A team from Gallia County is coming? That is huge. I hope that we can replicate this at the high school level in the future.
With schools from Gallia and Meigs Counties participating, I decided to draw two separate figures on a county map of Ohio. The purpose of the maps is to show a progression of activity, on a county basis, in pyramidal quiz bowl through recent years.
The first map indicates counties with schools that had participated in either a pyramidal tossup/bonus event or a circuit, Saturday event such as a pyramidal OAC tournament after January 1st, 2010 and before January 1st, 2013.
County representation is as follows: Fairfield (Pickerington North, Fisher Cath., Fairfield Union, and Liberty Union); Pickaway (Logan Elm, Teays Valley); Ross (Chillicothe); and Washington (Belpre - they participate[d] in events across the river in West Virginia.) ***I realized this after the fact, but Scioto also falls in this category with Minford having competed at events at Ohio State and New Albany before Jan 1, 2013.***
The second map indicates counties with schools that participated in such events for the first time after January 1st, 2013.
Blue indicates a high school competing in its first pyramidal tossup/bonus event or circuit, Saturday event.
Red indicates a middle school competing in its first pyramidal tossup/bonus event or circuit, Saturday event.
Oranges indicates a collective of high school students that competed in a pyramidal tossup/bonus event or circuit, Saturday event. This only applies to Athens County and, yes, I know Athens Co should have a blue mark on it as for Nelsonville-York competing at Chillicothe. I forgot that they did when I created it, but between me being a college student of simple means (I do not have MS Paint nor Photoshop, I used a free iPhone app to make this) and the fact it basically would not let me re-overlay a blue dot after I finished the project, I'm just going to leave it as is.
County representation is as follows: Athens (Athens high school students: there was a collective of students that competed unaffiliated from Athens High School in a History Bowl event, and Nelsonville-York); Clinton (Clinton-Massie, East Clinton); Gallia (River Valley MS); Highland (Hillsboro); Hocking (Logan); Jackson (Oak Hill, Wellston); Lawrence (Ironton, Ironton St. Joseph); Meigs (Southern MS); Perry (Sheridan); Pike (Pike County CTC, Piketon, and Waverly); Ross (Adena, Huntington, Southeastern, and Unioto); Scioto (Northwest, Portsmouth, Valley, and Wheelersburg); Washington (Marietta - they competed at Sidney one year.)
By the numbers...
Pre-01/01/2013 play: five counties, nine schools.
Post-01/01/2013 play (this only factors in newly competing schools): thirteen counties, twenty-five schools (this counts River Valley MS and Southern MS.)
As an FYI - I did not count Warren or Clermont Counties in this only
because I looked at counties that fit the broader category of "Southeastern Ohio."
It is exciting to see the game grow in this region of the state in ways some, such as I, would never have expected. Credit to Greg Bossick for helping lay ground work with his weekday events along with the Saturday event SERIOUS at OU-Ironton. Additionally, credit is certainly in order to Josh Queen and Cortney Bird for their efforts, their organization of events, and dedication to helping build a circuit of events for nearby schools to compete at. While I have differences with Josh and Cortney, there is no denying that they have worked very hard in making the spread of quiz bowl happen in southern Ohio and it would be rather negligent of me to make mention of Southern Ohio's advances in quiz bowl activity without acknowledging the work that they have done.