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 ( 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!

Division II Tournament Results!

Good morning all!
I had meant to do this all this weekend, but things kind of got away from me.
Thanks to Nick and his crew at Fall Mt. who put on a great tournament for us, and I know that most of us enjoyed the beautiful drive out into the West Country. They’re certainly blessed with some great scenery out there! We had nine teams show up, and so, as we had uneven numbers for a round robin, we made some adjustments. Both Murph and I had inexperienced groups, so we tossed a coin and I lost (I guess…?) and my kids played in the j/v bracket to even things out. So we ended up with 8 varsity and 6 j/v teams. We still played 10 rounds, we just doubled up some matches.
Anywhoo. I’ve tabulated the results (thanks to Sara who gathered them for me. Sorry I had to book it out on Saturday, but our bus driver was on a tight schedule).
The full results are appended below, as well as the current At-Large standings, but the upshot is the John Stark took the Division II plaque this year, winning in a 50 question un-timed tiebreaker round, 18-12. Congrats to the Generals, and they’re the first team to punch their ticket for Concord!
Here’s how the rest broke down:
Varsity J/V
Plymouth 9 Merrimack 7
Merrimack 7 Fall Mt. 7
John Stark* 6 BG 5
Fall Mtn. 6 Salem 3
PCA 6 Plymouth 2
BG 4
Hanover 1
Stevens 1
And here are the overall standings:
Tournament Winners
Varsity Points standings
J/V Points Standings
Div I Plymouth 9 Merrimack 7
Div II John Stark Merrimack 7 Fall Mt. 7
Div III Fall Mtn. 6 BG 5
Div IV PCA 6 Salem 3
At-Large BG 4 Plymouth 2
Hanover 1
Stevens 1
We look forward to seeing everyone at Plymouth on the 13th, please let Jay know if you’re planning on coming!
Also, remember GHOST on the 28th, talk to Murph if you’re planning on being there.
Lastly, Sara would like to host a J/V-Rookie tournament at Merrimack sometime this year, and we’re hoping to find a date that the most people will find agreeable, so get in touch with her and suggest what might work for you!
Happy Quizzing Everyone!

Welcome Back!

Hi everyone!

Welcome back! I’m so excited for this season. I just finished prepping the website for the new season, and I’m so psyched! We have some fun stuff going on, and if you’ve read my emails, you’ve heard about it already, but here’s the rundown:

  1. FINALLY! We are officially a registered 501(3)(c) organization, which means people can donate tax deductible money to us! This has been a long term goal for us, and it’s so great to have it completed! So, if you’re connected with anyone who likes to donate money, hit them up!
  2. Questions: There was some talk about purchasing new questions for this season. It didn’t work out for this year, but it IS a goal for next year, especially if we can get some donations.
  3. Dues: Dues, as always, are entirely voluntary, but appreciated to help us cover our expenses. If you need an invoice, let me know.
  4. If you are planning to petition down and play in the J/V bracket only for the year, let us know!
  5. We said goodbye to some old friends this year, as some of our long time coaches moved on into retirement or semi-retirement. 😦 We will miss them, but look forward to working with new people!
  6. 2018-2019 Schedule

Sept 29: Division II: Fall Mtn.
Oct 13: Division I: Plymouth
Oct 27: GHOST
Dec 8: Division III: BG
Feb 2: Division IV: Salem
March 9: At-Large: Pinkerton

So our first tournament coming up fast, so please let Nick Belsky at Fall Mountain if you’re coming, ASAP! Can’t wait to see you all!

Coaches Council Meeting! 5/8/18

Hello everyone!

I know I’m late getting these notes out to everyone, but school has been very busy this week.

A number of us met on Tuesday at the Hooksett Public Library. Aside from myself, Murph and Gabe were present from Hanover, Sara from Merrimack, Marisa from John Stark (Welcome!), Jay and Troy from Plymouth, Peter from Pinkerton, Lisa, Karen and Kathryn (Welcome!) from BG, and finally, Donna and Becca from PCA (Welcome Becca!)

This is probably an appropriate moment to pause and wish Donna and Lisa a fond farewell as they move on to the next steps of their lives. I’ve know both of them for many years, and they are wonderful people and their involvement in the NHQBL has been so important. We will miss them both dearly.

We took some time to review the results of the feedback survey. Overall, the feedback was good. There were some suggestions, some of which were the subject of further discussion.

First, we did discuss the divisional realignment. While everyone agreed the new format worked well this year, and we liked having the at-large tournament at the end of the season. What followed was a discussion about why we wouldn’t just make all the tournaments at-large. We went back and forth on this. It was suggested that there is something nice about having a tournament that is “yours” in particular focus on, and it develops rivalries, but on the other hand, doing away with geographical regions would simplify the qualification process for the state tournament. Ultimately, we didn’t make any decisions on this, agreeing to look at options and perhaps revisit next year.

We briefly discussed moving Hanover back to the West Region, rather than North. (Murph and I had a short discussion on the nature of “north”…I still say anything north of Concord  is “north”, but that’s my southern tier bias talking.) In the end though, we decided to leave things as they are for now.

A long discussion followed about questions. To sum up, there seems to be a consensus to move to a system where we have “pristine” questions for all tournaments, rather than recycled questions. The consensus was that we are not interested in the full “pyramid” style questions, because if our format is not changing, they take too long to read. We all agreed we like the format of our system, and the length of our tournaments. If schools wish to do full NAQT style tournaments with pyramids and bonuses, there’s certainly space for them to do that, and we encourage everyone to do as much quizbowl as their kids will put up with. The questions that remain for us are: where to get them, and how much can we afford to pay. Gabe has agreed to look into NAQT’s “speed-check” style which are similar in length and style to what we’re used to. I’ve already looked into Questions Unlimited, and their prices may be prohibitive. There’s still a ways to go on this and we will be digging into it further before the end of the year.

As as “afford”  goes, we collected 1,000 dollars in dues this year. This money ended up being evenly split between the Hanover account and the new Citizens account. The Citizens account currently has a balance off 379.53, after expenses for the new banner, and the business cards that we hand out to folks, the trophy for the J/V “Best Team of the Year” and the start up costs of buying checks for the account. The Hanover account currently has a balance of 2,476.91. We began the year with a balance of 5,122.35. Major expenses from the Hanover account were the banner, plaques, and t-shirts. In addition, there were 2,284.69 worth of expenses associated with GHOST.

If we move to purchasing pristine questions for tournaments, we will probably need to be a little more conscientious about collecting dues, and perhaps look at alternative fundraising methods.

Moving on to other topics, we agreed that while only New Hampshire schools can compete for division titles and the championship, we welcome any neighboring schools to participate on a “for fun” basis. This was prompted by interest from folks like St. Dominic’s in Maine and Bromfield in Massachusetts.

There continues to be some interest in promoting programs at middle schools to try and grow our own programs. Nothing firm yet, though I think we agreed that 8th graders would be welcome on j/v teams. I’m not 100% sure that was the consensus,  it was getting late and we were all hungry.

Speaking of j/v teams, we briefly discussed terminology. In the past, we have use “A” and “B” to identify your “main” team, vs others you might bring to the tournament. When we moved to separate brackets at tournaments instead of lumping everyone together, we adopted the “varsity” vs “J/V” designations. There was some talk about whether this was appropriate terminology, since it would be theoretically possible to have a large group of strong players, and if it would be appropriate to refer to them as “j/v” players…or…what? No conclusion was made, but we can toss this one around in the message boards.

Finally, we reached the point of setting our schedule. This is what it looks like tentatively:

Sept 29: Division II: Fall Mtn. (Tentative, not yet confirmed with Nick)
Oct 13: Division I: Plymouth
Oct 27: GHOST
Dec 8: Division III: BG
Feb 2: Division IV: Salem
March 9: At-Large: Pinkerton

There are still some dates still out there: History Bowl doesn’t have a date yet, and Plymouth hasn’t set a date yet for their NAQT tournament. We’ll push that info out when we have it.

And by this point some of us were starving, and hadn’t seen our children yet, so we called it a day.

We covered a lot of ground, and there’s important stuff here, so if you have questions or concerns, give one of us a shout. We’re here!

Thanks everyone who came, and thanks to everyone for a great season!


Rookie Tournament!

Hi all!

Three schools got together today at Merrimack High School, for a rookie tournament. Thanks to Sara and her crew for running the show! I’m sorry I wasn’t there, but somebody had to take our kids to the birthday party they had today!

The Rookies from Merrimack, BG and Kingswood had a great day, with Merrimack A and BG A both turning in a 9-1 record. Hopefully these kids will all come back next fall!

Just a reminder that the Coaches Council Meeting will be at the Hooksett Public Library at 4 pm THIS Tuesday! Hope to see many of you there!

State Finals!

Good evening all!

What a day! What a season!

Eight teams met today for the State Finals at the Legislative Office Building. One team clearly rose above the rest today to take home the crown!

Hanover 7-0
Merrimack 5-2
Plymouth 5-2
Fall Mtn. 3-4
Salem 3-4
Kingswood 2-5
PCA 2-5
BG 1-6

Congratulations to Hanover for a great day, the kids we sharp and on point all day long!


Murph, claiming the banner for Hanover

 Thanks to Murph for another great season.

And we’re not quite done yet!


If you haven’t filled out your post-season coaches survey, please do so:

Feel free to email me any feedback you have as well!

Please watch your email for info about a coaches meeting! That will be happening sometime after the NH school vacation week!

Also, finally, our ROOKIE TOURNAMENT! It will be on May 5th, at Merrimack High School.  It is open to anyone who has rookie quizbowlers who they’d like to get some experience before next fall. It’s geared primarily toward underclassmen, but if you have some rising juniors and seniors with no experience, bring them along. Also, if your district is willing, bring some 8th graders who will be your 9th graders next fall. Contact Sara Campbell ( if you’re going!

Great season everyone!