2005 NAQT High School National Championship Results

Two-time defending champion Thomas Jefferson High School for Science and Technology (Alexandria, VA) became the first school to claim three NAQT High School National Championships by defeating Lakeside School (Seattle, WA) in a wildly entertaining final by the score of 415-325 (an audio file of the final is available). 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 (PA) Area High School rebounded from an early playoff loss to finish in third place while Solon (OH) High School, paced by the tournament’s leading scorer Noah Rahman, wound up fourth. Mission San Jose High School (Fremont, CA) and Richard Montgomery High School (Rockville, MD) grabbed the final trophy slots.

In the Small School division, Danville (KY) High School finished 20th overall and used a strong surge early in the second half to defeat White Cloud (MI) High School in the final 290-190. Brindlee Mountain High School of Guntersville, AL, 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 finished third.

The final team standings for those that qualified for Sunday’s playoff rounds are listed below. Complete preliminary team and individual statistics and the scores of every playoff game are available. In addition, an audio file of one game from (almost) every round is available.

The tournament All-Stars, based on performance in the initial ten games, were:

  1. Noah Rahman, Solon (OH)
  2. Joel Knight, Catholic Central (MI)
  3. Kevin Koai, Mission San Jose A (CA)
  4. Abhinav Kapur, duPont Manual A (KY)
  5. Malcolm Neave, Paul M. Dorman (SC)
  6. Mark Guerci, Maggie Walker Governor’s School (VA)
  7. Sara Garnett, Okemos (MI)
  8. Kareem Seinfeldin, Troy (MI)
  9. Kyle Haddad-Fonda, Lakeside School (WA)
  10. Alexander Rankin, Santa Monica (CA)

In addition, Joel Knight received the "Top Junior Award", Mark Guerci received the "Top Sophomore Award", and Nick Truelson of the Greater Sioux Falls Home School Association (SD) received the "Top Freshman Award".

Other notes from the tournament:

  • During the final match, Thomas Jefferson overcame 10 neg5 penalties and deficits of 145-0, 165-(-5), 205-30, and 245-95 to pull out the victory. Both sides answered 12 tossups, but Thomas Jefferson’s 88.9% bonus conversion was the difference.

  • Virginia produced NAQT national champions at both the college and high school levels this year, with Thomas Jefferson joining ICT undergraduate champion Virginia Commonwealth. The only other time this occurred was in 2002, when the University of Michigan won the ICT Division I overall title just before Kent City High School claimed the high school Small School Award.

  • For the second year in a row, State College was the highest seeded team to lose in the first round of the playoffs. After losing last year to Millburn (NJ) High School as the fifth seed, they lost to intrastate rival Shady Side Academy (Pittsburgh, PA) as the sixth seed this year. Both times they rebounded nicely, finishing fifth last year and third this year.

  • Thomas Jefferson now sports a 38-game HSNCT streak dating back to a loss to Paul L. Dunbar High School (Lexington, KY) in the 2003 preliminaries. The second longest verifiable streak is by Catholic Central High School (Redford, MI), who won at least 16 games in a row from 1999-2000. Thomas Jefferson also set records for most total points scored with 10095, breaking their own record of 7785 set last year, and points per game with 630.9, breaking the mark of 505.0 set by State College en route to the 2000 title.

  • By going 8-2 on Saturday, Detroit Catholic Central maintained their unique distinction of being the only school to reach the playoff round at every National Championship event.

  • Wheaton (IL) North High School was the only school to win three do-or-die games in a row during Rounds 8-10 to make the playoffs by surging from 3-4 to 6-4. Their magic run did not continue over to Sunday, as they lost their first two playoff games and were eliminated.

  • Seventeen schools made their first appearance in the playoffs at the National Championship: Armstrong High School (Plymouth, MN), Bergen County Academies (Hackensack, NJ), Bloomfield (NJ) High School, Danville (KY) High School, duPont Manual High School (Louisville, KY), Grosse Point North (MI) High School, Holland Hall Upper School (Tulsa, OK), La Jolla (CA) High School, Lakeside School (Seattle, WA), Montgomery Blair High School (Silver Spring, MD), New Trier High School (Winnetka, IL), Okemos (MI) High School, Princess Anne High School (Virginia Beach, VA), Richard Montgomery High School (Rockville, MD), Santa Monica (CA) High School, Shady Side Academy (Pittsburgh, PA), and Wheaton (IL) North High School. The Illinois, Minnesota, and Washington schools are the first ever from their respective states to make the playoffs.

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). NAQT would like to thank all of the volunteer staffers who helped make the tournament a success.

Rank Team City
1. Thomas Jefferson High School for Science and Technology A Alexandria, VA
2. Lakeside School Seattle, WA
3. State College Area High School State College, PA
4. Solon High School Solon, OH
5. Mission San Jose High School Fremont, CA
6. Richard Montgomery High School A Rockville, MD
7. duPont Manual High School A Louisville, KY
8t. Brookwood High School Snellville, GA
8t. Thomas Jefferson High School for Science and Technology B Alexandria, VA
8t. Maggie Walker Governor’s School for
Government and International Studies
Richmond, VA
8t. Paul M. Dorman High School Roebuck, SC
8t. Walton High School Marrietta, GA
13t. Catholic Central High School Redford, MI
13t. Troy High School Troy, MI
13t. Montgomery Blair High School Silver Spring, MD
13t. Richard Montgomery High School B Rockville, MD
13t. St. John’s School Houston, TX
13t. Charter School of Wilmington Wilmington, DE
13t. Princess Anne High School Virginia Beach, VA
20t. New Trier High School Winnetka, IL
20t. Danville High School Danville, KY
20t. La Jolla High School La Jolla, CA
20t. Santa Monica High School Santa Monica, CA
20t. Paul Laurence Dunbar High School Lexington, KY
20t. Okemos High School Okemos, MI
20t. Grosse Pointe North High School Grosse Pointe Woods, MI
20t. Holland Hall Upper School Tulsa, OK
20t. Shady Side Academy Pittsburgh, PA
29t. Cistercian Prepatory School Irving, TX
29t. duPont Manual High School B Louisville, KY
29t. Winston Churchill High School Livonia, MI
29t. Fort Mill High School Fort Mill, SC
29t. Wheaton North High School Wheaton, IL
29t. Bloomfield High School Bloomfield, NJ
29t. Armstrong High School Plymouth, MN
29t. Bergen County Academies Hackensack, NJ
29t. Irmo High School Columbia, SC