2019 VHSL State Championship

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Logo of the 2019 VHSL State Championship

The 2019 VHSL State Championship was held on 23 February 2019 at William and Mary in Williamsburg, Virginia, and was the 22nd iteration of the VHSL Scholastic Bowl state tournament. 24 teams competed in six size classifications of four teams each. Questions were provided by NAQT for the second time.


The 2018 VHSL Realignment reincorporated district play as well as a four-region plan, closer to the 1998-2013 playoff format. This change did away with the larger conferences and two-region plan that were used from 2014-2017. However, districts were allowed the ability to forego a district season and/or tournament in favor of an all-in Regional tournament, provided that all districts within a region agreed to forego district play. The new playoff format also introduced "Super Regions"-- AB and CD, which functioned as a sort of State Semi-final, but again, certain classes opted to forego Super Region tournaments altogether.

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 sixth time the format was used, after its introduction in the 2014 VHSL Realignment.

Class 1

VHSL State Championship
(Class 1)
Edited by NAQT
Champion Honaker
Runner-up George Wythe
Third Rappahannock
Fourth Franklin
High scorer Devlin Moody (Franklin) -- 245 pts
Site College of William and Mary

Honaker went undefeated to win the Class 1 state championship, their fourth state championship victory. George Wythe finished runner-up after finishing 4th the previous year.

Round 1
Honaker 275, Franklin 120
George Wythe 225, Rappahannock 145
Round 2
Honaker 320, George Wythe 115
Rappahannock 185, Franklin 140
Round 3
Honaker 210, Rappahannock 190
George Wythe 235, Franklin 75

Final standings
Honaker-- 3-0, 805 points
George Wythe-- 2-1, 575 points
Rappahannock-- 1-2, 520 points
Franklin-- 0-3, 335 points

Class 2

VHSL State Championship
(Class 2)
Edited by NAQT
Champion Maggie Walker
Runner-up Clarke County
Third Gate City
Fourth Radford
High scorer Daniel Xu (Maggie Walker) -- 175 pts
Site College of William and Mary

Maggie Walker went undefeated to win the Class 2 state championship, their third consecutive state championship victory, fourth since the 2014 VHSL Realignment, and final Class 2 title due to their move to Class 3 in 2019-2020. Clarke County finished runner-up.

Round 1
Maggie Walker 360, Gate City 75
Clarke County 265, Radford 95
Round 2
Maggie Walker 290, Clarke County 120
Gate City 185, Radford 180
Round 3
Maggie Walker 330, Radford 40
Clarke County 190, Gate City 175

Final standings
Maggie Walker-- 3-0, 980 points
Clarke County-- 2-1, 580 points
Gate City-- 1-2, 435 points
Radford-- 0-3, 380 points

Class 3

VHSL State Championship
(Class 3)
Edited by NAQT
Champion Rockbridge County
Runner-up Cave Spring
Third James Monroe
Fourth Colonial Heights
High scorer Billy Luqiu (Cave Spring) -- 330 pts
Site College of William and Mary

Rockbridge County went undefeated to win the Class 3 state championship, their first state championship victory. Cave Spring finished runner-up after winning the previous 3 state championships. Their 920 points was 4th-most in the event, and the only time since 2014 that a team finishing with the most points in the Class did not win the state championship. Cave Spring's Billy Luqiu was named to the All-State Team with 330 points, third-most in the tournament.

Round 1
Cave Spring 365, Colonial Heights 50
Rockbridge County 245, James Monroe 190
Round 2
Rockbridge County 235, Cave Spring 205
James Monroe 215, Colonial Heights 165
Round 3
Rockbridge County 285, Colonial Heights 115
Cave Spring 345, James Monroe 85

Final standings
Rockbridge County-- 3-0, 765 points
Cave Spring-- 2-1, 920 points
James Monroe-- 1-2, 490 points
Colonial Heights-- 0-3, 330 points

Class 4

VHSL State Championship
(Class 4)
Edited by NAQT
Champion Jamestown
Runner-up Woodgrove
Third Blacksburg
Fourth Dinwiddie
High scorer David Bass (Jamestown) -- 260 pts

Vishvesha Sridhar (Blacksburg) -- 260 pts

Site College of William and Mary

Jamestown went undefeated to win the Class 4 state championship, their second state championship victory and second consecutive state title. Woodgrove finished as runner-up. Jamestown's David Bass and Blacksburg's Vishvesha Sridhar were named to the All-State team with 260 points, tied for fourth-most in the tournament.

Round 1
Jamestown 315, Woodgrove 130
Blacksburg 290, Dinwiddie 120
Round 2
Jamestown 360, Dinwiddie 95
Woodgrove 230, Blacksburg 210
Round 3
Jamestown 290, Blacksburg 130
Woodgrove 280, Dinwiddie 65

Final standings
Jamestown-- 3-0, 965 points
Woodgrove-- 2-1, 640 points
Blacksburg-- 1-2, 630 points
Dinwiddie-- 0-3, 280 points

Class 5

VHSL State Championship
(Class 5)
Edited by NAQT
Champion Thomas Jefferson
Runner-up Douglas Freeman
Third North Stafford
Fourth Princess Anne
High scorer Fred Zhang (Thomas Jefferson) -- 350 pts
Site College of William and Mary

Thomas Jefferson went undefeated and won the Class 5 state championship, their fourth consecutive VHSL state championship victory. Douglas Freeman finished runner-up. Fred Zhang of Thomas Jefferson was named to the All-State Team with 350 points, second-most in the tournament.

Round 1
Thomas Jefferson 360, Freeman 140
North Stafford 230, Princess Anne 170
Round 2
Thomas Jefferson 330, North Stafford 100
Freeman 265, Princess Anne 195
Round 3
Thomas Jefferson 360, Princess Anne 100
Freeman 215, North Stafford 135

Final standings
Thomas Jefferson-- 3-0, 1,050 points
Douglas Freeman-- 2-1, 620 points
North Stafford-- 1-2, 465 points
Princess Anne-- 0-3, 465 points

Class 6

VHSL State Championship
(Class 6)
Edited by NAQT
Champion Alexandria City
Runner-up Robinson
Third Riverbend
Fourth Ocean Lakes
High scorer Mark Bailey (Alexandria City) -- 450 pts
Site College of William and Mary

Alexandria City went undefeated to win the Class 6 state championship. Robinson finished as runner-up after having two straight state championships. Mark Bailey of Alexandria City was named to the All-State Team with 450 points, most in the tournament.

Round 1
Alexandria City 325, Ocean Lakes 110
Robinson 280, Riverbend 130
Round 2
Alexandria City 260, Robinson 185
Riverbend 215, Ocean Lakes 205
Round 3
Alexandria City 240, Riverbend 140
Robinson 240, Ocean Lakes 135

Final standings
Alexandria City-- 3-0, 825 points
Robinson-- 2-1, 705 points
Riverbend-- 1-2, 485 points
Ocean Lakes-- 0-3, 450 points

All-State Team

The top five highest scoring players in the entire tournament were recognized as the All-State Team.

Rank Player Team Points Class Grade
1st Mark Bailey Alexandria City 450 points Class 6 Senior
2nd Fred Zhang Thomas Jefferson 350 points Class 5 Senior
3rd Billy Luqiu Cave Spring 330 points Class 3 Senior
T-4th David Bass Jamestown 260 points Class 4 Senior
T-4th Vishvesha Sridhar Blacksburg 260 points Class 4 Junior

External Links

2019 VHSL State Championship
2018 VHSL State Championship
2020 VHSL State Championship