MSHSAA State Championship

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A MSHSAA State Championship has been hosted for Scholar Bowl annually since 1996.

Predecessor

Prior to 1996, a state tournament was hosted by the Missouri Academic Association.

Format and Distribution

2019-2021

The MSHSAA Board of Directors approved a three-year trial of a 26 tossup with three part bonus format, using NAQT's standard distribution for a 22 tossup-bonus packet with additional math questions. All questions are worth 10 points each with no powers or negs.

1996-2018

The MSHSAA state series originally used a four-quarter format:

  • 1st quarter: 15 tossups
  • 2nd quarter: 10 tossups with bonuses
  • 3rd quarter: 15 tossups
  • 4th quarter: 10 tossups with bonuses

All tossups were worth 10 points; all bonuses were worth 20 points. Previously, they contained four parts worth five points each, but in 2010, the four part bonuses were changed to two part bonuses worth ten points each. There were no powers or negs. The maximum score in a MSHSAA game was thus 900.

The Missouri distribution consisted of:

  • Science: 10/4
  • Math: 10/4
  • Social Studies: 10/4
  • Literature: 10/4
  • Fine Arts: 6/2
  • Miscellaneous/Vocational Education: 4/2

The format and distribution used before 2010 were inherited from the MAA tournament. The original distribution included 3 tossups and 1 bonus in language arts; these questions were reassigned to fine arts in 2010. Combined with the change in bonus format also in 2010, the updated Missouri four-quarter format was uniquely MSHSAA's.

Districts and Sectionals

To participate in the MSHSAA state series, schools must register to participate in the activity for the current school year, which allows the school to participate in competitions against other MSHSAA member schools. The registered schools (usually a little over 400 each year) are then divided into four roughly equal classes based on enrollment. Through the 2017-2018 school year, enrollments were based on grades 9-12 and updated on a two year cycle in the summer of even years. Starting in the 2018-2019 school year, enrollments are now based on grades 9-11 and updated annually. Populations for private schools are multiplied by 1.35, and populations for single-gender schools are also doubled (which makes sense for single-gender sports but not so much for quizbowl). The schools are then divided within their classes into roughly equally-sized districts based on geographic proximity.

Districts are held in early April. District tournaments of four or more teams begin with three preliminary rounds with matchups based on random draw by teams. Based on the results of these games, the top 4 teams based on record then average points per game advance to a four team single-elimination bracket. District tournaments of three teams play a full round robin in the three rounds, then play a championship game between the top two teams. District tournaments with only two teams play a best two of three series.

From 1996-2008, each class had 8 districts, with the winner of each district advancing to the state tournament. Beginning in 2009, each class now has 16 districts, with the winners of two adjacent districts meeting on a Wednesday evening to play a best two-of-three series to determine which eight teams advance to the state tournament.

State Tournament

The state tournament is held in early May in Columbia. The tournament was previously hosted at Stephens College in 1996 and 1997, Columbia College in 1998, and Rock Bridge High School from 1999-2008 (except for 2000 when the tournament was held at Gentry Middle School). Since 2009, the tournament has been hosted in Memorial Union on the University of Missouri campus.

From 1996-2007, all four classes competed on Saturday. Since 2008, the tournament has been split to two days, with Classes 1 and 2 competing on Friday and Classes 3 and 4 competing on Saturday.

The tournament uses the same schedule as districts. Each team plays three preliminary rounds with predetermined matchups based on district/sectional number. Based on the results of these games, the top 4 teams based on record then average points per game advance to a four team single-elimination bracket. This format has been used consistently since the tournament's inception.

Question Providers

Color Key

  Set/matched record in all classes
  Set/matched class record

Championship Game Results

Indicated records are for highest score by a team with their placement in the championship game.

Year Class 4 Champion Class 4 Second Place Class 3 Champion Class 3 Second Place Class 2 Champion Class 2 Second Place Class 1 Champion Class 1 Second Place
1996 North Kansas City

350

Raytown

315

Cuba

385

Lexington

270

Richland

385

South Callaway

210

Mound City

320

Pilot Grove

255

1997 North Kansas City

425

Kirksville

290

Cuba

390

New Madrid Co. Central

240

Richland

415

Lockwood

280

Mound City

340

North Shelby

225

1998 North Kansas City

495

North County

135

Cuba

415

Lexington

190

Richland

400

North Platte

315

Mound City

465

North Shelby

155

1999 North Kansas City

415

Blue Springs

340

Priory

395

Lexington

295

Richland

420

Elsberry

170

Mound City

295

Pilot Grove

180

2000 Nixa

395

Savannah

260

Boonville

435

Cameron

265

Richland

390

Lincoln

300

Koshkonong

385

Thomas Jefferson

245

2001 Nixa

480

Liberty

290

Salem

335

Savannah

285

Richland

430

Lincoln

280

Koshkonong

300

Thomas Jefferson

230

2002 Cape Girardeau Central

375

Parkway Central

310

Savannah

415

Priory

260

Bernie

275

Purdy

200

Thomas Jefferson

320

Mound City

255

2003 Liberty

410

Parkway Central

380

Savannah

460

Montgomery County

255

Richland

350

Bernie

220

Thomas Jefferson

365

St. Joseph Christian

205

2004 Parkway Central

310

Liberty

255

Savannah

390

Westminster Christian

290

Richland

275

Viburnum

220

Mound City

270

Thomas Jefferson

245

2005 Liberty

390

Parkway Central

245

Westminster Christian

385

Savannah

280

Richland

295

Barstow

225

Thomas Jefferson

255

St. Joseph Christian

240

2006 Ladue

290

Liberty

150

Savannah

245

Westminster Christian

200

Richland

170

McAuley Catholic

135

Thomas Jefferson

175

Tarkio

160

2007 North Kansas City

370

St. Louis University High

210

John Burroughs

325

Savannah

245

Richland

240

College Heights Christian

150

Thomas Jefferson

210

Bradleyville

175

2008 North Kansas City

450

Kirksville

300

Notre Dame

400

Priory

260

Richland

340

Plattsburg

195

Thomas Jefferson

215

St. Joseph Christian

205

2009 Ladue

400

North Kansas City

235

Priory

225

Notre Dame

160

Richland

280

St. Paul Lutheran

275

Tarkio

255

Leeton

60

2010 Kirksville

340

Ladue

290

Priory

240

Smithville

210

Barstow

170+3OT

St. Paul Lutheran

170+0OT

Heartland

190

St. Joseph Christian

140

2011 Ladue

470

Rock Bridge

350

Savannah

460

Centralia

220

Richland

390

Barstow

300

Heartland

340+3OT

Mound City

340+0OT

2012 Ladue

590

Rock Bridge

230

Savannah

470

Priory

170

Barstow

340

Richland

270

Mound City

530

Columbia Independent

150

2013 Ladue

600

Hickman

260

Priory

400

Hallsville

390

Saxony Lutheran

390

Richland

300

Thomas Jefferson

360

Pilot Grove

240

2014 Ladue

560

Hickman

240

Hallsville

370+3OT

Savannah

370+1OT

Richland

480

Saxony Lutheran

290

Thomas Jefferson

380+3OT

Pilot Grove

380+0OT

2015 Clayton

380

St. Joseph Central

340

Hallsville

380

Savannah

310

Saxony Lutheran

350

Richland

330

Tuscumbia

320

Thomas Jefferson

300

2016 Hickman

430

Ladue

310

Orchard Farm

350

Priory

330

Calvary Lutheran

370

Louisiana

280

Thomas Jefferson

410

Columbia Independent

330

2017 Washington

490

Ladue

360

Savannah

450

Orchard Farm

390

Louisiana

390

Calvary Lutheran

320

Thomas Jefferson

430

Lakeland

240

2018 Ladue

400

St. Joseph Central

330

Hallsville

390

Priory

340

Louisiana

490

College Heights Christian

260

Lakeland

340

Thomas Jefferson

320

Championship Game Statistics

900 points were possible in a MSHSAA four-quarter format game (50 tossups worth 10 points each and 400 bonus points). If a game was tied after regulation, overtime consisted of reading tossups until one team has answered three correctly.

Statistic Class 4 Class 3 Class 2 Class 1
Highest score, champion 600

2013 Ladue

470

2012 Savannah

490

2018 Louisiana

530

2012 Mound City

Highest score, second place team 380

2003 Parkway Central

390

2013 Hallsville; 2017 Orchard Farm

330

2015 Richland

380 (forcing OT)

2014 Pilot Grove

Highest combined score 860

2013: Ladue 600, Hickman 260

840

2017: Savannah 450, Orchard Farm 390

770

2014: Richland 480, Saxony Lutheran 290

760

2014: Thomas Jefferson 380, Pilot Grove 380 (OT)

Lowest combined score 440

2006: Ladue 290, Liberty 150

385

2009: Priory 240, Smithville 210

305

2006: Richland 170, McAuley Catholic 135

315

2009: Tarkio 255, Leeton 60

Smallest margin 30 points

2003: Liberty 410, Parkway Central 380

3-1 in overtime

2014: Hallsville 370, Savannah 370

3-0 in overtime

2010: Barstow 170, St. Paul Lutheran 170

3-0 in overtime

2011: Heartland 340, Mound City 340; 2014: Thomas Jefferson 380, Pilot Grove 380

Largest margin 360

1998: North Kansas City 495, North County 135; 2012: Ladue 590, Rock Bridge 230

300

2012: Savannah 470, Priory 170

250

1999: Richland 420, Elsberry 170

380

2012: Mound City 530, Columbia Independent 150

The lowest combined scores occurred in years in which poorly written and excessively difficult questions were used, lowering scores across the board. A notoriously difficult Bryce Avery set was used in 2006, and Questions Galore wrote the questions in 2009.

Top Individuals

This table lists the individual with the highest average points per game through 5 rounds in each class in each year. Bold averages indicate the highest average in all classes that year. An asterisk indicates a different player had a higher average but did not advance to the playoffs, or a different player had a higher number of total tossups due to the listed player having a bye due to forfeit; see notes below the table for details.

Unknown top scorers answered fewer than 70 tossups correctly.

Year Class 4 Class 3 Class 2 Class 1
1996 unknown unknown unknown unknown
1997 Mike Wehrman, North Kansas City

26.6 (133/5)

unknown unknown unknown
1998 Andy Wehrman, North Kansas City

18.0 (90/5)

unknown unknown Joshlin Yoder, North Shelby

11.0 (55/5)

1999 Andy Wehrman, North Kansas City

18.4 (92/5)

unknown unknown unknown
2000 Adam Hill, Nixa

18.2 (91/5)

Sean Phillips, Boonville

19.8 (99/5)

Jason Mueller, Lincoln

18.6 (93/5)

Kevin Moore, Mound City & Jim Driscoll, Koshkonong

11.0 (55/5)

2001 Adam Hill, Nixa

22.2 (111/5)

Greg Martin, Savannah

15.8 (79/5)

Jason Mueller, Lincoln

19.0 (95/5)

Jim Driscoll, Koshkonong

14.0 (70/5)

2002 Chris Ottolino, Parkway Central

11.8 (59/5)

Melissa McCush, Savannah

23.4 (117/5)

Cliff Brown, Glasgow

14.4 (72/5)

Rebecca Porte, Thomas Jefferson

9.0 (45/5)

2003 Chris Ottolino, Parkway Central

22.2 (111/5)

Justin Hofstetter, Lexington

15.4 (77/5)

Derik Moore, Bernie

10.6 (53/5)

James Black, Galena

13.6 (68/5)

2004 Jimmy Li, Parkway Central

15.2 (76/5)

Kim Kerr, Savannah

13.6 (68/5)

Matt Chadbourne, Viburnum

13.4 (67/5)

Travis Eakin, Bell City

13.5 (54/4)*

2005 Jimmy Li, Parkway Central

20.2 (101/5)

Andrew Hoekzema, Westminster Christian

12.8 (64/5)

Josh Chittum, South Shelby

10.2 (51/5)

Travis Eakin, Bell City

17.8 (89/5)

2006 Jason Wu, Ladue

13.8 (69/5)

Andrew Hoekzema, Westminster Christian

14.2 (71/5)

Sam Hooker, Richland & Cody Couch, Knox County

8.4 (42/5)

Nate Kinast, Thomas Jefferson

10.6 (53/5)

2007 Charlie Dees, North Kansas City

18.0 (90/5)

Cory Honer, Richland

15.4 (77/5)

Woody Smelser, New Madrid County Central

10.8 (54/5)

Nate Kinast, Thomas Jefferson

13.6 (68/5)

2008 Charlie Dees, North Kansas City

19.4 (97/5)

Terin Budine, Savannah

19.0 (95/5)

Logan Goad, Richland

12.2 (61/5)

Nate Schuster, Pilot Grove

12.8 (64/5)

2009 Julia Price, Fort Zumwalt West

9.8 (49/5)

Taylor Smith, Hallsville

13.6 (68/5)

Ben Simpson, Belle

9.2 (46/5)*

Kevin Lang, Tarkio

15.4 (77/5)

2010 Ravi Fernando, Kirksville

14.0 (70/5)

Matt Menendez, Priory

8.8 (44/5)

Ian Jessee, Plattsburg

7.4 (37/5)

Tim Schmitz, St. Joseph Christian

8.8 (44/5)*

2011 Max Schindler, Ladue

27.0 (135/5)

Aaron Seider, Centralia

14.6 (73/5)

Ian Jessee, Plattsburg

14.4 (72/5)

Antonio Perilli, Heartland & Paul Grant, Mound City

15.4 (77/5)*

2012 Max Schindler, Ladue

26.4 (132/5)

Austin Kerns, Savannah

17.2 (86/5)

Aidan Coyle, Barstow

13.6 (68/5)*

Paul Grant, Mound City

25.4 (127/5)

2013 Max Schindler, Ladue

26.4 (132/5)

Alexander Noddings, Priory

13.0 (65/5)

Luke Voyles, Twin Rivers

21.0 (105/5)

Luke Schuster, Pilot Grove

17.8 (89/5)

2014 Ben Zhang, Ladue

19.6 (98/5)

Jared Lockwood, Hallsville

18.0 (90/5)

Luke Voyles, Twin Rivers

22.2 (111/5)

Luke Schuster, Pilot Grove

20.6 (103/5)*

2015 Omkar Venkatesh, Clayton

14.4 (72/5)

Jared Lockwood, Hallsville

17.6 (88/5)

Josh Vogel, Saxony Lutheran

17.6 (88/5)

Ross Sparrow, Tuscumbia

20.6 (103/5)

2016 William Gentry, St. Joseph Central

18.2 (91/5)

Tyler Woosencraft, Orchard Farm

11.2 (56/5)*

Michael Powers, Louisiana

18.0 (90/5)

Will Devoy, Columbia Independent

16.0 (80/5)

2017 William Gentry, St. Joseph Central

16.8 (84/5)

Samuel Lockwood, Hallsville

17.6 (88/5)*

Michael Powers, Louisiana

27.6 (138/5)

Gage Smith, Wellsville

18.4 (92/5)

2018 William Gentry, St. Joseph Central

18.4 (92/5)

Samuel Lockwood, Hallsville

27.2 (136/5)

Michael Powers, Louisiana

31.0 (155/5)

Savannah Dillard, Thomas Jefferson

19.2 (96/5)

Notes

  • In Class 1 in 2004, Bell City only played 4 games due to a district winner declining to attend the tournament. Alex Moore from Mound City had 58 total tossups over 5 games.
  • In Class 2 in 2009, John Prewitt from Thayer answered 34 tossups in the three preliminary rounds (11.33 per game) but did not advance to the playoffs.
  • In Class 1 in 2010, Grant Monnig of Glasgow had 31 tossups and Matthew Willia of King City had 30 tossups in the three preliminary rounds, but their teams did not advance to the playoffs.
  • The message board post with the 2011 All-State teams indicated 17.8 tossups per game but only 77 total tossups for the Class 1 leaders, so it is not known if 77 or 89 tossups is correct.
  • In Class 2 in 2012, Luke Voyles of Twin Rivers had 45 tossups in the three preliminary rounds (15.0 per game) but did not advance to the playoffs.
  • In Class 3 in 2016, Ross Simmons of Lafayette County had 46 tossups in the three preliminary rounds (15.33 per game) but did not advance to the playoffs.
  • In Class 3 in 2017, Ross Simmons of Lafayette County had 69 tossups in the three preliminary rounds (23 per game) but did not advance to the playoffs. This set a record for most tossups by a player who only played the three preliminary rounds, and was the second highest number of total tossups answered correctly by an individual in Class 3 that year.