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"Team Coldhug Polardogs"
(Hotchkiss Bearcats)
Lakeville, Conn.
Club President Cooper Roh
Coaches Unknown (position vacant?)
State Championships 2019 (NHBB New England regional, JV division)
National Championships none
National Appearances Nat'l History Bowl: 2019, runner-up
Program Status Active
School Size approx. 635

The Hotchkiss history bowl & quizbowl program, from The Hotchkiss School in Lakeville, CT, known as Team Coldhug, was established during the 2018-19 academic year. Though the "Polardogs" won the NHBB New England regional championship in their inaugural season, their most notable achievement to date came when freshman Cooper Roh carried them to a 2nd place finish at the 2019 National History Bowl finals in the JV division after an impressive "Cinderella" run in the tournament. They finished runners-up to a #1-ranked Hunter College A team that was led by Pedro Juan Orduz.

Hotchkiss earned a bid to, but did not attend, the 2019 edition of NAQT HSNCT.

Origin of "Coldhug" nickname

  • Their team nickname/pseudonym is a pun of sorts on the school's name, Hotchkiss. (Hotchkiss = "hot kiss" => "cold hug" = "Coldhug")
    • Additionally, the team's self-stylized 'official mascot', the "Polardogs", is probably a parody of Hotchkiss's actual athletics nickname, the Bearcats.

Current roster

Notable members include: