2008 HSNCT

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Champion Thomas Jefferson
Runner-up Wilmington Charter
Third Walt Whitman
Fourth Dorman B
High scorer Kurtis Droge, East Lansing
Editor/s NAQT
Site Rosemont, IL
Field 176 (21 SS)
Stats [1]

The 2008 High School National Championship was won by Thomas Jefferson, consisting of Phil Graves, Naren Tallapragada, Keshav Pillai, and Mohit Iyyer. The tournament was held at the Wyndham Hotel in Rosemont, Illinois. This tournament set a new record for the third straight year with 176 teams competing at one site.

Tournament results

Thomas Jefferson beat Wilmington Charter in the second game of an advantaged final to win the tournament. These two teams played after Thomas Jefferson eliminated Dorman B and Wilmington Charter eliminated Whitman. Whitman would go on to win the third place game.

In the small school division, coach Matt Knupp won his third national small school title, though the first with Russell (he had led Danville to the small school titles in 2005 and 2006).

The 2008 HSNCT is notably one of the only national tournaments with more than one team from a school finishing in the top 5. Dorman's A and B teams finished 5th and 4th respectively.

Top 15 teams:

Rank Team Rank Team
1. Thomas Jefferson 7t. State College
2. Wilmington Charter 7t. Eden Prairie
3. Walt Whitman 11t. Grosse Pointe North
4. Dorman "B" 11t. Kellenberg Memorial
5t. Dorman "A" 11t. Hunter
5t. East Lansing 11t. Torrey Pines
7t. Liberal Arts and Science 11t. Santa Monica
7t. Martin Luther King Jr. Magnet 11t. Bergen County Academies

Top 4 Small Schools:

Rank Team Overall Finish
1. Russell 42t
2. Brindlee Mountain "A" 42t
3. Brindlee Mountain "B" 53t
4. Ottawa Hills 42t

Individual results

The 2008 All-Star Team, Sophomore All-Star Team, and Freshman All-Star Team.

Rank Player Team Rank Player Team
1. Kurtis Droge East Lansing 14. Naren Tallapragada Thomas Jefferson
2. Dallas Simons Martin Luther King Jr. Magnet 15. Aaron Burr South Fork
3. Charlie Dees North Kansas City 16. Spencer Gill Huron
4. Dan Puma Gonzaga 17. Ben Schenkel Moravian Academy
5. Guy Tabachnick Hunter 18. Alex Friedman Minnetonka
6. Daichi Ueda Walter Johnson 19. Michael Wright Eden Prairie
7. Auroni Gupta Torrey Pines 20. Doug Slocum Tippecanoe
8. Ian Eppler Georgetown Day 21. Ryan Thompson Russell
9. Henry Gorman Wilmington Charter 22. Puya Gerami E.O. Smith
10. Ike Jose Stow Munroe Falls 23. Dan Humphrey Garfield Heights
11. Sam Peterson Chaska 24. Shantanu Jha Walt Whitman
12. Ben Cohen New Trier 25. Phil Graves Thomas Jefferson
13. Richard Kitterman James Robinson

Rank Top Sophomores Team Rank Top Freshmen Team
1. Greg Tito Maggie Walker 1. Luke Maupin Adair County
2. Neil Gurram Detroit Country Day 2. Nirbhay Jain Ottawa Hills
3. Alex Synovec Montverde Academy 3. Francis Chen Penn "B"
4. Aaron Kinney Madisonville North Hopkins 4. Nik Churik Kellenberg Memorial
5. Douglas Graebner Walt Whitman "B" 5. David Liu State College "B"

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