Extensive preparations and attention to detail made team registration and planning simple, and the accomodations were top flight for a very reasonable price. Greeters met teams at the doors and directed them to the appropriate locations for quizzing, and exhaustive team packets answered every question before it could be asked.
On Friday night more than 80 quizzers were able to compete in a one-on-one competition that finished in three hours (a record I believe). Saturday began with a worship service and human video presentation from last year's Fine Arts Festival national champion. The team packets were so well organized that the actual orientation lasted about 12 minutes. Because the tournament lasts for about 12 hours on Saturday (for those who make it to the team finals), bags of healthy snacks were given to each team to help keep up energy levels throughout the day. The event went so smoothly that when they told us they were going to mail out the final results to everyone I actually believed them (this may also be a first). Paula and Dave were consummate hosts in the highest southern tradition, not only making everyone feel welcome, but making themselves available throughout the two-day event to quickly smooth over those little tournament "bumps" that can so often drag down a competition and destroy the schedule and spirit of the event. I know that everyone who attended will join with me in thanking Dave and Paula for their hospitality and generous spirit.
As for the results, the following is what I gathered from the awards ceremony (my apologies to those who lasts names were missed), and a full update will be found for the tournament once the new Tournament Results section is up on this website.
CHAMPIONSHIP FLIGHT TEAMS
RANK TEAM WIN-LOSS POINTS AVERAGE
#1 Orange A/G, Orange, CA 11 - 0 2955 268.64
#2 Mountain View A/G, Las Vegas 7 - 4 1300 162.50
#3 Harvest A/G, Forth Worth, TX 8 - 2 1490 186.25
#4 First A/G, Shreveport, LA 6 - 4 825 103.13
Note: Wins and Losses from the opening 8 rounds determine places in playoff, and then single-elimination determines the winners from there, so wins and losses don't always match up
INDIVIDUAL HIGH SCORERS - CHAMPIONSHIP FLIGHT
RANK QUIZZER TEAM POINTS AVERAGE
#1 Kent Piacenti Orange A/G 1110 138.75
#2 Dayla Shorter Harvest A/G 880 110.00
#3 Valerie Marchalonis Mountain View A/G 875 109.38
#4 Caleb Booth Christian Chapel 715 89.38
#5 Ricky Haney Orange A/G 570 71.88
#6 Bill Dugas 455 56.87
Hannah Duncan King's Chapel 455 56.87
Kristin Herdejurgen Green's Bayou 455 56.87
#9 Eric Hernando King's Chapel 400 50.00
#10 David Dorey Orange A/G 390 48.75
Stephanie Nannerone 390 48.75