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2019 National All-Star Academic Tournament:
Team Ohio A Runner Up!
The Quiz Bowl National All-Star Academic Tournament (NASAT) took place June 22-23, 2019 in Lexington, KY inviting the All-Star teams from every state in the union, and Ottawa Hills High School’s own Mazin Omer was one of the selected players for Ohio’s A Team.
The team nearly won this prestigious tournament containing the most incredible players from all over the country, falling short in the final to Illinois (who won the tournament for the fourth time in a row) to take Runner Up honors.
Mazin joined Hari Parameswaran of NAQT High School National Champions (HSNCT) Beavercreek High School, John John Groger of NAQT Small School Open National Champions Miami Valley, and Neel Mehta and Sam Oguntoyinbo of top-20 NAQT HSNCT and perennial power Solon High School.
Ottawa Hills coach Tony Torio, who was not able to attend the event, says, “Mazin’s selection to this team is a testament to the incredible play he has shown this year, of course. But it also is a testament to the respect he has garnered from his peers across the Ohio Quiz Bowl community in perhaps the most incredible year Ohio Quiz Bowl has ever had. I couldn't be more proud to have gotten to coach this fine young man and watch the way he represented our district nationally with expert play, leadership, and class.” This prestigious honor caps an incredible career for Ottawa Hills High School’s greatest quiz bowl player ever. Mazin will be attending Harvard University this fall.
Ottawa Hills Green Bear Quiz Bowl says good bye to the two most prolific players in school history: the incomparable senior Mazin Omer, the highest scorer in school history, and child prodigy Daniel Liu, the most exuberant and enthusiastic power percentage player ever. No words can express the admiration our quiz bowl program has for you two, and you leave more than your amazing playing legacies behind. Best of luck - we love you both and will miss you!
2019 NAQT Small School National Championship: Chicago, IL
3rd Place Small School;
Runner-Up Very Small School!
Led by senior National Tournament All-Star (5th in the Nation!) Mazin Omer and legendary senior Daniel Liu along with juniors Hank Griffin, and Yale Miller, and sophomore Ishan Khare, the Green Bears made a run at the title in an intense and competitive tournament! They represented the district with great sportsmanship and class along with incredible performance, even scoring the highest bonus conversion of any team. It was an exhilarating and exhausting weekend, but certainly one for the books!
1. Ottawa Hills defeats Sharpsville, PA by a score of 710-50. Sharpsville only formed a team this year, and they were good enough to make it to the big dance! We wish them a bright future. Small World File: Sharpsville's coach was a student at Parma Senior High School in Cleveland when Coach Torio was a teacher there!
2. Ottawa Hills defeats Moravia A, NY by a score of 470-80. The Green Bears had some trouble with this packet, but they still put up a good number of points against this respectable team from south of Syracuse, NY.
3. Ottawa Hills defeats Camp Hill, PA by a score of 490-220. Fun Fact: Camp Hill and Ottawa Hills were the last two Very Small School National Champions at NAQT's SSNCT. The score belied the competitiveness of the game, with Ottawa Hills building an early lead but Camp Hill playing very well in the second half before Ottawa Hills went on a run to put it away.
4. Ottawa Hills defeats Itawamba Agricultural A, MS by a score of 455-295. A fine team from the south, Itawamba jumped out on the Green Bears and built a big lead early. Ottawa Hills had to fight back hard to come back and win the match!
5. Ottawa Hills loses to Glasgow A, KY by a score of 350-400. In a highly anticipated match against the two-time defending champions, Ottawa Hills built a lead and had Glasgow on the ropes. Late in the match, Glasgow had to finish with a large number of tossups, and they did just that, showing everyone why they were the team to beat. Ottawa Hills suffers their first loss of the tournament.
6. Ottawa Hills defeats Williamsville, IL by a score of 485-205. Ottawa Hills has had a great run against this finely-coached team from Illinois, playing five previous epic battles with them over the years at SSNCT. This year, Ottawa Hills was able to get the win to get back on the march to the title.
7. Ottawa Hills defeats Russell, KY by a score of 650-120. Russell is a perennial power from Kentucky, holding several national titles, and the Green Bears played a nearly perfect match in this game, enjoying a packet that fell right in their wheelhouse.
8. Ottawa Hills defeats Middlesboro, KY by a score of 380-325. Making their SSNCT debut, Middlesboro put the whole tournament on notice by roaring into the fray with strong, balanced play, and carrying with them a win over Glasgow in the Kentucky State Championship. But the Green Bears were not daunted, and they made a comeback for the ages to snatch victory from the jaws of defeat just as the match was closing!
9. Ottawa Hills loses to Glasgow A, KY by a score of 335-440. The Green Bears fought hard once again, but they could not quite get the upper hand in this rematch of two of the tournament favorites. Coach Torio continued to gain more respect for this well-coached team and their hard work, and even though it was close, Glasgow showed why they are number 1!
10. Ottawa Hills defeats Beachwood, OH by a score of 615-165. Ottawa Hills closes Saturday with their best SSNCT record ever, 8-2, by defeating Beachwood, a perennial tough team with a couple national titles of their own. They take the #2 card into the playoffs, waiting for their chance to win it all!
11. Ottawa Hills loses to Plymouth, NH by a score of 290-320. In a stunning upset, Plymouth had come into the playoffs with the #18 card, and barely made it out of the first round of the playoffs by defeating Williamsville in a close match that came down to the wire. But they played without fear against Ottawa Hills, and a few mistakes by the Green Bears were quickly capitalized on by the well-coached team. Ottawa Hills nearly made the comeback, but were held off at the end. It was a shock that now had Ottawa Hills fighting for their tournament lives - one more loss and the dream dies!
12. Ottawa Hills defeats Cloverleaf, OH by a score of 595-110. Ottawa Hills shakes off the rust from the bye round and the shocking loss to get back into a nice groove. Coach Torio has a lot of respect for Cloverleaf, a well-coached team from Ohio with whom they've shared many battles. Their young team has a bright future despite a tough run in the playoffs this year. It was a shame to have to knock out this fellow Ohio team.
13. Ottawa Hills defeats Louisiana, MO by a score of 530-195. Louisiana came into the playoffs the #3 seed, just behind Ottawa Hills, and they were a tournament favorite as one of the top teams from the state of Missouri. Like Ottawa Hills, they suffered a big upset loss in their first playoffs match, and Ottawa Hills was a bit nervous to have to face such a heavy hitter in the loser's bracket of the playoffs. But they put on a great performance to march on, knocking Louisiana out of the tournament in 11th place.
14. Ottawa Hills defeats Itawamba Agricultural A, MS by a a score of 455-345. Itawamba took it to the Green Bears in the first half, building a seemingly insurmountable 200-point lead! It was a devastating blow, but the Green Bears never doubted their ability to come back, knowing that they had to focus hard, keep calm, and fight like never before. They pulled off the incredible comeback by snagging nearly every tossup in the second half, converting nearly all their bonuses in impressive fashion! The fine and friendly team from Mississippi bowed out in 7th place, bringing a national trophy back to their home town for the first time since 2015.
15. Ottawa Hills defeats Macomb, IL by a score of 395-305. Macomb had shocked the entire tournament in the first round of the playoffs by handing the great Glasgow A their first SSNCT loss in three years! The match against Ottawa Hills was played live on the big stage in the Grand Ballroom, streamed to the world for all to see. Ottawa Hills roared to a big first-half lead, and looked like they might win comfortably. But Macomb had other ideas, fighting hard to make a powerful comeback, eager to show the field their upset win was no fluke! The Green Bears held on, though, and sent Macomb home in 6th place.
16. Ottawa Hills loses to Middlesboro, KY by a score of 235-430. Middlesboro took advantage of the top three seeds losing (Glasgow A, Louisiana, and Ottawa Hills) and ran the winner's bracket. They entered this match with an advantage, advancing to the championship even if the Green Bears would've won a second time against them. But the Green Bears could not get it going, and Middlesboro built an early lead and never let up the pressure. It was a sad loss, but the Green Bears were guaranteed Runner Up in the Very Small School subdivision and no worse than 4th place overall.
17. Ottawa Hills defeats Plymouth, NH by a score of 395-385. Plymouth marched into the Super Six by shocking team after team as everyone wondered, "Who is this team?!" They had finished as high as 12th place in years past, but this young team had raised their game this year and never doubted what they were capable of. They once again played Ottawa Hills without fear, and the exciting match went back and forth down to the last two tossups where the Green Bears held on for dear life and won by the narrowest of margins! Plymouth headed back to New Hampshire in 4th place with heads held high and a wave of respect in their wake. The win sealed 3rd place for Ottawa Hills.
2019 NAQT Ohio Small School
The Ottawa Hills Green Bear Quiz Bowl team of Mazin Omer, Daniel Liu, Hank Griffin, and Meredith Randall ran the field with a perfect 10-0 record to claim the 2019 NAQT Ohio Small School State Championship! Led by All-Ohio Top Individual Mazin Omer and All-Ohio 3rd Team Daniel Liu, the Green Bears fought off two serious challenges from a young but fearless Cloverleaf team and a strong Fisher Catholic team in the final two rounds of the playoffs.
Mazin Omer bested the field with an incredible 125 tossup points per game, far and away the highest total of anyone in the tournament!
Coach Torio states, "The team showed great composure, solid team play, and balanced knowledge to cement the title. I couldn't be more proud - a great effort!" The team is thankful for the great parent support and companionship without which none of this would have happened - made a long day very worth while.
2019 TAAC Champions: Three-peat!
In a dominating performance, the Green Bear team of Mazin Omer, Yale Miller, Hank Griffin, Rohit Mukherjee, and Meredith Randall brought home the TAAC Championship for the third year in a row! The team used aggressive play and excellent team chemistry to retain the coveted Alltel Cup.
Many thanks to Northwood for being gracious hosts, and thanks to all teams in the field for being class acts - always a pleasure to play this event!
TAAC 2019 Academic Quiz Championship Standings:
1. Ottawa Hills (413 points).
2. Maumee Valley Country Day (292).
3. Toledo Christian (225).
4. Cardinal Stritch (171).
5. Northwood (132).
WBGU Brain Game 2018-2019
with Host Marc Hathaway
The 2018-2019 Season of the WBGU Brain Game with host Marc Hathaway is off and running again! Tune in Thursday nights at 9:00 PM on WBGU to see the action.
Round 1: Ottawa Hills defeats Tiffin Columbian 390 to 170. Click here if you missed it: https://www.pbs.org/video/tiffin-columbian-vs-ottawa-hills-d8ortm/
Round 2: Ottawa Hills defeats North Baltimore 495 to 55. Click here if you missed it: https://www.pbs.org/video/north-baltimore-vs-ottawa-hills-4l4ttx/
Quarterfinals: Ottawa Hills defeats Toledo Early College HS 430-270. Click here if you missed it:
Semifinals: Ottawa Hills defeats Pettisville 245-95. Click here if you missed it: https://video.wbgu.org/video/ottawa-hills-vs-pettisville-gomssk/
Championship: Ottawa Hills defeats Riverdale 560-440 in the highest-scoring Brain Game ever! It was a great match, with three-time finalists Riverdale trailing the entire time and Ottawa Hills seemingly in control. But Riverdale kept their cool and mounted a comeback for the ages, tying the score with only moments remaining! Then, Ottawa Hills went on a run and sealed the game to finally win a televised Quiz Show!! It was a great season! Click the link below to watch the extended Finals special: https://video.wbgu.org/video/ottawa-hills-vs-riverdal-finals-luaesr/
2019 NAQT Ohio Open State Championships: Top 8 Finish!
The Ottawa Hills Green Bear team of Mazin Omer, Hank Griffin, Yale Miller, and Ishan Khare decided to attend the open state high school championship and do battle in a ridiculously deep and grueling field. They almost finished the morning undefeated, but lost a close one to Northmont to finish 6-1. Then in the playoffs, they started out beating perennial power Copley before hitting a skid. They gave national power Miami Valley a great battle before falling, and the strength of the field became too much: the Green Bears learned that small mistakes can be extremely costly against top-notched teams! Coach Torio says, "It was a great warm up for nationals to play against the big schools. Ohio has numerous nationally-ranked teams and players, and we got a great taste of high competition where the margin of error is slim to none. Our team was exhausted by the end of the day, but they battled on in every match, never giving up until it was over. I was very proud of the effort, and making the championship bracket was in and of itself an accomplishment." Harvard-bound senior All-American Mazin Omer was one of the top individual scorers in the tournament and led Ottawa Hills. The team finished the day 7-6.
P. S. Ohio State Runners Up Miami Valley went on to win the NAQT Small School Open Division National Championship! Amazing team!
P. S. S. Ohio State Champions Beavercreek went on to win the NAQT High School National Championship!! Amazing team!
P. S. S. Solon went on to finish a very impressive 19th place at NAQT HSNCT as well!
As you can see, the 2019 NAQT Ohio State Championship had an incredibly deep and tough field!!
WNWO Academic Challenge with Kimberly Newman and Jay Hannah!
Sundays, 11:00 AM on NBC Channel 24!
Play along at home this season and watch Kimberly Newman host the WNWO Academic Challenge! The Green Bears are one of the preseason favorites, but the format is prone to upsets, so be sure to watch! If you miss a given Sunday, the podcasts can be found at http://nbc24.com.
Round 1: Ottawa Hills defeats Otsego 270-190. https://nbc24.com/features/academic-challenges/academic-challenge-ottawa-hills-v-otsego-03-29-2019
Round 2: Ottawa Hills defeats Woodmore 230-130 https://nbc24.com/features/academic-challenges/academic-challenge-woodmore-v-ottawa-hills
Quarterfinals: Ottawa Hills loses to Sylvania Northview.
Ohio End-of-Semester Trash Tournament at Swanton High School
A fun event occurred on Saturday, December 15, 2018 at Swanton High School with fourteen other teams who gathered to have some fun with a non-academic tournament played with pseudonyms, crazy rules, and shenanigans. Both Ottawa Hills teams made the playoffs, and in our grand tradition, managed to be paired against each other in the first round! Luckily, Purdue Boilermakers and Ottawa Hills Quiz Bowl alumni Adit Mukherjee and Steven Randall were called up to read and score, and we had a blast!
Finishing fifth was the team "Onions?" which was comprised of Lord Farquaad, THE MUFFIN MAN, Fiona, Puss in Boots, and Donkey with an impressive 4-3 record. Serendipitously, one of the rooms they ended up playing in had a Shrek figure which they are certain led to much of their success. They had to knock out their fellow compatriots "Phineas and Ferb" who went 3-3 and finished 7th and consisted of upperclassmen Buford von Stomm, Perry the Platypus, Heinz Doofenshmirtz, Baljeet Tjinder, Slim Shady, and Martha Stewart.
Perry the Platypus stunned the world with two impressive and successful "Loners" - one of which helped secure a win over a great team. Both teams also showed a great punt game, never failing to use field position to their advantage. They also beat the statistical odds with two successful Saving Throws - one of which was a match decider!
Perry the Platypus and Heinz Doofenshmirtz were two of the top individual performers of the event, earning fabulous prizes for their efforts - a copy of the novel Twilight and a VHS copy of The Lion King! All were very jealous of these coveted and rare prizes.
Full results can be found here:
Thanks to tournament director Greg "Quiz Boss" Bossick and gracious hosts Swanton High School! It was a blast!
TAAQBL: Toledo Area Academic Quiz Bowl League: 2018-2019
Ottawa Hills looks to make it a 3-peat when they embark on this year's season against 24 teams - the largest field ever for this eclectic league!
Stats can be found here: http://hsquizbowl.org/db/tournaments/5319/
League Commissioner Greg Bossick's Twitter: https://twitter.com/QuizBoss
Ottawa Hills defeats Notre Dame Academy 575-55.
Ottawa Hills defeats Springfield 565-50.
Ottawa Hills loses to Toledo Technology Academy 130-190.
Ottawa Hills defeats Evergreen 595-85. Mazin gets a stunning 11 powers!
Ottawa Hills defeats Sylvania Southview 640-30.
Ottawa Hills loses to Sylvania Northview 475-100.
Ottawa Hills defeats Toledo Islamic Academy 625-35.
Ottawa Hills is playoffs bound!
Ottawa Hills loses to Toledo School for the Arts on the last tossup 205-190! Great match - classy team!
Ottawa Hills defeats St. Francis de Sales 540-225 powering 9 times.
Ottawa Hills defeats Pettisville 585-125.
Ottawa Hills defeats Maumee Valley Country Day 505-170.
Ottawa Hills finishes the season with an impressive 8-3 record - nice job Green Bears! This places them in a tie for 3rd place in the league.
Ottawa Hills loses an exciting, back-and-forth battle to Notre Dame Academy 195-255.
Ottawa Hills defeats Springfield 250-80.
Ottawa Hills defeats Toledo Technology Academy (on the last tossup!) 200-125.
Ottawa Hills defeats Evergreen 255-80. Meredith gets 8 tossups - one for power.
Ottawa Hills defeats Sylvania Southview 290-70 after trailing at the half.
Ottawa Hills loses to Sylvania Northview 260-220 in a close battle that came down to the wire!
Ottawa Hills defeats Toledo Islamic Academy 325-60.
Ottawa Hills defeats Toledo School for the Arts 335-60. Ishan with 11 tossups!
Ottawa Hills defeats St. Francis de Sales.
Ottawa Hills loses to Pettisville by forfeit.
Ottawa Hills defeats Maumee Valley Country Day 145-140 in a great, fun, exciting back-and-forth battle!
Tippecanoe Academic Challenge (XXIII)
Ottawa Hills sent two teams to this highly competitive tournament, and both slugged it out in the difficult varsity brackets. The A Team of Mazin Omer, Daniel Liu, Hank Griffin, Iggy Garcia-Mata, Kavita Parikh, and Ishan Khare finished high in the playoffs in 5th place. The B Team of Yale Miller, Oliver Smirnov, Jenny Hsu, Meredith Randall, Danielle Sun and Deepta Paramasamy had a tougher go of it but played well (answering 48 tossups - 8 for power) to finish 2-6.
Senior Mazin Omer was the 3rd highest individual scorer of the incredibly strong field with 63 tossups answered - 33 for power!
Check out the tournament results here: https://www.naqt.com/stats/tournament/standings.jsp?tournament_id=9662
2018 TIFFIN COLUMBIAN EXPOSITION V
The Ottawa Hills Green Bear Quiz Bowl Team kicked off the season on Saturday, September 29, 2018. The Green Bears brought three teams: A veteran A Team, a burgeoning sophomore B Team, and an all-rookie C Team. All three teams played very well and represented the district with great play and good sportsmanship.
The A Team of seniors Mazin Omer and Daniel Liu, junior Hank Griffin, and sophomore Kavita Parikh nearly won the whole tournament, scoring the most points per game, getting the most powers, and converting the highest points per bonus of any team. Despite winning the Munger Roto Rooter division 5-0 in the morning, they fell in two crucial matches by the narrowest of margins, and finished 7-2 to place 3rd overall and earn two national championship bids: to the NAQT Small School National Championship and the NAQT High School National Championship. Mazin Omer ended up with the highest overall individual performance at a stunning 106.67 points per game (47 powers, 31 tossups against only 11 negs) while converting an unbelievable 60.3% power percentage!
The B Team of sophomores Meredith Randall, Danielle Sun, Oliver Smirnov, and Shiraz Hasan had a tough morning draw but still managed to play well and pull off a 3-6 overall record. Every player scored multiple tossups en route to 12 powers and 52 tossups answered.
The C Team of sophomores Ishan Khare, Ian Schlatter and freshmen Bazil Frueh and Maahum Bokhari went 3-6 and showed a surprising affinity for team play in their first event. They answered an impressive 64 tossups with 15 for power.
Mr. Torio was very proud of all the Green Bear players and their efforts and sportsmanship!
Results can be found here:
Tournament Director Greg Bossick's Twitter: https://twitter.com/QuizBoss
Season Record for All Teams, All Matches: 84 wins, 46 losses.
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