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Stanley Tree
Posted on: Feb 5 2018, 05:21 PM


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If Montgomery isn't a flash-in-the-pan group this year, they may do well down there. Still don't think Hightower will have the heat to compete in 5A. Has Splendora competed recently?
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Stanley Tree
Posted on: Feb 5 2018, 01:00 PM


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Yep I was looking at '16-'17
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Posted on: Feb 5 2018, 01:59 AM


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QUOTE (The Evil Dr. Calculus @ Feb 4 2018, 02:22 AM) *
Ten Event Scores in Arizona, Region III

Honor:
9,481.7 Piper Gray, Canyon del Oro
8,006.9 Kailee Savage, CDO
7,545.0 Luke Sorensen, Marana

Scholastic:
8,016.0 Carter Hollings, CDO (freshman)
7,367.1 Isabell Gray, CDO (freshman, Piper's sister)
7,185.7 Allienna Nezelek, CDO

Varsity:
7,197.9 Zachariah Hobby, CDO
6,508.6 Javier Lopez, CDO
6,491.4 Michael Cox, CDO



You have some great scholastics for the next four years! Good golly.
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Stanley Tree
Posted on: Feb 4 2018, 03:49 PM


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QUOTE (Dan Z @ Feb 4 2018, 04:38 AM) *
It looks like only six schools that are attending state competition this year will be switching classifications next year. Please feel free to correct me if I am wrong.
Friendswood 6a to 5a
Summit 5a to 6a
Lebanon Trail 4a to 5a
Turner 6a to 5a
Elkins 5a to 6a
Lake Ridge 5a to 6a


I think Summit stayed in 5a
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Stanley Tree
Posted on: Jan 25 2018, 04:17 AM


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I don't know what any of that means Dean, but I'd love to do it.

I made a second post, this time focusing a bit more on ways to recruit and a little bit on varsities: How to Build an Acadec Team, Part 2: Recruiting
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Stanley Tree
Posted on: Jan 21 2018, 10:18 PM


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QUOTE (TManess @ Jan 21 2018, 08:20 PM) *
Here are the large school results from Region VIII. I think Melanie shared the medium school results. (They are all beasts!) I'm excited that our region is becoming more competitive! Martin HS finally have coaches that care about AcDec as much as the rest of us. Mr. G left an under-supportive Duncanville to join Wylie. It's great to see the passion back in his eyes. Arlington HS only placed second, but it was still super fun!

Martin 42,845.1
Arlington 41,561.1
Wylie 39,243.3
Dubiski 38,454.1 (first year in the program coached by Sam Gaskill, who also loves AcDec, former Duncanville coach)
Mansfield 36,344.6
Lamar 34,940.3

On a side note, one of our honors, Darcey Britton, scored 8,967.6! We've never had someone score close to 9K!
And... she's only a junior! biggrin.gif


Congratulations! Great score from Darcey holy moly! Hopefully she can get there at state!
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Stanley Tree
Posted on: Jan 21 2018, 06:30 PM


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We were thinking about "60s in America" which would be super cool- Civil Rights, Vietnam, Kennedy, Space Race (could recycle a science again), Cold War, pop art, brutalism, tons of great music (licenses may be hard).
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Posted on: Jan 21 2018, 03:46 AM


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Dulles- 49, 753.8
Objectives- 35,645.8
Subjectives- 14,108

Sophie- 9,069.6 (6,542.9)
Jeffrey- 8,399.3 (5,874.3)
Matthew- 7,723.1 (5,311.4)

Sam- 9,016.4 (6,611.4)
Moeez- 8,271.6 (5,888.6)
Vani- 8,014 (5,745.7)

Leighton- 8,240.6 (5,888.6)
Logan- 6,756.3 (4,840)
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Stanley Tree
Posted on: Jan 18 2018, 12:40 AM


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8th Place: Garland High School, Garland, Garland Independent School District, 158 points

2nd place- 1997
3rd place- 1999
3rd place- 2000
4th place- 2003
4th place- 1996
4th place- 1998
5th place- 2001
5th place- 2004
6th place- 1994
Close calls- 11th ('93), 12th ('92), 13th ('95, '02, '05)

Top 25s- 17
State appearances- 26

Garland is likely to be the most surprising team to see up in the top 10, as they have not seen major success over the history of this message board. However, from 1996 to 2004, Garland placed in the top 5 every single year but once, playing the third wheel to the dominant years of Taylor and Dobie and then coming up short in the post-Taylor years. The Owls first qualified for state in 1991 and would continue to qualify until 2016, only to make it back in 2017. The program immediately improved upon first qualifying for state, and within four years had jumped to 6th in the state. After a slight road bump in 1995, they then went on a tear that would make them a powerhouse and one of the two best teams in the Dallas area along with Nimitz. They would go 4th, 2nd, 4th, 3rd, 3rd, and 5th in a series of years that are both impressive and saddening in that it never amounted to a championship. 1998 is particularly heart-breaking as it was a year when they were less than 1,000 from winning. In '99 and '00 they were the best team that simply could not keep up with the arms race between Taylor and Dobie. After an off year in '02, they were third again in '03 and '04, fifth in '05. After this, they dropped into the late teens and 20s, and even further into the 2010s. Garland may be the forgotten powerhouse of the 90s and early 00s, but here they will be remembered as an amazing program that simply peaked at the exact wrong time.
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Posted on: Jan 17 2018, 05:57 PM


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Check your email there's a Google sheet with all of the teams on it
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Posted on: Jan 17 2018, 04:24 PM


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9th place: Rockwall High School- Rockwall, Rockwall ISD, 157 points

Champions- 2012
Champions- 2013
Champions- 2014
2nd place- 2011
3rd place- 2010
3rd place- 2016
4th place- 2009
7th place- 2007

State Appearances- 13
Top 25s- 13

Rockwall put together one of the best strings of success in Texas history from 20010 until 2014 where they went 3rd, 2nd, and then won state three times in a row. This may be the most successful group of teams in history in such a short span of time, as they have three of the top ten individual teams of all time in that span. The person responsible for the initial success during this time was David Gear, who sent Rockwall to its first state appearance in 2005, when they finished 16th overall. The school would jump into the top 10 only two years later in '07 (7th), and then began their run of dominance in '09 with a 4th place, followed by the run. The 2011 team is the 7th best team ever, and is the best team to not have won state (and took 8 of 9 top three places at medium, which is absurd). Their string of championships from 2012 to 2014 features the 6th best team ever in 2013 and 2nd best ever in 2014. After 2014 the the dynasty ended as they dropped to 18th- only to come back and get 3rd in 2016. Last year they finished 25th in their lowest finish since 2005, but their lowest is still better than most programs. A string of continued success has put them in the top programs in state history. They are the best program in the state this decade (although Highland may have something to say about that by the end of it), and put together a dominant string of performances that may be the 2nd best era in Texas history.
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Stanley Tree
Posted on: Jan 17 2018, 07:23 AM


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Hey everyone, so I wanted to do this for a while and figured why not now. I have wanted to write a blog about my experiences both coaching and competing, and figured I'd post it here to see if this has traction. Feel free to comment over there- with the lack of action on the board for anyone except for a few, maybe a new place would be beneficial.

theacadecguy.wordpress.com
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Stanley Tree
Posted on: Jan 17 2018, 03:36 AM


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We're frozen in for two days, and I can only hope our kids are reading. I'm getting cabin fever, which brought me back to this:

10th place: Highland Park High School- University Park, Highland Park ISD, 142 points

Champions- 2016
Champions- 2017
2nd place- 2015
4th place- 2012
4th place- 2013
4th place- 2014

State Appearances- 22
Top 25s- 8

Highland Park has put together a six year period of dominance on par with all but the best of programs- Rockwall from '09 to '16, Pearland from '08 to '15, Plano from '04 to '07 all come to mind when comparing the run that Highland Park is currently going through. Only two programs have really strung together a series of performances that must be better, which is the late 90s Taylor and late 90s/early aughts Dobie, undoubtedly the two best runs of programs in Texas history (that Rockwall run was special though...). Highland Park has been a state competitor since the 90s but never really pushed through to the upper levels- the closest they came was a 26th in '91 and 27th in '94 and a 20th in '93. They were mostly a team that just showed up to state for most of its existence. Highland Park was a sleeping giant- THE wealthiest part of Texas and a great student body meant that they were just waiting for coaches that wanted to put them time in.

Three straight 4th places seemed like the program's peak, but instead they kept going. They lost in '15 in one of the closest finishes in Texas history with three teams within 300 points of each other, placing second between Pearland and Friendswood. They the WON another three dog race in '16, beating Coppell and Rockwall on the last test to win it all for the first time. They followed up their first win with one of the most dominating performances of all time, breaking the state scoring record and having the third best team in Texas history. Bergeron and Alvarado, as well as the preceding coach (who's name escapes me) should be congratulated for building an amazing program that has become one of the best in Texas, and will continue to do so. Two decades worth of state appearances with nothing much to show for it has transformed into a historical run of dominance.
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Posted on: Jan 17 2018, 02:47 AM


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None of the tests were of a normal difficulty, so if you feel you did poorly I guarantee you didn't. It ranged from somewhat difficult (music, sosci, sci) to "would be the toughest in a given set" (math, eco) to unfairly hard (lit, art). If you stayed the same since your last meet that is miraculous and should be celebrated.
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Posted on: Jan 16 2018, 09:47 PM


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I've seen crazier things happen. That Lubbock team is really good, as is Highland and Taylor and lots of other teams. Highland last year was undisputed in its leads. We're just ahead and lucky.
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Posted on: Jan 16 2018, 09:36 PM


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For someone who wants to 100% correct, saying we are the undisputed front runner is a rocky way to start it off smile.gif
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Stanley Tree
Posted on: Jan 14 2018, 08:09 PM


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We already took it, it was not fun.
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Stanley Tree
Posted on: Dec 27 2017, 05:08 PM


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Can you tell us who is competing? Or send me a dm?
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Stanley Tree
Posted on: Dec 21 2017, 12:55 AM


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Cesar Chavez took their set a bit earlier too. However, CDO is well known for big jumps between rd 1 and state, so that could lead to a very tight race for Arizona.

To piggyback on this, we also have most of Texas. There are a few clear gaps, which I will add at the end, but we could get a good idea of teams that have a shot at qualifying for state this year.

[b]Texas Round 1[/b}
1. Dulles 35,662.9 (L)
2. Lubbock 33,988.6 (M)
3. Highland Park 33,434.3 (M)
4. James E. Taylor 32,097.2 (L)
5. Klein 31,697.2 (L)
6. Rockwall Heath 31,122.8 (L)
7. Seven Lakes 30,785.8 (L)
8. Friendswood 30,759.9 (L)
9. J.J. Pearce 30,528.5 (L)- took three weeks or so earlier than most, so this could be another 1k higher.
10. Hebron 30,431.4 (L)
11. Marcus 30,240 (L)
12. Rockwall 29,851.5 (L)
13. Plano East 29,157 (L)
14. Pearland 29,020 (L)
15. Irving 28,951.4 (L)
16. Little Elm 28,768.7 (M)
17. Keller 28,688.6 (L)
18. Clear Lake 28,077.2 (L)
19. Richardson 27,814 (L)
20. Morton Ranch 27,811.5 (L)
21. Lebanon Trail 27,522.7 (M?)
22. Nimitz 27,277.2 (L)
23. The Colony 27,200 (M)
24. Clear Creek 27,182.8 (L)
25. Flower Mound 27,068.6 (L)
26. Alvin 26,525.7 (L)
27. Pasadena Memorial 26,457.1 (L)
28. Centennial 26,442.8 (M)
29. Reedy 26,374.3 (M)
30. Lone Star 26,051.5 (M)
31. Bandera 25,842.9 (S)
32. Barbers Hill 25,651.4 (M)

Teams we are missing with any known scores from this year:
Plano Senior (28,888.5 at Medium)
Mansfield Summit (28,822.7 at Medium)
Coppell (25,637.1 at Easy)
Dobie (won Pasadena R1 meet over Memorial by a few thousand, so 28k?)
Montgomery (39k last year at state)
Clear Springs (39k last year at state)
MacArthur (39k last year at state)
Arlington (25,942.9 at Medium)
El Paso Coronado (37,888.3 last year at state)
Arlington Martin (26,374.4 at Medium)
Klein Collins (36k last year at state)
Wylie East (26,997.2 at Medium)
Foster (40k last year at state)
King (40k last year at state)


There's a few others missing but right now those 32 teams look good for over 40k, with a few others who will also clear that hurdle. 31 did that at state, so this seems to be a relatively strong year for Texas. Also you have to be over 30k to even sniff the top 10 now, which is quite the departure from last year when only five made it over at round 1. Could also be an indicator of an easier year. Across the board, Texas honors and scholastics look absolutely stellar, and the scholastics have grown in strength a lot since last year across the state. The varsities are really holding down the state- several of the top teams have possibly historic honors and scholastics, with varsities who have yet to figure it out. As we learned last year at Dulles, it takes them a while to really "figure it out", if they ever do. The scores across the board this year remind me a lot of 2016 when we had six teams over 50k, except for the varsities. Barring severe test difficulty spikes, I would expect to see 3 teams over 50k this year at state (we certainly won't at regionals with the subs there). Overall, a strong year for Texas it seems with it becoming so close to a historically strong year depth-wise.
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Posted on: Dec 20 2017, 04:42 PM


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I guess I am but more of referring to the PDF I guess but yea. Glad yo see USAD learned from video game companies- keep the base thing the same but everything else costs more.
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Posted on: Dec 20 2017, 03:25 AM


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Seems impossible to tell topic based on this. The ww2 year was so easy sad.gif

I ask this every year but has anyone done the conceptual and automatic quiz stuff? Demidec has been great but they are definitely written by kids
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Posted on: Dec 18 2017, 12:26 AM


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QUOTE (Phil Cerami @ Dec 17 2017, 11:27 PM) *
More info from our little corner of Pennsylvania - Full Round 1 conducted 12/16/2017:

https://acadecscores.gilslotd.com/wiki/Regi...eastern/2018ASL

TEAM RESULTS
1st) Souderton Area High School - 28,697
2nd) North Penn High School - 19,041
3rd) Methacton High School - 16,070

ASL ALL-STAR TEAM

Honors Division
Gold - Josh Martin - Souderton - 5,702
Silver - Emma Bieck - Souderton - 5,337
Bronze - Misty Zheng - Souderton - 5,225

Scholastic Division
Gold - Christian Pensabene - Souderton - 5,065
Silver - Sahara Grinkewitz - Souderton - 4,837
Bronze - Brett Cornman - Souderton - 4,028

Varsity Division
Gold - Hannah Fairweather - Souderton - 4,134
Silver - Mitch Jellen - Souderton - 3,622
Bronze - Connor Grunewald - Souderton - 3,391



Holy crap. Great job!! Big push from the last meet.
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Posted on: Dec 11 2017, 11:16 PM


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This may be the most info we've had for a round 1 ever. Pretty neat.

Dulles' team:
Sophie Yangyi
Jeffrey Zhang

Sam Steinman-Friedman
Moeez Tariq
Vani Vellore
Matthew Gabino

Leighton Nylander
Tejas Tuppera
Logan House

It was not a fun day, I will tell you that much. Telling 13 kids you're done is never easy. Especially when many of them were so close.
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QUOTE (madcap @ Dec 11 2017, 05:07 AM) *
QUOTE (JakeLHS @ Dec 10 2017, 10:35 PM) *
QUOTE (TinDefacto @ Dec 11 2017, 04:24 AM) *
QUOTE (madcap @ Dec 10 2017, 10:14 PM) *
There probably is no significant difference between version 1 and version 2 difficulty on the Round 1 tests.

Yeah, after a more in-depth look, I'm leaning toward a similar conclusion, though I do think SS and Art were slightly harder on this version (on v2 compared to v1). Even so, that only accounts for a fairly small difference. For most intents and purposes, I'd say they're about equal.

But ECR had more than a month more time to prepare for this meet and still scored around 2000 points less. You shouldn't be surprised that some people improved, they had a lot of time to do so. We would expect nearly everyone to improve over that time frame on equal tests, when in fact their team did much worse on average. By the same reasoning, you would conclude these tests were about the same difficulty as the easy tests, since half of Lubbock's team improved in the month between tests and our score only dropped a bit over 1000 points. In fact that's an even better argument since we had a (slightly) shorter time gap and a much lower score drop between the easy tests and these than ECR had between Round 1s, but obviously, these were much harder than the easy tests and likewise than the v1 tests.


Possibly. Scores are volatile. Sometimes the hardest-working and best people on the hardest-working and best teams just decrease.


I still think these were the harder tests just based on what my kids were telling me throughout the day, but each team does prep different- ECR could've been in the middle of a cycle, or used this as a vacation, or whatever. There are multiple factors for why ECR could have decreased.

I will say I am glad to see the round 1 tests get a little more serious. I hope that continues throughout the year- I was worried that they would be too easy and lead to heavy inflation (they still might be too easy).

Congrats to Piper that is insane. Let's hope she can reproduce at an official meet (spoilers: of course she will).
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Posted on: Dec 11 2017, 03:30 AM


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How did the varsities drop so much? I think some outside influence happened on that- sickness or airplane situations or something.
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