Minnesota High School Quiz Bowl League
The Minnesota High School Quizbowl League is one of the most popular quiz bowl competitions in Minnesota. 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 multiple nights at separate divisions, which compete at different sites. Each night, a team plays four rounds within its division. After all divisions have played 12 rounds, teams from the top 16 schools convene for a double-elimination playoff. 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 partially televised.
For the 2020-21 competition, the MNHSQBL will be run online via Zoom and Buzzin.live. As the tournament's being online means that the geography of competing schools is not a concern, the divisions were renamed as Divisions I, II, and III. Due to a lack of teams, Division I was cancelled and all teams registered for it switched to Division II and Division III. Schools are listed in the division they are registered to play in for the 2020-21 season.
List of divisions and competition dates
|Division||School||City||Coach(es)||# of teams|
11/19, 12/17, 1/21
|Apple Valley||Apple Valley||Shawn Dylla||2|
|Eastview||Apple Valley||John Kelly||1|
|Eden Prairie||Eden Prairie||Rachael Jipp||9|
|Holy Family||Victoria||Jim Walker||1|
|Hudson||Hudson, WI||Roberta Naujok||2|
|Mounds Park||St. Paul||Jay Noland and Wade Peterson||3|
|Mounds View||Arden Hills||Justin Benolkin||1|
|North St. Paul||North St. Paul||Joe Simms||2|
|Spectrum||Elk River||Emmie Lee||1|
12/3, 1/14, 1/28
|AFSA||Vadnais Heights||Peter Zurn||1|
|Breck||Golden Valley||Brad Kohl||1|
|Chanhassen||Chanhassen||Mitch Williams and Parker Bakke||1|
|Chaska||Chaska||Tucker Besel and Naomi Jones||3|
|Hill-Murray||Maplewood||Louise Head and Kevin Ryan||2|
|Irondale||New Brighton||Bryan Coyle||3|
|Mound Westonka||Minnetrista||Cassy Hubler||4|
|Parnassus Prep||Maple Grove||Kathryn Byrne and Zachary Thompson||2|
|Prior Lake||Savage||Brian Olsen and Jay Clawson||6|
|Providence Academy||Plymouth||Kevin Keiser, Emily Semsch, and Ian Skemp||2|
|Shattuck-St. Mary's||Faribault||Genevieve Andreas and Nicole Taynton||2|
|St. Paul Academy||St. Paul||Kate Lockwood||2|
|St. Thomas Academy||Mendota Heights||Jamie Jurkovich||3|
The current format consists of two eight-minute halves of NAQT tossups and bonuses, with a pair of lightning rounds after the first half. The lightning round consists of groups of ten related questions worth ten points each. The team that is not in the lead gets the first choice of three subjects for their round, and has one minute to answer as many as they can. The other team then gets a 30 second bounce-back phase on questions the first team missed. After this, the process is repeated with the leading team choosing from the remaining two choices. 15-point powers are used in league play, but -5 interrupt penalties are not.
In previous years, MNHSQB games consisted of four "phases." The first phase consisted of twelve very short warm-up tossups. The second phase consisted of standard tossups with powers and bonuses. The first two phases were combined for timing purposes, and were 9 minutes long. The third phase was a lightning round, and the fourth was more tossups and bonuses, for 6 minutes.
Regular season play uses tossups and bonuses from NAQT's A-Series and lightning rounds from its Standard Television Series. The playoffs use questions from a regular NAQT set, which are more difficult. You can read a sample packet of A-Series questions here.
For many years of the pre-NAQT era, all events were held at Burnsville, so that all schools had an opportunity to appear on public television. Patrick's Press questions were used in the years preceding NAQT's involvement, and Questions Unlimited provided questions before then, in the mid-eighties. Records suggest that it was once part of a quiz show on KSTP. Very incomplete records of those years can be found here.
Since the 2006-2007 season, play has been on NAQT questions. Wayzata has the most titles in the NAQT era, with six. Eden Praire is second with five. Wayzata also holds the record for points in a game in that era, having scored 1,035 points against Edina during round 6 of the 2017-18 season.
|1990||St. Thomas Academy||Unknown|
|1991||Rosemount||St. Paul Academy|
|1994||Eden Prairie||St. Thomas Academy|
|2000||Chaska||St. Thomas Academy|
|2001||St. Thomas Academy||Minneapolis Southwest|
|2002||St. Thomas Academy||St. Louis Park|
|2003||Chaska||St. Thomas Academy|
|2005||St. Thomas Academy||Chaska|
|2006||St. Thomas Academy||Chaska|
|Year||Set Used||# of Teams||Champion||Second||Third||Fourth|
|2007||MN-06||98||Eden Prairie||St. Anthony Village||St. Thomas Academy||Wayzata|
|2009||MN-08||100||Chaska||Eden Prairie||St. Louis Park||Wayzata|
|2010||MN-09||100||Eden Prairie||St. Thomas Academy||Chaska||St. Louis Park|
|2011||MN-10||108||Chanhassen||St. Paul Central||Eden Prairie||Wayzata|
|2012||MN-11||110||Wayzata||St. Paul Central||Chaska||Mounds View|
|2013||MN-12||110||Wayzata||St. Paul Central||Chaska||Eden Prairie|
|2014||MN-13||105||Eden Prairie||Wayzata||St. Thomas Academy||Blake|
|2016||MN-15||131||Eden Prairie||Wayzata||Mounds Park Academy||Burnsville|
|2017||MN-16||139||Wayzata||St. Thomas Academy||Mounds Park Academy||Burnsville|
|2018||MN-17||134||Wayzata||Eden Prairie||Mounds View||Edina|
|2019||MN-18||118||Mounds View||Wayzata||Burnsville||Eden Prairie|
|2020||MN-19||126||Wayzata||Eden Prairie||Mounds View||Burnsville|
|2021||MN-20||86||Wayzata||Burnsville||Mounds View||Eden Prairie|