Minnesota High School Quiz Bowl League

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The Minnesota High School Quizbowl League is one of the most popular quiz bowl formats in Minnesota and is a member association of the Minnesota Quiz Bowl Alliance. It culminates in a tournament consisting of 16 of the top teams. It is currently run on questions supplied by NAQT, derived from one of the A series they produce each year. The league is directed by R Robert Hentzel and takes place over five nights at four separate sites. The four sites are each home to one division. The divisions are supposed to be divided equally by talent and location, but recently have become rather lopsided. Each night a team plays four rounds within its division. On the last night, which is the the "playoff" night, the top teams from each site come together and play for the title in a single elimination playoff bracket. Each school can only send one team to the championship tournament. The MNHSQB League championship tournament considered by many to be more prestigious than the official NAQT Minnesota State Championship, as it is generally has a more challenging field and is televised.

Divisions

List of 2013-14 divisions and competition dates


Past teams:


Format

Each MNHSQB game consists of four "phases". The first phase consists of twelve warm-up tossups, which are short and worth only ten points each. The second phase consists of standard NAQT tossups with powers and bonuses. The first two phases are combined for timing purposes, and are 9 minutes long. The third phase is lightning rounds consisting of ten related questions worth ten points each. The team that is not in the lead gets to go first and picks from three subjects for their round. They then have one minute to answer as many as they can. Then the other team has a 30 second bounce-back phase on questions heard but passed on or incorrectly answered. Then the lead team picks one of the two remaining lightning rounds, and they have one minute to answer followed by their opponent's 30 second bounce-back phase. If a team manages to get all ten parts of their lightning round correct, they get an extra 20 points. The fourth phase is more tossups with powers and bonuses, for 6 minutes. Five point neg penalties are not used, but teams are still locked out for the rest of the tossup. There are a total of 1140 points available to a team in a round.

Questions

About NAQT A-Series questions. In years past questions had been even easier. You can read a sample packet here.

History

Since the 2006-2007 season League play has been on NAQT questions. Before that it was run on Patrick's Press questions, and on Questions Unlimited in the mid-eighties. Eden Prairie has won the most titles in the NAQT era. Very incomplete records can be found here. At one time, the MNHSQB league was the sole venue but invitational tournaments on the circuit has since been held. Records suggest that it was once part of a quiz show on KSTP.

Past Results

Pre-NAQT era

Year Set Used # of Teams Champion Second Third Fourth
1971
2000 Patrick's Press
2001 Patrick's Press St. Thomas Academy Minneapolis Southwest
2002 MN-01 St. Thomas Academy results missing
2003 MN-02 Chaska results missing
2004 MN-03 Chaska results missing
2005 MN-04 St. Thomas Academy results missing

NAQT era

Year Set Used # of Teams Champion Second Third Fourth
2006 MN-05 88 St. Thomas Academy results missing
2007 MN-06 98 Eden Prairie St. Anthony Village St. Thomas Academy Wayzata
2008 MN-07 112 Eden Prairie Orono Minnetonka Wayzata
2009 MN-08 100 Chaska Eden Prairie Saint Louis Park Wayzata
2010 MN-09 100 Eden Prairie Saint Thomas Academy Chaska Saint Louis Park
2011 MN-10 108 Chanhassen Saint Paul Central Eden Prairie Wayzata
2012 MN-11 110 Wayzata Saint Paul Central Chaska Mounds View
2013 MN-12 110 Wayzata Saint Paul Central Chaska Eden Prairie
2014 MN-13 105 Eden Prairie Wayzata Saint Thomas Academy Blake

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