Mort Walker Invitational

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The Mort Walker Invitational was a high school tournament hosted by Missouri. Its first incarnation was held on February 13, 2010, and it has been held on Valentine's Day weekend three of its four iterations (The fourth one was held two weeks earlier). It is named in honor of Mort Walker, a Mizzou alum and creator of the comic strip Beetle Bailey.

2010 Mort Walker Invitational

2010 Mort Walker Invitational
Champion Helias A
Runner-up Fulton B
Third Parkway West
Fourth Rock Bridge A
High scorer Nick Vellios, Helias A
Editor/s Maggie Walker GSAC XVII - Tommy Casalaspi, Greg Tito, Mehdi Razvi, Sarah Angelo
Site Missouri-Columbia
Field
Stats Full Stats

Field

  • Boonville
  • Fulton A & B
  • Helias A & B
  • Jefferson City
  • Parkway West
  • Rock Bridge A & B

Summary

Nine teams converged on Columbia to compete in the inaugural MWI. After a full round-robin, Helias A came out on top with an 8-0 record. Tied for second place, with 6-2 records, were Fulton B and Parkway West. Fulton B won the tiebreaker to earn the second place plaque. Both Helias and Fulton qualified teams for the 2010 PACE NSC.

2011 Mort Walker Invitational

2011 Mort Walker Invitational
Champion Clayton
Runner-up Ladue A
Third Rock Bridge A
Fourth Jefferson City
High scorer Max Schindler, Ladue A
Editor/s Maggie Walker GSAC XVIII
Site Missouri-Columbia
Field
Stats Full Stats
  • Number of teams: 18
  • Directors: Charlie Dees
  • Date: February 12, 2011

Field

  • Boonville
  • Clayton
  • Elsberry
  • Helias A & B
  • Jefferson City
  • Ladue A, B, C & D
  • North Kansas City
  • Oakville
  • Parkway West A & B
  • Rock Bridge A & B
  • Savannah
  • Tuscumbia

Summary

Doubling the field size of the previous incarnation, the 2011 MWI featured teams from all over the state competing for the title. After prelims, the teams were rebracketed into three pools of six based on record. Playoff competition had Clayton and Ladue A tied at 4-1 with NKC, Rock Bridge A and Jefferson City tied for third at 2-3. The championship went to Clayton after a one-game final, while third place went to Rock Bridge A after they defeated North Kansas City and Jefferson City for the plaque.

2012 Mort Walker Invitational

2012 Mort Walker Invitational
Champion Ladue A
Runner-up Rock Bridge A
Third Clayton A
Fourth Helias
High scorer Alex Meneses, Clayton A
Editor/s Maggie Walker GSAC XIX
Site Missouri-Columbia
Field
Stats Stats

Field

  • Clayton A, B, & C
  • Columbia Independent A & B
  • Fatima
  • Fulton A & B
  • Helias
  • Hickman A & B
  • Ladue A, B, & C
  • Oakland Jr.
  • Oakville A & B
  • Rock Bridge A, B, & C
  • Smith-Cotton
  • Tuscumbia
  • West Jr. A & B

2013 Mort Walker Invitational

2013 Mort Walker Invitational
Champion Ladue A
Runner-up Ladue B
Third Ladue C
Fourth Hickman A
High scorer Max Schindler, Ladue A
Editor/s Maggie Walker GSAC XX
Site Missouri-Columbia
Field
Stats Stats
  • Number of teams: 24
  • Directors: Charlie Dees
  • Date: February 2, 2013

Field

  • Ladue A, B, C, D, & E
  • Hickman A, B, C, & D
  • Rock Bridge A, B, C, & D
  • Hallsville A, B, & C
  • Helias A & B
  • De Smet
  • Fort Osage
  • Oakville A & B
  • Smith-Cotton
  • Tuscumbia

Summary

Despite less schools overall, the tournament overall remained very competitive, with several top teams at the time competing with not only other top teams, but themselves due to the large amount of teams fielded by each school. Ultimately, Max Schindler won undefeated playing solo, with the runner-up team being Ben Zhang, another solo player from Ladue. Ladue ended up having 4 of the 5 top individual players at the tournament, and 4 of the top 10 teams.