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2nd Annual BFF @ Mexico HS - October 21, 2023

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2nd Annual BFF @ Mexico HS - October 21, 2023

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Academic Coaches,

The members of Mexico High School Scholar Bowl are thrilled to invite your team to join others from across the region at our second Bulldog Fall Fiesta (BFF), scheduled for October 21st, 2023. BFF will consist of a minimum of eight games for all teams in the standard 20/20 match format:
Each game shall consist of two halves of ten tossups each, with each correct tossup followed by a three-part bonus. There are no math computation questions.
Correct tossup answers are ten points each. Tossups are powermarked, and correct responses given before the mark will receive an additional five points. We will not assess a five-point penalty for interrupting the moderator during the tossup with an incorrect answer.
All tossups and bonus parts receive five seconds. The moderator will prompt the captain on the bonus after four seconds.
Each incorrect bonus part will immediately rebound, with the rebounding team expected to provide an answer within three seconds. Unless otherwise specified in a bonus set, each bonus part shall be ten points each.
In the event a game is tied after regulation, additional tossups shall be read until the next change in score.
Each team shall have one 30 second timeout per match. Substitutions, scorechecks, and team conferences may occur at the half, prior to overtime, or during any timeout called by either team. Teams must use their timeout to request a scorecheck other than at halftime or the end of regulation.
Teams rosters shall be limited to seven players; schools are encouraged to bring multiple teams to compete. Teams may play with fewer than four players, but should have at least two players. Rosters shall be submitted in advance and finalized at registration the morning of the tournament. Players may not change teams during the tournament.

We will offer a varsity and novice division, with separate question sets written and edited by former Missouri high school players. The Varsity division will use SHOW-ME More, with more information about the set available at This set is also being used at tournaments hosted by Parkway West and Springfield Glendale. The Novice division will use MOQBA Novice II, with more information about the set available at This set is also being used at a tournament hosted by Clayton and Clever. Should you register for BFF, you agree to not attend any other tournament using either of these sets; conversely, if you are registered for or have already attended an event that uses either of these sets, you may not be allowed to compete at BFF.

We are currently limiting each division to 18 teams; this may be adjusted depending on staff availability. Additional teams will be placed on a waitlist and contacted should an opening occur.

We anticipate the varsity division serving as a qualifier for the PACE National Scholastic Championship in Reston, Virginia. The novice division will not serve as a qualifying division for national bids, as the following roster restrictions are in place:
All freshmen are eligible to compete in the novice division.
All sophomores are eligible to compete in the novice division, with the exception of players who averaged at least 20 points per game at HSNCT, SSNCT, or NSC.
Juniors and seniors may compete in the novice division if they have not competed at a quiz bowl contest at the high school level prior to October 1st, 2023.

Teams will play five morning rounds, break for lunch, then return for at least three afternoon games. This setup is subject to change, depending on the number of teams signed up. We plan to start the team meeting at 8:30 a.m., with the first round set for 8:50 a.m. and afternoon rounds slated to begin at 1:30 p.m. With the exception of any playoff games for trophies, we anticipate the last game ending around 4 p.m.

Fee structure is as follows, per school:
Each team: $70
Discount for travelling more than 100 miles each way (determined by Google Maps): $10
Discount for providing a working buzzer set: $5
Discount for providing a competent scorekeeper: $10
Discount for providing a competent moderator: $20
Discounts may be multiplied but may not exceed $35 per team. All discounts and staffing offers are subject to the discretion of tournament officials. Staff will need an active Google Drive account in order to access our scoresheets and question packets.

Mexico High School is located at 639 N Wade Street, in the northwestern part of the city. Plans are to have lunch available in the cafeteria, with proceeds benefiting Audrain County Relay for Life. If you wish to venture off campus for lunch, most options will be along Highway 22 and in the downtown area.

The tournament is under the direction of Mexico High School Coach Dale Schenewerk and veteran scholar bowl moderator Kyle Hill of the Missouri Quizbowl Alliance, an organization dedicated to promoting quality scholar bowl tournaments around the state. We anticipate receiving certification and assistance from their membership. Participants will be expected to abide by the Honor Pledge and Section I (Ethics and Conduct) promulgated by the Partnership for Academic Competition Excellence (PACE).

To register for this tournament, please visit Teams outside Missouri are welcome to participate, provided they register before September 18th per MSHSAA’s sanctioning process. Questions concerning the tournament may be directed to either Dale Schenewerk at or Kyle Hill at Please include “2023 BFF” in the subject line.

Please also mark your calendars for our Bulldog Regional Interscholastic Challenge (BRIC), which we will host March 9th. We will send details for BRIC in early November.

We look forward to seeing you at Mexico High School on October 21st.

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Re: 2nd Annual BFF @ Mexico HS - October 21, 2023

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18 teams will make their way to Mexico tomorrow for BFF, ten varsity and eight novice teams:
Calvary Lutheran A
Calvary Lutheran B
Columbia Independent
Mexico A
Mexico B
Pilot Grove

Calvary Lutheran
Columbia Independent
Mexico C
Mexico D
Mexico E

Varsity teams will have a full round-robin lasting nine rounds, with trophy games to follow if needed. Novice teams will have a full round-robin last seven rounds, following by a pair of knockout matches among the top four teams and remaining four teams, to provide all teams nine matches.

You can follow scores from each division here: VarsityNovice

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Re: 2nd Annual BFF @ Mexico HS - October 21, 2023

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It was a wonderful nine rounds of competition Saturday to kick off the season, with all teams in attendance claiming at least one win during the day, and every player in the novice division correctly answering a tossup.

It was a dominant performance by the hosts in the Varsity division, as junior Camden Williams collected an average of ten powers per contest, en route to a top individual score of 187.8 points per game, as well as an unblemished 9-0 run for Mexico A. We ended up with a three-way tie for second between Calvary Lutheran A, Columbia Independent, and Winfield, all at 7-2. When broken by points per game, Winfield (357.8 ppg) claimed second ahead of CIS (340 ppg) and Calvary (301.7).

As for our Novice division, CIS went 9-0, including two handy defeats of Fulton, to win the title. CIS' Jay Zara averaged 96.4 ppg in the prelims, including 35 powers, to lead all scorers. Mexico C paced past Mexico D for third. Complete stats are uploaded to the HSQB Tournament Database:
Varsity (all rounds) • Novice: CompletePrelims
Category statistics are also available on each division's scoreboard: VarsityNovice

Our tournament would not have been possible without our tournament staff who graciously spent their Saturday to help host our Fiesta: Lisa McClary from Columbia Independent, Max Ryle from Fulton, Kathy Brandon from Moberly; MHS faculty members Chuck Duncan, Bill Gleeson, Michael Moore, Liz Seal and Lindsey Yancey; MHS alums Declan Gleeson, Jamison Jeffries and Zach McWilliams; students Baylea, Brandon, Luke, Trevor, and Zach; and community members Matt Pilger, Dale Sr & Sharon Schenewerk, Andrew Seal, Chris Williams. We were again treated to hospitality from the Advanced Foods class, while Deb and Bill Fountain of the Audrain County Go-Gitters returned with our lunch service.

I especially thank MHS Coach Dale Schenewerk, along with assistant coach Cooper Manns and MMS coach Sarah Gleeson, for spearheading another remarkable event in the Brick City. I also thank MHS principal Brad Ellebracht, activities director Brandon Schafer, superintendent Melissa Chastain, and everyone at Mexico Public Schools for their support of our young scholars, opening their doors on multiple Saturdays for our competitions. We are already looking forward to a return to Mexico Middle School for the next installment of the Bulldog Regional Interscholastic Challenge, set for March 9th. Details about BRIC will be released in early November.

I wish your teams the best as the season begins to pick up. I look forward to seeing them all in action over the next several months. Until then and as always, I close with the words of my late freshman journalism adviser: "Be Safe! Be Smart!"

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