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QuizbowlLogo1Welcome to the home of the New Hampshire Quiz Bowl League. We are dedicated to promoting and providing academic competition for high school students throughout New Hampshire.

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League members can check out info on schedules and results through the links above. We’re also looking to fill in some gaps in our history, so if anyone has info on past champions, shoot us an email.

Though we are not associated with NHPTV’s Granite State Challenge program, many of us do participate in it, and we encourage everyone to check them out too! You can check them out on Facebook here!

We hope to see you at one our tournaments very soon!

April 17th tournament!

Hi everyone!!


We had our second to last qualifier on Saturday. It was a good day. We had a minor mix up with questions that was totally my fault, but even still, we moved through our day pretty quickly and I hope everyone had a good time! 
I’m short on time this evening, so I’ll cut to the chase. Five teams competed on the varsity side, with an additional five on the J/V side. Merrimack and Plymouth both finished at 9-1, and they actually split matches 1-1, but since Plymouth is already in the state tournament, having qualified previously, we decided we didn’t need a playoff, and declared Merrimack this week’s winner.


Here’s the full results: 

4/17/21 Online
VarsityJ/V
Merrimack9-1Merrimack B6-4
Plymouth9-1Plymouth A5-5
Salem8-2Merrimack A5-5
Pinkerton3-7Plymouth B3-7
Profile1-9Salem2-8

And that leaves us with overall standings here: 

Overall Season At-Large Standings
Tournament WinnersVarsity Points standingsJ/V Points Standings
BGSalem24Merrimack24
PlymouthPinkerton9Plymouth16
HanoverPCA5Hanover9
MerrimackProfile4Salem4
Coe-Brown2Coe-Brown1

There will be one more qualifier on May 8, with state finals on May 15. Looking forward to seeing you all online!

April 3rd Tournament

Hi everyone!
Sorry this was delayed, but the holiday made things busy at my place. 
Saturday morning we held our third online qualifier. And, if I do say so myself, I think we’re getting better at managing the online tournaments. 
We had seven schools compete, with 10 teams total, so everyone played in the same bracket. Plymouth took the day, going 10-0, and slotting into our third AQ for the state tournament! On the J/V side, Merrimack A went 7-3 to hold j/v honors for the day. Here’s how it all broke down:

4/3/2021 Online
VarsityJ/V
Plymouth10-0Merrimack A7-3
Merrimack8-2Plymouth5-5
BG7-3Merrimack B4-6
Hanover5-5Coe-Brown1-9
Salem5-5
Profile0-10

And after Saturday, here’s the overall standings:

Tournament WinnersVarsity Points standingsJ/V Points Standings
BGMerrimack25Merrimack18
PlymouthSalem16Plymouth11
HanoverPinkerton6Salem2
PCA5Coe-Brown1
Profile3
Coe-Brown2

Our next tournament is on April 17th! Stay tuned for a link to sign up for that coming out by mid-week!

March 27th Results!

Hi everyone!
Our second qualifying tournament was held on Saturday, online of course. It was great to see a bunch of you! 


I’m so happy we’ve been able to do these online tournaments this year, and keep the NHQBL going, even amidst the pandemic. Thank you for your commitment to your kids and keeping things going. We are ALL hopeful that next fall we’ll be able to get back in person. I promise you now, that first tournament back, I’m bringing cake. 


Anyway, here’s how things went. We had eight varsity teams and five j/v teams. Hanover had a very good day, going 9-1 in both brackets to take home the qualifying slot for the state tournament, so congrats to Murph’s crew! Here’s the breakdown:

VarsityJ/V
Hanover*9-1Hanover9-1
Merrimack8-2Merrimack A6-4
Plymouth7-3Merrimack B6-4
BG6-4Plymouth B4-6
Salem4-6Plymouth A3-7
Profile3-7
PCA2-8
Pinkerton0-10

This gives us an overall standings of:

Tournament WinnersVarsity Points standingsJ/V Points Standings
BGMerrimack17Merrimack11
HanoverPlymouth13Hanover9
Salem11Plymouth5
Pinkerton6Salem2
BG6
PCA5
Profile3
Coe-Brown2

We do it all again next weekend, on Saturday morning at 10 am! Don’t forget to SIGN UP! We look forward to seeing you! 
Have a great week everyone!

We’re back!

Hello everyone!!

We held our first tournament of the new year today, first of this season. All online, thanks to Zoom and Slapbowl. It went about 90% smoothly, I think. We had some hiccoughs, but I think we’ll get those knocked out moving forward. The plan is to complete a full season between now and May, and I think we’ll just manage it. 

Eight schools participated today. We only had 4 j/v teams participate, so everyone played in the same bracket. BG took home the top honors, becoming the first qualifier for the new school year, with a record of 10-0. Here’s how it shook down:

Online 1/30/2021
VarsityJ/V
BG10-0Merrimack A5-5
Merrimack9-1Merrimack B3-7
Salem7-3Salem2-8
Hanover7-3Plymouth1-9
Plymouth6-4
Pinkerton6-4
PCA3-7
Coe-Brown2-8

And the overall standings so far:

Overall Season At-Large Standings
Tournament WinnersVarsity Points standingsJ/V Points Standings
BGMerrimack9Merrimack A5
Salem7Salem2
Hanover7Plymouth1
Plymouth6
Pinkerton6
PCA3
Coe-Brown2

Stay tuned for more info about our next online tournament. Thanks again to everyone who helped make today run smoothly!

Surprise! Happy Halloween!

Hello!!!
We held an online GHOST event this morning! (Surprise!) And here are the results:

Merrimack B6-1
Hanover B5-2
Merrimack A5-2
Plymouth A5-2
Hanover A4-3
Pinkerton2-5
Lisbon1-6
Plymouth B1-6


This was a strictly for fun event, but we tested out a lot of new tricks to try and make online quiz bowl more efficient and effective, so we hope to have more info about the 20-21 season soon! Stay tuned!

Finals Results!

Good afternoon everyone,

Just one final 2020 update from me.
After three sessions (and I thank all the participants from the bottom of my heart for their patience and flexibility), we completed the online state finals!
The format was strange, and the experience different. And I know that it had it’s kinks and oddity, but we got it done, and gave the kids some closure for the year. I know that it’s hard for it to end this way, but I feel proud that we gave the kids as close to normal as we could.
So, congratulations Hanover, for their win, finishing the year with a 6-1 record at the state finals! Here’s how everyone finished:
Hanover 6-1
BG 5-2
Plymouth 5-2
Pinkerton 4-3
Merrimack 3-4
Salem 3-4
PCA 2-5
Fall Mtn. 0-7
I hope everyone has a great summer. Stay tuned for further communications, as we look forward anxiously to what next year will look like. I’m holding off scheduling any tournaments until we know more about what things will be like in the fall.
Take care everyone, be safe, and be healthy!

Updates

Hello all,

I received information this morning from my district that Gov. Sununu plans to announce today that the remainder of the school year will be committed to distance learning, and that it is too soon to resume in-person gatherings.
So, that leaves us with an unfinished season. However, there may be a way forward for us.
Salem, Merrimack and most recently BG have experimented with holding live matches via Zoom, which, while a bit awkward at time, is actually remarkably doable, thanks to the fact that Zoom has a “raise hand” feature built into their video chat, and then uses the participants screen to reorder participants by who raise their hand first, enabling a quiz master to see who “buzzed” in first. The breakout room functionality in Zoom also allows us to hold multiple matches on the same Zoom call.
All of this may allow us to create an environment in which we can successfully complete our season. If anyone else has experimented with any other methods, please let me know, so we can evaluate options.
Before we schedule the state finals, I would like to schedule each state finals team to play at least one “scrimmage”, or practice match against another school, in order to become accustomed to the procedures. If I could get those coaches to reach out to me, we can discuss scheduling.
We also will not be able to do our coaches meeting live, but I’m sure we can work something out with Zoom. Salem is still getting a vacation break, so then at the latest, I am going to send out a feedback survey for everyone to fill out, and then we’ll look at scheduling our coaches meeting for sometime in May. We’ll probably have an abbreviated agenda, mostly looking at 2 issues, 1) whether we’ll want to keep going with the same question provider or change, and 2) planning for next season, both goals and schedule.
These are difficult times for everyone, but we will, I hope, be able to at least complete our season, which puts us a step up on athletics, and will give closure to our seniors who have lost so much else this year.
Look forward to hearing from you!

Kingswood Qualifier Results!

And here, we are! The last regular season tournament of the year! What a beautiful day for a drive to Wolfboro, huh? Mother Nature really smiled on this year, with no major weather issues for any of our tournaments. 

It was an exciting season, and there was plenty of drama that came down to the wire on Saturday. First off, a big thank you to John and his kids for having us all up to Kingswood! It was a great time! Also, I want to take a moment and shout out the fact that because we got all the registrations in by Friday, we were able to have the bracket ready to go as soon as everyone arrived, and we started pretty quick! And we had readers for all our rooms, and it was just great. I love it when a plan comes together.

Three things before I get to the important stuff. 1) Look for a season feedback survey within the next two weeks. Please share some of the questions with your players, especially if you don’t plan on making it to the coaches council meeting! 2) Please let Carlene know if you’re heading up to Lisbon on the 28th. And 3) let me or Sara know if you think you’re interested in a spring rookie jamboree at Merrimack. 

On with the good stuff! Eleven schools played on Saturday. Merrimack went 10-0 on the day, but as they’re already safely qualified (as is BG, who finished second), we dropped down to Fall Mtn, who had a 7-3 day, and claimed the final AQ slot for the state tournament. The final three qualifiers, based on at-large points, came out to Salem, Kingswood and PCA. Pinkerton came on strong in the second half of the season, but just missed out, landing at 13 points on the season. 

On the J/V side, BG took the honors for the day, with a record of 9-1, but Fall Mtn. claimed the season crown for the 2nd year in a row, with 40 points. 

The full results and the final standings are below. The State tournament is set for April 5 on Sunday afternoon. Time to be confirmed shortly. If anyone is interested in coming to spectate, let me know, or if someone wants to come read questions, please do! I also may reach out to some guest readers, who ought to know what they’re doing. It’s been a great season, and I appreciate all you guys do for your students over the course of a season! Thanks for being a part of what makes NHQBL great! 

Kingswood Regional 3/7/20
Varsity J/V
Merrimack 10-0 BG A 9-1
BG 8-2 Fall Mtn A 8-2
Fall Mtn* 7-3 Merrimack A 8-2
Plymouth 6-4 Stevens A 7-3
Hanover 5-5 Fall Mtn B 6-4
Kingswood 5-5 Plymouth A 5-5
PCA 5-5 PCA B 3-7
Pinkerton 4-6 Kingswood B 2-8
Profile 3-7 Kingswood A 1-9
Salem 3-7 PCA A 1-9
Stevens 1-9
*AQ

 

Overall Season At-Large Standings
Tournament Winners Varsity Points standings J/V Points Standings
Plymouth Salem 19 Fall Mtn. 40
Hanover Kingswood 19 Merrimack 34
Merrimack PCA 17 Plymouth 29
BG Pinkerton 13 BG 27
Fall Mtn. Profile 8 Salem 15
Alvirne 5 Kingswood 14
Stevens 2 PCA 14
Lisbon 1 Hanover 10
Stevens 7
Lisbon 2

 

Saturday in Salem

Good afternoon everyone!

Sorry for the delay, but I was busy for the rest of the weekend, and tied up all morning with classes, so I am just now getting to this. I’ll get right to it.

First, thanks for coming and hanging out with us in Salem this weekend. We had a great time! Also, if you’re interest in Jay’s tournament next weekend at Plymouth, get in touch with him ASAP! Also, given that Feb Break is approaching for many of us, and for many, the Kingswood  tournament will be the weekend after we get back from break, expect to see registration forms for that sooner rather than later, so you have a chance to try and get it taken care of before the vacation. 

Now, on to the results. We had 10 varsity teams and 8 j/v teams on Saturday. Plymouth had a very good day in the varsity bracket, with 10 wins. But of course, they’re already in the state tournament, so taking the AQ spot from this one is Bishop Guertin, with a record of 9-1. They also took home top prize for j/v teams with a matching 9-1 record. 

Salem Qualifier 2/1/20
Varsity J/V
Plymouth 10-0 BG A 9-1
BG* 9-1 Fall Mtn A 8-2
Pinkerton 6-4 Plymouth A 6-4
Hanover 6-4 Kingswood A 5-5
Salem 5-5 Salem A 4-6
Kingswood 4-6 Merrimack A 3-7
Fall Mtn 4-6 Merrimack B 3-7
Merrimack 3-7 Salem B 3-7
PCA 2-8
Profile 1-9

Only 1 more AQ spot left up for grabs at Kingswood on March 7, so I know we’ll see a good turn out there. Tight race for the at-large spots shaping up with as many as 5 teams still in the hunt. And the j/v of the year honors are not quite locked up yet, so, lots to be decided. 

Here are the standings

Overall Season At-Large Standings
Tournament Winners Varsity Points standings J/V Points Standings
Plymouth Fall Mtn. 22 Fall Mtn. 32
Hanover Salem 16 Merrimack 26
Merrimack Kingswood 14 Plymouth 24
BG PCA 12 BG 18
Pinkerton 9 Salem 15
Profile 5 Kingswood 12
Alvirne 5 PCA 11
Stevens 1 Hanover 10
Lisbon 1 Lisbon 2

Shaping up for a good finish! See you all in Kingswood! 

Saturday’s Festivities

Hello all! 

I’m sorry this is so late, but the remainder of our weekend was taken up with holiday preparations, and what wasn’t given over to that, I was grading essays. So, you know, the usual stuff associated with my day job. 

Real quick reminders and then on to the important stuff: 1) We’re on hiatus till February! Good luck to the GSC teams! (I know who I’m rooting for this year, but then, I am biased). 2) Dues! Many of you have paid for the 19-20 school year, and for that I thank you. If you haven’t, please consider it! If you need more information, please let me know!

Okay. First, thanks to Sara and her crew for a great time! The food was great, and everything ran very smoothly, in spite of a few hitches. It was a great morning for everyone!

We had 10 varsity teams, and 14 j/v teams. Once again we welcomed a new team to the fold this week, the folks from Alvirne, who came to play, and as I’m sure you all found out, and played real tough, so congratulations to them for their first outing with us. I hope they’ll be back to join us again soon! Hanover and Merrimack tied with records if 9-1, but since Hanover is already qualified for the state tournament, there was no need for any tie breaking procedures, Merrimack took the qualifying slot for this tournament! This is the third tournament in a row where the home team has won the qualifying slot, which is a good omen for me for February. (Maybe). Anyway. On the j/v side, Fall Mt. A took home the candy bag, and overall stretched out a one win lead for Fall Mtn. for the best j/v of the year. 

Here’s how the rest shook out: 

 

Varsity J/V
Hanover 9-1 Fall Mtn A 9-1
Merrimack 9-1 Merrimack A 8-2
BG 6-4 Merrimack M 7-3
Fall Mtn 6-4 PCA 6-4
Alvrine 5-5 Salem A 6-4
Kingswood 4-6 Fall Mtn. B 5-5
Salem 4-6 Merrimack B 5-5
PCA 3-7 Merrimack C 5-5
Pinkerton 3-7 Plymouth B 5-5
Stevens 1-9 Plymouth A 4-6
Salem B 4-6
Plymouth C 3-7
Merrimack D 2-8
Kingswood 1-9

And the all important overall standings. A tight race at the top of the charts for those three “points” qualifiers, as we have passed the half-way mark of the season. 

 

Tournament Winners Varsity Points standings J/V Points Standings
Plymouth BG 18 Fall Mtn. 24
Hanover Fall Mtn. 18 Merrimack 23
Merrimack Salem 11 Plymouth 18
PCA 10 Salem 12
Kingswood 10 PCA 11
Alvirne 5 Hanover 10
Profile 4 BG 9
Pinkerton 3 Kingswood 7
Stevens 1 Lisbon 2
Lisbon 1

So, that’s where we’re at for now. We’ll see you all in February! Merry Christmas, Happy Holidays, Happy Hanukkah and a Happy New Year!