Championship Match

The participants in the Championship Match are the one player who won all seven preliminary matches (the Morning Champion), the seven players who won exactly six of their preliminary matches, and the (one) player who had the highest points per tossup heard among those who won exactly five of their preliminary matches.

Unlike in the preliminary rounds, all incorrect answers result in a deduction of 1 point. This is true regardless of whether the incorrect answer interrupted the question; it is thus different from ordinary “negs”.

Each player starts with 3 points. A player whose score reaches 0 is immediately removed from the match.

If any player reaches a score of 10 during the first 20 tossups, he or she sits out until tossup 21.

The Morning Champion sits out for the first 20 tossups, and enters at tossup 21 with a score equal to that of the leader at that time. After tossup 40, the lowest-scoring players are removed until four remain; if necessary, tiebreaker tossups are used, but they do not count in the overall score of the championship match. After tossup 50, the lowest-scoring remaining players are eliminated until two remain; the tiebreaker procedure is the same as before. At the conclusion of the match, tiebreaker tossups are read if and as necessary.

  Ali Saeed Michael Gislason John Waldron Cole Timmerwilke Jonathan Suh Ankush Bajaj Ethan Strombeck Matthew Lehmann Jakob Myers Answer
  Stevenson (Lincolnshire) Homewood-Flossmoor Barrington Auburn (Rockford) Wheaton Warrenville South Hinsdale Central Auburn Barrington Naperville North
Initial scores   3 3 3 3 3 3 3 3  
1     1             Tiberius
2                 1 Troilus and Cressida
3       1           John Rawls
4               1   power set
5     1             Pontiac
6           1       Hungarian Dances
7               1   John Dos Passos
8     –1 –1     –1 1   carboxylic acids
9   –1             1 U.S. Army (current events)
10                 1 “I Got Rhythm”
11               1   Mikhail Lermontov
12   1               Very Large Array
13                 1 Trinidad and Tobago
14     1       –1     Fatimid dynasty
15                   John Ashbery
16     1             reverberation
17       1           The Death of Sardanapalus
18                 –1 Ralph Bunche
19       1           Calydonian boar
20             1     aquaporins
Scores through 20   3 6 5 3 2 4 7 6  
  Ali Saeed, as Morning Champion, entered the game with a score equal to that of the then-leader, Matthew Lehmann: 7.
21       1           geomagnetic reversal
22                 1 Burkina Faso
23       –1           Vincenzo Bellini
24       1           Battle of Gaugamela
25       1           Menander
26       –1     –1     Peter Debye
27       1           Nicolas Poussin
28         1         Interstate Commerce Commission
29       1           ahimsa
30 –1               1 N. Scott Momaday
31             1     synovial bursae
32       –1   1     –1 Cardinal Wolsey
33             1   –1 Hyderabad
34               1   Christina Rossetti
35     –1       –1     conjugated molecules
36             1     Gabriel Fauré
37       1           Antonio Gramsci
38 1           –1     Far from the Madding Crowd
39             1     Mersenne primes
40                 1 Túpac Amaru
Scores through 40 7 3 5 8 4 3 5 8 7  
  The five players with the lowest scores were eliminated: Michael Gislason, John Waldron, Jonathan Suh, Ankush Bajaj, and Ethan Strombeck. Thus, Ali Saeed, Cole Timmerwilke, Matthew Lehmann, and Jakob Myers remained in the game.
41       1           Ernst Mach
42 1                 the Directory
43                   Sons and Lovers
44                 1 Mammoth Cave
45       1           Anton Bruckner
46               1   J. Willard Gibbs
47 1                 Death Comes for the Archbishop
48       1           elasticity (economics)
49       1           Battle of Tours
50       1           fluorescence
Scores through 50 9 eliminated eliminated 13 eliminated eliminated eliminated 9 8  
  As Ali Saeed and Matthew Lehmann were tied, a tiebreaker was held to determine which would remain in the game. Ali won the tiebreaker, so Matthew was eliminated. Jakob Myers was also eliminated. Ali and Cole Timmerwilke thus remained in the game.
51 1                 Ezra Pound
52       1           St. Basil’s Cathedral
53 1     –1           Yellow Turban Rebellion
54       1           Pentecost
55 1                 transposons
56 1                 Oe Kenzaburo
57       1           Massacio
58 1                 Free Soil Party
59       –1           United Airlines (current events)
60       –1           eigenvalues
Final scores 14 eliminated eliminated 13 eliminated eliminated eliminated eliminated eliminated  

Ali Saeed of Stevenson High School in Lincolnshire is the champion of the 2015 Scobol Solo.

This is the second consecutive year in which the Morning Champion has also been the overall champion. (2014: Cole Timmerwilke of Auburn in Rockford.) Before that, this had not happened since 2008 (Siva Sundaram, also of Auburn.)

Stevenson is the fourth school to have fielded at least two winners. Previously, Auburn (Rockford) has fielded Cole Timmerwilke (2014), Lloyd Sy (2009 and 2011), and Siva Sundaram (2008); New Trier (Winnetka) has fielded Carlo Angiuli (2007) and Matt Keenan (2002); and Wheaton North has fielded Greg Gauthier (2007) and Paul Gauthier (2003).