Minnesota Quiz Bowl Alliance
Minnesota Quiz Bowl Alliance (MQBA) is an organization for Quiz Bowl competitions for high school and middle school levels in Minnesota. The organization is headed by a five member Board of Directors whose members are James Jurkovich, George Leiter, Chris Lenius, Kirk Walton, and Brian Weikle. As R. Robert Hentzel regularly involved in its activities, the Alliance is affiliated with NAQT and generally runs tournaments using their question sets. Despite mention on their website, the MQBA is rarely involved in the College Quiz Bowl circuit.
Minnesota High School Quiz Bowl League
The MQBA operates Minnesota High School Quiz Bowl League. It has four divisions and each has four preliminary meetings a season and lasts from October to February on Thursday evenings. Each meeting is colloquially known as a "league night" and consists of four rounds against random opponents. Each of these league nights occur at separate divisional locations. In February the the league's top teams are seeded into a double elimination tournament held at a central location. Higher rounds are broadcast on BCTV4 exclusively to viewers in Burnsville, MN. The league currently uses a custom written packet derived from an NAQT A level packet and lightning rounds.
Other Tournaments and Invitationals
MQBA and its staff are sometimes involved in non-league night NAQT tournaments for logistical or moderation help, but usually the hosts of such events are primarily responsible. The following is a list of Alliance affiliated middle school and high school tournaments from the 2012-2013 season. They all played on an NAQT packet set.
- 2013 NAQT State Championship (March 16, 2013)
- 2013 Run for the Roses (February 16, 2013)
- 2013 ACUI/NAQT Region 10 Sectional (February 9, 2013)
- 2013 Snow CAT (January 26, 2013)
- 2013 Lake Conference (January 12, 2013)
- 2012 LARGESSE (December 8, 2012)
- 2012 TOSSUP (December 8, 2012)
- 2012 GINVIT (December 1, 2012)
- 2012 RAT-RACE (November 17, 2012)
- 2012 KINGPIN (November 17, 2012)
- 2012 SOCIAL (October 27, 2012)
Greatest Minnesota High School players
This is was created by "The Grand Inquisitor" in 2008, so it may be somewhat out of date.
- Michael Wright
- Brendan Byrne
- Trevor Davis
- Sam Peterson
- Rob Carson
- Gautam Kandlikar
- Andrew Guyton
- Jack Boyle/Josh Mollner
- Igor Luzhansky
- Andrew Hart