Minnesota High School Quiz Bowl League
The Minnesota High School Quiz Bowl League is a quiz bowl league located in the Minneapolis-St. Paul area. 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 is considered by many to be more prestigious than the official NAQT Minnesota State Championship, as it is generally has a more challenging field.
For the 2021-22 competition, the MNHSQBL is being run in a hybrid format with Division I held online via Zoom and Buzzin.live and the other two held in person. Schools are listed in the division they play in for the 2021-22 season.
List of divisions and competition dates
|Division||School||City||Coach(es)||# of teams|
11/4, 12/2, 1/13
|Apple Valley||Apple Valley||Shawn Dylla||2|
|Athens||Athens, WI||Paul Hoffman||1|
|Benilde-St. Margaret's||St. Louis Park||Matt McMerty-Brummer||2|
|Holy Family||Victoria||Jim Walker||1|
11/11, 12/9, 1/20
|Hill-Murray||Maplewood||Louise Head and Kevin Ryan||3|
|Hudson||Hudson, WI||Roberta Naujok and Kristin Bores||2|
|Irondale||New Brighton||Bryan Coyle||5|
|Mounds Park||St. Paul||Jay Noland and Wade Peterson||3|
|Mounds View||Arden Hills||Justin Benolkin||3|
|North St. Paul||North St. Paul||Joe Simms||2|
|Pine City||Pine City||Dana Phillips||1|
|Saint Agnes||St. Paul||Jackie Cates and Jared Taggart||2|
|Shattuck-St. Mary's||Faribault||Genevieve Andreas and Nicole Taynton||2|
|St. Croix Prep||Stillwater||Craig Wolke and Will Palus||2|
|St. Paul Academy||St. Paul||Kate Lockwood||1|
11/18, 12/16, 1/27
|Chanhassen||Chanhassen||Mitch Williams, Parker Bakke, Katy Boyum-Hill, and Scott Zaske||1|
|Chaska||Chaska||Naomi Jones and Rory Bartels||3|
|Eagan||Eagan||Patsy Keech and Francis Samuel||1|
|Eastview||Apple Valley||John Kelly||2|
|Eden Prairie||Eden Prairie||William Bednar||6|
|Hopkins||Minnetonka||Chris Adams and Don Habel||1|
|Orono||Long Lake||Brian McCollor and Joseph Suchomel||3|
|Prior Lake||Prior Lake||Brian Olsen and Jay Clawson||3|
|Providence||Plymouth||Kevin Keiser and Emily Semsch||4|
|St. Louis Park||St. Louis Park||Peter Dangerfield||1|
|St. Thomas Academy||Mendota Heights||Doug Hoverson, James Jurkovich, Jessica Sutherland, and Melissa Judy||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. A sample packet of A-Series questions can be found 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.
|1972||St. Thomas Academy||Unknown|
|1980||Unknown||St. Thomas Academy|
|1982||St. Thomas Academy||Unknown|
|1984||St. Paul Academy||Unknown|
|1985||St. Paul Academy||Unknown|
|1987||St. Paul Academy||Mounds Park|
|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|