2016 VHSL State Championship

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The 2016 VHSL State Championship was held on 27 February 2016 at William and Mary in Williamsburg, Virginia, and was the nineteenth iteration of the VHSL Scholastic Bowl state tournament. 24 teams, the top two teams from each regional tournament, competed in six size classifications of four teams each. Questions were provided by HSAPQ for the seventh year.


The top two teams from each conference tournament advanced to the eight-team regional. The top two teams from the regional then advanced to the state championship.

Tournament Format

Each match consisted of a round of fifteen tossups, ten bounceback "directed questions" for each team, and a concluding phase of fifteen more tossups. Tossups were scored in the normal quizbowl way. Directed questions were worth 10 points each and functioned similarly to a single-part bonus, but their reading was not correlated to answering tossups.

The four teams in each of the six classes competed against each other in a three-round round-robin; this was the third time the format was used, after its introduction in the 2014 VHSL Realignment.

Class 1A

VHSL State Championship
(Class 1A)
Edited by HSAPQ
Champion Honaker
Runner-up Riverheads
Third Galax
Fourth Galileo Magnet
High scorer Madison Ramsey (Honaker)
Site College of William and Mary

Honaker went undefeated to win the Class 1A state championship, their second state title since the 2014 VHSL Realignment. Riverheads finished runner-up in their first state tournament appearance. Honaker Junior Madison Ramsey was named to the VHSL All-State Team.

Round 1
Honaker 225, Riverheads 180
Galileo 180, Galax 165
Round 2
Honaker 190, Galax 145
Riverheads 160, Galileo 125
Round 3
Honaker 205, Galileo 140
Galax 190, Riverheads 180

Final standings
Honaker -- 3-0, 620 points
Riverheads-- 1-2, 520 points
Galax-- 1-2, 500 points
Galileo Magnet-- 1-2, 445 points

Class 2A

VHSL State Championship
(Class 2A)
Edited by HSAPQ
Champion Central-Wise
Runner-up Maggie Walker
Third George Mason
Fourth Tazewell
High scorer Jack Huguenin (Central-Wise)
Site College of William and Mary

Central-Wise went undefeated to win the Class 2A state championship, their first state championship victory. Maggie Walker finished as runner-up, going 2-1 despite scoring 100 points less than the third place team, George Mason. Central Senior Jack Huguenin was named to the VHSL All-State Team.

Round 1
Central 245, George Mason 165
Maggie Walker 285, Tazewell 120
Round 2
Central 280, Tazewell 90
Maggie Walker 205, George Mason 185
Round 3
Central 235, Maggie Walker 170
George Mason 230, Tazewell 155

Final standings
Central-Wise -- 3-0, 760 points
Maggie Walker-- 2-1, 480 points
George Mason-- 1-2, 580 points
Tazewell-- 0-3, 365 points

Class 3A

VHSL State Championship
(Class 3A)
Edited by HSAPQ
Champion Cave Spring
Runner-up Culpeper County
Third Western Albemarle
Fourth Poquoson
High scorer Ethan Mackey (Cave Spring)
Site College of William and Mary

Cave Spring went undefeated to win the Class 3A state championship, their second state championship victory and first since the 2014 VHSL Realignment. Culpeper County finished runner-up. Cave Spring Junior Ethan Mackey was named to the VHSL All-State Team.

Round 1
Cave Spring 335, Culpepper 130
Western Albemarle 245, Poquoson 185
Round 2
Cave Spring 305, Western Albemarle 95
Culpepper 210, Poquoson 165
Round 3
Cave Spring 295, Poquoson 160
Culpepper 230, Western Albemarle 195

Final standings
Cave Spring-- 3-0, 935 points
Culpeper County-- 2-1, 570 points
Western Albemarle-- 1-2, 535 points
Poquoson-- 0-3, 510 points

Class 4A

VHSL State Championship
(Class 4A)
Edited by HSAPQ
Champion Fauquier
Runner-up Sherando
Third Smithfield
Fourth Eastern View
High scorer Peter Haskins (Sherando)
Site College of William and Mary

Fauqier went undefeated to win the Class 4A state championship, their first state championship victory. Sherando finished runner-up. Sherando Junior Peter Haskins was named to the All-State Team.

Round 1
Fauquier 265, Smithfield 145
Sherando 205, Eastern View 185
Round 2
Fauquier 225, Sherando 160
Smithfield 225, Eastern View 155
Round 3
Fauquier 285, Eastern View 100
Sherando 290, Smithfield 90

Final standings
Fauquier-- 3-0, 775 points
Sherando-- 2-1, 655 points
Smithfield-- 1-2, 460 points
Eastern View-- 0-3, 445 points

Class 5A

VHSL State Championship
(Class 5A)
Edited by HSAPQ
Champion Thomas Jefferson
Runner-up Princess Anne
Third Albemarle
Fourth Hickory
High scorer Ryan Golant (Thomas Jefferson)
Site College of William and Mary

Thomas Jefferson went undefeated and won the Class 5A state championship. Princess Anne finished runner-up after winning two consecutive Class 5A championships. Thomas Jefferson Senior Ryan Golant was named to the VHSL All-State Team as the top scorer in the tournament.

Round 1
Thomas Jefferson 320, Hickory 120
Princess Anne 240, Albemarle 205
Round 2
Thomas Jefferson 320, Albemarle 115
Princess Anne 280, Hickory 160
Round 3
Thomas Jefferson 275, Princess Anne 185
Albemarle 265, Hickory 160

Final standings
Thomas Jefferson-- 3-0, 915 points
Princess Anne-- 2-1, 705 points
Albemarle-- 1-2, 585 points
Hickory-- 0-3, 440 points

Class 6A

VHSL State Championship
(Class 6A)
Edited by HSAPQ
Champion Langley
Runner-up WT Woodson
Third Western Branch
Fourth Riverbend
High scorer Nitin Rao (Langley)
Site College of William and Mary

Langley went undefeated to win the Class 6A state championship, their third consecutive state championship victory. WT Woodson finished as runner-up. Langley Junior Nitin Rao was named to the VHSL All-State Team.

Round 1
Langley 250, Western Branch 200
W.T. Woodson 220, Riverbend 205
Round 2
Langley 205, W.T. Woodson 190
Western Branch 190, Riverbend 165
Round 3
Langley 295, Riverbend 165
W.T. Woodson 235, Western Branch 215

Final standings
Langley-- 3-0, 750 points
WT Woodson-- 2-1, 645 points
Western Branch-- 1-2, 605 points
Riverbend-- 0-3, 535 points

All-State Team

The top five highest scoring players in the entire tournament are typically recognized as the All-State Team; however, there was a tie for 5th place, resulting in six All-Stars. As of 2018, this remains the only VHSL All-State Team to feature one All-Star from each of the six classes.

Rank Player Team Points Class Grade
1st Ryan Golant Thomas Jefferson 325 points Class 5A Senior
T-2nd Nitin Rao Langley 280 points Class 6A Junior
T-2nd Ethan Mackey Cave Spring 280 points Class 3A Junior
4th Peter Haskins Sherando 265 points Class 4A Junior
T-5th Jack Huguenin Central-Wise 250 points Class 2A Senior
T-5th Madison Ramsey Honaker 250 points Class 1A Junior
Combined Points: 1,650 points
Avg. 275 pts ea.

External Links

2016 VHSL State Championship
2015 VHSL State Championship
2017 VHSL State Championship