Vilonia Junior High Quiz Bowl 5A State Finals

2nd Place!


Congratulations to all teams who participated today at the 5A Junior High State Finals at Frank Mitchell Intermediate School in Vilonia!

It was a great day of Quiz Bowl!

The day had some really strong performances:

For the Red Division:

The morning was exceptionally strong for Beebe, Valley View, and Pulaski Academy, all of which were undefeated after 3 games. All three teams had at least one player make All-Tournament team honors.

The afternoon held some surprises. Harrison, who had only won one game in the morning went on a streak in the afternoon from a 6 seed to take 2nd place overall in the Red Division, falling to the eventual champion, Valley View, in a close game with a score of 170-220.

The day ended with Valley View taking 1st place, thanks to a strong performance from Red MVP Suh Young Choi who averaged 12.5 points per game. Harrison took 2nd place, led by All-Tournament player Blake Whitmer (8.0 ppg). Beebe took 3rd place, led by All-Tournament player Ryan Swafford (8.83 ppg). DeQueen finishes off with 4th place, led by captain Jesse Power.

Additionally, Finn Conaway from Pulaski Academy was the third highest scorer of the day, earning All-Tournament honors with an average of 8.75 points per game.

For the Blue Division:

The Blue Division was exceptionally competitive in the morning, with only Watson Chapel emerging from the field undefeated at 2-0 with a bye. This earned them a 1st Round bye in the afternoon.

Host school Vilonia was the number 2 seed going into the afternoon and fought hard to make it to the Blue Division championship to face off Paragould, who split its morning games and took a number 5 seed for the afternoon.

Paragould was able to pull off the upset against Vilonia in the championship game thanks to a great all-around performance by their captain, Jackson Parker, who claimed the MVP of the Blue Division with an average of 12.2 points per game.

The 3rd Place game featured the 1-seed Watson Chapel and 3-seed Magnolia. Magnolia was a real surprise after placing 4th in their region, winning 2 out of 3 morning games and earning the #3 overall seed in the bracket.

It didn’t take long for Watson Chapel to regain composure after a semifinal loss, as they went on to win the 3rd place game with a score of 195-155. Watson Chapel was the only team in the 5A to claim two spots on the All-Tournament team, led by the tandem of Gerrod White (5.75 ppg) and Bejnimen Neal (5.25 ppg).

Clarksville had the 2nd highest scorer in the Blue Division in Rachel Stall, who averaged 8.67 points per game.

Nettleton also had an All-Tournament player in Rike Robinson, who averaged 7.75 points per game.

All-Tournament team members were determined by averaging at least 5 points per game across the contest.

Attached you will find screenshots of the scoring program.

Kudos to Chere’ Beavers and all of the volunteers from Vilonia (even students and parents!) that made the tournament such a great place to be. They really rose to the challenge to make sure that the day ran smoothly for everyone. We thank them for being such gracious hosts!

Thanks also go to our great moderators and judges who were able to keep the games running smoothly all day long. It really is a credit to Quiz Bowl to have such willing, able, and talented individuals that give up their time to help us all promote academic competition in the state of Arkansas.

Thank you all for being great competitors, hosts, and colleagues. I consider myself lucky to be associated with you all.

I wish you all blessings and a restful weekend.
— Justin Acree -- 5A Jr. Finals Tournament Volunteer Guy Person 2015-2016 AGQBA Vice President

Evan BeaversFA, VMS