INdiana Quiz Bowl
Last year, just before COVID forced everyone into quarantine, Saint Joseph managed to scrape through to win an eighth NAQT state title and the first sponsored by the Indiana Association of School Principals. The year since was not kind to quiz bowl. Almost every tournament was cancelled, and those that weren't had to morph to an online format. IASP was able to draw upon the expertise of Purdue's team, which had to navigate its own transition to virtual, so IASP State was a go.
On paper, Carmel looked to be loaded and ready to bring Saint Joseph's reign to an end. The Greyhounds boasted a higher national ranking, had placed higher in every tournament in which both teams played, had won head-to-head by comfortable margins, and even owned a B team win against Saint Joe's varsity. Plus Carmel had a higher average in their area qualifier than Saint Joe to gain the #1 seed.
The two teams hurtled toward each other in the playoffs until facing off in the Main Zoom room. There, Saint Joe built a huge lead in the first half, only to see Carmel erase it all. The Indians won the last tossup on classical music to take the winners' bracket, 395-345.
After Carmel survived Harrison to win the bounceback bracket, the two teams incredibly did it again. Down by 100 after the first half, Carmel came back and took the lead going into the last question. But Saint Joe would not be denied, this time nabbing a video game tossup and getting 20 on the bonus to eke out the championship, 335-330.
|Bounceback Bracket||Round of 16||Winners' Bracket||Finals||Champion|
|Carmel||North Central||North Central||Greenfield-Central||Greenfield-Central||Homestead||Homestead||#1. Carmel||Carmel||Carmel||Carmel||Saint Joseph||Saint Joseph|
|210||Homestead||150||Center Grove||#8. Center Grove||Portage||425|
|180||Center Grove||Andrean||80||Barr-Reeve||#4. North Central||North Central||North Central||345|
|280||Center Grove||105||Madison Consolidated||#5. Culver Academies||Culver Academies||265|
|265||Center Grove||180||#12. Madison Consolidated||180|
|Harrison||Harrison||Portage||Portage||310||Valparaiso||#2. Saint Joseph||Saint Joseph||Saint Joseph||Saint Joseph||335|
|155||Rensselaer Central||260||Rensselaer Central||#7. Rensselaer Central||Greenfield-Central||385|
|135||Culver Academies||Culver Academies||105||Avon||#3. Harrison||Harrison||Harrison||395|
|370||Crown Point||220||Crown Point||#6. Andrean||Andrean||225||330|
|185||Valparaiso||225||#11. Crown Point||155|