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HHS still in first place in CFC: Next event is Watertown Speech Fiesta Jan. 18-19

Posted: Friday, Jan 11th, 2013

The Huron High School Debate and Interp Team went to the second of three Central Forensic Conference (CFC) Tournaments Jan. 5 at Lennox High School. After the day’s competition, the HHS team was still in first place.

“This is a tough tournament because we come off of holiday break and have to be ready to compete in three days,” said Mitch Gaffer, head coach. “Add to that the fact that two of the three debate devisions were debating new resolutions with new cases. I am extremely proud of how this team worked hard to prepare for this important tournament. Their performance on Saturday is testament to that hard work.”

The current standings are: First place, Huron, with 197 points; second place, Yankton, 195 points; third, Vermillion, at 191 points; fourth, Mitchell, 165 points; fifth, Sioux Falls O’Gorman, 150; sixth, Sioux Falls Washington, 128; seventh place, Lennox, 121; eighth, Harrisburg, with 61; ninth, Brandon Valley, at 58; and 10th place, Sioux Falls Roosevelt, at 56 points.

“We had many students who had a remarkable day of competition, placing in multiple divisions,” said Gaffer. “Karina Ward, Ben Halbkat and Troy Berg each placed in two divisions and Maddy Gohn placed in all three divisions she was entered in. The team was really anchored by their performances.”

The top finishers at the Lennox CFC tournament for Huron were:

In duet interp, Maddy Klein and Gohn placed first and Halbkat and Berg placed third.

In dramatic interp, Gohn placed first with Ward taking third.

In humorous interp, Berg placed second, Halbkat came in third and Paul Christenson took fifth place.

In novice oratory, Ward took the first-place spot with Ben Brown coming in second.

In varsity Lincoln Douglas debate, Crystal Wharton went 3-1 and placed third.

In novice public forum debate, Rachel Smith and Dylan Stahly went 4-0 and placed third.

In novice policy debate, Gohn and Abbey Reese went 2-1 and took third.

“We again had strong interp performance in all three interp divisions, capturing first place in two of the three divisions,” commented Gaffer. “We also had a real breakthrough in debate, having students capture trophies in each of the three types of debate. In the last CFC, we were blanked out with no trophy placings. This was a great improvement, especially with new resolutions and new cases.”

The final CFC Tournament to decide the CFC Conference Championship is Feb. 2 at Brandon Valley. The next travel weekend for the Debate and Interp Team is Jan. 18-19 for the Watertown Speech Fiesta.

For the complete article see the 01-10-2013 issue.

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