We’re BACK!

Hello everyone!

Today was a significant milestone for us! Today we held our first in-person tournament since March 2020, when we gathered at Kingswood. I remember standing there, talking with Murph and several others about whether or not we would need to alter our schedule (we had another tournament coming up at the end of the month), and all of us kind of saying…”well…maybe? But probably not.” How wrong we were.

Anyway, it was a beautiful drive to Plymouth. (Not the seacoast….sorry. You had to be there…) And it was great to see so many of you in person! We had six varsity teams, and four J/V teams. Want to give a special shoutout to Michele from John Stark for restarting that program! It was great to have them!

Hanover won the day for varsity, going 9-1, and taking home the first plaque of the year! Congrats to Murph and the gang! Merrimack J/V also went 9-1, getting the J/V race off to a good start. Full results below:

Plymouth 10/23/21
Plymouth4-6John Stark A4-6
Pinkerton4-6John Stark B2-8
Fall Mtn.2-8
Overall Season At-Large Standings
Tournament WinnersVarsity Points standingsJ/V Points Standings
Pinkerton4John Stark4
Fall Mtn2

In terms of upcoming events, GHOST is next weekend at Hanover! Contact Murph directly if you plan to attend. Sara and I won’t be there, we have kid commitments of our own for Halloween, but I hope everyone has a blast. Our next qualifier is December 11th at Merrimack, and I’ll sent out info closer to the date. Good luck if you’re taking the GSC qualifying test in November!

Weclome Back


We are currently in the process of creating our schedule for 2021-2022. Due to the ongoing pandemic situation, our schedule is subject to change at short notice. We are hoping to secure four in-person tournaments this year, and one online virtual tournament. Crossing all our fingers! So far, we have the following dates confirmed.

October 23, 2021: At Plymouth

December 11, 2021: At Merrimack

Further dates and locations to be announced. 

We look forward to seeing everyone soon!

State Finals

Good afternoon everyone!

We completed out 2020-2021 Season on Saturday morning finishing out what I hope will be our only all-virtual season. We are kicking around the idea that we may retain at least 1 virtual tournament next year, to assist those teams who may have travel difficulties. Coaches will be discussing this in the coming weeks.

We held our typical 7 round final, and while we had a couple of technical snafus (my fault, sorry!) it mostly went off without a hitch.

Hanover carried the day with a perfect 7-0 record, which means that this year’s championship banner is headed for Lebanon Street. Congratulations to Murph and his squad for a great season, I’ll be mailing that out this week sometime.

We had one substitution, with PCA not being able to participate on Saturday, Coe-Brown stepped up and participated in our state tournament for the first time. There was also a communications issue, and Profile did not play on Saturday morning. But here are the rest of the result:


Thank you again to everyone who made this season possible. Thank you to the coaches for your flexibility, thank you to the students for their patience. I will be doing the end of the year paperwork processing (paying the bills, preparing the annual report) in the next week or so, and then I’ll start sending out emails to plan for next season. 

Have a great summer!

May 8th Results!

Good morning everyone!

Our final regular season event was held on Saturday morning. We had 11 teams, (6 varsity, 5 j/v.) We played a 12 team bracket with a bye, one team volunteering to play without (thanks to Merrimack varsity! Since they were already qualified their wins/loss record was moot). 

Salem and Pinkerton were the only teams playing that hadn’t yet qualified for the state tournament outright, and Pinkerton came away with that one win edge, to take the last automatic qualifying spot for next Saturday. 
Here are all the results. The bye counted as a win, for the purposes of making the accounting come out even.

Merrimack9-1Merrimack B5-5
Plymouth6-4Merrimack A4-6

And the final overall standings:

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

Merrimack gets the honors this year for best J/V performance of the year. I will be getting them their trophy as soon as practicable, as well as sending the last plaque up to Derry!

State Finals this Saturday will feature BG, Plymouth, Hanover, Merrimack, Pinkerton, Salem, PCA and Profile! Coaches, info will follow shortly!

Thanks to all who made this season as success! I am SO looking forward to having in person quiz bowl next fall! Please watch your email for end of season follow ups and for scheduling for next year, sometime before the end of the school year! Best of luck to everyone and talk to you 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
Merrimack9-1Merrimack B6-4
Plymouth9-1Plymouth A5-5
Salem8-2Merrimack A5-5
Pinkerton3-7Plymouth B3-7

And that leaves us with overall standings here: 

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

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
Plymouth10-0Merrimack A7-3
BG7-3Merrimack B4-6

And after Saturday, here’s the overall standings:

Tournament WinnersVarsity Points standingsJ/V Points Standings

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:

Merrimack8-2Merrimack A6-4
Plymouth7-3Merrimack B6-4
BG6-4Plymouth B4-6
Salem4-6Plymouth A3-7

This gives us an overall standings of:

Tournament WinnersVarsity Points standingsJ/V Points Standings

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
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!