NAQT New Jersey State Championship
The NAQT New Jersey Championship is a tournament hosted in New Jersey. It is the only quiz bowl state championship in New Jersey using the standard tossup-bonus format.
In many early years, the top teams played a round-robin group with no final. Where a final is marked with an asterisk (*), it is the game between the top two teams which, in retrospect, decided the tournament. In some other years, all teams but the champion had multiple losses. On occasion, teams from New York State have competed in the tournament; they are marked with a pound sign (#).
The 2004 tournament results are unclear given the information currently available.
Summary by school
Where two numbers are shown in a totals column, it indicates the best performance of a school. For instance, East Brunswick A has 3 finals, but East Brunswick as a school has 4 finals. Only New Jersey schools are listed, but non-NJ teams are included within the ranking for a given tournament.
|E. Brunswick A||X||X||6||1||X||X||2||7||1||X||4||4||6||11||7||10||3||5|
|E. Brunswick B||X||X||X||X||X||X||9||3||12||X||13||8||26||X||29||2||6||11|
|High Tech A||X||X||X||X||X||X||X||X||X||X||5||5||1||1||1||1||1||1|
|High Tech B||X||X||X||X||X||X||X||X||X||X||17||19||8||4||5||6||X||9|
|Seton Hall A||X||1||5||9||X||2||4||X||2||X||9||1||12||15||X||X||X||9|
|Seton Hall B||X||5||4||14||X||14||5||X||10||X||15||18||X||X||X||X||X||X|
|St. Joseph A||X||X||X||X||X||X||X||X||X||1||1||2||2||5||2||8||X||3|
|St. Joseph B||X||X||X||X||X||X||X||X||X||X||X||X||X||X||X||X||X||13|
|Bergen Academies A||17||1||4||7||9|
|Bergen Academies B||14||0||0||0||0|
|East Brunswick A||13||2||3/4||4/6||6/8|
|East Brunswick B||10||0||1||2||2|
|High Tech A||8||6||6||6||6|
|High Tech B||7||0||0||0||1|
|Seton Hall Prep A||11||2||4||4||5/6|
|Seton Hall Prep B||8||0||0||0||1|
|St. Joseph A||8||2||5||6||6|
|St. Joseph B||1||0||0||0||0|
|St. Peter's Prep||7||0||0||0||1|
4/28/01 at Rutgers: Seton Hall Prep won the championship group, going 5-0. Behind them was a death star of Millburn, Bergen, Bloomfield, Seton Hall Prep-B, and Millburn-B, all 2-3 in the final group.
3/30/02 at Princeton: After a 12-team round-robin, Bergen was 11-0 and Millburn was 8-3. The pre-tournament rules stated that the top two teams would play a one-game final no matter what, and so with Millburn's 320-185 win, they were state champions.
3/29/03 at Rutgers: The four-team championship group was won by East Brunswick over Millburn, Mainland Regional, and Columbia.
2/28/04 at Rutgers: It appears from that page that Columbia and Half Hollow Hills both had one loss over the course of the tournament. Not knowing anything else (and noting that HHH is in New York), I guess Columbia won the 2004 championship.
3/5/05 at Rutgers: Millburn went undefeated through 10 rounds of preliminary and playoff competition, clearing the field over second-place Seton Hall Prep.
3/4/06 at Rutgers: Millburn defended their title, sweeping a championship group of East Brunswick, Livingston, and Seton Hall Prep
3/3/07 at Rutgers: Bergen County Academies went undefeated to win the championship. Pingry placed second, and East Brunswick won a tiebreaker for third place over Delbarton and Pingry-B.
3/8/08 at Rutgers: East Brunswick defeated Millburn 390-180 to win the state title. Bergen County Academies beat Delbarton for third place.
4/25/09 at Bergen County Academies: After the initial attempt to host this tournament in March at Seton Hall failed because of a flood, the tournament was moved to BCA, though run by Chatham. St. Joseph went 9-1 over the 11-team round-robin to win first place; Columbia was 8-2 for second, and two Bergen teams tied with Half Hollow Hills for third.
2/13/10 at Princeton: After each team went 9-0 through preliminary and playoff brackets, Bergen County Academies and St. Joseph faced off in the championship game. St. Joseph defended its title with a 335-280 win, clinched on the final tossup. Livingston defeated East Brunswick for third place.
4/2/11 at Princeton: The top eight teams competed in two parallel playoff brackets. St. Joseph and Seton Hall Prep each went 3-0 in their playoff bracket leading to a showdown between the two players generally considered best in the state. While Alex Frey of St. Joseph outscored Jimmy McGlone of Seton Hall, Seton Hall Prep won the final 365-270. Kellenberg defeated East Brunswick in the third place game.
4/14/12 at Princeton: The format was changed from the previous year by the addition of a semifinal round. In one division, High Tech, Mountain Lakes, and JP Stevens were all tied at 2-1; the first two advanced to the semifinals. In the other division, St. Joseph was undefeated and Millburn also advanced at 2-1. After both teams won competitive semifinal games, High Tech outlasted St. Joseph 305-255 to win their first state title.
For the first time, in 2012, the state championship was also the site of the announcement of the New Jersey All-State team, tryouts for the NASAT team, and recognition of the state Player of the Year. Grace Liu of High Tech and Alex Frey of St. Joseph were named co-POY after a tie in the voting.
4/20/13 at Princeton: The top twelve teams competed in two playoff brackets of six. High Tech and Mountain Lakes both ran through their playoff brackets 5-0 to advance to the championship game where High Tech won their second straight title 375-220. Ridgewood defeated High Tech B in the third place game. Jack Mehr of St. Joseph, which finished fifth place, was named state Player of the Year.
5/17/14 at Seton Hall Prep: The top twelve teams competed in two playoff brackets of six, with semifinals and finals to follow. In one group, St. Joseph and Ridgewood finished first and second; in the other, High Tech was undefeated with a three-way tie at 3-2 behind them. Bergen Academies defeated Pingry and Livingston in two half-games to advance to the semifinals. High Tech won their third straight state championship, defeating Ridgewood 510-195 in their semifinal and St. Joseph 525-210 in the finals to complete a 12-0 day in which they won every game by at least 200 points.
4/18/15 at Princeton: The same playoff format as the previous year was used. East Brunswick B won one playoff group over High Tech, while Livingston and Mountain Lakes both finished 4-1 in the other group. In the semifinals, East Brunswick B defeated Mountain Lakes and High Tech defeated Livingston. Then, in the championship, High Tech avenged their earlier loss, defeating East Brunswick B 475-200 to win a fourth straight title.
3/26/16 at Princeton: Twenty teams played in two groups of ten, with the top two advancing to crossover playoffs. Bergen Academies, East Brunswick, and High Tech all finished the crossover stage 2-1, ahead of 0-3 Livingston. Bergen had the most points and thus earned a bye to the final. High Tech rallied in the second half of both the semifinal (375-290 over East Brunswick) and final (375-340 over Bergen Academies) to earn another state championship.
4/7/18 at Rutgers: Sixteen teams played in two groups of eight, with the top four from each group advancing to play the top four in the other group, and prelim records against playoff teams carrying over, and a final played between the top two teams. After playoffs, Princeton High lead the field with a record of 6-1 against playoff teams, and with High Tech, St. Joseph, and Millburn all at 5-2, held an advantage in the finals. The three tied teams voted to break the tie based on PPG, meaning that High Tech would play in the final, while St. Joseph defeated Millburn in the third place game. High Tech won both legs of the advantaged final to win the state championship.