rivalry between ULL and Alabama is most easily explained as follows: it is the quizbowl equivalent of what Saints/Falcons was before the 2000's. Jake decided to join Alabama because they were the only team that took any interest in him.
The first tournament he played at as a Crimson Tide was EFT at Georgia Tech -- his team finished 5th after faltering in the playoffs, notably losing by 425 points to Walton which many forum members held against him. He called this "an event of little importance" and proceeded to play better for most of the rest of the season.
Alabama proceeded to win the D1 Region 6 SCT title and ACF Regionals without Dargan Ware as he was interviewing for summer jobs. Instead, noted sophomore Giacomo Baggiani played ACF Regionals at Tulane, and his alterego, the empty chair, played on the team that won SCT. Jake also won the scoring title at ACF Regionals after being told to buzz in at least 7 times per game by Dargan Ware.
High School Career
Jake played for Westgate in New Iberia, Louisiana from 2001-2004, where the team underwent three coaching changes. Despite this fact, Jake matured into a decent player over time and contributed lots of science-y questions to his team which was lacking in that area. His general knowledge base began to grow when he began losing teammates due to retirements, which is an unfortunate trend in his quizbowl life. The team had a winning record in all four seasons during Jake's tenure.
Recent Individual Results
5th at Ragnarok I.
4th at ACF Fall 2006 Southeast.
9th in D1 at COTKU.
2008 - 2009 Season
3rd at NAQT Sectionals.
1st at MUT Mirror.
2009 - 2010 Season
2nd at Old Cajun Grandma Invitational.
2010 - 2011 Season
2nd at LSU Invitational.
5th at ACF Fall Southeast.
20th at Penn Bowl.