My grasp of Ohio QB history isn't the strongest, particularly since I didn't play for one of the traditional quiz bowl powers that has a lot of institutional memory. I do think it's rough to come up with statewide "eras"...each region might have its own eras that exist independently of each other, only overlapping in a few circumstances. Regardless, here’s my best attempt:
-WHEELERSBURG (Scioto County) were inaugural OAC state champions in 1985 and repeated the feat in 1986. The Pirates also won the NAC in 1984.
-This "pre-history" period of the OAC continued until around 1992, when COPLEY, under the leadership of Sue Korosa, hosted its first OAC tournament and had its first runner-up finish at OAC State. Copley would go on to win three OAC state titles during the 1990s, and one could argue that the Copley Era never really ended...as with any great empire, its influence has just waxed and waned ever since. But for the sake of history and arbitrary distinctions, we'll move on to the next Great Power...
-BEAVERCREEK, which won OAC States in 2000 and 2001, thereby providing a convenient dividing line for the next period of Ohio QB. As far as I know, this crop of Beavers is generally viewed as one of the most balanced and dominant outfits of any era (although I acknowledge my bias as a denizen of the West Central region).
-As the Beavercreek era continued, Fisher Catholic and St. Charles Prep began a true ascent on the statewide scene...St. Charles (featuring Alex Connor!) won OAC States in 2003 and Fisher followed up with a title the next year. However, the real subplot was...
-THE TOSSUP-BONUS MACRO-ERA (NAQT RISING). Greg addresses most of the main points here: Solon (under coach Bob Weiser) and Tipp started hosting NAQT tournaments around this point in time, contributing to a paradigm shift that was reverberating through HS quiz bowl nationwide, Noah Rahman was a super-good player, Solon got cemented as one of the top powers in the Northeast if they weren't already. Of course, at the same time in the same region, you also had...
-GARFIELD HEIGHTS, which had been good since the early aughts, but enjoyed a run of sustained dominance in the second half of the decade under coach Bob Kilner. They won two OAC state crowns ('07, '08) and two NAQT ('06, '08). Of course, for me as a wee lad growing up in Dayton, the mid-2000s were all about...
-TIPPECANOE, which, during my first couple seasons ('05-'07), was just aggravatingly good. Players I remember: Zach Witeof, Ryan Haas, Mike Dever.
To define my era (2005-2009), one has to look at Ike Jose, a first-ballot Ohio Hall of Famer and a very passionate dude. Ike was a key player in a lot of discussion surrounding the Format Wars, as he refused on principle to play any OAC events for Stow-Munroe Falls (at least this is my recollection). As is well-known, Ike made his high school career into sort of a barnstorming tour, which culminated in him winning ACF D-II Nats by himself as a high school senior. He was, by virtue of his high individual finishes at HSNCT and NSC, the next link in a chain that started with Noah Rahman and would continue with Sam Blizzard (and now Rohin Devanathan). Ike existed in his own corner of the universe, and therefore he wasn't the program or era-defining figure on the state level that Blizzard was. However, Ike is significant outside of his many accomplishments for anticipating an evolving era for tossup-bonus in Ohio, where the top teams and players frequently test themselves against wider competition and tougher question sets. In his prolific post-high school career, Ike has even directed his energy towards improving the pyramidality of OAC regionals and state, working with S. Wellstead et al. as a question writer for postseason tournaments.
The last era to date is indeed NORTHMONT'S, which probably began as early as 2010 or '11 with Brandon Williams's standout teams. The very good Hijazi/Jensen Sidney teams, which are among the most successfully specialized squads in recent memory, are also a branch off the Northmont tree, thanks to the coaching of Bolt alum Joe Czupryn.
Coach, Miami Valley School MS Quiz
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