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COTKU and Big Lots 2008: results, stats, gratitude

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  • Charlie Steinhice
    Congratulations to the winners of the Center of the Known Universe Open (COTKU), the academic quizbowl tournament at UT-Chattanooga on Sat. 10/18/08: DIVISION
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      Congratulations to the winners of the Center of the Known Universe
      Open (COTKU), the academic quizbowl tournament at UT-Chattanooga on
      Sat. 10/18/08:

      DIVISION I (varsity)
      1st: South Florida
      2nd: Georgia
      3rd: Florida State
      4th: Virginia Tech

      DIVISION II (junior varsity)
      1st: Georgia Tech B
      2nd: Tennessee A
      3rd: Northeast Alabama C.C.
      4th: Alabama B

      In the special literature singles event, Jon Okon (Georgia) put on a
      furious late charge to pass Billy Beyer (Florida State) and claim
      first place. Rob Fernandez (South Florida) and Saiem Gilani (Florida
      State) rounded out the top four.

      Congratulations also to the winners of the Big Lots Clearance Open
      trash tournament at UTC
      1st: Superfriends with Benefits
      2nd: Ugly Kid Joe the Plumber
      3rd: Say "Hi" to Your Mother for Me
      4th: a three-way tie between Mystery Date, Rearing Putin Head Wilson,
      and Sarah Palin's Hit List
      The Planeteers finished on top in the consolation bracket, by virtue
      of a head-to-head win over Heavy Petting Zoo.

      Michael Kearney won the special all-videogame singles event (JECHT
      mirror), with Adam Chin, John Kilby, and Mike Hundley rounding out
      the top four.

      Full results and stats can be found at:
      http://results.scobo.net/Default2.aspx?org=utcquizbowl

      At COTKU, All-Star trophies went to the top six scorers in each
      division (excluding open players), and the top ten scorers (including
      open players) also took home books as prizes. Adam of Georgia Tech B
      won the John Drennen Wiley Rollins Award for Outstanding Achievement
      in Buzzer Aggression (most negs), while Carey Cantrell of Tennessee A
      won Rookie of the Year.

      At Big Lots, Andrew Santi of The Planeteers won the John Drennen
      Wiley Rollins Award for Outstanding Achievement in Buzzer Aggression
      (most negs) with a Dren-like 2 negs per round. Drew Bevis of Hume-
      Fogg HS was Rookie of the Year, while September Leach took Title IX
      All-Star honors. Adam Chin won Most Gloriously Wrong Answer (we
      won't say what, since these questions will still be used at other
      tournaments.)

      Last weekend's tournaments would not have been possible without
      Andrew Hart, Rob Carson, and Gautam Kandlikar, whose Minnesota Open
      provided questions for COTKU and the special literature singles
      event; editor-in-chief Jeremy White and chief deputy Ben Lea of
      FOGHAT, the source for the Big Lots questions; Michael Kearney, for
      writing an additional round of questions; and Jeremy Eaton, author of
      the videogame singles event.

      Special thanks to Ruth Jackson for yeoperson service both days,
      pulling double duty as moderator and statskeeper, and also to Ruth's
      minions from Ringgold High for scorekeeping and logistics help.
      Thanks to our other officials:
      Saturday – Scotti Whitmire, Emily Neal, Adam Chin, Dren Rollins,
      Scott Sherman, Michael Kearney, Chris Hendry, Mark Dawson, Joseph
      Dion, Gary Hardin, Wade Carpenter, and Jacob Vannucci.
      Sunday -- Emily Neal, Mike Hundley, Kevin Holt, Dren Rollins, and
      Jacob Vannucci
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