The Huron High School debate and interp team traveled to the first Central Forensic Conference (CFC) tournament Dec. 8 at Sioux Falls Roosevelt.
The standings after this first tournament are Huron and Yankton tied for first, both with 99 points; then Vermillion, 92 points; Sioux Falls O’Gorman, 89 points; Mitchell, with 83; Sioux Falls Washington at 73; Lennox with 61 points; Harrisburg, 32 points; Brandon Valley, 31; and Sioux Falls Roosevelt with 28 points.
“I’m glad we are in the hunt for another CFC title,” said head coach Mitch Gaffer. “Our individual speaking events kept us in the running. We were in numerous individual event finals and that’s what allowed us to capture a share of first place in the team standings.”
The Huron debate and interp team has a strong history in the CFC conference. Huron has placed first or second in the CFC for the past 26 years, finishing first 16 times and finishing first six of the last seven years.
Huron had several top finishers in the tourney. In novice public forum debate, Ben Brown and Maddy Klein went 4-0 and placed first, and Rachel Smith and Dylan Stahly went 3-1 and placed fourth. In humorous interp, Ben Halbkat placed first and Troy Berg placed third. In duet interp, Halbkat and Berg placed first, and Maddy Gohn and Klein placed second.
In novice oratory, Karina Ward placed first and Brown placed third. In varsity oratory, Sarahi Luna placed fourth and in varsity extemp, Alex Ketcham placed sixth.
“The team was anchored in this first CFC by students who had strong performances in multiple events,” said Gaffer. “Senior Troy Berg placed in two individual events, as did sophomore Ben Halbkat. Junior Maddy Klein and sophomore Ben Brown were able to place in an individual event and a debate event. These students were key to our staying competitive in the final standings.”
The CFC holds three tournaments to decide the conference champion. The second CFC tournament will be Jan. 5 in Lennox and the final tournament will be held Feb. 2 at Brandon Valley.
“Our debate performance was not as strong as we need to be,” Gaffer said. “Other than novice public forum debate, we were not able to place in the debate events. A lot of credit for our debate performance goes to junior Maddy Klein, sophomore Ben Brown and freshmen Rachel Smith and Dylan Stahly. They were able to get winning records and keep Huron in the running in debate points. We’re working to increase our practice-round performances to improve our debate performances in the other debate divisions.”
The next tournament for the debate and interp team is the Brookings Bell Tournament Dec. 14-15.
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