Teams from St. Thomas High School, Harmony-Houston, and St. Thomas Episcopal emerged victorious in the junior varsity, middle school experienced, and middle school novice divisions at this past Saturday’s Jr. Rodeo held at McMeans Junior High in Katy. A full statistical wrap-up for the Jr. Rodeo can be found here.
In the junior varsity division, St. Thomas’ only blemish on the day was a 265-all tie with Seven Lakes in the preliminaries. The Adam Lawrence led squad sailed through the playoffs defeating Carnegie Vanguard 305-180 in the final.
In the experienced middle school division, the Gram Brinson led Rogers Silver team went undefeated in the prelims after a 455-245 morning defeat of the Harmony Houston squad. The Harmony squad was paced by seventh grader William Golden whose 66 powers led all individual performances. It was Golden’s incredible 9-0-0 game in the final (along with contributions from each of his teammates) that allowed Harmony to top its rival 470-295 in the final and claim its first tournament victory.
A quartet of 8th graders led by Edward Athaide helped St. Thomas Episcopal win the novice middle school division in the school’s first ever tournament appearance. The Saints notched a 430-195 victory over host team McMeans in its final. In addition to St. Thomas Episcopal, both Pope John XXIII High School and St. Francis Episcopal Middle School made its first TQBA appearances at Jr. Rodeo. Champion Harmony Houston and junior varsity finalist Carnegie Vanguard are in their first year competing.
The next TQBA event in the Houston area will be the Bluebonnet Bowl on March 22nd. Fiesta events in Dallas and San Antonio will be held on March 29th. The 15th annual Texas Quiz Bowl Championship will be held at San Antonio’s Trinity University on April 5th and the 5th annual TQBA Middle Grades Championship will be held on April 26th at Southwestern University in Georgetown.