2021-22 HSQB Midseason Poll Results

The following article was a contribution by the entire Groger Ranks staff and many members of the HSQB community who helped out with this poll. Thank you.

After a short delay, we at Groger Ranks are pleased to announce the results of our third annual midseason poll of the high school quizbowl circuit. We have attached 11 ballots used to make these ranking below, as well as the justifications used by the voters. The rankings were conducted as follows: a team was awarded 30 points if they were ranked 1st, 29 points if they were ranked 2nd, etc. all the way down to 1 point if they were ranked 30th. The points for each team were then summed across all the ballots, with the highest and lowest ranking dropped. If a team was unranked in one or more ballots, one “unranked” ranking was dropped as the lowest ranking.

The 2021-22 HSQB Midseason Poll results are brought to you by our subscribers on Patreon, namely:
Goma Srinivasan
Fred Morlan
Sindhu Nair

Without further ado, here are the results:

1. Arcadia A, 5 First Place Votes, 265 Points, Average Ranking of 1.56, Ranked in 100% of ballots, Highest Vote (Dropped): 1, Lowest Vote (Dropped): 6
T-2. Thomas Jefferson Science & Tech A, 5 First Place Votes, 257 Points, Average Ranking of 2.44, Ranked in 90.91% of ballots, Highest Vote (Dropped): 1, Lowest Vote (Dropped): Unranked
T-2. Kinkaid A, 1 First Place Vote, 257 Points, Average Ranking of 2.44, Ranked in 100% of ballots, Highest Vote (Dropped): 1, Lowest Vote (Dropped): 4
4. Lambert A, 247 Points, Average Ranking of 3.56, Ranked in 90.91% of ballots, Highest Vote (Dropped): 2, Lowest Vote (Dropped): Unranked
5. Barrington A, 226 Points, Average Ranking of 5.89, Ranked in 100% of ballots, Highest Vote (Dropped): 4, Lowest Vote (Dropped): 8
6. Hunter A, 219 Points, Average Ranking of 6.67, Ranked in 100% of ballots, Highest Vote (Dropped): 4, Lowest Vote (Dropped): 14
7. Buffalo Grove A, 211 Points, Average Ranking of 7.56, Ranked in 90.91% of ballots, Highest Vote (Dropped): 6, Lowest Vote (Dropped): Unranked
8. Carmel A, 207 Points, Average Ranking of 8, Ranked in 90.91% of ballots, Highest Vote (Dropped): 5, Lowest Vote (Dropped): Unranked
9. Detroit Catholic Central A, 192 Points, Average Ranking of 9.67, Ranked in 100% of ballots, Highest Vote (Dropped): 6, Lowest Vote (Dropped): 21
10. Strake Jesuit A, 190 Points, Average Ranking of 9.89, Ranked in 100% of ballots, Highest Vote (Dropped): 7, Lowest Vote (Dropped): 13
11. Greenhill A, 179 Points, Average Ranking of 11.11, Ranked in 100% of ballots, Highest Vote (Dropped): 3, Lowest Vote (Dropped): 20
12. Solon A, 155 Points, Average Ranking of 13.78, Ranked in 100% of ballots, Highest Vote (Dropped): 5, Lowest Vote (Dropped): 19
13. Detroit Country Day A, 153 Points, Average Ranking of 14, Ranked in 100% of ballots, Highest Vote (Dropped): 10, Lowest Vote (Dropped): 19
14. Chattahoochee A, 147 Points, Average Ranking of 14.67, Ranked in 100% of ballots, Highest Vote (Dropped): 10, Lowest Vote (Dropped): 23
15. Phillips Academy A, 136 Points, Average Ranking of 15.89, Ranked in 81.82% of ballots, Highest Vote (Dropped): 7, Lowest Vote (Dropped): Unranked
16. Beavercreek A, 133 Points, Average Ranking of 16.22, Ranked in 100% of ballots, Highest Vote (Dropped): 12, Lowest Vote (Dropped): 26
17. Stanton College Prep A, 126 Points, Average Ranking of 17, Ranked in 90.91% of ballots, Highest Vote (Dropped): 11, Lowest Vote (Dropped): Unranked
18. Mira Loma A, 117 Points, Average Ranking of 18, Ranked in 81.82% of ballots, Highest Vote (Dropped): 9, Lowest Vote (Dropped): Unranked
19. Wayzata A, 107 Points, Average Ranking of 19.11, Ranked in 100% of ballots, Highest Vote (Dropped): 12, Lowest Vote (Dropped): 26
20. Great Valley A, 101 Points, Average Ranking of 19.78, Ranked in 90.91% of ballots, Highest Vote (Dropped): 17, Lowest Vote (Dropped): Unranked
21. Cinco Ranch A, 100 Points, Average Ranking of 19.89, Ranked in 90.91% of ballots, Highest Vote (Dropped): 15, Lowest Vote (Dropped): Unranked
22. Archbishop Mitty A, 80 Points, Average Ranking of 22.11, Ranked in 90.91% of ballots, Highest Vote (Dropped): 17, Lowest Vote (Dropped): Unranked
23. University Lab A, 78 Points, Average Ranking of 22.33, Ranked in 90.91% of ballots, Highest Vote (Dropped): 11, Lowest Vote (Dropped): Unranked
24. Montgomery Blair A, 64 Points, Average Ranking of 23.89, Ranked in 63.64% of ballots, Highest Vote (Dropped): 14, Lowest Vote (Dropped): Unranked
25. Ridgewood A, 52 Points, Average Ranking of 25.22, Ranked in 100% of ballots, Highest Vote (Dropped): 21, Lowest Vote (Dropped): 28
26. Rockford Auburn A, 40 Points, Average Ranking of 26.56, Ranked in 54.55% of ballots, Highest Vote (Dropped): 16, Lowest Vote (Dropped): Unranked
27. Saratoga A, 38 Points, Average Ranking of 26.78, Ranked in 72.73% of ballots, Highest Vote (Dropped): 20, Lowest Vote (Dropped): Unranked
28. Hoover A, 21 Points, Average Ranking of 28.67, Ranked in 45.45% of ballots, Highest Vote (Dropped): 22, Lowest Vote (Dropped): Unranked
29. Homestead A, 19 Points, Average Ranking of 28.89, Ranked in 54.55% of ballots, Highest Vote (Dropped): 21, Lowest Vote (Dropped): Unranked
30. Belmont A, 17 Points, Average Ranking of 29.11, Ranked in 45.45% of ballots, Highest Vote (Dropped): 22, Lowest Vote (Dropped): Unranked
Also receiving votes: High Tech A (13 points), Richard Montgomery A (13), Bellarmine A (9), Freeman A (6), Singapore American A (6) East Chapel Hill A (6), J. P. Stevens A (6), Chattahoochee B (3), Stevenson A (2), Glasgow A (1), Wakeland A (0), East Brunswick A (0), IMSA A (0), Stanford Online A (0)

The link to all the ballots and justification can be found here: https://docs.google.com/spreadsheets/d/1a-VWdKqf_QZAhw2QWTOCEZGEYh8tV32dbITI2lV8qGw/edit?usp=sharing

In addition, this year, voters were asked to shout out a team that they did not feel to be top 30, but nevertheless deserves special mention. Here’s a compilation of all the shout-outs we received:

Singapore American A: “Singapore American is ranked in the top 30 in Groger Ranks but it’s hard to tell how good any Asian team really is due to vastly different field strength (understandably). Still thought they should get a mention.”“Unsure about Asian circuit and whether they will attend a nationals so didn’t rank them but stats seem to be good so are a team to watch.”
Singapore teams, Rockford Auburn A, Homestead A: “Singapore teams have never been ranked this high. I don’t know much about Rockford or Homestead but when I’ve played against individuals on those teams they’ve been very impressive.”
Bellarmine A: “This team has one of the best specialists this year in Richard Lin, who is a top 3 literature player this year in my opinion, but he lacks support in other categories to consistently beat other top 30 teams. His performances at ARCADIA and HARI show Richard’s ability to scale though, and with wins against teams like Chattahoochee A and DCDS A, I could definitely see Bellarmine surprising some people at nationals if they improve in other categories.”
Belmont A: “I played them at ACF Fall and was really impressed by their results there, especially beating Kinkaid. Even though they graduated their incredible team from last year, they’re still a top team. As of know I think they’re slightly outside the top 30 even though Cindy is a crazy strong generalist and lit specialist, but they’ll probably prove me wrong and do very well at both nats.”
Choate A: “Team with great chemistry and a propensity to beat bigger teams, watch out for them again this year (they’re also probably the most likable team among us all).”
IMSA A: “While their stats might not show it, IMSA put up several very good performances this year, especially at ARCADIA and ACF fall, where they placed above several statistically better teams. This can mostly be attributed to their balance, with each of their players (Jason, Michael, Saketh, and Samuel) providing consistent coverage of their subject, allowing them to upset higher-ranked but swingier teams. If they keep up their studying they should easily be t30 by nats.”
Ladue A: “Big Wild Card possibility (they were our [Detroit Country Day’s] only loss at ACF Winter and they just cooperated extremely well together).”
Seven Lakes A: “Mihir and Keerthana had insane improvement between IS-204 and IS-206, and if they’ve been grinding like that since they could easily be a t20 team.”
Solon B: “I’m gonna shill for my school’s B team for a second. Ethan Feldman and Ethan Dobres are arguably the best same-name duo in quizbowl this season. Feld has improved a ton in sci, and Dobres is a pretty good literature, American history, and current events player. They’re supported by Sarah Dong, a solid fine arts specialist with some deep biology knowledge, and Charlie Lawrence, a world history player. I did a writeup for the Ohio Circuit at large, and I severely underranked them. Outside of us (Solon A) and Beavercreek, they are the next best team in the state, and constantly improving. I wouldn’t really call them a nationals contender, but they are probably one of the best B teams that our school has had, aside from last year which had me, Rohan, and Feld.”

Thank you everyone for your continued support of Groger Ranks, and we will be back soon with our next set of rankings!

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