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.

  Matthew Lehmann John Banta Jack Mayer Ali Saeed Ethan Strombeck John Waldron Lily Hamer Aristotle Vainikos Jakob Myers Answer
  Barrington Lake Forest Loyola Academy Stevenson (Lincolnshire) Auburn (Rockford) Barrington Homewood-Flossmoor Sandburg (Orland Park) Naperville North
Initial scores   3 3 3 3 3 3 3 3  
1                 1 Franz Lehár
2       1           Hartford Convention
3       1           genetic drift
4       1           Manuel Puig
5                   Lev Vygotsky
6           1       Josef Mengele
7   –1     –1   –1     Arcangelo Corelli
8           1       quantum entanglement
9                 1 Lake Tanganyika
10       1           Nick Adams
11         1         The Swing
12           1       rank (math)
13                 1 Hero Twins
14               1 –1 Song dynasty
15       1           spiders (poetry)
16           1       rift (earth science)
17           1       FARC
18               –1 –1 Braxton Bragg
19       –1         1 Man and Superman, replaced with The Waste Land
20       –1   –1 –1 1   proteins
Scores through 20   2 3 6 3 7 1 4 5  
  Matthew Lehmann, as Morning Champion, entered the game with a score equal to that of the then-leader, John Waldron: 7.
21 –1     –1   1   –1   Stern-Gerlach experiment
22     1             Mithras
23                 1 Harry Hopkins
24       1           Ngũgĩ wa Thiong’o
25       1           Carl Seyfert
26                 1 Gunnar Myrdal
27       –1         –1 Arnulfo Arias Madrid
28 1           –1     Paul Verlaine
  As Lily Hamer’s score reached 0, she was eliminated.
29                   Paolo Veronese
30               1   double-replacement reaction
31 1                 Battle of Poltava
32           1     –1 Badlands National Park
33       1           Isaac Albéniz
34       1           Mourning Becomes Electra
35           1       sampling (statistics)
36         1         Steve Bannon
37 –1               –1 Pope Clement VII
38       1           Zadie Smith
39           1       Jean Arp
40           1       disulfide bonds
Scores through 40 7 1 4 9 4 11 eliminated 4 4  
  The four remaining players with the lowest scores were eliminated. As Jack Mayer, Ethan Strombeck, Aristotle Vainikos, and Jakob Myers were tied, a tiebreaker was held to determine which would remain in the game. Jakob won the tiebreaker (Niger in history), so Jack, Ethan, and Aristotle were eliminated. John Banta was also eliminated.
41                   Ellen Johnson Sirleaf
42 1     –1           cross product
43                 1 trombone
44 1                 Mikhail Bulgakov
45                 1 Daughters of the American Revolution
46 1     –1           apoptosis
47       1           Hans Holbein the Younger
48                 1 John Greenleaf Whittier
49 1                 Jonah (prophet)
50           1       Gupta dynasty
Scores through 50 11 eliminated eliminated 8 eliminated 12 eliminated eliminated 6  
  The two players with the lowest scores were eliminated: Jakob Myers and Ali Saeed.
51           1       lattice energy
52           –1       Cleisthenes
53                   Dill Harris
54 1                 Thomas Tallis
55           1       New Brunswick
56           1       barrier (mixed science)
57           –1       Gran Chaco War
58 1                 Anne Brontë
59 1                 Baruch Spinoza
60           1       Hendrik Lorentz
Scores through 60 14 eliminated eliminated eliminated eliminated 14 eliminated eliminated eliminated  
  A tiebreaker question was read.
61 –1                 neural crest
Final scores 13 eliminated eliminated eliminated eliminated 14 eliminated eliminated eliminated  

John Waldron of Barrington High School is the champion of the 2016 Scobol Solo. He is the first player from Barrington to win the tournament.

This is the second consecutive year in which Barrington High School has had two players in the finals; the previous time was in 2015, and it was the same two players.