I was thinking the other day about, if there were such a thing, who would be in it, and then that spiraled off into, who would be in the inaugural class... As I was thinking about it, I came up with some guidelines in my head -
1. I wouldn't necessarily rank player A ahead of player B in my mind if player A played quizbowl all over and player B played just in-state quizbowl, especially when thinking across eras.
2. Any player still in college or still playing college quizbowl would not be eligible initally (think of the 5-year rule in the MLB).
3. How 'good' was that player in terms of being the best player on his/her team. That is, did he/she have good teammates that made him/her look remarkably better than they were?
One of the things that kind of stuffed me here is when you have a team led by a dynamite player that barely played anything besides their league and maybe regionals/states... I'm sure its happened a bunch of times over the years.
So I started coming up with a list, and let's say we could only take the top 5 into the inaugural class. Here is what I threw together (and I'm darn sure I'm missing some guys, so chime in old-timers)
Names to Consider:
Noah Rahman, Solon (2001-2005) - Perhaps the best Ohio QB player EVER, that is, until Sam becomes eligible. An amazing player with general knowledge depth in almost every category.
Brandon Eilertson, Copley (1996-1999) - most of you are unfamiliar with Brandon, but he was by-far the best player in the state during his junior and senior years and did fairly well in college quizbowl at Case.
Zach Witeof, Tippecanoe (2001-2005) - Was a fairly good player on a strong team as an underclassman with senior Jack Zhou, but came into his own as a senior, leading Tipp to the NAQT Division II title, but more impressively, helping them storm back from a first round loss at OAC states all the way to a runner-up finish when the tournament was still 10 teams and double elimination.
Dennis Butcher, Copley (1999-2003) - Started on their varsity sparingly as a freshman and was the captain from his senior year on. Was one of the best history players I've ever coached against and was also a pretty darn good generalist.
Steven Wellstead, Fisher Catholic (2003-2007) - Steven was pretty impressive when I first met him as a freshman, despite being on the B-team behind a LOADED state champion "A" team featuring Sarah Hickman, Leo Guinan, et al. Although he wasn't the captain of the team until his senior year, he was a big contributor to the 2006 state title team featuring Kyle Rainier and he only got more impressive as he got older.
Dan Humphrey, Garfield Heights (2004-2008) - I might be a little biased here, but after Steven's graduation, Dan was the best player in Ohio his senior year. From 2006-2008, he was a large part or the captain of four state championship teams (2 OAC / 2 NAQT).
Eric Evans, Granville (1985-1989) - I was unable to find any real info on him except that he's in the QU hall-of-fame (for what that's worth)... I did have a few old timers tell me he was a fairly dominant player back in an era when the questions were something to the effect of 'what color is a red firetruck?"... although as I said, the difference in eras would not be a deterrent when naming people to the list.
Ike Jose, Stow-Munroe Falls (2005-2009) - Ike in his heyday would have given Noah a run for his money. That said, Ike seemed to get disenchanted with the high school game and started playing more college tournaments while still in school which I believe led to him winning the ACF Division II National title playing solo? if I remember correctly. Still a downright dominant player his senior year and most of his junior year as well.
Other Players in Consideration:
Abbaad Haider, Copley (2001-2005)
John Presloid, Garfield Heights (1996-2000)
Ryan Haas, Tippecanoe (2003-2007)
Robert Makishi, Copley (2003-2007)
Sarah Hickman, Fisher Catholic (2000-2004)
Mike McLaughlin, North Olmsted (1999-2003)
Bob and Mike Shott, Copley (mid-90s)
Mike Bindis, Garfield Heights (1987-1990) (Mike was a dynamite player from what I surmise who fell one win short of an OAC title)
Ben Gum, Beavercreek (1986-1990) - I don't really know much about him except that he was the Beavercreek captain who beat GHHS in the state title match and also was the state mathematics champion (from what Bindis told me)
Beavercreek's captain in 2000 and 2001 - I don't know his name (Jonathan would) and I didn't play against him as a senior, but he was downright dominant from watching him play. GHHS was one of the better teams in the state in 2000 and along with another solid teammate whose name eludes me, he manhandled us twice that year.
Players Eligible in Future Years that would definitely be in or at least considered if this really existed:
Jim Coury, Olmsted Falls
Marty Mendenhall, Olmsted Falls
Jarret Greene, South Range
Sohan Vartak, Olmsted Falls
Joe Nutter, Walnut Hills
Ashvin Srivatsa, Sycamore
Artur Meller, Sycamore
Peter Komarek, Walnut Hills
Catie Haas, Tippecanoe
Saajid Moyen, Copley
Brandon Williams, Northmont
Michael Czupryn, Northmont
Jim Hrdlicka, Garfield Heights
Jon Geisinger, Garfield Heights
Jasper Lee, Solon
NOW YOUR TURN - Who did I leave off this list and what's their body of work that would make them eligible to be included? I didn't do this as a slight to anyone by the way, but I thought it would be an interesting discussion, ESPECIALLY for those of you that have been around the game awhile cough: Bellas :cough.
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