Big Apple Quidditch Conference Final Meet
In the last of three Big Apple Quidditch Conference (BAQC) meets, Hofstra University (Hempstead, NY) went 3-1 to secure their conference title. The overall standings, which placed New York University (New York, NY) in second and the New York Badassilisks (New York, NY) in third, were an accumulation of all three BAQC meets that took place this spring. Hofstra had been undefeated in BAQC play though, until NYU topped them 60*-50 in the day's first game. Overall though, this tournament was low-key with teams borrowing from one another throughout the day. The final match of the day between Hofstra and Macaulay Honors College (New York, NY) became Hofstra versus Macaulay/Horntails/Badassilisks/NYU/Stony Brook.
Jayke Archibald, captain/chaser for Hofstra, was happy to have won the successful inaugural season of the BAQC. Archibald explained, "we are expecting even fiercer and better competition next year, when the conference can play out a schedule over an entire year, with hopefully more teams."
The future of the BAQC looks bright, with many teams in close proximity. Hofstra seems to be the cream of the conference but NYU should be able to compete with them. Stony Brook is a team to keep an eye on in the future. They played well in the fall, but were placed in the Group of Death at Northeast Regionals and failed to qualify for the World Cup. Stony Brook went 2-2, beating 2nd place NYU on a snitch catch on the day.
Due to the fluidity in the teams, many matches were unofficial.
Southern California Quidditch Conference Finale
The Southern California Quidditch Conference Finale also took place with University of Southern California (Los Angeles, CA) winning the tournament. David Demarest, USC's chaser/seeker who did not play at World Cup VI, and beater Willis Miles of the Silicon Valley Skrewts (Mountain View, CA) led the Trojans to a 3-0 record in matches reported by IQA Scores. Demarest went 3/3 on snatches too. Kevin Oelze, the Skrewts' keeper also played for USC. The Found Men and Women Because We Aren't Sexist Like Dan Hanson, a team comprised of UCLA's seniors went 2-1, losing only to USC, 120*-60. UCLA's team without their seniors, tallied an 0-3 record. It is important to note that chaser Adam Richardson and Seeker Michael Maben did not play. Richardson, Maben and keeper Zach Luce will likely be the core of the Bruins' roster next season with key players like Alex Browne, Vanessa Goh and Missy Sponagle graduating. Games were shorter at the SCQC Finale, but scores were not as low as some would expect. The high-flying offenses of the West Coast displayed themselves again, showing they don't need 15 minutes to get 150 or more points on the board.Many of these matches were unofficial.