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
BG10-0Merrimack A5-5
Merrimack9-1Merrimack B3-7

And the overall standings so far:

Overall Season At-Large Standings
Tournament WinnersVarsity Points standingsJ/V Points Standings
BGMerrimack9Merrimack A5

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

Surprise! Happy Halloween!

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
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!


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


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!


Saturday in Hanover

Hi everyone! 

Sorry this is late getting out to you, but with the holiday coming up, I was busy all of the remaining weekend. 

All that being said, we had a great day Saturday. Murph and his gang at Hanover put on a great tournament for us. We all had a blast! (And I’ll take the blame for the fact that the rooms were so far apart in the varsity grid. When Murph sent me the numbers, I had assumed that they ran consecutively, or something. I know better for next time!) 

Before we get to the results, I just want to share a little news with you. Recently, after some consultation among Board members, and presented with a great opportunity, we scooped up several new (gently used) buzzer systems from eBay for the league. We also have a couple buzzer sets in League inventory in storage at Hanover. We would like to make these available on loan to schools without buzzers, to help them with their practice, and with their recruiting. Profile became the first recipient of a loaner buzzer, and they are very excited to take it home with them on Saturday. If there’s anyone here who would like more information about getting one of these loaner buzzers to help their team grow, or if you know of someone who would take one to start a new program somewhere, please let me know, I’d love to talk to you. 

Last thing before the good stuff, just a reminder that our next tournament is Dec. 14 at Merrimack! You’ll be getting that registration form right after Thanksgiving, and it’s going to come up fast, so just don’t let it sneak up on you! 

Okay, so, here’s the good stuff. We had 11 varsity teams and 13 j/v teams playing today, so a solid turnout all around. One of Plymouth’s j/v teams played up into varsity to round out both sides at 12 each. Plymouth varsity ran the table at 10-0, but since they qualified for the State Tournament back in September, we’ll set their result aside. That left Hanover and Merrimack at 8-2, but Hanover topped Merrimack in the match they played, so that meant Hanover held the tiebreaker edge. That means that Hanover got the win, and the slot at the State Tournament in April. On the j/v side of things, Hanover also had a great day, with their team running the table at 10-0. Hopefully Murph remembered their bag of candy! I never saw one, but presumably they know where to find him. Here’s the full results:

Hanover Regional 11/23/19
Varsity J/V
Plymouth 10-0 Hanover A 10-0
Hanover* 8-2 Fall Mtn. A 9-1
Merrimack 8-2 Merrimack A 7-3
BG 7-3 Salem B 6-4
Fall Mtn. 7-3 Fall Mtn. B 5-5
(Plymouth A) 5-5 PCA A 5-5
PCA 4-6 Plymouth B 5-5
Profile 3-7 Salem A 5-5
Salem 3-7 Kingswood 3-7
Kingswood 2-8 Plymouth C 3-7
Stevens 2-8 Lisbon A 2-8
Lisbon 1-9 PCA B 0-10

And the all important overall standings

Overall Season At-Large Standings
Tournament Winners Varsity Points standings J/V Points Standings
Plymouth Merrimack 17 Merrimack 15
Hanover BG 12 Fall Mtn. 15
Fall Mtn. 12 Plymouth 13
Salem 7 Hanover 10
PCA 7 BG 9
Kingswood 6 Kingswood 6
Stevens 4 Salem 6
Profile 4 PCA 5
Lisbon 1 Lisbon 2

And that’s all she wrote folks! I hope you have a great Thanksgiving and a happy holiday! Don’t run over anyone on Black Friday with a shopping cart, and enjoy the time with family. We’ll see you all in December at Merrimack! 

Reminder and Announcement!

Just a reminder that if you are planning to attend the Qualifier at Hanover, please fill out the registration form! If you need a link, email us at nhquizbowlleague@gmail.com!

Also, please note that the Qualifier scheduled for Feb. 1, 2020, will now be held at Salem, due to conflicts at PCA.

Good luck at GSC qualifying!