Welcome back!

Hi all!

Welcome back to the school year! We’ve got some exciting things going on for NHQBL this year, so I thought I’d take a minute or two and jot down some info for you.

First and foremost, here is a reminder of our tournament schedule for this year:

Sept. 28: Plymouth
Oct. 26: GHOST at Hanover
Nov. 23: Hanover
Dec. 14: Merrimack
Feb. 1: PCA
March 7: Kingswood
March 21: Potential date for snow reschedule.
April 6(?) State finals 

Also, as a reminder, this year, each tournament’s winner (who hasn’t already won a tournament), will qualify for the state tournament, regardless of geography. So, Jay will be hosting our first tournament, so stay tuned for registration announcements for that.

So, here are some other updates:


  1. Recruitment- Over the summer I took the initiative of preparing a postcard mailing on behalf of the league. Leveraging my connections with NHPBS, I got a copy of their mailing list for all NH high schools. I had a postcard printed, and made labels. The postcards have a blank spot for the next tournament date which can also be filled with a sticker label, so the plan is to use them for several years. (Thanks to my wife for that brilliant suggestion!)  Those postcards will be mailed out next Monday. Most of you won’t see them (I think I skipped most schools already on the email list to save on postage, but a few of you might see one). Hopefully, this will at least get us some exposure in areas where there hasn’t been in a long time, and maybe a few new faces will join us. 
  1. Questions: Our new questions are in process and will be here before our season starts. We are purchasing fresh, pristine questions from QuizBowlQuestions.com, an outfit out of Oklahoma. They are nice and current, and will come to us automatically divided into rounds. They will feature a standard distribution of topics in each round. We will be sequestering these questions after each tournament (questions will be collected, and not distributed). The reason for this is that we will reuse them 4 years from now as J/V questions, at that point, they will be released. In the meantime, we will continue to use Academic Hallmarks for j/v rounds, though that database has been updated as of this year. That’s the plan, anyway. 
  1. Dues-Always voluntary, but please pay them if you can. We are currently doing fine for cash, given our donation from the Byrne foundation last year, but if we continue to purchase fresh questions every year, that will run out rather quicker than we want. Let’s put it this way, if we have 12 teams participate this year, and all 12 pay dues, it will cover the pristine questions. (The A-H database was another expense, but we will not be repeating that cost again. We’ll use this database until we can begin recycling our pristine questions.)
  1. Tournaments: I hope to be a little more hands on this year helping people prep for tournaments. I’m going to be using Google Forms for registration, which I can share with tournament hosts. The reason for this is to try and tighten up our schedules ahead of time, so we can start closer to 10am. I know that late starts are an NHQBL tradition, but it’s one I think we’d all like to phase out. If you’re hosting this year, I’ll be in touch with you well ahead of time to set things up. 
  1. On a related topic, but not really: Some of you know that I’ve been working with NHPBS to do some research on Granite State Challenge. The early fruits of that labor have been compiled at www.gscconnection.com. I’m still looking for information regarding the 1993-1994 and the 1995-1996 season, so if for any reason, you may have memory of, or know someone who does have memory of either of those seasons, reach out to me, please! 

That’s it, if you made it this far. Thanks for being a part of our group, and as always, let me know if there’s someone else I should be contacting about NHQBL. Look forward to seeing you all soon!

Today’s Fun!

Hi everyone!
Salem, Hanover and Merrimack all brought teams to the exhibition tournament at MHS today. We had six teams play in our “rookies and inexperienced players” showcase. It was a great time, and thanks to Sara and company for hosting us. I’m hoping we can make this an annual event in the future, particularly as it will help teams expose new players or players who may be stepping up the following year.
In any event, the future looks bright for Merrimack, as the Merrimack Middle School team took top honors of the day with a record of 7-3. Here’s how the rest of the teams fared:
Hanover 6-4
Merrimack B 6-4
Merrimack C 6-4
Merrimack A 4-6
Salem (Woodbury Middle) 1-9
That will pretty much wrap up the season for us, competitively speaking. Stay tuned for more info on NHGives! Look forward to seeing you all next fall!

Hey all!

REMINDER: If you want to attend the “Rookie Players” exhibition tournament at Merrimack, remember to contact Sara (sara.campbell@sau26.org) as soon as possible!

We held our spring coaches meeting on Tuesday, and we tackled a number of important issues. You can link to the full meeting minutes HERE, but for those of you who just want the important stuff, here we go:

1) Finances: We have $10,682.65 in the NHQBL account. There’s an additional ~$1300 in the old account at Hanover High. We made a motion to officially request release of those funds so as to consolidate them.

2) Divisions: The plan had been to discuss whether we needed adjustments for the geographic regions, but what ended up happening was a decision to do away with them entirely. All tournaments next year will be played “at-large”, meaning whoever scores the best, wins the tournament, regardless of where they are from. If a team has the best record but has already won, the “winner” will be the second place team. These teams will still get automatic bids to the tournament, and we will still take the three top wild card teams. This eliminates the worry about about balanced regions. We also just want to remind folks that several years ago, we agreed that teams must play in at least 2 tournaments to qualify for the finals, even if they do win.

3) Tournament organization: We are going  to strongly encourage teams to please report to their hosts FIRM numbers by the Thursday before a tournament, to enable hosts to set up grids before Saturday morning, in an effort to get things started on time. Hosts are encouraged to work with the league to organize ahead of time. And a reminder to hosts to please acknowledge registration emails, so teams know you got their numbers.

4) Questions: We will be purchasing new questions for next year. What kind, we’re not 100% sure yet. We all took sample packets from a variety of companies, and we’re still gathering prices. We’re going to consult via email, and make a decision so they can be ordered before the end of the school year. We’re going to be considering cost and availablity as key factors, as well as style. No one really wants to change the essential style of the questions, (we’re not planning on switching to full NAQT pyramid, for example), but we want to consider cost and sustainability. No sense in contracting for question that will cost us 2 grand a pop, we can’t sustain that in the long term if we want to buy fresh every year.

5) 2019-2020 Schedule. Even though all tournaments will be at-large next year, we did make an effort to spread the tournaments around to at least one will be convenient for most people. We tried to avoid major conflicts, but we did have to make a choice between doing a holiday weekend in the fall and potentially conflicting with All-State Music auditions, and we decided to stay away from the holidays. Without further ado:

Sept. 28: Plymouth

Oct. 26: GHOST at Hanover

Nov. 23: Hanover

Dec. 14: Merrimack

Feb. 1: PCA

March 7: Kingswood

March 21: Potential date for snow reschedule.

  April 6(?) State finals

Jay and Troy will be looking at perhaps early September for their NAQT event a Plymouth, and we’ll keep you posted on that.

There were several other important topics we discussed, but those are the highlights for now. I encourage you to check out the rest of the minutes for more. You’ll be hearing from me about a few of the others in a little while, especially NH GIVES which is a statewide fundraising day for NH non-profits, and we’ll be trying to raise a little bit of extra cash, so stay tuned for that.

As always, if you have any questions, don’t hesitate to reach out!

Have a great April break!


State Final Results!

Evening everyone!
State finals were held today at the Legislative Office Building. We got underway a little late due to some tardy college students, but we had a great afternoon of competition!
It’s been a great season, and I hope everyone has had a good time! I’m looking forward to the Coaches Meeting on April 16th, and next season as well. I love our league, and I hope we’ll keep it going for a long time! Thanks to Murph for all he does, and thanks to all you coaches who commit so much time to your students and the league!
Congratulations to Hanover, who went 7-0 to claim the 2019 Banner!
Here are the rest of the (strangely mathematically satisfying results) (Individual scoresheets will follow tomorrow, when I can scan them)
Hanover 7-0
Merrimack 6-1
John Stark 5-2
Plymouth 4-3
PCA 3-4
Fall Mtn. 2-5
Kingswood 1-6
BG 0-7
Hope to see you at the coaches meeting, and if not, then see you next fall!


Hi everyone!
One more reminder that Sunday is our State Finals tournament. We will be gathering at the state legislative office building at 1:30 pm! Feel free to come and watch the final teams duke it out for our 2019 Banner!
Good luck to Hanover, John Stark, Merrimack, PCA, Plymouth, Fall Mtn., BG and Kingswood!
Also, our spring coaches meeting will be at the Hooksett Public Library at 4:00pm (or a little bit earlier, if we can manage it), on Tuesday, April 16th.
Hope to see you there!

Two Reminders!

State finals will be held on Sunday, April 7th, at the State Legislative Office Building in Concord, NH at 1:30 pm! Spectators are welcome!

Annual Coaches’ Council Meeting will be held on April 16th, at the Hooksett Public Library, from 3:30 to 5 pm!

Current coaches are invited, and we especially encourage those who might be hoping to get a team in the future!

At-Large Results!

A beautiful day on Saturday gives way rain, snow and slush today. Which gives me the perfect excuse to sit at the table and get this email out, as opposed, to say, doing any work outside!
Anyway, Pinkerton was a great host, to thanks to Peter, Deborah and their crew! We had a minor snafu with the buzzers, partly due to the fact that my brain wasn’t screwed on right and I had to go back to Salem, but despite the delay I think everyone had a good time.
Before I get to the important stuff, coaches, please watch your email in the next week or two. There will be three things coming to you. One, our end of year survey, in which we want your feedback! And, two, scheduling info for our annual spring coaches meeting, in which we will, among other things, discuss the schedule for next year, so if you think you might want to host, please let us know! Lastly, I’ll be sending out reminders about the “New Players” Jamboree at Merrimack on Star Wars Day. (May the Fourth be with you!)
Okay, that out of the way, here are the results. We had 11 schools on Saturday. Stevens volunteered to “play down”, to make an even 10 for the varsity bracket. And we had 14 teams in the j/v tournament. Some of us have really deep benches! Hopefully you’ll have lots of kids to call up to varsity when you graduate your seniors! This is our free-for all at large tournament, so whoever wins (if you haven’t already won a region) gets a bid to the state tourney. Two teams finished at 9-1, but Merrimack already has an invite by virtue of winning Div III, so Plymouth wins the final automatic bid to the tournament. Congrats to the Bobcats!
This was also the final shot for points, and here’s how the rest of the tournament went:
At-Large Tournament: Pinkerton 3/9/19
Varsity J/V
Pymouth* 9-1 Merrimack 9-1
Merrimack 9-1 Fall Mtn. 9-1
Kingswood 8-2 H-B 8-2
Fall Mtn. 6-4 BG 7-3
PCA 6-4 Kingswood 6-4
H-B 6-4 PCA 5-5
BG 3-7 Pinkerton 2-8
Coe-Brown 2-8 Stevens 1-9
Pinkerton 1-9
Salem 0-10
*Tournament Winner
The final standings look like this:
Overall Season At-Large Standings
Tournament Winners
Varsity Points standings
J/V Points Standings
Div I Hanover Fall Mtn.* 26 Fall Mt. 40
Div II John Stark BG * 23 Merrimack 35
Div III Merrimack Kingswood* 21 BG 32
Div IV PCA Hollis-Brookline 13 PCA 20
At-Large Plymouth Salem 6 Plymouth 14
South 5 Hollis-Brookline 14
Stevens 4 Kingswood 10
Coe-Brown 2 Pinkerton 6
Pinkerton 1 Lisbon 4
Colebrook 0 Salem 3
Stevens 1
*At-Large Qualifiers
So, that means the final bids to the tourney go to Fall Mt., BG and Kingswood! Congrats all!
Fall Mt. claimed the trophy for year’s best J/V performance as well! Way to go!
The state tournament will be held at the Legislative Office Building in Concord on April 7th. As usual, that’s a Sunday. We have the rooms beginning at 1:30, so as soon as everyone has arrived and settled, we’ll begin. We may be looking for some readers, so if you’re a coach who’s team didn’t make it this year, and might be interested in reading at the tournament, reach out!
It’s been a great season, guys, and I hope everyone had a great year. I’m already looking forward to see what next year brings! New questions, for one, and hopefully some new teams as well!

Division IV Tournament Results!

Hello all!
First, I want to thank everyone who came down to Salem on Saturday for the Division IV tournament. I hope everyone had a great time! Before I get to the results, let me just highlight a couple of important items.
First! Our FINAL regular season tournament of the year will be held on March 9th at Pinkerton Academy. This is our annual AT-LARGE tournament, which means that the winner of the tournament, (if you haven’t won one already), REGARDLESS of geographic region, will get a berth in the state tournament. Personally, I feel that this change we made a few years back makes this one of the most exciting tournaments of the year! It’s also your last chance to get those all important at large points to try and make the top 3 and qualify for the state finals. So, I hope to see a great turnout! Please contact Peter Crowell (PCrowell@pinkertonacademy.org) if you are planning to attend!
Second! It’s not too early to start thinking about the annual spring coaches meeting. The last several years we’ve done it at the meeting room at the Hooksett Public Library (relatively centrally located, and free), but if anyone has an alternative suggestion, I’m open to possibilities. We will have several important items on the agenda, including but not limited to: the purchase of pristine questions for next year’s tournaments; public relations and membership expansion and development plans; the annual reevaluation of our geographic regions and more. Some suggested dates will be provided soon, so start thinking about what works best for you. The meeting will also be preceded by a membership feedback survey, which we will examine at the meeting.
Okay! On to the results. We had 13 varsity teams sign up this time, which is AWESOME, and we had a first time team in Nashua South, which is also AWESOME. We had to juggle some numbers to make the grids come out even, and Pinkerton played down out of the varsity bracket into J/V, so ultimately we had 12 teams on each side, with 8 schools providing the 12 J/V teams.
There were two teams from Division IV competing for the division plaque and the auto-bid to the tourney, Salem and PCA. PCA ran a record of 7-3 and won the day, so congratulations to them! Here’s how the rest shook out:
Divison IV Tournament: Salem 2/2/19
Varsity J/V
Merrimack 9-1 Merrimack 10-0
Hanover 8-2 PCA 8-2
PCA* 7-3 BG 8-2
John Stark 7-3 Fall Mtn 8-2
BG 7-3 Pinkerton 4-6
Plymouth 6-4 Plymouth 3-7
South 5-5 Kingswood 1-9
Kingswood 3-7 Stevens 0-10
Stevens 3-7
Salem 2-8
Fall Mtn 2-8
Hollis-Brookline 1-9
*Division Winner
And here are the updated overall standings:
Overall Season At-Large Standings
Tournament Winners
Varsity Points standings
J/V Points Standings
Div I Hanover Plymouth 34 Fall Mt. 31
Div II John Stark Fall Mtn. 20 Merrimack 26
Div III Merrimack BG 20 BG 25
Div IV PCA Kingswood 13 PCA 15
At-Large Hollis-Brookline 7 Plymouth 14
Salem 6 Hollis-Brookline 6
South 5 Lisbon 4
Stevens 4 Kingswood 4
Colebrook 0 Pinkerton 4
Pinkerton 0 Salem 3
Stevens 0
*At-Large Qualifiers
So it looks like there will be a bit of a horse-race going into the final tournament! Look forward to seeing you all in March!

Division III Results!

Hello all!
We had a perfect day for our regional at BG! Thanks to Kathryn and her crew for putting on a stellar event!
Before I dive into the results, let’s take care of some house keeping. We are now on our annual mid-season break for GSC season. Good luck to all the NHQBL teams that are doing GSC this year. And, if I could ask, please talk but NHQBL in your matches with teams that aren’t doing NHQBL. The last few tournaments, we’ve been under our usual numbers, and while I know we all have to compete with kids’ jobs and sports and other commitments, I am concerned about the slump in our numbers this year. So talk it up! We have fun! Other people should have fun too!
Also, when we return from break, we will gather again at SALEM for the first time in a loooong time, on Feb. 2. I am so looking forward to having you all down to my place for a good time. I’ll send out reminders when the time comes!
Okay, on to the results.
We had 10 varsity teams, which means that we played a nine-round bracket and looped back to round one to give us ten rounds. We have had conversations about how this should be handled, and we made sure nobody played a division opponent again in round 1. Also, the suggestion has been made that the division winner should be declared based on results through round nine, when we loop. While we decided we needed to think about that one more, in this case, the point ended up being moot, because the results would have worked out the same if we had. Merrimack took the division crown at 8-2, and Hollis-Brookline and BG both finished at 6-4. (Merrimack had 7 wins at the end of round 9, so would have won regardless.)
So congrats to Merrimack, and they take the berth to the state tournament in April!
Both Merrimack and Fall Mtn. J/V finished with 9 wins on that side, but as Fall Mtn. had to roll bus, we didn’t do a tie-break, and both teams will split a bag of candy at the tournament in Salem!
Here’s how the rest played out, and the at large standings:
Divison III Tournament: Bishop Guertin 12/8/18
Varsity J/V
Plymouth 10 Merrimack 9
Merrimack* 8 Fall Mtn. 9
BG 6 BG 8
Hollis-Brookline 6 HB 6
PCA 6 Plymouth 4
Kingswood 5 Kingswood 3
Fall Mtn. 3 PCA 3
Hanover 3
Salem 3
Pinkerton 0
*Division Winner
Overall Season At-Large Standings
Tournament Winners
Varsity Points standings
J/V Points Standings
Div I Hanover Plymouth 28 Fall Mt. 23
Div II John Stark Fall Mtn. 18 BG 17
Div III Merrimack PCA 17 Merrimack 16
Div IV BG 13 Plymouth 11
At-Large Kingswood 10 PCA 7
Hollis-Brookline 6 Hollis-Brookline 6
Salem 4 Lisbon 4
Stevens 1 Salem 3
Colebrook 0 Kingswood 3
Pinkerton 0
*At-Large Qualifiers
Have a safe and happy holiday everyone! And a Happy New Year!

Division I Results!

Evening all!
I’m watching the Pats and typing up our results. We had a great day at Plymouth, thanks to Jay and his kids for putting on a great tournament, on Homecoming, no less!
Before I get to the results here are a couple of quick reminders:
1) If you’re going to GHOST, let Murph know ASAP!
2) You will be hearing from me at the beginning of November, I’ll be looking for “ambassadors” to work on selling the League at GSC Supper Sunday. I’ll be trying to set up something official with Susan when the time comes.
3) Our next regional is at BG on December 8. It’s early, but you can always let Kathryn know you’re coming. We look forward to seeing everyone there!
We had 9 varsity teams, and 8 j/v teams in our tournament. Hanover’s j/v team helped us round out the varsity bracket, giving us an even 10 teams. We wrapped around the schedule, so both groups played 10 rounds. (As a side note, we may want to consider how this is handled scoring wise in the future, but that’s another question for another day)
Here’s how it all played out:
Division I Tournament: Plymouth, 10/13/18
Varsity J/V
Hanover* 10 Fall Mt. 7
Plymouth 9 Plymouth 5
Fall Mt. 8 Lisbon 4
Kingswood 5 PCA 4
PCA 5 BG 4
BG 3 Pinkerton 0
Merrimack 2
Salem 1
Colebrook 0
*Division Winner
And here are the current standings:
Tournament Winners
Varsity Points standings
J/V Points Standings
Div I Hanover Plymouth 18 Fall Mt. 14
Div II John Stark Fall Mtn. 14 BG 9
Div III PCA 11 Merrimack 7
Div IV Merrimack 9 Plymouth 7
At-Large BG 7 PCA 4
Kingswood 5 Lisbon 4
Salem 1 Salem 3
Stevens 1 Pinkerton 0
Colebrook 0
It was a great day!