28 teams gathered at Ola Middle School to compete in the 2013 Georgia State History Bowl on January 26, 2013. 18 teams vied for the title of State Champion in the Varsity division while eight high school and two middle school teams played in the Junior Varsity division.
In that younger division, five teams earned bids to our national championship to be held on April 27-28 in Arlington, VA and Washington, D.C., but only four could advance to the semifinals to try to win the Georgia title. The fifth place team was Prince Avenue Christian B, but they were granted an entry into the semifinals after the withdrawal of Chamblee Middle School after the preliminary rounds were finished. In the semifinal round, Alpharetta had both of their teams in action. Their A team defeated Prince Avenue B 190-140, while River Ridge A eliminated Alpharetta’s B team 240-140. Despite scoring more points than Alpharetta A in their respective semifinals, River Ridge could not pull the upset in the final. Alpharetta A completed an undefeated day, winning the JV title 230-190.
The varsity division qualified ten teams to the national championship, but only eight could advance to the quarterfinal stages. The unlucky pair of left out teams were Savannah Arts Academy and Oak Mountain Academy, who missed tying for the last spot by ten points. The four quarterfinals went according to seed, though the 4/5 matchup between Apalachee A and Blessed Trinity was only decided by ten points. Prince Avenue Christian, Newton, and Duluth were eliminated at the same time. The semifinals were rather comfortable for the winners, with Collins Hill and Apalachee falling at that hurdle. This left #1 seed Chattahoochee (last year’s JV national runner-up and defending state champion) and #2 Athens Academy ready for a repeat of last year’s exciting 290-260 final, but that kind of excitement never materialized. Chattahoochee took a 160-70 halftime lead, expanded it to 260-130 going into the fourth quarter, then scored 160 out of a possible 240 over those final eight tossups to close out a comprehensive 420-140 victory.
Thanks to Karen Beasley and Ola Middle School for hosting as well as Robin Richards of Cedar Shoals HS for directing! We hope to see all of the qualified teams in Arlington and Washington this April!
|Date||January 26, 2013|
|Registration Deadline||January 24, 2013 7:00pm EST|
353 North Ola Road, McDonough, GA
|Sponsors||Georgia Academic Team Association, Georgia Council for History Education|