2018 NAQT Missouri Qualifier
|Runner-up||St. Joseph Central|
|High scorer||Michael Powers, Louisiana|
|Editor/s||2018 NAQT Division II SCT|
The Missouri Quizbowl Alliance hosted the 2018 NAQT Missouri Qualifier on March 3, 2018 at Columbia College under the direction of Jeffrey Hill and Matt Chadbourne. Thirty-five teams from twenty-four schools participated. The thirteen schools eligible for the small school title was also the most small school teams in tournament history to date. Five small school teams were also eligible for the inaugural very small school title. Ladue A won the first game of the advantaged final over St. Joseph Central to earn their third NAQT Missouri Qualifier title. Hallsville A claimed the small school title for the sixth consecutive year, finishing third overall. Louisiana won the very small school title, finishing eighth overall.
Teams marked with * were eligible for the small school title. Teams marked with ** were also eligible for the very small school title
- Calvary Lutheran (2 teams)
- Christian Brothers College
- Centralia* (2 teams)
- Fatima* (2 teams)
- Fort Osage (3 teams)
- Helias (3 teams)
- Hickman (2 teams)
- Jefferson City (2 teams)
- Ladue (2 teams)
- North Kansas City
- Oak Grove*
- Pilot Grove**
- Raytown South
- St. Joseph Central
- St. Louis Patriots
- Washington (2 teams)
The tournament used the 2018 NAQT Division II SCT question set in the untimed twenty tossup/bonus format with NAQT scoring and non-rebounding bonuses. Some gameplay rules were required to match MSHSAA rules, most notably that players had to be recognized by name before providing an answer to a tossup.
The teams were divided into five pools of 6 and one pool of 5 for preliminary rounds 1-5.
The top 2 teams in each pool advanced to the championship tier, remaining eligible to win the tournament. The third place teams advanced to Consolation 1, the fourth place teams to Consolation 2, the fifth place teams to Consolation 3, and the sixth place teams to Consolation 4. Each consolation pool of four teams played a round robin in rounds 6-10.
In the championship tier, two roughly equal pools were seeded based on the points per bonus of the top team from each preliminary pool, with the corresponding second place teams advancing to the same pool. This resulted in two parallel pools consisting of the first and second place teams from three of the six pools. Each of these pools played a crossover playoff, with games in rounds 6-9 and one preliminary game carrying over. After round 9, the top 2 teams in each pool based on playoff record, then greatest average points per game, advanced to a crossover superplayoff for rounds 10-11, followed by any necessary finals and tiebreakers in rounds 12-13. The remaining championship teams played the team of the same rank from the other pool in a round 10 placement game to determine 5th-12th place.
Following round 9, the championship tier results were:
- 1. Ladue A 5-0, 423.0 ppg
- 2. Hallsville 3-2, 275.0 ppg
- 3. Helias A 3-2, 262.0 ppg
- 4. Louisiana 3-2, 228.0 ppg
- 5. North Kansas City 1-4, 130.0 ppg
- 6. Savannah 0-5, 123.0 ppg
- 1. St. Joseph Central 5-0, 374.0 ppg
- 2. Hickman A 4-1, 223.0 ppg
- 3. Centralia A 3-2, 183.0 ppg
- 4. Washington A 2-3, 224.0 ppg
- 5. Hickman B 1-4, 119.0 ppg
- 6. St. Louis Patriots 0-5, 104.0 ppg
Following round 10, Ladue and Central were undefeated with wins over Hallsville and Hickman A, effectively starting a best of three final. Ladue won the first two games 365-195 and 310-235 to take home the 2018 NAQT Missouri Qualifier title! The scheduled round 11 game between Hallsville and Hickman A was effectively the third place game, which Hallsville won 310-125.
Hallsville was awarded the small school title outright as the only small school eligible team to advance to the top four superplayoffs.
For the first time, a very small school title was awarded to the top ranked team from a traditional public school in MSHSAA classes 1 or 2 for Scholar Bowl, which in 2018 were schools with 262 or fewer students in grades 9-12 based on enrollments reported to MSHSAA for the 2016-2018 classification cycle. Louisiana was awarded the very small school title, finishing in eighth place overall.
Michael Powers, playing solo for Louisiana, was the top scorer with an average of 123 points per game in the preliminary rounds and 103 points per game overall.
During the awards ceremony, the Missouri Quizbowl Alliance presented the seventh MOQBA Award for Outstanding Student Involvement to Raj Paul and Moses Schindler of Ladue for reviving the Ladue Invitational Spring Tournament housewrite. MOQBA also presented the inaugural MOQBA Values Award to Emily Boyle of Hallsville for exemplifying the core values of sportsmanship, fairness, and integrity, most notably for her quick action at an earlier tournament alerting staff about a fellow competitor in distress.