According to preseason rankings released Sunday by the Ohio Quiz Bowl Alliance (OHQBA), Ottawa Hills High School’s Quiz Bowl program is ranked 14th in the state. OHHS tied with Fisher Catholic High School in a poll of Ohio Quiz Bowl coaches about the most promising teams in the upcoming season, conducted on the OHQBA forum. In addition to the overall ranking, OHHS ranked first among small schools in the state. Small school Quiz Bowl teams are schools which enroll fewer than 500 students in grades 10-12. The survey did not distinguish between small and large schools, but OHHS was the first small school to appear in the list of 26 state teams.
These rankings come on the heels of the program’s stellar finish last season. The program reclaimed control of the Toledo Area Academic Quizbowl League (TAAQBL) and the Toledo Area Athletic Conference (TAAC) from Maumee Valley Country Day School. In their first tournament of the season, OHHS qualified and later sent three teams to the Small School National Championship Tournament in Rosemont, Illinois, for the first time in school history. OH’s A team placed eighth in the nation at the two-day tournament. The team also placed fourth in the Very Small School (VSS) division, a division created for public schools who enroll fewer than 300 students in grades 10-12. The B team placed 12th overall and 6th in the VSS.
What does this signify for the program? Coach Anthony Torio said of the rankings that, “The last few years… we’re showing great depth and finishing at the top of tournaments again, and coaches (from around Ohio in particular) are really paying attention.”