Championship Match

The participants in the Championship Match are the one player who won all 7 preliminary matches (the Morning Champion), the seven players who won 6 of their preliminary matches, and the (one) player who had the highest points per tossup heard among those who won 5 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.

  Ethan Strombeck Matthew Lee Arjun Nageswaran Aristotle Vainikos Wilder Seitz Ana Pranger Kevin Kodama Mitch McCullar Jaden Lucas Answer
  Auburn (Rockford) IMSA (Aurora) Stevenson (Lincolnshire) Sandburg (Orland Park) Barrington Latin School (Chicago) Oak Park-River Forest Williamsville Carbondale
Initial scores   3 3 3 3 3 3 3 3  
1       1 –1         closed (math)
2         1 –1       trademarks
3       1           Hiram Bingham
4             1     Mishima Yukio
5         –1         Alonzo Church
6         1         rondo
7   –1     –1 –1   1   Ruth (biblical)
8         1         Battle of Zama
9               1   Los Angeles (as a literary setting)
10                 1 elastic moduli
11   –1     –1   1     Così fan tutte
12     1             Nice, France
13               1   Samuel Richardson
14             1     Safavid dynasty
15                   hyphae
16         –1   1     UNESCO
17         1         Wanderer Above the Sea of Fog
18             1     Horace
19         –1   1     saccharin
20       1           Aachen
Scores through 20   1 4 6 1 1 9 6 4  
  Ethan Strombeck, as Morning Champion, entered the game with a score equal to that of the then-leader, Kevin Kodama: 9.
21 1                 Chihuahua (the state)
22         1         Permian period
23                   Piers Plowman
24       1       –1   Cnut the Great
25         1         maize (American mythology)
26                   chelation
27             1     Charlotte Perkins Gilman
28     –1             Adam Clayton Powell
29       –1 1         Mont Sainte-Victoire
30       1           gluons
31             1     Notes from the Underground
32     1             Kris Kobach
33 1                 string quartets
34   1               Great Northern War
35   1               actin
36 1                 Peter Shaffer
37         –1         The Dying Gaul
38   1     –1   –1     Empress Dowager Cixi
39       –1     1     relative primality
40         –1   1     pleasure principle
Scores through 40 12 4 4 6 1 1 12 5 4  
  The five players with the lowest scores were eliminated: Matthew Lee, Arjun Nageswaran, Wilder Seitz, Ana Pranger, and Jaden Lucas.
41 1                 Carl Maria von Weber
42                   magnetic dipole moment
43       1     –1     Themistocles
44 1                 Chuck Schumer
45             1     Alexander Pushkin
46 1                 convex (mathematics)
47       –1     1     Thailand (history)
48 1                 John Dewey
49               1   Mario Vargas Llosa
50 1     –1           peroxisome
Scores through 50 17 eliminated eliminated 5 eliminated eliminated 13 6 eliminated  
  The two players with the lowest scores were eliminated: Aristotle Vainikos and Mitch McCullar.
51 1                 Ella Fitzgerald
52             1     Paraguay (history)
53 1                 Northanger Abbey
54 1           –1     thermosphere
55 1                 Croatia (geography)
56             –1     John Llewellyn Lewis
57             1     Sherman Alexie
58                   racemic mixtures
59             1     Set (the god)
60 1                 Titian
Final scores 22 eliminated eliminated eliminated eliminated eliminated 14 eliminated eliminated  

Ethan Strombeck of Auburn High School in Rockford, Illinois is the champion of the 2017 Scobol Solo. He is the fourth player from Auburn to win the tournament, and it is the fifth time an Auburn player has won (Siva Sundaram, 2008; Lloyd Sy, 2009 and 2011; Cole Timmerwilke, 2014).