Note from the tournament director: The 2014 TOC for the California Cup saw an unprecedented level of interest. The number of applications received far surpassed any previous TOC. Because of the large number of bids accepted by auto-qualified teams, only a fraction of the at-large teams submitting applications gained entry in this year’s tournament. This made the selection process exceptionally difficult as the quality of the at-large teams was very high. There was discussion of staging the TOC with only auto-qualified teams, however, in an effort to ensure that some at-large bids would have a spot, the decision was made to expand the field to 24 teams.
We understand that this will be disappointing to many of the debaters and coaches who submitted applications. Again, the selection process was very challenging this year. We hope that if you are debating next season, you will submit an application for the 2015 TOC.
The 24-team field, as seeded, follows:
1. Bishop O’Dowd WZ (Walsh & Zepeda) 31.725 [32.35/31.1]
2. Independent CF (Chang & Foltz) 28.625
3. Dougherty Valley KW (Konath & Wang) 28.35
4. Bishop O’Dowd VP (Viviani & Perl) 27.1 [28.575/25.625]
5. Carlsbad CR (Coelho & Rohring) 26.425
6. Bishop O’Dowd CZ (Cunningham & Zaballos) 25.8375 [33.25/18.425]
7. Granite Bay KO (Klaeser & Ontiveros) 23.55 [23.625/23.475]
8. Los Públicos KL (Kruzman & Liu) 23.5
9. Oxford JK (Jain & Kim) 23
10. Ashland PP (Picton & Preskenis) 22.6
11. Lake Oswego XS (Xu & Samuelson) 21.575 [27.525/15.625]
12. Evergreen Valley HZ (Hasnat & Zhang) 21.2125 [25.725/16.7]
13. Sonoma Academy AN (Apostle & Noel) 20.825
14. Lynbrook SV (Sathe & Velamuri) 20.55
15. Evergreen Valley AS (Abushama & Subramani) 19.575 [21.55/17.6]
16. Carlsbad HO (Hashmi & O’Neill) 18.65
17. Claremont MS (Musa & Schnabel) 17.6 [19.375/15.825]
18. Northwood MS (Mathur & Shi) 16.2
19. Windsor FM (Foster & Miller) 16.2
20. Lodi BO (Baumbach & Ozminkowski) 15.8
21. Windsor SS (St. Amant & Sheber) 14.35
22. University SV (Sah & Velagapudi) 14.275
23. Claremont LG (Lopez & Greene) 11.6 [12.9/10.3]
24. Oxford GP (Gao & Park) 11
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The time has come to determine the best of the best at the 2014 Tournament of Champions for the California Cup hosted by Claremont High School. There is no better high school parliamentary debate tournament in the U.S. The TOC requires teams to excel in every facet of parli, from speaking skills to world knowledge to theory. Every round feels like an elimination round. The judges are knowledgable and qualified. Nothing else really comes close. No other tournament is more difficult or more satisfying. You will be tested and in the process you will learn what it really takes to be the best.
The teams listed below have auto-qualified for the 2014 TOC as of the February 22 deadline and are guaranteed a spot in the tournament if applications are received by the March 2, 2014 deadline. The top two teams from each region receive an automatic bid and all teams with 16+ POI points also receive an automatic bid. Currently nine teams have accepted. Please visit www.toccalcup.org to see the field and to apply.
Regional Winners (Champion and Runner-Up):
Region 1: Lowell Chen & Cunningham (31.275), Bishop O’Dowd Walsh & Zepeda (31.1)
Region 2: Granite Bay Klaeser & Ontiveros (23.475), Lodi Baumbach & Ozminkowski (15.8)
Region 3: Peninsula Chang & Foltz (28.625), Claremont Mathias & Musa (17.575)
Region 4: Carlsbad Coelho & Rohring (26.425), Oxford Jain & Kim (23)
Region 5: Cleveland Schwartz & Williams-Thomas (23.45), Lake Oswego Beltrone & Xu (23.3)
Region 6: Rustin Eller & Kownurko (11.5), Westfield Ward & Watson (8.5)
Auto-Qualified Teams in Order:
1. Lowell CC (Chen & Cunningham) 31.275
2. Bishop O’Dowd WZ (Walsh & Zepeda) 31.1
3. Peninsula CF (Chang & Foltz) 28.625
4. Dougherty Valley KW (Konath & Wang) 28.35
5. Carlsbad CR (Coelho & Rohring) 26.425
6. Cupertino KL (Kruzman & Liu) 23.5
7. Granite Bay KO (Klaeser & Ontiveros) 23.475
8. Cleveland SW (Schwartz & Williams-Thomas) 23.45
9. Lake Oswego BX (Beltrone & Xu) 23.3
10. Oxford JK (Jain & Kim) 23
11. Ashland PP (Picton & Preskenis) 22.6
12. Leland CY (Chen & Yun) 22.35
13. James Logan CT (Chang & Tung) 21.65
14. Sonoma Academy AN (Apostle & Noel) 20.825
15. Lake Oswego GT (Groznik & Tanveer) 20.55
15. Lynbrook SV (Sathe & Velamuri) 20.55
17. Bishop O’Dowd PV (Perl & Viviani) 20.45
18. Lowell PW (Pollock & White) 19.275
19. Carlsbad HO (Hashmi & O’Neill) 18.65
20. Lowell LW (Lam & Weiss) 17.9
21. Wilson MM (Meabe & Morgan-Steiner) 17.675
22. Claremont MM (Mathias & Musa) 17.575
23. Leland KT (Kang & Tseng) 17.275
23. Bentley PP (Pracar & Pracar) 17.25
25. Bishop O’Dowd CZ (Cunningham & Zaballos) 17
26. Lake Oswego FK (Fender & Kwartler) 16.625
27. Northwood MS (Mathur & Shi) 16.2
27. Windsor FM (Foster & Miller) 16.2
Rustin Wins the Liberty Bell Classic
West Chester, Pennsylvania’s Rustin High School parliamentary debate duo of Eller & Kownurko defeated the Westfield high school’s pairing of Ward & Watson to win the 2014 Liberty Bell Classic hosted by the University of Pennsylvania over the President’s Day weekend. Competing in an open field of 33 teams, Rustin compiled a 4-1 record in prelims and delivered Westfield’s sole loss of the tournament in the championship round.
Rustin’s victory moved Eller & Kownurko into the #1 spot of the Region 6 rankings while Westfield earned enough POI points to take #2.
Lowell Triumphs at Windsor
Lowell’s Kavin Lam & Jessica Weiss.
Lowell High School’s parliamentary debater Kavin Lam & Jessica Weiss triumphed at the 2014 Windsor High School Invitational, hosted by Windsor High School on February 22. Lam & Weiss, completing in a 66 team open field, completed the four preliminary rounds with an undefeated record and were seeded #1 heading into the tournament’s sole elimination round. Lam & Weiss squared off against Bishop O’Dowd’s Caitlin Walsh & Marco Zepeda and successfully affirmed the resolution “On balance, increasing business and government surveillance of our private lives makes our country a better place to live” on a 2-1 split decision.
We’d like to note that Kavin, Caitlin, and Marco are all alums of the 2013 POI Debate Institute.
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The 2013 University of Oregon Invitational concluded with Keegan Williams-Thomas and Sam Schwartz from Cleveland High School defeating Lake Oswego for the tournament championship.
In 2014 Keegan and Sam were back in the UO final round and once again had to fend off challengers from Lake Oswego – this time Ammas Tanveer and Max Groznik. Ammas walked into the round having just been given the Top Speaker Award.
Cleveland affirmed the resolution “The USFG should ratify CCBW” (a treaty banning chemical and biological weapons) and, on a 2-1 decision, defended its tournament title.
Cleveland High School also won the novice division; Jesuit High School (coming all the way from Sacramento, CA) placed second.