2005 High School National Championship Tournament Results

Two-time defending champion Thomas Jefferson High School for Science and Technology (Alexandria, Virginia) became the first school to claim three NAQT High School National Championships by defeating Lakeside School (Seattle, Washington) in a wildly entertaining final by the score of 415–325. Thomas Jefferson was clearly the class of the field of 96, averaging over 630 points per game and, until being pushed to the final tossup in the final, scoring at least 545 points and winning by at least 280 points in every game. Lakeside School, in their first year of NAQT competition, went 15–3, with all three losses to Thomas Jefferson, to claim runner-up honors. 2000 national champion State College (Pennsylvania) Area High School rebounded from an early playoff loss to finish in third place while Solon (Ohio) High School, paced by the tournament’s leading scorer Noah Rahman, wound up fourth. Mission San Jose High School (Fremont, California) and Richard Montgomery High School (Rockville, Maryland) grabbed the final trophy slots.

In the Small School division, Danville (Kentucky) High School finished 20th overall and used a strong surge early in the second half to defeat White Cloud (Michigan) High School in the final 290–190. Brindlee Mountain High School of Guntersville, Alabama—in their first year of existence as a high school—was tied with White Cloud after Saturday’s games, but lost a playoff game 250–130 for the right to contest the final, and therefore finished third.

In addition to the ten All-Stars, Joel Knight of Detroit Catholic Central (Michigan) received the Top Junior award, Mark Guerci of Maggie Walker Governor’s School (Virginia) received the Top Sophomore award, and Nick Truelson of the Greater Sioux Falls (South Dakota) Home School Association received the Top Freshman award.

Other notes from the tournament:

The tournament, held at the Crowne Plaza Chicago O’Hare hotel, ran from June 3–5 and featured 96 teams from 24 states and one foreign country (China).