Vermont-NEA Scholars' Bowl

Sue Pasco Opening Tournament

ESSEX JUNCTION, Vt. -- The 2005-06 season began Sept. 24 with an exciting day of competition in the Sue Pasco Opening Tournament at Essex High School, and a quartet of teams dominated the action.

Talented and equally matched squads from Champlain Valley, Essex, St. Johnsbury and Hanover asserted themselves early by winning their morning groups before squaring off in a tight playoff showdown for the title in the afternoon. The race went to the final round of matches with all four teams still in contention, and CVU and Essex picked up wins to top the standings at 3-1. The Redhawks' head-to-head victory gave them first place.

CVU finished the day with a 9-1 record, losing only to Hanover in the fourth of five playoff matches. The Redhawks rebounded with a 320-205 victory over St. Johnsbury -- its second victory of the day over the 2005 state champions -- in the final round and claimed the title when Essex (8-2) came back to beat Hanover in a 335-325 thriller at the same time.

Hanover finished at 8-2 overall and both of its losses were narrow. In addition to the 10-point defeat to Essex, the Marauders (the tournament's top scoring team at 347 points per game) dropped a 175-170 decision to St. Johnsbury. That head-to-head victory gave the Hilltoppers (7-3) third place when both teams finished 2-2 in their playoffs group.

BFA-Fairfax also qualified for the top playoff group and finished in fifth place. South Burlington B, CVU B and South Burlington A finished in first place in the lower playoff groups, with the latter two teams posting perfect 5-0 playoff records.

Other participating schools were Burlington, Harwood, Montpelier, Lake Region, Fair Haven and Colchester.

Thanks to NAQT for providing questions and to all teams for providing an exciting event. A special thanks to the parents and friends who gave up their Saturday to moderate games.

Statistical Results

Overall

Rank Team Overall Record Prelim. Group Playoff Group PPG
1 Champlain Valley A 9-1 4-0 3-1 265.0
2 Essex A 8-2 4-0 3-1 270.5
3 St. Johnsbury A 7-3 4-0 2-2 259.5
4 Hanover A 8-2 4-0 2-2 347.0
5 BFA-Fairfax A 5-5 3-1 0-4 129.0
6 South Burlington B 6-4 2-2 3-1 147.0
7 Burlington B 6-4 2-2 3-1 149.5
8 Harwood 5-5 2-2 2-2 146.0
9 Essex C 4-6 3-1 1-3 129.5
10 Essex/Montpelier 5-5 3-1 1-3 184.0
11 Champlain Valley B 7-3 2-2 4-0 183.0
12 Lake Region/Fair Haven 4-6 1-3 2-2 89.5
13 Essex B 5-5 2-2 2-2 108.5
14 Colchester B 5-5 2-2 2-2 139.0
15 Burlington A 2-8 0-4 0-4 117.0
16 South Burlington A 5-5 0-4 4-0 128.0
17 Colchester A 3-7 1-3 2-2 73.0
18T Hanover B 2-7-1 1-3 1-2-1 97.5
18T BFA-Fairfax B 2-7-1 1-3 1-2-1 77.0
20 St. Johnsbury B 1-9 0-4 1-3 79.0

Prelminary Round
(Group records listed first; overall records in parentheses. Points include non-group games)

Group A   Group B
Rank School Record Points Rank School Record Points
1 Hanover A 4-0 (5-0) 1995 1 Essex A 4-0 (4-1) 1345
2 Essex C 3-1 (3-2) 805 2 Essex/Montpelier 3-1 (4-1) 1295
3 Harwood 2-2 (3-2) 675 3 Burlington B 2-2 (3-2) 790
4 BFA-Fairfax B 1-3 (1-4) 425 4 Lake Region/Fair Haven 1-3 (1-4) 400
5 Burlington A 0-4 (1-4) 610 5 South Burlington A 0-4 (0-5) 550
Group C   Group D
Rank School Record Points Rank School Record Points
1 Champlain Valley A 4-0 (5-0) 1375 1 St. Johnsbury A 4-0 (4-1) 1225
2 BFA-Fairfax A 3-1 (4-1) 695 2 South Burlington B 2-2 (3-2) 740
3 Colchester B 2-2 (3-2) 730 3 Champlain Valley B 2-2 (2-3) 890
4 Hanover B 1-3 (1-4) 585 4 Essex B 1-3 (2-3) 525
5 St. Johnsbury B 0-4 (0-5) 340 5 Colchester A 1-3 (1-4) 345

Playoff Round
(Group records listed first; overall records in parentheses. Points include non-group games)

Group A   Group B
Rank School Record Points Rank School Record Points
1 Champlain Valley A 3-1 (4-1) 1275 1 South Burlington B 3-1 (3-2) 730
2 Essex A 3-1 (4-1) 1360 2 Burlington B 3-1 (3-2) 705
3 St. Johnsbury 2-2 (3-2) 1370 3 Harwood 2-2 (2-3) 785
4 Hanover A 2-2 (3-2) 1475 4 Essex C 1-3 (1-4) 490
5 BFA-Fairfax A 0-4 (1-4) 595 5 Essex/Montpelier 1-3 (1-4) 545
Group C   Group D
Rank School Record Points Rank School Record Points
1 Champlain Valley B 4-0 (5-0) 940 1 South Burlington A 4-0 (5-0) 750
2 Lake Region/Fair Haven 2-2 (3-2) 495 2 Colchester A 2-2 (2-3) 385
3 Essex B 2-2 (3-2) 560 3T Hanover B 1-2-1 (1-3-1) 390
4 Colchester B 2-2 (2-3) 660 3T BFA-Fairfax B 1-2-1 (1-3-1) 355
5 Burlington A 0-4 (1-4) 560 5 St. Johnsbury B 1-3 (1-4) 450

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