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2005 Cardinal Junior Classic

2005 Oct. 23 (Sunday)

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Congratulations to The Harker School for winning the 2005 Cardinal Junior Classic!

Cardinal Junior Classic, run by the Stanford Quiz Bowl Club, occurred on Sunday, October 23, 2005 at Menlo-Atherton High School. Fifteen teams attended, from the following eight schools: Menlo-Atherton, Bentley, Mira Loma (in Sacramento), Menlo School, Harker, Mission San Jose, Evergreen Valley, St. Joseph Notre Dame.

Teams began the day by playing 4 or 5 random opponents. Stats and standings for those rounds can be found here.

Then, teams were put into brackets a through c (top 5, next 5, next 5). Each bracket played a round-robin. Stats and standings for those rounds can be found here.

The top 5 teams played in bracket "a". Here are the results for that bracket (record from prelims did not carry over):
Harker A (4-0)
MSJ A (3-1)
Bentley A (1-3)
Bentley B (1-3)
Mira Loma (1-3)

Harker A went undefeated to win the tournament, and Mission San Jose A took second place with a 3-1 record. Those two teams both qualified for NAQT's 2006 High School National Championship Tournament to be held in Chicago in June. The third and last nationals qualifying spot went to Bentley. (Since we had a three-way tie for third place, the two teams with the fewest points [Bentley B and Mira Loma] played. Bentley B won, 260-120 and then played Bentley A. Bentley A won that match 460-155.)

The top individual scorers of the tournament (based on performance during prelims) were:

1. Yi (Harker A) 118.00 points per game
2. Brett (Bentley A) 82.00 points per game
3. Darwin (MSJ A) 69.00 points per game
4. Jonathan (MSJ C) 55.00 points per game
5. Steven (MSJ B) 51.25 points per game
6. Arkajit (Harker B) 51.00 points per game
7. Joe (Bentley) B 46.00 points per game
8. Tom (Menlo-Atherton) 45.00 points per game
9. Albert (Mira Loma) 42.50 points per game
10. Dana (Evergreen Valley A) 42.00 points per game

Congratulations, everybody!

We want to thank everybody who helped, including our volunteers Hether, Charlie, Mary Etta, Kevin, Elizabeth, Silvia, Sam, Alex, Collin, Rowan, and Sue. We couldn't have done it without you! Special thanks go to Sue Kayton and Menlo-Atherton High School for providing the building to run the event. Also, thanks go to Kevin Koai for computing stats, and to Elizabeth Pratt for handling the finances.

Please feel very free to contact us at with any questions, comments, or concerns about the tournament. We'd appreciate your feedback! Also, please see the main page for Bay Area High School Quiz Bowl, which includes a calendar and suggestions on obtaining practice questions. We hope to see you all at future events!

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