Churchill normally did win their state until Kennedy got better than them. That doesn't mean they've been anything less than a top-5 nationals team, but nobody will get to see that but us as long as Kennedy is the best in the nation and we only get one team. There's a reason that Solon and Community got so many 1st place votes, they've been more visible over there on the east coast.TheCrazyChemist wrote: If a Churchill type team is that strong, shouldn't they win their state? Otherwise, you have someone like Kennedy winning. It might be easier to have a team like Daniel Wright or Solon compete in the west and also compete in the east, so that teams can compare. This lessens the cost for more teams, but there's less comparison. I think that the idea of competing with higher level teams on a more regular basis would improve your team greatly. Maybe a good idea would be that you go to more invitationals in NorCal. As for the other competitions out west in Washington or Colorado, I think that California is a really competitive state, and going to those invitationals will definitely make you better, but I'm not sure if it would make your team good enough to beat Kennedy or Churchill.
As for the 'compete in more invites' comment, we went to six this year including hosting our own for the first time, that Kennedy and Churchill both came to. The only ones we went to that didn't have 3+ of Kennedy, Churchill, Miller, Kraemer, and Jeffrey Trail was Christensen (not allowed) and Ukiah (strikes and ski weeks messed with several team schedules).
Our goal isn't to be as competitive as Kennedy or Churchill, as we don't have the coaching or the student buy-in on the kind of time it would take. But at the same time, it's nice to hear your school's name called a few times, and that doesn't always happen with that many big guns (and their B teams) in attendance. That's why it would be fun for us to get outta the state, see what a less competitive area would be like. It'd be fun for Churchill/Kennedy/Kraemer for another reason, because they'd get a nice benchmark on the competition before Nationals if they went to one of the big east coast ones. That's where money becomes an issue for those teams, though. They don't have a 'me' fundraising for them. I put almost $6,000 in award money into ours this year so that every student with a top-five finish also got a $10-20 GC at Amazon. I didn't have to do that.